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Apple warns developers not to manipulate App Store rankings

February 7th, 2012

On Monday, a Touchstone Arcade thread from a disgruntled developer claimed numerous apps in Apple’s App Store were promoted into the top 25 using illegal services. The poster accused a number of big-name developers such as Crowdstar of using such services. Crowdstar’s co-founder Suren Markosian immediately denied the accusation, assuring customers it promotes its apps “using …

Apple snatches Microsoft marketing exec as assault on gaming industry continues

February 2nd, 2012

Apple has hired a former marketing executive from Microsoft to help promote the App Store and iTunes in Europe, MCV reports. Robin Burrowes, former head of Xbox LIVE marketing in the EMEA region for Microsoft, joined Apple in January according to his LinkedIn profile. His formal duties at Apple remain unclear — Burrowes’s profile only states that …

Official Steam app released for the iPhone, iPod touch and Android

January 26th, 2012

Valve on Thursday released mobile versions of Steam, the company’s digital game distribution platform. The mobile app is available for both iOS and Android devices. Games cannot be played through the app for obvious reasons, however users will be able to access to the store and connect with friends. “With the free Steam app, you can …

Hands on with Cablevision’s upcoming Optimum App for Laptops

January 26th, 2012

Last summer, Cablevision was one of the first cable providers to release an app for watching live TV on mobile devices. The Optimum App for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch allows Optimum subscribers to watch live television when connected to their home networks. Cablevision is now testing the Optimum App for Laptops, which transforms …

Kodak files patent infringement lawsuits against HTC and Apple

January 11th, 2012

Kodak is going through a financial nightmare, with reports claiming the camera company is preparing to file for bankruptcy. In what seems like a last effort to license the company’s patents, Kodak has filed patent lawsuits against HTC and Apple. Kodak claims that both smartphone manufacturers are infringing upon some of the company’s digital imaging patents. The complaint …

Apple applies for iOS face and presence detection patent

December 29th, 2011

The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application related to face and presence detection that could be used to help keep iOS devices secure. Patently Apple said the company’s application describes a technology that could allow a user to unlock his or her device by simply looking at it. Android 4.0 …

Free, legal Siri port now available for iPhone 4 and other iOS 5 devices

December 27th, 2011

News of a new untethered jailbreak solution for all iOS 5.0.1 devices other than Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPad 2 emerged this morning, and iOS users now have another reason to take advantage of the hack. IOS developer chpwn announced on his blog on Tuesday that a free Siri port dubbed “Spire” that does not violate …

Apple’s ’12 Days of Christmas’ app brings 12 days of iTunes freebies

December 26th, 2011

Apple on Monday released the 2012 edition of its “12 Days of Christmas” application for iOS devices. From December 26th through January 6th, Apple is giving away free iTunes content including songs, music videos, apps and books to iOS device owners. New content is accessible through the app each day and free downloads will expire …

Capcom releases Mega Man X for iPhone and iPod touch

December 22nd, 2011

We were huge Mega Man fans back when the game made its debut on the NES — and later on the Game Boy — and now we can finally relive some of those amazing gaming days by playing Mega Man X on the iPhone and iPod touch. Capcom released the title in the iTunes App …