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It's common knowledge that Android and iOS dominate the mobile scene (in that order), in terms of market share. And the cold reality for Microsoft is that its Windows Phone platform is found on only about three out of every 100 smartphones. With that in mind, it's understandable (albeit disappointing) that Chase has decided to yank its mobile banking app from the Windows Phone Store.So, if you're a Windows Phone user and Chase customer, be advised that the Chase mobile app for Windows Phone will no longer be available to download and install on January 26, 2015. Should you already have the app... Read more...
Apple may want to rethink how it handles app refunds in the European Union. It's only been a week since Apple introduced a 14-day app refund policy in the EU, in which customers can return an app for any reason, no questions asked, and be refunded their full purchase price within 5 to 7 days. Ready for the kicker? They get to keep the refunded app, too! Obviously there are multiple ways to abuse the system here. The first is by enjoying an app for two weeks, like a game or productivity tool that you only needed temporary access to, and then returning it for a full refund. That hardly seems fair... Read more...
Despite a record breaking year in which Apple's App Store generated more than $10 billion for developers last year, the Cupertino outfit is increasing app prices in select territories. According to the notice Apple has been sending to developers, the price hikes will affect all territories in the European Union, as well as Canada and Norway. Apps in Canada will now be priced at a minimum of $1.19, while they will rise to £0.79 in the UK and €0.99 in the EU.Iceland will actually see a decrease in prices, while Russia's prices will "change," though Apple didn't say in what way. However, the... Read more...
It was a record breaking year for Apple app developers, who collectively pocketed more than $10 billion in revenue in 2014, helped in part by a 50 percent rise in billings. Riding on that momentum, Apple today announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings as well, with customers around the globe spending almost $500 million on apps and in-app purchases. For whatever reason, New Year's Day 2015 proved especially popular for app purchases -- customers set a single day record in App Store sales history, though Apple stopped short of attaching any numbers to the record breaking... Read more...
There have been two steady constants in the mobile space over the past several years. The first is that Android dominates the competition in terms of overall mobile market share, and the second is that Apple sells more tablets and smartphones than other single manufacturer. Christmas Day didn't change any of that -- Android is still the top dog in mobile, and Apple won the day in terms of the total number of device activations. Yahoo's mobile analytic arm Flurry did what it does every year -- it examined device activations and related data. And just like last year, Santa Claus delivered more Apple... Read more...
For those who celebrate the occasion, Christmas is just a day away, and it certainly has Amazon in the giving mood. Getting into the holiday spirit, the mega online retailer kicked off Christmas week with sale prices on a bunch of gadgets, and here on the home stretch, the company is offering a bodacious bundle of apps and games at no cost! Starting today and running until December 26th, the Amazon Appstore will offer a number of paid apps and games from a range of developers like Halfbrick Studios, Rovio Entertainment, and Sega of America. The apps being given away... Read more...
In an effort to curb drunken driving, the state of Maryland has released an app that helps people decide whether they are sober enough to drive. ENDUI (pronounced “End DUI”) is free for Android and iOS platforms and was launched this week at the annual Maryland Remembers memorial, which was attended by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) president Jan Withers. The ENDUI app has several features, but it’s the Blood Alcohol Guide that has been getting all the attention. Set your gender and weight and you’re ready to start entering the drinks you’ve had recently. As you enter them, ENDUI estimates... Read more...
We're fast approaching the finish line for 2014, and with less than three weeks remaining before it's time to pin up a new calendar, it's a good time to reflect on the past 12 months. Google made it easy for Android users to do exactly that -- the search giant posted a list of the most downloaded Android apps, games, movies, music, news, and books of 2014 on Google Play, and there are a few surprises on the list.As you would expect, apps like Facebook, Netflix, TripAdvisor, and Panodra made the list in their respective categories (Social, Entertainment, Travel, and Music). However, the fastest... Read more...
Want to hear something slightly shocking and downright fowl? Today marks the fifth anniversary of Angry Birds, the mobile game that brought Rovio to fame and stole hours of your life in the process. It's hard to believe it's been five years already, during which time Rovio has shoveled out a dozen Angry Bird iterations. And as gamers, we've collectively flung over 600 billion (with a "B!") birds to date. We're just getting started with the stats. Those 600 billion birds break down to 85 for every person on the planet. In addition, Angry Birds has amassed 2.5 billion downloads to 1.7 billion smartphone... Read more...
Instagram started off as a simple idea, and though it's grown in capabilities over time, it still at heart a photo (and video) sharing app. There's a certain charm in its simplicity, which is why it's not hard to believe that there are now more than 300 million people using Instagram who collectively share tens of millions of photos and videos each and every day. "Over the past four years, what began as two friends with a dream has grown into a global community that shares more than 70 million photos and videos each day. Instagram is home to creativity in all of its forms, a place where you... Read more...
Following an investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Google has agreed to refund at minimum $19 million to Android users for unauthorized in-app purchases. The search giant has already begun sending out emails to potentially affected individuals, which includes people who have made at least one in-app purchase between March 1, 2011, and November 18, 2014. If you're one of them, be on the lookout for an email; though don't feel too rushed to respond. You have until December 2, 2015 to request refunds on any and all in-app purchases made by your children without... Read more...
Google has ramped up its efforts to distance itself from sites and services that are known to engage in or otherwise promote copyright infringement. Earlier this year, Google retooled its search algorithm so that it would sink search results associated with copyright infringement, and now the Mountain View company has begun pulling apps from its Play Store that are associated with Pirate Bay, one of the most popular hangouts on the web for pirates. According to TorrentFreak, Google showed at least four Pirate Bay-related apps the door so far. They include The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Premium,... Read more...
Score a point for South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and their recently aired "Freemium Isn't Free" episode. Sometimes it takes a raunchy cartoon to drive the point home, and whether or that played a role in Apple's decision to remove the "free" label from freemium games like Clash of Clans or not (it probably didn't), the deed is done -- supposedly free games are no longer labeled as such in the App Store. To be clear, Apple didn't remove freemium titles like Candy Crush Soda Saga, which are still free to download and play (in a limited capacity), but instead of labeling them as "Free,"... Read more...
Apparently what the mobile world needs is another video sharing application similar to Vine and Instagram and all the others that allow you to shoot short clips to share with friends and family. Or maybe it doesn't. Either way, we'll soon find out now that Ocho has graduated out of beta status. What is Ocho? At present, it's an iOS app that lets you create, edit, and share eight-second videos. Ocho is notable in part because it's backed by Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of Shark Tank, a reality TV show in which budding entrepreneurs and inventors pitch their... Read more...
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