What Does Eroding Intelligence Create? Take-a-Chance Apps in Curated App Stores

February 9, 2024

green-dino_thumb_thumb_thumbThis essay is the work of a dumb dinobaby. No smart software required.

I am a real and still-alive dinobaby. I read “Undergraduates’ Average IQ Has Fallen 17 Points Since 1939. Here’s Why.” The headline tells the story. At least, Dartmouth is planning to use testing to make sure its admitted students can read and write. But it appears that interesting people are empowering certain business tactics whether they have great test scores or not.

Warning: Fraudulent App Impersonating LastPass Currently Available in Apple App Store” strikes me as a good example of how tactics take advantage of what one might call somewhat slow or unaware people. The write up states:

The app attempts to copy our branding and user interface, though close examination of the posted screenshots reveal misspellings and other indicators the app is fraudulent.

Are there similarly structured apps in the Goggle Play store? You bet. A couple of days ago, I downloaded and paid a $1.95 for an app that allegedly would display the old-school per-core graphic load which Microsoft removed from Task Manager. Guess what? It did not load.

Several observations:

  1. The “stores” are not preventing problematic apps from being made available to users
  2. The people running the store are either unable to screen apps or just don’t care
  3. The baloney about curation is exactly that.

I wonder if the people running these curated app stores are unaware of what these misfires do to a customer. On the other hand, perhaps the customers neither know nor care that curated apps are creeping into fraud territory.

Stephen E Arnold, February 8, 2024


One Response to “What Does Eroding Intelligence Create? Take-a-Chance Apps in Curated App Stores”

  1. BlockChainBuddy on February 9th, 2024 7:14 pm

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