What The Tech: App Hoax, Art Kick

An app in Google’s Play Store has been revealed as a hoax, and it scammed thousands of people out of their money.

The app was called “Virus Shield” and it costs $4. It promised to protect your phone from viruses without annoying pop up adds. It made it to the #1 spot on the Google App Store and was purchased over 10,000 times in one week. It was discovered a week later that the app actually did nothing, and Google removed it from the store.

Android reported the creator, a 17 year-old boy, to the police. He insists that the app works, but Google has issued emails to buyers and refunded their money. They also offered a $5 credit in the play store for their trouble.

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You can now turn your television into a multi-billion dollar gallery of art. That is, if you have an app, and Google’s Chromecast.

“Art Kick” is a new photography app that displays hundreds of famous paintings on your big screen TV. You can install the app on a phone or tablet and then choose from a series of categories such as nature, sports, and historical. Art Kick pulls from a variety of places, including the Library of Congress, and many museums.

It works with Google’s Chromecast or Apple TV. It’ll also sync up with some tv models. Art Kick is available for free on both iOS and Android devices.

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