SwiftKey adds calendar and location sharing to the new toolbar

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Swiftkey launched a new toolbar interface just a couple weeks back, and it’s adding a few more features to it today. With the latest update, you can easily insert your current location as well as calendar appointments. SwiftKey promised both these features previously, and here they are.

The toolbar sits right above your keyboard for quick access to features like the clipboard, stickers, settings, and more. The addition of two more icons might make the toolbar a bit cluttered, but it’s not shown by default.

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Swiftkey 7.0 for Android and iOS brings new Toolbar, Stickers, GIFs and more; Location and Calendar sharing coming soon

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Microsoft has updated Swiftkey app to version 7.0 for Android and iOS, which is a major update since it acquired it back in 2016. The update brings new Toolbar to easily access  Themes, Clipboard and more on Android and iOS. The toolbar replaces the existing Hub on Android. It also brings Stickers / Emoji that you can add your messages as they are, or edit them to add your own style and personality to a message and GIFs powered by GIPHY. It will also get new Location sharing and Calendar sharing features. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTkwnSkBrn4 The update also brings 8 new ‘Lish’ languages for Indian users. It has compatibility for over 40 Indian languages as well as transliteration and layout options. New features in Swiftkey 7.0 for Android and iOS Toolbar offers a new way to get faster and easier access to favorite SwiftKey features. Just tap the “+” on the left of the prediction bar to give it a try. Stickers gives even more ways to express yourself beyond words. Save your favorite Stickers – edited or otherwise – and access them later in Collections, found by tapping on the ‘pin’ icon on the Toolbar. (Only on Android) GIFs: express yourself and liven up your messages by …
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Apple Killed This Calendar App’s Cryptocurrency Mining Feature

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Apple has reportedly pulled a calendar app from the Mac App Store because its recently introduced crypto-mining feature used too many resources. The app, Calendar 2, had implemented a feature that mined a cryptocurrency called Monero in the background. The feature allowed users to “pay” for full access to the app by leveraging their device’s […]
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Calendar 2 made $2K in 3 days mining cryptocurrency, but Apple says it violated Mac App Store guidelines

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Yesterday, we reported on a macOS app called Calendar 2 that seemingly added cryptocurrency mining as an alternative to paying for premium features. At the time, the app’s developers, Qbix, had made the decision to remove the feature from the app.

The company now tells us, however, that Apple ended up pulling the app from the Mac App Store for violating its guidelines…

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Apple Did Pull Calendar App That Mined Cryptocurrency From Mac App Store, Citing Excessive Use of Device Resources

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Yesterday, it was discovered that a Mac App Store app called Calendar 2 had implemented a cryptocurrency mining feature that users could elect to use to unlock in-app features rather than paying cash, raising questions about whether Apple planned to allow such apps in the Mac App Store.

Calendar 2 was mining a digital coin known as Monero, and initially, Apple was slow to respond to questions from Ars Technica about whether or not such a feature was permissible, resulting in the app staying in the Mac App Store for a good 24 hours after Apple knew of its existence. Shortly after widespread media reports about the cryptocurrency mining feature circulated the app disappeared from the Mac App Store, but at the time, it was not clear if it was Apple that removed the app or the app’s developer.


As it turns out, the app was indeed pulled by Apple. According to Greg Magarshak, CEO of Qbix, the company behind the Calendar 2 app, Apple removed the app from the Mac App Store for violating rule 2.4.2, which states that apps should not put an unnecessary strain on device resources.

Design your app to use power efficiently. Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources.

The Calendar 2 app was supposed to be using currency mining as an opt-in feature, but it was riddled with bugs causing the mining feature to use excessive resources and run regardless of whether or not users opted in, which is what drew so much attention to it. Just before the app was pulled from the Mac App Store by Apple, Magarshak promised to remove the feature from future versions of Calendar 2 because of these issues.

As of today, the Calendar 2 app is back in the Mac App Store. Magarshak said on Twitter that he worked with Apple to get a new version of the app released that has no mining features. As an apology for the snafu, all Calendar 2 users, new and old, will be provided with upgraded features for free for a year following the app’s next update. Calendar 2 uses should update immediately as the older version of the app continues to include the miner.

Magarshak tells MacRumors that Calendar 2 brought in approximately $2,000 from mining Monero, and the company says the funds will be used “towards improving features for our users going forward.”

Though the cryptocurrency mining feature made it past Apple’s review team and into the Mac App Store, it appears that based on Apple’s response and the rule violation cited, Apple will not be letting Mac App Store apps use background cryptocurrency mining as a way to unlock premium features within apps.

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‘Calendar 2’ returns to Mac App Store after Apple takedown, developer to put cryptocurrency mining proceeds toward improved features

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Popular scheduling app "Calendar 2" returned to the Mac App Store on Tuesday after an earlier version of the software sparked concern over an integrated cryptocurrency miner, with developer Qbix confirming Apple pulled the software citing excessive resource utilization.
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Mac App Store App ‘Calendar 2’ Mines Cryptocurrency by Default, but Feature is Being Removed [Updated]

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A Mac App Store app called Calendar 2 has been mining a digital coin known as Monero using customers’ machines, and Apple took no action against the app despite knowing about it for at least 24 hours.

As Ars Technica points out, Calendar 2 is supposed to have an opt-in feature that allows users to choose to let the app mine cryptocurrency to unlock paid features that normally require an in-app purchase, but instead, it’s been bugged and has been mining Monero by default.

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Surprisingly enough, Apple has allowed the Calendar 2 app to remain available in the Mac App Store despite the fact that it openly embraces cryptocurrency mining. Ars Technica asked Apple if the app violated App Store policies, but did not receive a response, and more than 24 hours after Ars contacted Apple, the app remains available for purchase in the Mac App Store.

It’s not clear if Apple has left the app in place because it approves of allowing cryptocurrency mining in the Mac App Store as a way to enable paid features or because Mac App Store apps often receive little attention from the company.

Regardless, because of the attention the feature has received from the media today, Qbix, the company behind Calendar 2, has decided to remove the feature from the app. Qbix founder Gregory Magarshak told Ars Technica that the currency miner’s rollout had been complicated by bugs that prevented it from working as intended, with the miner running continuously even when not approved by the user. Other bugs caused it to use too much of a Mac’s resources.

Magarshak originally said Qbix would update the app to fix the bugs, but he later told Ars that Qbix has decided to remove the miner in the app, so there will be no way to get free features via cryptocurrency mining going forward. From an email he sent to Ars Technica:

We have decided to REMOVE the miner in the app. The next version will remove the option to get free features via mining. This is for three reasons:

1) The company which provided us the miner library did not disclose its source code, and it would take too long for them to fix the root cause of the CPU issue.

2) The rollout had a perfect storm of bugs which made it seem like our company *wanted* to mine crypto-currency without people’s permission, and that goes against our whole ethos and vision for Qbix.

3) My own personal feeling that Proof of Work has a dangerous set of incentives which can lead to electricity waste on a global scale we’ve never seen before. We don’t want to get sucked into this set of incentives, and hopefully our decision to ultimately remove the miner will set some sort of precedent for other apps as well.

Even though the features are going to be removed from the Mac App Store app, it continues to be unclear how Apple feels about cryptocurrency mining within apps and if the company’s apparent indifference on the issue is going to lead to additional Mac apps attempting to go this path to implement features in exchange for processing power.

Websites and malware have been sneakily mining for currency by taking advantage of unsupecting users, but Calendar 2’s method of openly offering features in exchange for free mining is new to the Mac App Store.

Update: Calendar 2 is no longer available from the Mac App Store, but it is not clear if it was removed by Qbix or pulled by Apple.

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Mac app ‘Calendar 2’ mined cryptocurrency by default, removed from Mac App Store

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Popular Mac app "Calendar 2" recently added a "payment" option that uses customer computers to mine the cryptocurrency Monero in exchange for free access to premium features, but a bug in the app’s code allowed the miner to run indefinitely even when users opt out of the default setting.
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Feature Request: Make the Calendar app smart enough not to duplicate events

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In general, technology gets smarter over time. New features are added that improve the functionality, or changes are made that allow a device or app to do the same thing in smarter ways.

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