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App Store briefly plagued with bug that prevented all app downloads

October 1st, 2012

App Store customers went through a rather frustrating ordeal over the weekend, as Apple’s (AAPL) online app market was plagued by a bug that blocked any attempts to buy apps. MacRumors reported on Sunday that the bug, which affected both iOS and Mac users, continuously asked users to accept updated Terms and Conditions, thus preventing …

Passbook-enabled apps begin arriving in Apple’s App Store

September 19th, 2012

Following the release of iOS 6 on Wednesday, Passbook-enabled apps have started trickling into the App Store, MacRumors reports. A small selection of apps from Major League Baseball, Ticketmaster, Fandango, Lufthansa and Walgreens are now available that grant users access to special events, flight tickets and reward programs. Apple (AAPL) announced Passbook at this year’s …

Free apps will account for nearly 90% of all downloads in 2012

September 11th, 2012

Surprise, surprise: People would rather not pay for smartphone apps. The latest numbers from Gartner research released Tuesday showed that free apps accounted for 89% of total downloads in 2012, or 40.1 billion compared to 5 billion paid downloads. The study also revealed that users are more inclined to purchase apps when the price is …

Russian hacker battles with Apple to keep in-app purchase exploit alive

July 18th, 2012

A Russian hacker named Alexey Borodin recently introduced a program that allowed users to steal in-app purchases from a number of popular apps on Apple’s (AAPL) App Store. It was rather simple to use and only required users to install two security certificates, and change the DNS settings on their devices. The hack worked by placing …

iPhone hacker shows the world how to steal in-app purchases [updated]

July 13th, 2012

In Russia, iPhone hacks you! Via 9to5Mac, it seems that a crafty Ruskie hacker who calls himself “ZonD80” has concocted a method that lets even novice hackers get free in-app purchases from the Apple App Store without even having to jailbreak their iPhone. 9to5Mac says that the hacker’s content-stealing method has three steps: “The installation of …

App-crashing bug is fixed, Apple says

July 6th, 2012

Apple’s long one-day App Store nightmare is apparently over. Speaking to All Things D late Thursday, Apple said that it has fixed bugs within a DRM code-generating server that was corrupting recently-updated apps and causing them to crash. Instapaper developer Marco Arment started banging the drum about problems on the App Store early on Thursday and by …

Apple changes App Store search without warning, costs developers sales

June 27th, 2012

Apple recently made some changes to the search algorithm used by its iOS App Store, and the move may end up having a serious impact on app sales for some developers. 30 South developer Derek Clark wrote a post on his personal blog this past Sunday after Apple quietly made a series of changes to App Store …

Pandora touts more than 150 million users

May 9th, 2012

According to CEO Joe Kennedy, Pandora has surpassed 150 million users in the United States and is the second most downloaded app in the history of Apple’s App Store, CNET reported on Wednesday. The Internet radio service has big plans for the future and is working with automakers to integrate the service into virtually all …

New iPhone app helps travelers speak a foreign language

May 8th, 2012

A new iPhone app aims to remove the language barriers users face while traveling abroad. SayHi is a translation app available in Apple’s App Store that flawlessly translates a user’s spoken words into one of 33 different languages and dialects. The app was released almost two weeks ago and is already the No.1 business app in the App …