Apple bans WikiLeaks app

apple bans wikileaks app shotsJoining the growing list of corporations that have decided to stand against WikiLeaks, Apple has announced that it has banned a third-party iPhone/iPad WikiLeaks app from iTunes. Created by Russian developer Igor Barinov, the app allowed access to both the WikiLeaks documents available on the official website, as well as the WikiLeaks Twitter feed.  It had been downloaded over 4,000 times before Apple removed it.

After removing the app, Barinov was contacted by Apple, who told him that his program violated two of its developers guidelines. The first was based on Apple’s stance on personal attacks, and read “any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected.”

The second violation regarded the legality of the WikiLeaks documents, something that legal experts will likely be debating for years to come. But whatever the courts decide regarding the status of the WikiLeaks documents, Apple seems to be playing it safe and assuming that the documents are illegal.

“Apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users”.

To say that WikiLeaks has become a hot topic for corporations is a massive understatement. Earlier this month Amazon banned WikiLeaks from using its services. Financial institutions PayPal, MasterCard and Visa all followed suit and broke contact with the company, which then lead to a coordinated series of attacks from several groups operating under the rallying crys “Avenge Assange”, “Operation Payback” and several others.

Facebook and Twitter have condemned the cyber attacks and removed any pages in support of them, but both social networks have stated their intention to continue to host WikiLeaks.

The app, which launched on December 17, lasted just three days before Apple removed it.  According to the BBC, Barinov originally designed the app because of his interest in UFO information that he hoped would become available through leaked documents. The app, which cost $1.99 channeled $1 to WikiLeaks with each sale.

The app is still available on other platforms including Android, but Apple will most likely not allow any further WikiLeaks apps in the future. The website can still be accessed via the iPhone and iPad’s browsers though.

Mobile

Apple pushing update to iPhone in China in response to legal troubles

Apple has been facing legal issues in China due to alleged infringements of patents from Qualcomm Inc. On Friday, Apple announced it will push a software update in China in hopes of resolving any potential legal issues around the iPhone.
Wearables

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.
Mobile

Apple's iOS 12.1.1 makes it easier to switch cameras in FaceTime

After months of betas, the final version of iOS 12 is here to download. The latest OS comes along with tons of new capabilities, from grouped notifications to Siri Shortcuts. Here are all the features you'll find in iOS 12.
Mobile

Huawei Nova 4 has a hole in the screen, and a 48-megapixel camera on the back

Huawei has launched the Nova 4, a new smartphone that has abandoned the screen notch and adopted a punch hole alternative, and also has a massive 48-megapixel camera. Here's what you need to know about the Nova 4.
Mobile

Black hole in the screen of Samsung's new Galaxy A8s has a camera inside

Samsung is building exciting, technologically innovative midrange phones, and the latest to be revealed is the new Samsung Galaxy A8s, which may give us an idea of what the new Samsung Galaxy S10 will look like.
Mobile

Score a Christmas deal with Speck’s half-off sale on its entire range of cases

The holidays might be nearing, but bargains don't take time off. To celebrate the last day for U.S. ground shipping, Speck will be offering a sitewide 50-percent-off deal for one day only on Monday December 17.
Mobile

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.
Mobile

Doubts emerge over when LG will reveal its folding smartphone

LG may be working on a folding smartphone, making it the latest device manufacturer to be linked to the technology, which may become one of the standout designs of the coming year.
Deals

Save up to $800 with the best smartphone deals for December 2018

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $800.
Mobile

Give Rachael Ray a run for her money with these 13 recipe apps

You don’t have to be Gordon Ramsay to make a killer meal, you just need an easy to follow recipe app. We’ve compiled our 13 favorite cooking apps for Android smartphones and iPhones, including countless recipes to suit any taste.
Mobile

You forgot all about these 6 phones of 2018. Prepare to forget them again

The best phones of the year are memorable, exciting, and ones we all want to buy. But what about the others? We're not talking about bad phones, we're talking about forgettable phones -- ones that aren't even bad enough to be remembered.
Mobile

T-Mobile is giving away free iPhone XRs and Galaxy S9s for the holidays

T-Mobile is celebrating the holiday season with a series of deals for customers who want an iPhone XR, Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6T, LG V40, or LG G7. There are terms and conditions to the deals, but they are still worth considering.
Mobile

Why Honor’s new screen is the hole-y grail in quest to ditch the notch

Honor will release a smartphone with an in-screen camera in the new year, a trend which is gathering momentum in the industry. Honor said it has cracked the formula, and explains what's special about its All-View Display.
Mobile

Forget 3 being a crowd, 4 is the magic number on the Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei's sequel to the P20 Pro, the P30 Pro, has already started to leak ahead of its 2019 announcement and release. The company is likely to improve even further on the P20 Pro's excellent camera.