Apps

Secunia: Apple software has the most holes

A new report from security software provider Secunia shows that despite considerable security investments, the software industry at large is unable to produce software with substantially fewer vulnerabilities.

The latest data shows that Apple has surpassed Oracle and even Microsoft with accounting for the most software vulnerabilities, though the No. 1 ranking is related only to the number of vulnerabilities--not to how risky they are or how fast they get patched.

This analysis also supports the general perception that a high market share correlates with a high number of vulnerabilities--with Apple (maker of iTunes and QuickTime), Microsoft (Windows, Internet Explorer), … Read more

Updated Google Voice dials faster on Android, BlackBerry

Not all smartphone apps for the Google Voice service are created equal, as we discovered back in September, 2009, when we put each through its paces on iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android phones.

On Thursday, Google updated its Google Voice apps for Android--our hands-down winner--and BlackBerry, the runner up. (If you must know, we declared the iPhone experience to be "a load of crap.")

A modest enhancement to Google Voice on Android and BlackBerry tweaks the back-end calling mechanism to make dialing a faster process when you call out. Though there's no real change to the feature set … Read more

AOL uploads two Android apps, iPhone- and Android-optimized site

No company is too large to take a cue from Google and Yahoo, least of all AOL.

The Internet-provider and content giant further rushes the Android space with two free apps and a brand-new mobile-optimized Web site for Android and iPhone, all introduced on Thursday.

One of these apps, simply called "AOL," is a content portal that lays out shortcut links to other mobile applications and Web-fed content in AOL's empire. 

The second app, DailyFinance, is the mobile version of AOL.com's Daily Finance site, which hands down real-time data, charts, and portfolios, among other … Read more

B&N launches Nook for Android, changes branding strategy

Barnes & Noble has been saying it would soon be launching an Android version of its eBookstore app and now it has done so. But what's interesting about the announcement is that Barnes & Noble has decided to move away from its BN branding and go with Nook as the name of choice for its digital reading platform.

The company says the new Android app is the "first eReader software to feature Barnes & Noble's new Nook-centric branding, leveraging the strength of the company's Nook brand across its entire eReading offering. Nook for Android will soon … Read more

Glide replacing Flash with iPad-friendly HTML5

Glide OS, the cloud-based operating system that runs in your browser, is phasing out Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5. This transition begins with a new version of the company's site that's been designed specifically for Apple iPad owners. Beginning Thursday, visitors to Glide's site will see the Flash version if they're on a normal computer, whereas on the iPad, they'll get the HTML5 flavor.

Glide's CEO and founder, Donald Leka, told CNET on Wednesday that the idea to go with HTML5 came out of simple compatibility issues. "The iPad does not support … Read more

Josh Lowensohn's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

Editors' note: Each day for 10 business days, CNET personalities you know and love are publishing slideshows of their 10 personal favorite iPhone apps. With each post, you get a chance to vote for your own favorite app. Next week, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.

CNET News Staff Writer Josh Lowensohn is a jack-of-all-trades. He podcasts, he reports, he even live-blogs Apple events.

Josh plays games, too. A whopping seven of Josh's favorite iPhone apps are games, some more serious than others. From strategy … Read more

Skype for iPhone gets multitasking, ditches hated 3G-calling fee

Individuals aren't always right, and neither are companies, which is why we heartily appreciate when corporations gracefully address their errors--preferably while capitulating to user demands.

A minor update to Skype for iPhone (now version 2.0.1) reverses Skype's decision to charge for calls over 3G, Skype wrote in a Wednesday blog post.

Late last May, a major update to Skype 2.0 for iPhone finally introduced the oft-requested feature of placing Skype calls over 3G in addition to over Wi-Fi, a capability that Apple had unlocked months before.

Skype, however, presented the 3G calling feature as … Read more

Artist draws cartoon portraits over FaceTime

Greensboro, N.C., artist David Lanham broke his foot and had some free time to spare. If that was me, I would eat chips and play video games all day. Not Lanham. He had a video chat (using FaceTime on the Apple iPhone 4) with a friend and painted the friend's portrait. This led him to offer his services to those who want a similar portrait done, for a fee of $50.

From what we can see on Lanham's Flickr page, the quality of the drawings is excellent. It's no surprise as the man works at Icon Factory, … Read more

Flipboard for iPad gives Facebook, Twitter a magazine-style makeover

iPad app Flipboard calls itself a "social magazine," a way to browse Facebook and Twitter content with the same breezy effortlessness you'd browse the pages of a favorite periodical.

I call it cool.

Flipboard reminds me of Blogshelf, the awesome iPad app that gives blogs and RSS feeds an iBooks-style makeover.

Here, however, the app pulls from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, turning friends' updates into nicely formatted, perusal-friendly pages. (Shades of Sobees, which works a similar kind of magic--though only for Facebook.)

Flipboard also delivers your choice of a couple dozen aggregated content sections (news, finance, … Read more

Rafe Needleman's 10 favorite iPhone apps (CNET 100)

Editors' note: Each day for 10 business days, CNET personalities you know and love will publish slideshows of their 10 personal favorite iPhone apps. With each post, you get a chance to vote for your own favorite app. At the end of July, we'll collect the full list of 100 apps and announce the 10 that you, our readers, love the most.

Editor-at-Large Rafe Needleman's collection of his favorite 10 iPhone apps should serve as a template for any professional journalist. Note taker? Check. Travel apps? Check. Twitter app? Yep!

Of course, even Rafe is human. When he'… Read more