Hanx Writer iPad App

Tom Hanks’ Typewriter app is a shockingly huge hit for iPad users

By on August 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Tom Hanks’ Typewriter app is a shockingly huge hit for iPad users

Hanx Writer is a simple typewriter iOS app for the iPad, created by Hitcents at the request of Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. Launched only last week and available as a free download, the app has already hit the No. 1 spot in the top free iPad apps on the App Store, TechCrunch reports, enjoying unexpected success for an app that’s not at all essential to improving productivity on a tablet. More →

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Why Is The App Store Not Working

How one ex-Apple exec wants to fix Apple’s ‘impenetrable jungle’ of an App Store

By on August 11, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

How one ex-Apple exec wants to fix Apple’s ‘impenetrable jungle’ of an App Store

It’s not uncommon to hear criticism of Apple’s App Store even from fans of the company, as many have said in the past that the store makes it much harder than it should be to find relevant high-quality apps from smaller publishers. Cult of Mac points us to a new post from Jean-Louis Gassée, who worked at Apple throughout the 1980s and who has some intriguing new ideas for improving the App Store, which he refers to as an “impenetrable jungle.” More →

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Apple App Store July Results

Apple’s App Store just had its best month ever

By on August 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Apple’s App Store just had its best month ever

Apple told CNBC on Tuesday that the App Store brought in record-breaking revenues during the month of July. According to the report, more customers completed transactions on the App Store last month than in any month in history as well. Both of these records follow another breakout fiscal quarter for Apple during which the company raked in a net profit of $7.7 billion. More →

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Apple iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Download Speeds

Apple will pay huge money to give you faster iOS 8 and Yosemite downloads

By on August 1, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

Apple will pay huge money to give you faster iOS 8 and Yosemite downloads

Apple is apparently working hard on improving iTunes content download speeds for users, Streaming Media reports, with the company having already deployed its own content delivery network (CDN) that’s already serving some digital content to users, and having inked interconnect deals with ISPs to make sure content delivery gets prime treatment. More →

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Apple App Store Zombie Apps

Does Apple have a ‘zombie app’ problem?

By on July 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM.

Does Apple have a ‘zombie app’ problem?

While Apple is celebrating six years of App Store action with more than 75 billion app downloads served and over $15 billion paid to developers so far, a new report from app analytics company Adjust says that 80% of apps available in the App Store are “zombie apps,” or apps that aren’t easily discoverable by the users. More →

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Apple App Store Anniversary Sale

Go to the App Store right now to get great discounts on several top paid apps

By on July 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Go to the App Store right now to get great discounts on several top paid apps

It’s been six years since Apple first unleashed its App Store onto the world and to celebrate several popular paid apps are going on sale for a limited time. As MacRumors documents, you can now get popular apps such as Monument Valley, Threes!, Lost Toys and Drafts for iPad at big discounts of between 50% and 80%. MacRumors also directs our attention to AppShopper’s big list of discounts that will give you a comprehensive look at which apps are getting their prices cut and for how long. In the six years since its launch, the App Store has paid out more than $15 billion to developers and has served as the blueprint for other app stores such as Google Play. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate its birthday by getting some super-cheap apps of our own.

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App Store Best New Game Updates

Apple is making it easier than ever to find the best games on the App Store

By on June 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Apple is making it easier than ever to find the best games on the App Store

Ever since the latest overhaul to the App Store, it’s been harder than ever to find the best new apps, especially in the increasingly crowded games section. Scrolling endlessly through the preset categories can be agonizing, but the addition of the Best New Game Updates section, which includes a group of popular games from the past few months that have recently received major updates, should put even more of the most worthwhile apps front and center. More →

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Banned iOS Apps Weed Firm

Apple yanks top weed game from App Store as sleaze app popularity surges

By on May 21, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

Apple yanks top weed game from App Store as sleaze app popularity surges

Over the past month, one obvious trend has taken the App Store by storm: sleaze apps. Make It Rain hit the top of the iPhone download chart in early may with gameplay features such as bribing federal judges. Toilet Time became the No. 2 app (so to speak) in mid-May by promising to let players to “use your pee to clean dirt from the toilet.” And of course, there was the king of all sleaze apps: Weed Firm, a marijuana business simulator that was populated by such memorable characters as “a horny dancer.” More →

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iOS App Store Microtransactions Clones

Once seen as a ‘console killer,’ Apple’s App Store now overrun with gaming garbage

By on March 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Once seen as a ‘console killer,’ Apple’s App Store now overrun with gaming garbage

When critics and analysts discuss the death of console gaming, they often hold up the iPhone as the culprit. Mobile gaming is destined to replace expensive home consoles once and for all, they say, offering comparable games for 1/60th the price. So why are the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 flourishing while Flappy Bird clones still dominate the charts on iOS devices? More →

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Pebble Appstore iOS Launch

Pebble’s official app store launches on iOS, coming to Android soon

By on February 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM.

Pebble’s official app store launches on iOS, coming to Android soon

The long-awaited Pebble app store has finally arrived, and with it comes over 1,000 apps and watchfaces for your wearable device. Pebble announced on Monday that the appstore had finally gone live on the iOS version of the Pebble app, with the Android release coming “very, very soon.” The Pebble appstore is the first central location for developers to share their creations with the public and for Pebble owners to install and manage the apps on their smartwatches. More →

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Apple ID Log In iOS App

Potential iOS security risk brought to light by developer

By on January 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM.

Potential iOS security risk brought to light by developer

A potential security issue with iOS apps has been discovered, as a calendar app has been found to ask users to provide Apple ID login details in order to sync calendars, Marco Arment revealed. The Sunrise Calendar app has an “Add Account” feature that lets users connect the app with an iCloud calendar, Facebook and Google Calendar if they so desire. To do so, Sunrise requires user names and passwords, which may be a security risk especially for iCloud, which uses Apple ID login details that can be used to access Apple’s digital stores including iTunes, the iOS App Store, the Mac App Store and Apple’s iBookstore. More →

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Apple FTC In-App Purchases Settlement

Apple has agreed to settle with FTC over in-app purchase lawsuit

By on January 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Apple has agreed to settle with FTC over in-app purchase lawsuit

Apple has been negotiating an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission for months in regards to in-app purchases, but a letter from Tim Cook sent to Apple employees on Wednesday indicates that the company has decided to settle. The fight concerned how easy it is for children to make in-app purchases without the oversight of their parents. More →

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App Store Google Play Revenue Growth

Has Google Play’s furious sales growth finally stalled?

By on January 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Has Google Play’s furious sales growth finally stalled?

Distimo’s new app survey has many interesting data nuggets. One fascinating insight is that Apple had 18% app revenue growth in December over November, while Google Play app revenue growth was 17%. This is more interesting than it seems at first glance, because Google Play has been able to deliver far faster app revenue growth over the past two years, outpacing Apple app revenue growth by as much as fourfold according to some sources. Cheap Android phones are popular Christmas gifts and tend to lead to strong Android app revenue spikes in December. So how come Apple was so strong in the Christmas of 2013? More →

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