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Millions Having Fun With FaceApp. Now, the Downside

Critics say users are jeopardizing their own privacy through Russian-made app

(Newser) - You may have seen the wrinkled faces of friends online, or shared your own, thanks to an aging filter that transforms user photos via the viral FaceApp. The Russian-made app has been around since 2017 but has seen new interest with the viral #FaceAppChallenge and #AgeChallenge, with participants including Lil... More »

He Molested 11-Year-Old Girl. He'll See No Time Behind Bars

The girl tested positive for chlamydia after sexual encounter with Joseph Meili of Missouri

(Newser) - Joseph Meili's lawyer is praising a "just outcome" for his client in a case prosecutors slam as one of "willful ignorance." And the 22-year-old Missouri man's crime is a heinous one: Per the Springfield News-Leader and Washington Post , Meili pleaded guilty last week to third-degree... More »

He Used a Snapchat Filter to Get This Pic, Launched a Sting

A California cop was arrested as a result of Ethan's actions

(Newser) - Snapchat's gender-swapping filter has been used to make a viral Evanescence video , alter famous works of art , and reveal Glenn Close's unexpected male celebrity look-alike since it launched in May. Now, a use that's a little more impactful: NBC Bay Area reports a local college student used... More »

Divided Supreme Court OKs Lawsuit Against Apple

iPhone users sued over the App Store

(Newser) - A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that consumers can pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps, the AP reports. New Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the court's four liberals in rejecting a plea from Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple to... More »

Bosses Nab Intimate Details on Workers—via Fertility Tracker

Data is so useful, some employees are paid to use Ovia: 'WaPo'

(Newser) - Some of the 10 million users of Ovia's health apps, including women trying to conceive via period tracking and expectant mothers recording everything from bodily functions to sex drive, are sending some of that data straight to their bosses. That's according to the Washington Post , which reports employers... More »

How Highly Personal Data Is Going Right to Facebook

The 'Wall Street Journal' uncovers the activity of 11 popular apps

(Newser) - Turns out Facebook is hoovering more data from your smartphone that you may have realized. The Wall Street Journal says 11 popular apps—mostly related to health and fitness—are sending people's highly personal information to Facebook even if the user isn't on Facebook and the app doesn'... More »

'It's Like Tinder, but With Dogs'

App matches prospective dog owners with shelter animals

(Newser) - If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right. Animal lovers in Lithuania have created a mobile application inspired by the popular dating app Tinder to match up dogs in local shelters with new owners, per the AP . Called GetPet, the app was launched last month, is getting hundreds of new... More »

Pope Who Says He's a Tech 'Disaster' Has a New App

'Click to Pray' lets users keep on top of pontiff's prayers, as well as add their own

(Newser) - First we had a drive-thru for Ash Wednesday ; now there's a Pope Francis-sponsored app for praying. The pontiff who once called himself a techie "disaster" launched "Click to Pray" on Sunday, a six-language app for both Android and iPhone that he hopes will keep Catholic constituents around... More »

Devices, Bad for Teens? Now They Might Help

Patterns of smartphone use could indicate changes in mental health

(Newser) - Rising suicide rates and depression in US teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of... More »

Lawsuit: Popular Weather App Deceived Users

Los Angeles sues Weather Channel, says location data was sold without proper consent

(Newser) - Used the Weather Channel app? You might've been deceived into sharing your location data with company partners, according to a lawsuit from Los Angeles' city attorney. The IBM-owned app—one of the country's most popular sources of weather data, with more than 100 million downloads and 45 million... More »

iPhone App Foils Husband Who Murdered Wife

Mitesh Patel wanted to run away with his boyfriend to Australia

(Newser) - This may have been a crime of passion, but that doesn't mean it wasn't premeditated. In fact, that's exactly what a UK jury found the murder of Jessica Patel to be, meticulously planned by her husband, Mitesh, for five years so he could run away to Australia... More »

'Brain Training' App Shows Promise for OCD Sufferers

Subjects with strong contamination fears saw significant relief of symptoms after one week

(Newser) - There literally does appear to be an app for almost everything, and treating symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder just got its own entry. Treatment for OCD (a condition in which patients can't stop having obsessive thoughts and engaging in repetitive behaviors) has been notoriously hit or miss: UPI reports that... More »

FDA Gives OK to Market Pregnancy- Prevention App

Natural Cycles says its technology is 93% effective, but there has been some controversy

(Newser) - "There's an app for that" is making further inroads in the contraceptives arena. USA Today reports the FDA has approved marketing for the Natural Cycles app, which claims it can help prevent pregnancy by telling a woman what days are best for avoiding sex (marked "red" days)... More »

Google Accused of 'Gross Attack' on Internet Freedom

Company reportedly developing apps in line with Chinese censorship

(Newser) - Google is looking to reenter the Chinese market it exited in protest over government censorship in a move critics say is nothing short of hypocritical. According to the Information and Intercept , Google has presented to Chinese officials two mobile apps—one for internet searches, one focusing on news aggregation—that... More »

She Wanted to Die. Then Something Changed

A teenager found purpose when she began developing mental health apps

(Newser) - For anyone struggling with anxiety or grinding depression, Amanda Southworth has a story to tell. She had moved to a new town where she had no friends and was bullied. She was depressed and anxious. She dreamed of killing herself. She even sent an email to her future self that... More »

Grindr Busted Making 'Disturbing' HIV Revelations

Company admits it has shared users' HIV status with 2 analytics vendors

(Newser) - If Grindr users share their HIV status on the gay dating app, they may assume that revelation will stay among themselves, potential partners, and Grindr. But BuzzFeed reported Monday that Grindr shared that data (including HIV status and "last tested date," as well as email addresses) with two... More »

BlackBerry to Facebook: You Stole Our Messaging Tech

Company sues social media giant, including its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries

(Newser) - BlackBerry Limited has long been proud of its messaging app—so much so that it's now suing Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp subdivisions for ripping off key features. The Verge notes a "sprawling" 117-page complaint filed Tuesday for patent infringement, alleging that hallmark innovations of BlackBerry Messenger,... More »

One Dating App Has Just Taken On a 'Very Tricky Battle'

Bumble to yank pictures of users with guns, knives, or other dangerous weapons

(Newser) - Bumble's slogan is "Date, Meet, Network Better," not "Show Off Your Glock, Meet, Network Better." Which is why, in the wake of mass shootings such as the one in Parkland, the dating app is nixing any individual photos showing users with guns, knives, or other... More »

'Is It Possible This Is Just a Troll to Get People Off Social Media?'

App goes from new Instagram to #DeleteVero in days

(Newser) - Is Vero the new Instagram or just another Ello ? The social media app launched in 2015 but is suddenly—and semi-mysteriously—blowing up, Time reports. Like Instagram, Vero is centered around sharing photos and videos. But unlike Instagram and its parent company, it presents posts chronologically, not based on... More »

Owner on Jeep Ending Up in Lake: 'I Was Speechless'

Friends who'd borrowed her vehicle were led into Lake Champlain by Google's Waze app

(Newser) - "I was speechless." That's how the owner of a Jeep tells WCAX she reacted when she heard said Jeep had ended up at the bottom of Lake Champlain. How Tara Guertin's vehicle got there: She says friends who were driving it were misled by faulty directions... More »

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