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Topic: App Store

Apple taking steps to remove illegitimate reviews from App Store

06/13/2014, 02:06 pm

Developers who try to game the App Store ratings system, mostly by paying for fraudulent reviews, must now contend with Apple as the iPhone maker is said to have begun a campaign to strike those entries from the marketplace in an apparent effort to level the playing field.

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iPad art by singer Bjork becomes first-ever app in MoMA's permanent collection

06/13/2014, 01:06 pm

While Apple fans consider the iPad hardware itself to be a work of art, it's an app that was designed for the iPad in part by Icelandic singer Björk that has earned the distinction of becoming the first application of its kind accepted into the permanent collection at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

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Facebook updates Messenger with instant video sending and 'Big Likes'

06/12/2014, 11:06 pm

Amid the constantly evolving landscape that is mobile messaging, Facebook on Thursday added two new features -- video messaging and bigger "thumbs ups" -- to its Messenger iOS app to help it stand apart from the crowd.

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Apple simplifies app browsing and discovery with new 'Browse by Category' collection

06/12/2014, 08:06 pm

Apple on Thursday announced a new App Store feature called "Browse by Category" that allows users to navigate to different curated app collections without the need for drop-down menus.

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Skype for iOS gets Windows Phone-style makeover with version 5.0

06/12/2014, 12:06 pm

Microsoft on Thursday unleashed an all-new version of its popular Skype messaging application for iOS, bringing a visual overhaul that matches the app to its Windows Phone counterpart and a number of improvements to speed and stability.

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TouchPal shows off third-party sliding keyboard input in Apple's iOS 8

06/11/2014, 01:06 pm

With Apple set to open iOS 8 to third-party keyboards when it launches this fall, TouchPal on Wednesday showcased its own upcoming text entry software, with a sliding style of text entry that allows users to keep their finger on the screen at all times.

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Amazon Kindle app for iPad & iPhone gains Audible audio book integration

06/10/2014, 10:06 am

Amazon's official Kindle app for iPad and iPhone has been updated to include integration with audio versions of titles when purchased through the service Audible, as well as cloud syncing with Whispersync for Voice.

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Apple alters App Store rules, starts denying apps for incentivized ads & sharing

06/09/2014, 03:06 pm

Apple appears to have changed the App Store's approval criteria on the heels of its annual developer conference, beginning to issue rejections to apps that reward users for watching video advertisements or sharing information about the app on social media.

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Pebble smart watch update adds iBeacon support, iPhone volume control, menu reordering

06/05/2014, 09:06 am

Popular smart watch Pebble received an update this week adding iBeacon support, iPhone music volume controls, and the ability to reorganize the system's Launcher Menu.

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Apple urges developers to opt-in to upcoming Family Sharing program

06/04/2014, 10:06 pm

In the run up to the launch of OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8, Apple is now asking developers to make their apps available as part of Family Sharing, a new iTunes feature that allows family members to share purchased content.

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Apple clarifies stance on 'virtual currencies,' may pave road to Bitcoin trading apps

06/03/2014, 01:06 am

After unexpectedly yanking apps associated with Bitcoin trading in late 2013 and early 2014, Apple on Monday offered a bit more clarity on how it intends to handle virtual currencies in the future.

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Apple adds new discovery and testing features, app bundles to iOS 8 App Store

06/02/2014, 02:06 pm

Apple on Monday unveiled a number of new features for the App Store in iOS 8, including a new "Explore" tab to enhance app discoverability, the ability for developers to offer discounted app bundles, and built-in beta testing functions.

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Infinity Blade II goes free for a limited time, PDF Expert 5 adds iPad support

05/29/2014, 06:05 pm

Two interesting new updates hit the App Store on Thursday as blockbuster iOS action game Infinity Blade II went free for a limited time and popular productivity app PDF Expert 5 added iPhone support in a new universal binary.

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Beats Music gets price cut, free trial extension after Apple acquisition

05/28/2014, 07:05 pm

Hot off its acquisition by Apple, Beats Music announced in an update to its iOS app on Wednesday that new users can take advantage of an extended 14-day free trial period and decreased annual subscription pricing.

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Consolidation occurs in App Store analytics ecosystem as App Annie buys Distimo

05/28/2014, 01:05 pm

Mobile analytics firm App Annie on Wednesday announced that it acquired smaller competitor Distimo in a transaction that the company says will help develop "the most advanced platform for analyzing the mobile app ecosystem."

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Apple's App Store revenue on track to surpass iTunes Store by the end of this year

05/28/2014, 11:05 am

As sales of of music and videos from the iTunes Store decline, Apple's App Store continues to grow, and is on pace to account for most of the company's online services revenue by the end of this year.

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Amazon's comiXology announces daily comic giveaway promotion

05/27/2014, 07:05 pm

After being purchased by Amazon in April, popular iOS comic book app comiXology on Monday announced its "Summer Reading List" campaign that gives users 20 free comics over the course of 20 days.

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Adobe ups Revel photo storage to 2GB, PCalc gets a new core

05/27/2014, 02:05 pm

Family photo sharers now have more room to upload photos for free after Adobe increased the storage limit for its Revel service, while popular universal calculator app has received a major update that includes a new calculator core.

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YouTube teases new mobile app for content creators, on-site crowdfunding

05/23/2014, 03:05 pm

Online video powerhouse YouTube on Friday gave users a glimpse at the future of its product roadmap, which is set to expand to include a new mobile application aimed at helping content creators manage their channels as well as a way to raise money from viewers.

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Notifyr brings iOS notifications to the Mac; djay 2 adds 20 million songs

05/22/2014, 12:05 pm

iPad-toting disk jockeys now have a wealth of new material to play with thanks to new Spotify integration in djay 2, while users who have been waiting for a way to broadcast iOS notifications to their Mac can do so with new entrant Notifyr.

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