504th Military App Could Expose Soldiers’ Data

The 504th military app gives soldiers weather updates, training changes, and other logistics. But its terms of service say it collects a lot of personal data, and if the app was hacked it could potentially expose top-secret information.

The app’s permissions — which suggested it could pull GPS location data, photos, contacts and even rewrite memory cards — frustrated soldiers who have taken extreme precautions they felt were glossed over by Trotter and other senior leaders…The worst-case scenario, he said, was “our cover might be blown.” While the app said permissions could be disabled, the soldiers said there was a failure of confidence it was secure. Senior leaders checked the phones of subordinates to ensure they had the app installed, soldiers in the unit said.

Why it’s especially concerning: “The app developer, Straxis LLC, is based in Tulsa but has a subsidiary in southern India.”

Apple Shares ‘Ghost Writer’ Behind the Scenes Featurette

Apple has shared a Ghost Writer behind-the-scenes featurette on YouTube. It’s a kids series in which a ghost haunts a neighborhood.

When a ghost haunts a neighborhood bookstore and starts releasing fictional characters into the real world, four kids must team up to solve an exciting mystery surrounding the ghost’s unfinished business.

You can watch Ghost Writer on Apple TV+ here, and watch the featurette below.

Lightricks Ltd Launches StoryBoost for Brands

Lightricks Ltd has some great photo apps for consumers, like Facetune and Enlight. But now it has an app aimed more at brands, called StoryBoost. Stand out + boost your brand or business with the Story maker app that has everything you need. 1000+ stunningly designed, on-trend Story page templates — and they’re always adding more; Unique animations between Story pages; Stickers and filters to give your photos and videos that extra touch; Eye-catching animated text; Tons of content ideas & built-in best practices that get engagement and more followers. Tell your story flawlessly and seamlessly to build a brand that you’re proud of. App Store: StoryBoost – Free (Offers In-App Purchases)