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Spendigo the holiday expense tracker app

Spendigo icon

I’m pleased to announce that my friend Torsten’s first app, Spendigo has just been released in the App Store. Apart from a serious amount of beta testing, I’ve also supplied the icon and splash screen.

Spendigo keeps track of your holiday spending so that when you get back you can find out where all your money went – in fact the app was called Where Did It Go? during development:)

It’s simple to add an expense, assign a category and get on with your day. The app handles currency conversions, different views of your spends and running totals (don’t worry, you can switch the running total off if you’d rather not know how much you’re spending until you get home).

A lot of love and hard work has gone into this app and if you’re looking for a way to track your holiday expenses then you really should take a look: click here for App Store link

Chameleon Clock rip-off update

 

If you’re interested in the story of how our App Chameleon Clock has been shamelessly ripped-off then you might like a little update…

Apple seem to have done very little so far other than to comment that ‘the dispute seems to be unresolved’. The other company are refusing to remove their App and I think it’s obviously about time Apple stepped up and helped protect the rights of their legitimate developers. I say ‘legitimate’ because the other guys business seems to be based around ripping off other companies apps and bolstering them with obviously fake 5 star reviews.

Our latest response to Apple is as follows:

‘Apple, please make a stand here. It’s ridiculous that their app is still available. Not only are Orangeport refusing to amend their application so that it doesn’t infringe on our IP, they now have the cheek to try and fight it out by demanding to see International Trademark Registration Certificates. This is just a delaying tactic as it’s obvious to anybody that they are blatantly stealing our idea.

Have a look at the App Store pages for both Apps and you’ll plainly see that a) ours came out first, b) they stole the name and concept and c) they even copied the images used i.e. screen 1: a chameleon lizard sitting in front on an iPad with green leaves in the background, screen 2: the iPad shown in front of a wood texture, screen 4/5: an iPad in front of a sunset.

Not only have they stolen the name, idea and marketing materials, they’ve also copied the App’s operation i.e. tap digits to change colour and swipe to adjust transparency – as described in their App Store text.

Even the reviews of their app are probably fake – only 5 star reviews and all from users who have never reviewed another app.

We strongly feel that an app like theirs should never have been approved in the first place and that as part of the approval process, Apple should, at the very least, perform a quick check of existing apps to make sure that the newly submitted app isn’t blatantly copying an existing app.

So please step in and stand up for the rights of your legitimate developers and remove their app from sale until such time as they resubmit it in a manner that doesn’t infringe our IP so blatantly.

ps. if you want more evidence as to what sort of developer Orangeport are, do an App Store search for WTHR and you’ll find not only the original and well reviewed WTHRdial app but also an Orangeport one with two of the most hilariously fake 5 star reviews ever (in the UK store) – bear in mind these are for a weather app:

‘That’s how a multi-functional application should look like. It does anything I need and more (over 12 functions). It’s so enormous that you surf it for days and still find something new each time’ 

‘One of the few applications that meet the aesthetic and function perfect! The information contained in a traditional style, lovingly illustrated and retailers!’

Let’s see what happens next…

Another App Store rip-off story

I’m not having a particularly great day today (I won’t bore you with the details) but the icing on the cake has been the accidental discovery that our Chameleon Clock app has been shamelessly ripped off.

I’ve posted about this sort of thing before but this episode is perhaps even more blatant. Our App Chameleon Clock was released on the 11th of July and although it didn’t change the world it seemed as if a few people liked it’s simple premise.

We’re just in the process of updating it for the iPhone 5 so I did a quick check in the App Store to reference which screenshots would need changing and came across Chameleon Clock™  which was released a couple of months later – plenty of time to code up an app as simple as this… I particularly like the ™ that they’ve added to the name implying that they were somehow the ‘original’.

It’s not just the idea that they’ve copied but the promotional images as well – including the Chameleon sitting in front of the iPad. Check out our app vs theirs.

The developers, Orangeport seem to have a bit of a habit of this sort of thing – a quick search in the App Store for WTHR (a beautiful designed, well reviewed weather app – http://www.wthr.co) also brings up WTHR by Orangeport…

It seems to me that if this is happening with Apps of this level – no offence to the guys behind WTHR but we’re not talking about household name apps here – then this practice must be rife throughout the App Store and it’s about time that Apple did something about it.

Surely it’s not too difficult for Apple, as part of the approval process, to do a quick search of their own store and see if there’s already an app with the same name and functionality? There’s obviously a grey area where apps might coincidentally have similar names and functionality, but in other cases (like the above) it’s just blatantly obvious what’s going on… It’s about time they tightened things up – the current situation isn’t good for developers who are seeing their hard work ripped off or for consumers who accidentally end up buying the wrong app. The only people that benefit are the bastards that steal other people’s IP…

Please Apple, sort it out.

 

A little tale of App Store shenanigans & skulduggery

As you might know my company, Chilli X, has an iPhone app called PhotoFrame and an iPad app called PhotoFramePlus. The other day I did a quick search for it in the App Store (I wanted to copy the link to send to someone) and I came across a competing app called PhotoFrame Pro HD by MAX CA APPS. So I thought I’d have a little look at the competition, and what I found turned out to be rather interesting… Continue reading

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