If it’s too good to be true, chances are it’s not. These words will hopefully be used as a reminder when downloading apps, which claim can do something that goes beyond the capabilities of the original app. We’re talking about InstaAgent, an app that duped many in thinking they would be able to see who visited their Instagram profile. The app has since been taking out of the App Store and Google Play but not before it could do some damage. The app asked users for their Instagram username and password. It then proceeded to use the credentials to post images on their profile advertising InstaAgent’s false services. Peppersoft.net, an independent iOS developer has a very informative blog on the matter concluding “The behaviour of InstaAgent is very, very strange. You should not use the app.”
Also last week, a Google self-driving car was pulled over for going too slow, Microsoft rolled our it’s first monster Windows 10 update and expired Apple certificates caused Mac user anger.
Google self-driving car pulled over for going too slow
Recently we reported that most accidents with self-driving cars are because they actually obey traffic rules. That means aggressive drivers crash into them because they refuse to run red lights and stop signs. They also drive too slow for impatient human drivers and it turns out, they might be too slow even for the law.
Last week that slowness almost resulted in a ticket when a Google car was pulled over in California for going just 24 miles an hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. The officer was alerted because there was a huge backup behind the Google machine. While there was no driver, there was a passenger and the officer could have issued a ticket because impeding traffic is against the law. However, it would only be fair to mention that Google cars are limited to 25 miles per hour so safety’s sake.
Monster Windows 10 update rolled out
The first big update for Windows 10 shipped last week. This is good news as many users, especially those in the enterprise, wait until a big update and bug fix are issued to use the OS.
The new Edge browser and Cortana both got refinements, and Microsoft released the Windows 10 Store for Business to make it easier to buy and install applications.
Microsoft plans these kinds of updates roughly every 6 months. With this update, Microsoft believes Windows 10 is stable and secure enough for any level of user.
Bad Apple certificates wreak end user havoc
When security certificates go out of date, businesses can’t do things such as electronic commerce and online transactions tend to come to a halt. When Apple certificates lapsed last week something even worse happened. Users who paid good money for their software couldn’t use it with users taking to social media to diffuse their anger.
This all surrounds the Apple App Store which is supposed to make buying and using apps easy and safe.
When App Store certificates expired most of the apps were considered to be invalid – i.e., unusable and there was no immediate replacement of certificates available.
After Apple went into damage control and reissued the certificates, countless glitches remained and some users were forced to delete and then reinstall their apps.
Mainframe guru Gene Amdahl passes away
Gene Amdahl was the man who led the development of the groundbreaking IBM System/360 mainframe. One of the lesser known breakthroughs was the fact that this mainframe also represented the invention of virtualization which allowed it to do multiple things at the same time.
Later Amdahl created IBM compatible mainframes giving IBM its first big iron competition. The mainframe guru passed away on November 10 at the age of 92.