Feeds

Apple censors shut down BitTorrent app client

Developer slipped by iTunes app storekeepers by not mentioning the protocol

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Apple has removed a previously approved BitTorrent client from the iTunes app store - though even the developer admits it only got approved 'cos it didn't mention the protocol.

IS Drive slipped by the Apple censors by making no reference to BitTorrent, connecting instead to the ImageShack service, which provides server-based torrent downloads to paying members. In this way, IS Drive could provide access to BitTorrent content without running the protocol on an iPhone, enabling it to slip past Apple.

But it couldn't last, and sure enough on Monday Macworld reported on the application, reprinting a story from Macworld UK under the headline "Apple approves first BitTorrent iPhone app", which was enough to grab the attention of Cupertino and get the application pulled within 48 hours.

"[IS Drive] will not be designed to easily break the law and I hope no one intends to do so. But if a user is determined to break the law, what business is that of mine or Apple's?" asked the developer, while talking to TorrentFreak.

It may be none of Apple's business, but that doesn't mean it won't choose to get involved, and while the developer continues to argue that his application doesn't break any of Apple's published rules, even he seems sanguine, tweeting: "Not sure if I can change Apple's mind, but I'm trying." ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.