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According to the developer, the message reads, in part:
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If user reviews are any indication, the app is not even particularly good, with reviewers stating things such as "Not ready for production," "Does not work as advertised," and "Waste of money, don't buy this." The last update to the app was in 2014, which the changelog notes was only an upgrade to add support for iOS 8. The app developer is at least honest about the intent behind the unwieldy name for the app, saying in a Reddit comment that "we game the App Store ranking by adding all the keywords to the app name."
This type of reaction would not be without precedent. In December 1994, Unisys and Compuserve announced a licensing agreement for the use of LZW compression, an underpinning of the GIF file format. Misunderstandings about this led to the creation of the PNG file format, which does not use LZW compression. The problem further intensified in 1999, when Unisys announced changes to their licensing system, which allowed "billboard and intranet" website operators to pay a one-time license fee of $5000, as Unisys claimed "sites have had difficulty determining whether they need a license" for using GIFs. This was widely misconstrued as requiring website owners to pay, which further drove adoption of PNG. According to the Free Software Foundation, the patents covering static image GIFs expired in 2006.
Oracle declined to comment on this story.
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James Sanders is a Tokyo-based programmer and technology journalist. Since 2013, he has been a regular contributor to TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research.