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Fake WhatsApp app downloaded more than one million times

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The real WhatsApp messenger has been downloaded more than a billion times from the Google Play Store

The real WhatsApp messenger has been downloaded more than a billion times from the Google Play Store

A fake version of the WhatsApp messenger app was downloaded more than a million times from the Google Play Store before it was removed.

The app, "Update WhatsApp Messenger", appeared to have been developed by the firm behind the real program - WhatsApp Inc.

According to users on web forum Reddit, the fake contained ads and could download software to users' devices.

It has now been removed from the Play Store.

Whoever was behind the app managed to make it look as though its developer was "WhatsApp Inc".

They did this by using that exact name, though replacing the space with a special character that looks like a space.

The subtle difference would have been practically undetectable to the average user.

Users receiving automatic updates via the real WhatsApp would not have been affected.

It is far from the first time that Google has had to clean up fake malicious apps on the Play Store.

In 2015, the firm had to step in and block one program that disguised itself as a battery monitor and sent premium-rate text messages from people's phones.

DRIVERSTOP: New app takes the headache out of takeaway deliveries

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Ayaz and Faraz Saddiq and Kameran Khan have developed a new app which is the “Rolls Royce” of takeaway and restaurant delivery service

Ayaz and Faraz Saddiq and Kameran Khan have developed a new app which is the “Rolls Royce” of takeaway and restaurant delivery service


With new sophisticated phone apps and online food ordering options for the customer seemingly endless and convenient, for takeaway and restaurant owners it’s imperative that they deliver their customer’s food on time.

But things don’t always go to plan. One of the biggest headaches in the food delivery service industry is ensuring there are enough drivers on the ready to meet customer’s expectations.

Now a trio of innovative Asian businessmen from Leeds, have teamed up to provide the perfect solution that takeaway and restaurant owners may face when their delivery driver can’t make it in for their shift.

Brother Ayaz and Faraz Saddiq and friend Kameran Khan recognised the niche in the market and have developed the perfect solution, which is sure to be a win-win for takeaway owner, customer and delivery driver.

Ayaz Saddiq, who’s worked in the food industry for a number of years, experienced this first hand when he took on evening jobs as a takeaway delivery driver.

“I witnessed the stress takeaway owners were enduring if their delivery driver let them down and struggled to source a driver at very short notice,” explains Ayaz.

“I realised this was quite a big issue for takeaway and restaurant owners and was discussing it extensively with my brother Faraz.

“I’ve also heard experiences of hard-working delivery drivers who would be called into work on their days off but did not receive the appreciation for their hard work.”

Ayaz and Faraz decided they could offer a food delivery service agency and so went door-to-door promoting their services. Very soon they couldn’t cope with the sheer volume of “last-minute” delivery requests.

Whilst discussing the scenario with their close friend Kameran, the team have developed a delivery-driver booking app ‘DriverStop’, which is set to revolutionise the way eateries manage their deliveries.

DriverStop is a new app that brings together takeaway/restaurant owners and delivery drivers at a very short notice.

A takeaway owner can submit their driver request through the app for the number of hours work required, a message is sent to all the pre-registered drivers and the first to accept will get the job.

“The idea is simple but it’s a service that is long over due,” says Kameran.

“This app is set to revolutionise the fast food delivery industry.

‘We’ve had the likes of JustEat and HungryHouse bring orders to takeaways at the touch of a button, but what was lacking is the ability to get those orders to the customers in good time.”

There is more to DriverStop says Faraz: “Delivery drivers are the backbone of the takeaway industry.

“They work tirelessly to bring us our food fresh and tasty, yet their hard work has gone unnoticed far too long, the DriverStop gives flexibility to delivery drivers so they can work when they want and achieve a good work-life balance.

“The app has been received really well by takeaway and restaurant owners, they all love the idea and see it as a life-saver.”

As well as paying great rates according to the driver’s delivery experience, it offers advice on customer service, best routes for optimum delivery times and tips on ensuring customer confidence.

Schools issue warning of Live.Ly app after pervert exposes himself to 9-year-olds

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Police have issued a warning across West Yorkshire after a pervert performed a sex act online to a group of primary school children in Leeds.

The stranger logged into a social media video chat group on Monday 23rd January, exposed his genitals and performed a sex act in front of the children. Specialist detectives are now investigating this matter.

Schools rushed to send letters out to parents warning them about the mobile phone app, with many urging them to delete the app from their children's phones altogether.

The letter about issued in Leeds explained: "Whilst the app is only supposed to access contacts on the user's phone, it appears that quite quickly, friends of friends of friends are able to join the group chat whom your child does not know at all.

"It is, therefore, an unsafe app for children to use, as it risks either an incident such as happened, or opportunities for your child to be groomed online and therefore at risk of sexual exploitation."

It said Leeds Safeguarding Board had received at least one other call in the past week voicing similar concerns about the app, which is linked to the platform. users can block viewers who post inappropriate comments, and viewers can report broadcasters if they are streaming unsuitable content, though the terms of use state that the developers have no obligation to do anything in response.

A police spokesman said: "Specialist detectives from Leeds District Safeguarding Unit are investigating and enquiries are ongoing to identify the person responsible.

"Officers are also liaising with Leeds City Council and working with schools to offer support to pupils and to reinforce messages to students and parents about online safety."

Earlier this month schools in Liverpool were also reported to have issued letters detailing concerns about the app.

Liverpool Cyber Safety Team had warned the app was increasingly being used by those wishing to groom children, due to the age of most of its users.

Advice for parents from website says: "Parents need to know that is live video-streaming in a social-networking app that allows users to broadcast live video to online friends and is made by the same developers as - your music video community.

"Teens can log in with their, Facebook, or Twitter account. The terms of use specify that users be at least 13 years old but that by using the service, they are affirming that they're 18, which makes little sense.

"As with any live-streaming service, there are concerns about what kids might see, what sort of information kids may give out, and the potential for bullying or inappropriate comments from viewers.

"The app, however, does warn users at the beginning of streams not to expose personal information and reminds them to "be nice," though the developers promise no moderation or oversight.”

Tap a table! App will help diners book restaurants at the last minute

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FLEXYDINE: The app has already won two awards and has made it to the finals of a national business competition

FLEXYDINE: The app has already won two awards and has made it to the finals of a national business competition

A new app, which helps diners book restaurant tables at the last minute and at a discounted price, has won two awards and is through to the final of a national business competition.

Developed by students from The University of Salford, FlexyDine offers customers the chance to book a last minute table at any restaurant which is part of the app.

It also has a search function so users can find the nearest restaurant from where they are.

The team - made up of Salford Business School students Adam Karow, Georgy Bickerdyke, Suleiman Duale, Joseph Laisby, Cristinel Mateias, Mohammad Jaberansari and Hamza Shah - were victorious in two pitching competitions: the Santander Pitch It and the Incubox Kickfactor contest.

The seven business school students have won over £1000 towards their idea, as well as professional mentoring and business support.

Their first victory came at the Santander Pitch It competition, when they impressed the judging panel so much that they won and will now represent Salford at the national Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

Just weeks later they won the Kickfactor, held at Media City and sponsored by Wildings Solicitors and Incubox in partnership with Salford Enterprise team and Salford Business School.

The Kickfactor competition was integrated by lecturers Dr Aleksej Heinze, Dr Marie Griffiths and Alex Fenton, with a final year eCommerce Consulting and Practice module assignment for the BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology students.

Dr Aleksej Heinze, eCommerce Consulting and Practice module leader said: “Integrating a national competition in a final year module assignment allowed our students to step up and use all knowledge from their Business Information Technology degree to use in developing this business idea.

“Needless to say that the FlexyDine winning team have done incredibly well on their module marks too.”

Suleiman Duale of FlexyDine said: “We have been working on this app together for over a year and in that time it has evolved into what we see now.

“Our app will allow restaurant owners to get greater exposure for their establishments and the chance to ensure less table space is wasted, while diners get the ease and convenience of being able to book a table at the last minute, and usually at a discounted price.

“The process of winning these two competitions was intense yet rewarding. Winning both competitions has boosted the moral of the team and with the support and investment from both Wildings and Santander we can cover base start-up costs of the company and move forward from there. We have received great support from the Enterprise Team at Salford as well, they really helped us to hone our pitching skills. There are over 5000 restaurants in Manchester alone, so the potential for Flexydine is huge.”

Kid Harwood from Wildings Solicitors and Incubox said: “Wildings is proud to be supporting an event like Kickfactor at Media City which brought together Entrepreneurs and business people alike.

“At Incubox innovation and entrepreneurship is a huge part of our culture. We are actively seeking to invest and support local talent. Thank you for this fantastic opportunity of working with Salford University Students culminating in the Kickfactor 2016 finals at Media City. We are looking forward to working with the winners.”

Get employed with the swipe of a finger

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EMPLOYED: Tara Sangani found a flexible job from the BahGum app

EMPLOYED: Tara Sangani found a flexible job from the BahGum app

New careers app brings students and employers together

A free app, which looks to put the simplicity back into job applications, was launched last month, meaning your future job could be just one swipe away.

‘BahGum’ was developed by a team of students from the University of York as a way of giving fellow academics a chance to find employment suiting their abilities.

With the simple concept  - ‘swipe right for apply, swipe left for ignore’ - the app progresses from the students’ already established website, and is able to provide job suggestions based on your online CV and past applications.

Amongst those to have used the app is BahGum’s own Accounts Executive, Tara Sangani.

Struggling to find flexible employment around her university degree, she was able to land a new role from one of the hundreds of flexible job listings.

Chris Smith, CEO of BahGum, said Tara’s story was not a unique one.

”We’ve seen incredible success with the BahGum website,” he added. “The app provides a more engaging, fun and personal experience for our users.”

The app is targeted at anyone seeking to gain employment, with a strong emphasis on students who are looking for summer internships, industrial placements and graduate jobs.

Users can take full advantage of instant job notifications, ‘one-to-one’ company updates, and a host of interactive tools allowing users to save, edit and return to applications at a later date.

Chris added: “We wanted to make it easier for international students to find employment through a ‘tinder inspired’ theme that’s easy, practical and functional - and we’ve had some great success already.

“The app is free because we want to share our successes with everyone. Companies post job applications onto BahGum at a cost which allows us to provide the app for free.”

BahGum can be downloaded for free from iTunes and will soon be released for Android.

Spot the Signs

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An educative application has been developed and launched by a Keighley resident who hopes to tackle some of the biggest issues surrounding the taboo subject of sexual grooming.

It is a problem which affects all communities and is tackled by police officers on a daily basis, yet the fact of the matter is that sexual grooming continues to take place away from the public eye.

Shakeel Aziz, a youth worker from Bradford, decided he would tackle the problem from its early stages, and so launched the SGA app to warn of signs which suggest a child is being groomed.

The phone application is available to download for your mobile device and provides short, concise to the point information and awareness on the crime of sexual grooming in a question and answer format.

AWARE: Shakeel Aziz launched the app in the hope of raising awareness of signs for sexual grooming

AWARE: Shakeel Aziz launched the app in the hope of raising awareness of signs for sexual grooming

For Shakeel, the chance to help raise awareness on such a difficult subject is something he believes must be taken, and explained how the app was developed.

“As a youth development worker, any issues which involve the development and protection of young people is close to my heart,” he said.

“This specific issue I have been working on for many years on the foundations of basic youth development work on 'Sex and Relationships Education'.

“Technically, me and many other youth workers have been working on this subject way before the high profile grooming cases hit the media headlines.

“I believe it is a moral responsibility for us all to tackle and challenge social problems in any way we can, and for me, as a Muslim, it is my religious duty to confront problems and social challenges.”

APP: The application is available to download from your mobile phone or tablet device and is available to purchase for £1.49

APP: The application is available to download from your mobile phone or tablet device and is available to purchase for £1.49

Research done prior to the launch of the app highlighted the need to create awareness of the signs of sexual grooming according to Shakeel.

Many families, whose children had fallen victim to the crime, were apparently unaware of the signs which could be spotted, whilst research also showed that many young people themselves were oblivious to the matter.

Not only does Shakeel hope that the app will be used by parents, but also insists that the technology could be utilised perfectly in schools to alert all demographics in society.

He said: “I hope it will be used by anyone and everyone in our societies. Sexual grooming is an issue which we should be confronting and tackling.

“I hope that schools, national charities and organisations will use the app to firstly equip themselves with the information, and then break down the information for young people.”

He added: “The app version is a fantastic vehicle to create awareness because the majority of us have access to smartphone and apps.”

The SGA app can be downloaded now from your mobile device for £1.49, with funds going to the Star Youth Project as well as being used to continue to raise awareness of sexual grooming.