The apps that Apple does not want you to use

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    Aug 07, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    With more than 700,000 apps available for download, perhaps Apple can afford to be picky, but some of those to be banned show Apple’s squeamishness for nudity, bodily functions and upsetting important people.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/10226145/The-apps-that-Apple-does-not-want-you-to-use.html
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    Aug 08, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    Well, some of these are no loss (although WikiLeaks and the children's programming one should certainly be made available), but this epitomizes why I don't like Apple. Once you own a device you should be able to control what goes on it. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to do that on the iPhone outside of the App Store. Perhaps you could compile from source? That would be a frig but it could work. [Sigh] Why can't I have Linux on my phone? Android doesn't quite make the cut, in my books.
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    Aug 08, 2013 5:34 AM GMT
    AstroGeek saidOnce you own a device you should be able to control what goes on it.


    Fail.

    http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=android+malware
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    Aug 08, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    RobertF64 said
    AstroGeek saidOnce you own a device you should be able to control what goes on it.


    Fail.

    http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=android+malware



    People always quote malware for Apple being their savior. With power comes responsibility. As long as you're not being a dumbass, malware isn't that big of a deal. This is starting to sound like people declining to use cars because of the potential to drive off a cliff.
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    Aug 08, 2013 9:47 PM GMT
    RobertF64 said
    AstroGeek saidOnce you own a device you should be able to control what goes on it.


    Fail.

    http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=android+malware

    Linux is actually pretty malware resistant. Although, admittedly, that might just be because not enough people use it for it to be a worthwhile target. In any case, if people want there to be some sort of software repository which is designated as safe/malware-free, then that's fine. I'm just saying that they should be able to use other software if they so desire and are willing to take the risks. And if it's open source software (which I tend to prefer) then often people will have checked the code over to ensure that there isn't anything malicious in there and to catch potential security holes. The risks only really arise with the more obscure bit of software then.
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    Aug 08, 2013 11:38 PM GMT
    AstroGeek saidWell, some of these are no loss (although WikiLeaks and the children's programming one should certainly be made available), but this epitomizes why I don't like Apple. Once you own a device you should be able to control what goes on it. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to do that on the iPhone outside of the App Store. Perhaps you could compile from source? That would be a frig but it could work. [Sigh] Why can't I have Linux on my phone? Android doesn't quite make the cut, in my books.


    Canonical is working on an Ubuntu phone, let's see how that goes.
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    Aug 08, 2013 11:47 PM GMT
    Fargo said
    AstroGeek saidWell, some of these are no loss (although WikiLeaks and the children's programming one should certainly be made available), but this epitomizes why I don't like Apple. Once you own a device you should be able to control what goes on it. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to do that on the iPhone outside of the App Store. Perhaps you could compile from source? That would be a frig but it could work. [Sigh] Why can't I have Linux on my phone? Android doesn't quite make the cut, in my books.


    Canonical is working on an Ubuntu phone, let's see how that goes.

    Yeah, we'll see. Mind you, some days I think Canonical isn't that far removed from Apple... (Pardon my cynicism, I just prefer the more community-based distros.)
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    Aug 09, 2013 1:04 AM GMT
    groundcombat said
    RobertF64 said
    AstroGeek saidOnce you own a device you should be able to control what goes on it.


    Fail.

    http://search.theregister.co.uk/?q=android+malware



    People always quote malware for Apple being their savior. With power comes responsibility. As long as you're not being a dumbass, malware isn't that big of a deal. This is starting to sound like people declining to use cars because of the potential to drive off a cliff.


    Word.

    I've had exactly as much malware on my Macbook as on all of my Windows PCs: none.
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    Aug 11, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
    You guys should have read through the list of apps that were banned...

    I am Rich

    What is it: An app that does nothing but costs $1,000

    How does it work: People with too much money pay for the app and it displays a red diamond in the back ground with the catchphrase “I am Rich”

    Why Apple rejected it: No explanation was given, but the reason should be obvious. Eight people downloaded it before it was banned.

    Is it available elsewhere: Yes, an exact copy is available on Android for free.(AtlasLOLz)

    Someone made off with 8k minus taxes and fees.