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Roundup: Check your vitals, record app sales, not-so-private calls



scanadu.jpgCheck your vitals: The Scanadu Scout is a device that you press on your temple while holding it between your thumb and index finger. It checks your vital statistics, like blood oxygenation and heart rate and your readings show up on your smartphone.  NBC News

Arrrgh: An apps developer says someone pirated Android apps and converted them for BlackBerry. Several of these converted apps were found on BlackBerry App World store.  CNet

Apple Store numbers: Apple had a record-breaking December with more than 2 billion downloads. The App Store went past the 40 billion mark, with almost half of that in 2012 alone.    Apple Press

Number crunching: An average Apple app download makes 17.5 cents. The average app makes around $9,000 over its lifetime.

Ford opens up to app developers: Ford app developer program will be open to anyone who wants to participate. The automaker will provide a software developer kit to those registered and allow them to write apps for "two-way communication with mobile apps," and Sync-equipped vehicles, "including voice commands from the driver."

Private calls? Think again: Hackers can eavesdrop on private conversations (plus the people and environment around you) using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Columbia University grad student and a professor announced.  Fox News

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:18am]


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