Google Play Apps

Google Play is Copying Apple’s App Store, and Why That’s a Good Thing

By on June 26, 2015 at 2:01 PM.

Google Play is Copying Apple’s App Store, and Why That’s a Good Thing

Since their inception, Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store have taken diametrically opposed positions when it comes to policing the content allowed into their respective online marketplaces. Whereas Apple, in natural fashion, reviews every single app submitted, Google has historically taken a more lax position, creating an open digital playground of sorts and opting to address issues after they arise as opposed to before.

Initially, this strategy helped position the Google Play store as a more accommodating and developer-friendly marketplace. All the more so given Apple’s penchant for rejecting apps for seemingly arbitrary and contradictory reasons.

Over time, though, Google has slowly but surely started to see the wisdom in Apple’s approach. While Google still takes a relatively hands-off approach to submitted apps, a recently updated version of its Google Play Developer Program Policies demonstrates that Google sees the merit in having stricter governing rules in place.

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App Store Rejection Android

Apple rejects app update due to microscopic mention of ‘Android’

By on May 21, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Apple rejects app update due to microscopic mention of ‘Android’

We all know that Apple can be exceedingly nit-picky when it comes its overseeing its App Store, but the latest incidence of developer babysitting is a bit much even for them.

In the latest example of Apple’s App Store rejection policy gone awry, the company recently rejected an update to Breaking, an app which lets users curate the type of news items they’d like to appear in the “Today” feed from within iOS’ Notification Center.

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Mac App Store

Profits from Apple’s Mac App Store are shockingly low

By on May 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Profits from Apple’s Mac App Store are shockingly low

There’s a good reason why the term App Store economy is often used to describe the iTunes App Store. In 2014 alone, Apple doled out $10 billion to iOS developers. Since the App Store went live in 2008, developers have netted more than $25 billion in earnings. In turn, many developers have been able to turn mobile app development into full fledged careers.

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Apple Watch Apps in App Store

Here’s how to see all the new Apple Watch apps that are launching tomorrow

By on April 23, 2015 at 3:33 PM.

Here’s how to see all the new Apple Watch apps that are launching tomorrow

Anyone who’s getting their Apple Watch on Friday will surely be on the lookout for more apps for the device. There are plenty of ways to find updated iOS apps that include their respective Watch components, but the easiest one by far is going to the actual source of iOS apps: Apple’s official App Store.  More →

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Apple iTunes App Store Down

iTunes and the App Store are down worldwide… again [updated]

By on March 25, 2015 at 11:39 AM.

iTunes and the App Store are down worldwide… again [updated]

You can’t buy any new apps on the App Store right now because it’s experiencing a worldwide crash for the second time in less than a month. As AppleInsider writes, this latest crash is “affecting users around the world and preventing them from searching for and downloading apps or other content.” The last massive iTunes outage, which occurred on March 11th this year, lasted for seven whole hours for some users, so let’s hope that this isn’t the case this time. We’ll provide more updates as they come in. More →

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Most Expensive Apps

Buying the 21 most expensive apps on the App Store will cost you over $12,000

By on March 24, 2015 at 10:39 AM.

Buying the 21 most expensive apps on the App Store will cost you over $12,000

A lot of digital ink has been spilled over the price of the Apple Watch in recent weeks, but one list might help put things into perspective. Business Insider rounded up the top 21 most expensive apps on the App Store, and all told, it would cost $12,149.79 to buy all of them. More →

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iOS App Store Search

iOS App Store search forever changed with this awesome new tool

By on February 18, 2015 at 2:00 AM.

iOS App Store search forever changed with this awesome new tool

Let’s face it: The App Store’s app discovery functionality is terrible, mostly because it rewards apps that are already popular and doesn’t give you a lot of options for finding unheralded apps that might be better than what’s in the top downloads chart. One awesome new website is looking for change all that, however. More →

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How to Refund iOS Apps, Movies, Music

Bought the wrong app on your new iPhone 6? Here’s how to get a refund… in Europe

By on January 14, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Bought the wrong app on your new iPhone 6? Here’s how to get a refund… in Europe

iOS users in Europe have recently been given a special iTunes refund feature that lets them easily get their money back for any type of digital content purchased from Apple’s stores as long as the claim is made within 14 days after purchase.  More →

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Free Downloads iTunes Apps, Movies and Music

How to steal paid iOS apps, iTunes movies and music right now… and why you shouldn’t do it

By on January 9, 2015 at 2:10 PM.

How to steal paid iOS apps, iTunes movies and music right now… and why you shouldn’t do it

A few days ago, Apple has made a significant change to its iTunes stores in European Union countries, introducing a new 14-day no-questions-asked refund period in all these EU markets. That effectively means EU customers buying paid content from the App Store, can ask for their money back in case they end up hating an iOS or iPhone app. However, the new refund policy can apparently be abused because users can both ask for their money back and still keep the app. More →

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App Store and Mac App Store Price

Paid apps will be more expensive for some iPhone, iPad and Mac users

By on January 8, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Paid apps will be more expensive for some iPhone, iPad and Mac users

Apple is about to increase paid apps prices for some users, the company told developers, with the change affecting both App Store and Mac App Store customers. The change will impact customers in Canada, the European Union, Norway, Iceland and Russia, 9to5Mac reports. More →

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iPhone iOS Apps Refunds

Apple just gave Europeans the App Store feature we’ve all been clamoring for

By on December 30, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Apple just gave Europeans the App Store feature we’ve all been clamoring for

Apple’s iTunes is already a hugely popular digital content source for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Windows users, and things might get even better for European iTunes account holders, CNET reports. The iPhone maker has been forced to update its iTunes terms of service in order to add a “14-day, no-questions-asked return policy for all content purchased through iTunes, the App Store and iBooks,” as the publication puts it. More →

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Free vs. Get: App Store Apps

This is why there are no more ‘free’ apps in Apple’s App Stores

By on November 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM.

This is why there are no more ‘free’ apps in Apple’s App Stores

In addition to clearly marking which iOS and OS X apps in the App Store and Mac App Store have in-app purchase options, Apple has taken one more important step towards ensuring that customers know exactly what apps they’re downloading, as first spotted by MacRumors. The company has replaced the word “Free,” which appeared under the name of apps available as free downloads from its digital stores, regardless whether they come with in-app purchases or not, with the word “Get.”

Meanwhile, paid apps still have the price listed instead of the word “Get,” and all apps still have clear indicators when in-app purchases are available. More →

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