Apple Agrees To Drop Apps That Tip-Off Drunk Drivers; Google Refuses

CUPERTINO (CBS/AP) — After pressure from four U.S. senators, Apple Inc. has said it will start rejecting iPhone applications that tip drivers off about police checkpoints for drunken driving.

Apple updated its app developer guidelines Wednesday to exclude such apps. On Thursday, some DUI apps were still available in the App Store, but Apple usually gives developers a chance to update their apps so they can conform to the new guidelines before booting them.

The apps often combine warnings about DUI checkpoints with warnings about speed traps and red-light cameras. Users of the applications help create the warnings by registering the locations.

An Apple spokesman had no comment on the change in the guidelines, and wouldn’t say why the change was made.

Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) asked Apple, Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry, and Google Inc. to remove DUI-avoidance apps in March. RIM complied, but Google refused.

Google runs an application store for phones that use its Android software. The company places far fewer restrictions on application developers than Apple does.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

  • Jacky

    Anon, you are right about many tgnihs, but don’t automatically assume the hybrids will be a free spiritual update for mankind. There is no such thing as a free lunch.Various alien factions have come and gone throughout history. Many have tampered with us, but not in the way the current program is underway. According to researcher Prof. Jacobs the hybrid program suddenly started somewhere around 1890. With the advent of the nuclear age in the 40ies, the program was ramped up significantly. Also many other species got interested in studying us, since we were on an important threshold: advance to the greater outer society, or destroy ourselves. There is a reason why hybrids look very human like. If they wanted to take over by force, they would have done so long ago. If they want to “save their race”, which is heard so often, they would not have created such a human like host and sacrificed their superior intellect (although hybrids are smarter than us). It is to house human souls. It is to save the herd (and meadow by doing so). Yes, we can continue to evolve, souls develop much faster when incarnated, but our physical vehicals are to remain a resource too. And not just to them.You know, biological diversity is a very valuable thing to have. Much more so than technology, which comes easy after a certain threshold. What took 5 billion years to develop, we are destroying within 70 years or so. There are many more tgnihs going one, most I only have vague hunch of, it is very complex. I doubt if there are even hybrids that know the full story. But this is one of the major reasons. So, mankind could be saved in this way, and freed from a lot of troubles we have now, but It’ll come at a price. The price being part of a portfolio of extra dimensional beings. Less sovereignity.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Guide To The Holidays
Shine A Light On The Holiday Season With ‘Giving Tuesday’

Listen Live