No Reporting Apps To Apple

Apple in their infinite wisdom, has given no method of reporting/flagging an app in the App Store. I have never tried to do this for a free app, so I had not realized this.

Once an app is downloaded, the “Report a Problem” link appears on the screen, but will only take you to the developers website. This is useless if the site is defunct or takes you to a one page site with no contact info or links of any kind. This has happened to me several times, but I never took the time to try and report an app, until now.

After 2 hours of searching, I keep getting directed back to “Report a Problem”. The issue with this is that you can only report PAID Apps to get a refund. Even though the app you wish to report is listed, if it was free, you cannot select it.

The concern is how we supposed to report a free app that is deceptive, no longer functioning or even in business, developers link is no longer active, contains inappropriate or offensive material, or tries to sell you “weed & pills” as just happened to me.

In the past, confidence in the App Store content was moderately high. However, the overall app quality is not as great as it once was. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of superb apps, but I’ve downloaded a good amount of crap alsoy. On one of my searches during this quest, I came across a response that stated the App Store now had over 500,000 entries. The response was worded in a way that left the reader to infer that was the reason there was no way to flag an app. In my mind, logic would rationalize that the more content, the greater the need to give the community a way to help police it?

Since I’m venting, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to a time where I could put an app on a wish list if I wasn’t ready to purchase…. they lose a lot of money from not having one.

Personal Safety

Recently I have noticed an uptick of “suspicious person/vehicle” posts in my neighborhood from people out walking/hiking/cycling through the neighborhood or one of the many trails and parks in our area.

In this age of home schooling, social distancing, and quarantine, the need to get out of our homes for some fresh air and relaxation has never been greater.  It may not be feasible to always use the buddy system, but there are a few simple things you can do to help keep yourself and your neighborhood safer.  

  1. First and foremost, trust your instincts. If the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up and your gut is telling you to do something, do it. Don’t worry about going out of your way, being silly, or politically incorrect. Your safety is paramount.

  2. If you’re going for run/walk/ride, be sure someone knows where you went and how long you think you’ll be gone. Leave a note for your family.

  3. Snap a picture and text it to someone to let them know where you are. Text messages do not need as much signal strength as voice calls to go through. Texts will also keep trying to send until they get enough signal strength. This will also create a “ping” to the cell towers.

  4. Take pictures along the way of landmarks. They will be available in the cloud if needed for someone to backtrack your route.

  5. Even in worst case scenarios, take pictures. Picture files contain EXIF data that pinpoint the location using GPS, the date, and time it was taken.

  6. If you see anything you even think might be suspicious, snap a few pictures. You can delete them later, but you have the security of having them just in case.

  7. Share your experience or suspicions on your neighborhood Facebook or Nextdoor groups. Check if your neighborhood has a specific “Crimewatch” group.

  8. Walk facing traffic, but cycle in the direction of traffic. Be alert and follow all traffic laws.

  9. Carry a protective device. Pepper spray can deter an aggressive dog, wildlife, and humans if needed. Even a simple police whistle is a deterrent if you are not comfortable with using sprays. Give whistles to your kids and teach them to only use them in emergencies.

  10. We all love our headphones. Unfortunately, the may keep us from observing danger until it is too late. Try keeping your volume down to around 25% or lower so you can hear your surroundings. Personally, I use a single earbud and keep my open ear facing the higher traffic side of me. This works in the office as well so I don’t scream when someone sneaks up on me!

  11. If you are coming up on someone, remember to announce yourself “passing on the right”. This can avoid an accidental collision or the heightened pulse rate of thinking someone is sneaking up behind you.

  12. Download a GPS map to your phone in case you get lost and can’t get a signal. Google maps is one that will allow you to download maps for use offline.

  13. Don’t wear dark colors. Purchase a roll of reflective tape. Use a strip of tape on your clothes, bike, stroller, leash, or anywhere else that can be seen by oncoming traffic in both directions.

Don’t Be A Karen – Marley K. – Medium

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