Japan Plans To Introduce Contact-tracing App

Japan plans to introduce contact-tracing app

The Japanese government plans to make a coronavirus contact-tracing app available by the end of this month.

The app records the data of smartphones that come within a certain distance of each other. People will then be alerted if they have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the virus.

App Maps Virus Risks In Medical Facilities

App maps virus risks in medical facilities

A Japanese venture company has developed a smartphone app that can identify risks of exposure to the coronavirus inside medical institutions.

The app was created by an IT firm based in Tokyo that works with the medical industry.

Govt. May Introduce Virus Contact Tracking App

Govt. may introduce virus contact tracking app

The Japanese government is considering the adoption of a smartphone app that would allow authorities to quickly identify people who may have been exposed to those infected with the new coronavirus.

The app will be similar to the one developed and introduced in Singapore. If users of smartphones loaded with the app come into close proximity, the handsets will receive each other's phone number and record it in an encrypted form.

Japan Railways Releases App To Help Deal With Train Gropers

Japan Railways Releases App To Help Deal With Train Gropers

One of the problems Japan is facing is the problem of train gropers, who typically take advantage of the fact that Japan’s trains can get insanely crowded and they use that to their advantage to molest and grope their victims. Unfortunately, there is not much one can do about it as trains can be too crowded to correctly identify the groper.

Plus, due to the nature of trains, the groper can always easily hop off the next station and disappear. However, Japan Railways (JR East) has come up with a new app that will help the victims out. Whenever the victim thinks that they might have been groped, all they need to do is launch the app and tap the button, after which it will send a message to the train’s conductor.

How To Manage Android App Permissions

How To Manage Android App Permissions

Android apps come in all shapes and sizes and do all manner of things. As such, depending on the app, it might request for access to certain parts of your phone, whether it be your files, photos, camera, microphone, location, and so on. These are also known as “permissions” and apps, when they’re installed for the first time, usually request for permission.

This also allows users to get an idea of what kind of access an app is trying to gain, where more suspicious apps might request for things that they shouldn’t. That being said, if one day you decide that maybe you don’t want this app to access your location, how do you do that? If you want to figure out how to manage your Android app’s permissions, then check out the steps below.

Google's App Defense Alliance Wants To Stop Bad Android Apps From Reaching Your Phone

Google's App Defense Alliance Wants To Stop Bad Android Apps From Reaching Your Phone

While the Google Play Store has systems in place to try and prevent malware and bad apps from getting listed and downloaded by users, unfortunately, it’s not the perfect system and from time to time, we do come across reports that bad apps find their way into the Play Store where it ends up being downloaded by users.

In a bid to prevent that from happening, or at least reducing the chances of that happening, Google has formed a partnership with various security companies, such as ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium, where they have come together to create the App Defense Alliance. According to Google, this alliance’s goal is to stop bad apps in their tracks before they reach the devices of users.

Sony-led Venture Boosts Taxi App

Sony-led venture boosts taxi app

Sony-led joint venture Minnano Taxi is teaming up with rail and telecommunications companies to boost its AI capabilities.

Sony and five Tokyo-based taxi companies launched the Minnano Taxi service last year. Users can hail and pay for a cab using their smartphones.

Ai.type Keyboard App For Android Makes Unauthorized Purchases

Ai.type Keyboard App For Android Makes Unauthorized Purchases

Ai.type was a pretty popular 3rd party keyboard app for Android available on the Play Store. However, it was removed from the Play Store after security reports of displaying invisible advertisements and requiring unnecessary permissions.

It is worth noting that it was an app on the Android marketplace with more than 40 million downloads. It wasn’t so popular at the App Store, but it was also available for iOS devices.

Youtube Music Replaces Play Music As A Preinstalled App On Android 10

YouTube Music Replaces Play Music As A Preinstalled App On Android 10

According to a post on the YouTube Blog, “YouTube Music is your personal guide through the complete world of music—whether it’s a hot new song, hard to find gem, or an unmissable music video. Music fans on Android phones can now easily unlock the magic of YouTube Music, which will come installed on all new devices launching with Android 10 (and Android 9), including the Pixel series.”

That being said, it does not mean that Google has done away with Play Music. In fact, users who want to install Play Music back on their devices in favor of YouTube Music will be able to do so. All you need to do is go to the Play Store and search for the app and you can redownload it once again.

Australians Release App About 'cowra Breakout'

Australians release app about 'Cowra breakout'

A group of Australians has released a smartphone app that recounts a deadly incident in southeastern Australia during World War Two.

On August 5, 1944, more than 1,100 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a POW camp in the town of Cowra.

Youtube App For The Nintendo 3ds Will Be Shutting Down In September

YouTube App For The Nintendo 3DS Will Be Shutting Down In September

Nintendo’s 3DS is more than just a handheld gaming console. The console also comes with support for some apps, such as the YouTube app that allows gamers to watch videos on their consoles, a nice break from just playing games all day. However, if you do use the YouTube app quite a bit, you might be disappointed to learn that the app will be going away in September.

In an announcement on its website, Nintendo confirmed that the YouTube app for the 3DS will be officially shutting down on the 3rd of September. They note that the YouTube app will continue to exist for both the Nintendo Switch and the Wii U, although we can’t imagine that support for the Wii U will continue much longer either given the focus on the Switch these days.

Seven Eleven Pledges Tighter Security For 7pay App

Seven Eleven pledges tighter security for 7pay app

The operator of Seven-Eleven Japan convenience stores has pledged to enhance the security of its new cashless payment service in the aftermath of a major fraud case.

About 900 customers who used the smartphone app "7pay" were the victims of a scam that fleeced them out of around 500,000 dollars.

2 Chinese Arrested For Suspected Payment App Scam

2 Chinese arrested for suspected payment app scam

Japanese police have arrested two Chinese nationals on suspicion of a scam involving unauthorized use of a cashless payment service of convenience-store chain Seven-Eleven Japan.

The police suspect they may be part of an organized gang that has targeted smartphone accounts of the 7pay app that was launched on Monday.