Malware di Amazon Appstore

Internet Accelerator Speed Up
Seperti halnya Android yang pertumbuhannya terus meningkat, tingkat pertumbuhan malware yang ditargetkan untuk Android juga meningkat. Selain Google Play Store, toko aplikasi milik Amazon, yaitu Amazon App Store juga sudah menjadi sasaran malware.

Baru-baru ini sebuah aplikasi dari Amazon App Store telah terdeteksi sebagai malware/adware (fungsionalitas = no, iklan = yes) oleh tim Kaspersky.

Roel dari Kaspersky :

It should come as no surprise that there are malicious apps in the Amazon App Store. Amazon.com is incredibly popular and it’s a very trivial step to also upload an app into their store.

We detect these pieces of malware as HEUR:Hoax.AndroidOS.FakeBapp.a and have been in contact with Amazon.com about this. The apps were previously available in Google Play as well, but had been removed at an earlier time.

Aplikasi yang bernama Internet Accelerator Speed Up ini juga sempat muncul di Play Store namun sudah dihapus oleh Google.

“no surprise”.

“Making money is not a bug”

Jika Anda mengikuti perkembangan Ubuntu 12.10 akhir-akhir ini pasti Anda mendengar bahwa iklan Amazon akan terinstall secara default pada hasil pencarian di Unity pada Ubuntu 12.10. Berita ini, membuat heboh komunitas terkait dengan masalah privasi pengguna, dan kebanyakan langsung memprotes tindakan dari Canonical. Beberapa orang bahkan mengancam akan migrasi dari Ubuntu.

Menanggapi kehebohan ini, Mark Shuttleworth menanggapinya pada blog pribadinya:

Why are you putting ads in Ubuntu?

We’re not putting ads in Ubuntu. We’re integrating online scope results into the home lens of the dash. This is to enable you to hit “Super” and then ask for anything you like, and over time, with all of the fantastic search scopes that people are creating, we should be able to give you the right answer.

These are not ads because they are not paid placement, they are straightforward Amazon search results for your search. So the Dash becomes a super-search of any number of different kinds of data. Right now, it’s not dynamically choosing what to search, it’s just searching local scopes and Amazon, but it will get smarter over time.

This is just a moneymaking scheme.

We picked Amazon as a first place to start because most of our users are also regular users of Amazon, and it pays us to make your Amazon journey get off to a faster start. Typing Super “queen marking cage” Just Worked for me this morning. I am now looking forward to my game of Ultimate Where’s Waldo hunting down the queens in my bee colonies, Ubuntu will benefit from the fact that I chose to search Amazon that way, Amazon benefits from being more accessible to a very discerning, time-conscious and hotkey-friendly audience.

But there are many more kinds of things you can search through with Unity scopes. Most of them won’t pay Ubuntu a cent, but we’ll still integrate them into the coolest just-ask-and-you’ll-receive experience. I want us to do this because I think we can make the desktop better.

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

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Upgrade treadmill

Glenn Fleishman dari TidBITS:

To the first point, the upgrade treadmill, that hits home much more closely to the Android ecosystem, which has multiple manufacturers producing new models seemingly monthly, even though the new models often run older versions of Android that lack marquee features, and older models are often incapable of being upgraded after even a single version release.

Apple, by contrast, has a three-to-five-year window of support for older equipment (iCloud compatibility aside!).

Hardware is dead

Jay Goldberg dari Venture Beat menceritakan pengalamannya saat mengunjungi toko-toko elektroni di Shenzhen (China):

I had heard that tablets in China had already reached low price points. You can buy a reasonable Android phone for $100 retail, and I wanted to see if I could find a $150 tablet. This consultant pointed me to a mall filled with hundreds of stalls selling nothing but tablets. I walked into the middle of the scrum to a random stall. I pointed to one of the devices on display and asked, “How much for this one?” 300 kuai. My Mandarin is a bit rusty, so I had to ask again. Slowly, the stall owner repeated renminbi 300 yuan.

If this were a movie, the lights would have dimmed and all the activity in the room frozen. 300 renminbi is US $ 45. And that was the initial offer price given to a bewildered foreigner in China, no haggling. I felt a literal shock.

I bought the device and did some more research. This was a 7-inch tablet, Wi-Fi only with all the attributes of a good tablet. Capacitive touchscreen. Snappy processor. Front facing camera. 4GB of internal memory and an expandable memory slot.

Wow… US$45 untuk sebuah tablet. Kira-kira untungnya darimana?

CEO Amazon: Orang-orang tidak ingin gadget, mereka ingin layanan

CEO Amazon, Jeff Bezos, berpendapat bahwa alasan mengapa hanya sedikit orang yang membeli tablet Android yang diluncurkan tahun lalu adalah karena orang-orang tidak butuh gadget, tetapi mereka butuh layanan.

Jeff Bezos via AllThingsD:

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says there is a simple reason that few people bought the dozens of Android tablets launched last year.

Most folks don’t want gadgets, Bezos said. They want services.
And the Kindle Fire, Bezos said, is more a service than a gadget.

Jadi menurut Jeff Bezos, Android menang di gadget yang ber-spec tinggi tetapi kurang di layanan. Kindle Fire unggul dengan layanan mereka. Lalu Apple?