The Straits Times
Published on Aug 31, 2012

Apple shoots down iPhone app that tracks US drone attacks


SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - The maker of an application that would alert iPhone users to United States (US) military drone strikes said Thursday that Apple has repeatedly shot down his efforts to get it into the App Store.

"I just wanted to make a simple app that would send a push notification every time there is a drone strike," Mr Begley told AFP.

"I was thinking about how hidden the drone war is and about ways to play with what happens in the pockets of smartphone users," the New York University graduate student continued.

Mr Begley hunkered down and made his first iPhone app, Drones+, which tracks drone strikes by aggregating information from a Bureau of Investigative Journalism database.