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The bigger they are the harder they fall, and you could almost hear a thud when Apple's web stores and various services went down on Wednesday. You could certainly hear the groans as the outage loomed on, effectively halting online sales from Apple's iTunes Store, iBooks Store, App Store, and Mac App Store, ultimately costing the Cupertino outfit millions of dollars in lost app revenue. It all started around 2 AM Pacific on March 11, less than two full days after Apple showed off its shiny new toys, including its much anticipated Apple Watch and new MacBook systems. The outage lasted about 12 hours, during which time Apple's iCloud service was also nonoperational, until Apple resolved the Domain... Read more...
News broke last week that YouTube was going to follow in the footsteps of Netflix and offer a family-friendly version of its streaming service for kids, and the report turned out to be true. The YouTube Kids app is now available to download from Google Play and Apple's App Store, the two most popular mobile platforms in the world. "Today, we’re introducing the YouTube Kids app, the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind. The app makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore, and is available for free on and the in the U.S.," YouTube stated in a blog post. The YouTube Kids app filters out content that isn't appropriate for... 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 to the developer, though it's not necessarily egregious -- chalk it up to a satisfaction guarantee,... Read more...
There’s some great news this week for Apple consumers living in Europe. Apple has introduced a new return policy for iTunes, App Store, and iBooks purchases that will allow consumers living in Europe, including Germany, France, Italy, and the UK to return digital purchases. Apple’s original terms and conditions stated that a user had the right to withdraw from a transaction “without charge and without giving any reason until delivery of the product has started.” However, once the product delivery had started, the purchase was final aside from some exceptions. The new terms and conditions now includes a 14-day return window for European consumers that states: You have... 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," the button has been replaced with "Get." The change in language addresses the fact that freemium... Read more...
Rejection is tough to deal with, but what's even worse is when you're clueless about the reason(s). It's true of dating, and up until now, it was also true of having a failed app submission to Apple's App Store. Perhaps Apple is tired of swatting away submissions that fail to meet its criteria, or maybe the Cupertino outfit just wants to foster better app development -- whatever the reason, Apple at long last has decided to disclose the most common reasons an app gets rejected. "Before you develop your app, it’s important to become familiar with the technical, content, and design criteria that we use to review all apps. We’ve highlighted some of the most common issues that cause apps... Read more...
Apple marches to the beat of its own drum and doesn't partake in the CES festivities, but lest anyone forget about the Cupertino outfit, Apple today announced that its App Store raked in more than $10 billion in 2013. That includes over $1 billion spent in December alone, representing a strong finish to a fruitful year. The App Store notched nearly 3 billion app downloads in the final month of 2013, thus qualifying it as the most successful month in the App Store's history. To date, developers have collectively earned $15 billion from sales through the App Store. "We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store,: said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior... Read more...
Apple iPhone and iPad users can no longer download Nokia's HERE mapping application from the App Store. The Finnish phone maker voluntarily removed the app because of compatibility issues with the iOS 7 update that could ultimately "harm the user experience." Nokia said it's not blaming Apple or iOS 7, but this is a case where the app simply wasn't optimized for the updated mobile OS, so the decision was made to remove it. Nokia launched HERE on iOS back in November of last year. It was around the same time Apple was taking heat for its decision to remove Google Maps as the default mapping application in iOS. HERE might have become a fan favorite after Google Maps left (temporarily) the App Store,... Read more...
Google enjoyed surpassing Apple long ago with regards to shipping Android devices (it currently sits at about 75%), and today, it can gloat about having the more active app store, too. However, where Apple's concerned, there's usually more than meets the eye, and depending on your perspective, it still places first - where it counts. During Q2, Google's Play store generated 10% more downloads, but it reported less than half the revenue; Google sits at about ~$45 million, Apple at ~$100 million. Part of Google's boost came from India and Brazil, the latter which now joins India and Russia to sit in the top 5 countries for both Apple's and Google's respective app stores, in terms of overall downloads.... Read more...
Apple on Thursday announced that over 50 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store to date. The way things are going now, Apple says it sees 800 apps downloaded per second, and over 2 billion per month. Talk about growth -- the App Store opened its virtual doors in July 2008 with just 500 apps; today there are more than 850,000 apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users in 155 countries. "Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem... Read more...
Apple's popular App Store is fast approaching 50 billion downloads, and to preemptively celebrate the occasion, the Cupertino outfit posted lists of the top 25 all-time free and paid apps on the iPhone and iPad. As you can imagine, the journey to 50 billion app downloads is one that winds through game after game, with Rovio's original Angry Birds title leading the paid apps list on the iPhone. In fact, the first five titles are all games, and only four apps on the entire list don't belong to the gaming category. Interestingly, the top free apps list for the iPhone isn't as dominated by games as the paid list, though the category is still represented by 6 titles, the highest ranking of which is... Read more...
If you're an avid user of apps, and an avid reader of the Internet, you've probably heard of Pocket. Or, perhaps, you're a user. A year ago, the company changed its name (and purpose) from Read It Later, and this week it's taking another major step in evolving the user experience. As of now, Pocket saves over 35 million items per month, and it has expanded into Mac, Chrome, Safari, and various mobile platforms. The network of developers and publishers has blossomed to nearly 12,000. The next major update centers around sharing. While “broadcasting” to social networks (like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr) is popular, Pocket users still share via email more than twice as often. The newest... Read more...
Given our increasing reliance on mobile, it comes as little surprise to learn that the app market continues to grow with each quarter, with the results from the Q1 period that just passed being the most impressive to date. According to research firm Canalys, a total of 13.4 billion apps were downloaded during the three-month period, an 11% increase over Q4 2012. With total revenue of $2.2 billion, it's clear that the vast majority of downloaded apps are free, void of in-app purchases (those are counted into the $2.2 billion). Those 13.4 billion apps encompass the four leading app stores; Google Play Store, Apple App Store, BlackBerry App World and Microsoft Windows Phone Store. While Apple leads... Read more...
Although Samsung sells more smartphones than Apple, its app store doesn't hold a candle to what the Cupertino company has built. The same can be true for all other smartphone vendors as well. One of the reasons smartphones really took hold of the world is because of what Apple had accomplished with its App Store, and now everyone else wants to pull the same level of success off. How? Developer incentives. Both Apple and Google take a 30% cut from whatever a developer makes, which hasn't bode too well for those looking to maximize their profits. So Samsung, in a partnership with EA and its Chillingo platform, is soon to launch a service for Android dubbed "100% Indie" - that is, one where out... Read more...
In advance of its BlackBerry 10 launch, Research in Motion has made some much-needed changes to how its store handles pricing. It's still not ideal, but those using British £ or Euro € currency stand to see fairer prices. Currently, the lowest price someone in the UK can see is £1; after the change, that will become £0.75. On the Euro side, the new lowest will be €0.89, from €0.99. It's mentioned that those interested in changing their currency of choice are free to, although it will take up to 24 hours for the updated pricing to be reflected through the store. This leads me to an area where I think price-handling could be improved. It seems a little foolish that... Read more...
U.S. PlayStation owners have access to a new online content store today: the Sony Entertainment Network App Store. The Web-based store has been available in Europe since late last year, but just launched in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. The store has movies, TV shows, games, and other digital treats for their PlayStation 3/Vita/Portable and is related to the PlayStation Store for the PlayStation3. The online PlayStation App Store is launching with plenty of content, but more features are expected down the pike. Sony has plans for recommendation features, mobile device interfaces, and an automatic download feature for purchased content. At the moment, when you buy content on the online... Read more...
Recovering Temple Run addicts who finally managed to stop playing the endless action game developed by Imangi Studios are going to feel like Michael Corleone did in Godfather III when he said, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." That is, unless you can resist Temple Run 2, which is already available in New Zealand and slated to launch later tonight in the U.S. The second coming of Temple Run introduces all new graphics and organic environments, though the gameplay is mostly the same as before. Only this time around, there will be new obstacles, more powerups, more achievements, special powers for each character, and a bigger monkey intent on tearing your limbs apart. "With... Read more...
Google's Android platform is no longer playing second fiddle to Apple's iOS ecosystem in terms of available applications. The two share center stage, having both strung together a symphony of 700,000 apps each, which is music to any mobile user's ears (except for maybe those invested in Microsoft's Windows Phone platform). Bloomberg first reported the claim, which hasn't yet been bragged about in a press release or by a Google official on Google+, and since then other outlets are claiming to have confirmed the news with the sultan of search. This is a big deal for Google, and it takes away one of the advantages Apple was still clinging to. Speaking of Apple, the Cupertino outfit recently announced... Read more...
The backlash against Windows 8 from various developers continues, but this time the creator in question isn't just expressing discontent. Notch, the developer behind smash hit Minecraft, a game that's torn up sales charts on both the Xbox and PC, has declared that he won't be working with Microsoft to certify Mincraft for Windows 8. Yesterday, Notch sent the following tweets: Note that this doesn't mean Minecraft won't run on Windows 8. The certification process in question is Microsoft's mandatory rules for submitting content to the Windows game store. In order to be listed there, an application must be Metro-compatible and conform to a laundry list of other conditions. Notch's refusal means... Read more...
Windows users seeking refuge from malware don't have many places to go, including Apple's iOS App Store, which was recently discovered to be harboring files containing a Windows virus. A user on Apple's support forum first reported the discovery after ClamXav flagged his "InstaQuotes-Quotes Cards for Instagram" download as being infected. The app developer was able to sneak a worm into the program (or did so unknowingly, perhaps because his own system was already infected), which could infect Windows users who manage their iTunes account on a Windows PC, but is not a threat to either the Mac OS X or iOS platform. Not to overstate the threat, even Windows users would have to manually extract the... Read more...
There's something funky going on in Apple's App Store that's corrupting several iOS apps, causing them to crash immediately on launch. The issue reportedly affects over 70 apps, including some high profile ones like Instapaper and Angry Birds Space (free edition). Instapaper creator Marco Arment first noted the issue when, just moments after Apple approved his Instapaper 4.2.3 update, he was bombarded by support emails and Twitter messages complaining that his app was crashing, even when performing a clean install. "This didn't make sense -- obviously, Apple had reviewed it, and it worked for them. My submitted archive from Xcode worked perfectly," Arment posted on his blog. "But every time I... Read more...
How much trouble is Research in Motion (RIM) in? Enough that the company is reportedly considering previously unacceptable options like spinning off the handset business, or partnering with Microsoft. The company's quarterly results, reported yesterday, were disastrous. Revenue tumbled by a third from Q4 2012 levels and the company's gross margin fell 11 percentage points. Worst of all, CEO Thorsten Heins revealed that RIM's next-generation devices and the new BlackBerry 10 OS have both been delayed until Q1 2013. "Based on the current status of the software integration, it has become clear that the schedule we were working towards, which would have the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones in market... Read more...
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