Apple issues an apology for iTunes/iCloud downtime, blames outage on internal DNS error

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 11, 2015

Chances are you’ve by now realized that Apple’s content stores and other iCloud services are experiencing widespread downtime.

Earlier this morning, Twitter lit up with complaints from users around the world who reported being unable to download apps, music, movies, TV shows and books, as well as buy in-app content, with some even unable to sign in to online service like iCloud Mail.

In an official statement issued to CNBC, Apple’s apologized for inconveniencing customers and said the multi-hour outage is caused by “an internal DNS error” at the firm. As you could imagine, they’re scrambling to produce a fix.

UPDATE: following what became an eleven-hour long outage, the App Store and iTunes services are now back online. Read More

 

App Store, Mac App Store iTunes/iBooks Store and other iCloud services experiencing outage

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 11, 2015

If you’re unable to update your apps or buy books and music on Apple’s content stores, you’re not alone — there’s trouble in iCloud. Apple’s App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store services have been experiencing widespread outage for straight six hours now.

At first, the company’s iCloud Status Page would not acknowledge the downtime. Earlier this morning, the company refreshed the dashboard which now shows the App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store as being unavailable “for all users”.

UPDATE: following what became an eleven-hour long outage, the App Store and iTunes services are now back online. Read More

 

Apple names Temple Run: Oz its new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 5, 2015

The exhilarating sequel to the classic endless runner with a Disney movie tie-in throw in for good measure, Temple Run: Oz is now available at no cost until next Thursday as part of Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion.

Released precisely on this day a year ago, this marks the first time Temple Run: Oz has been marked down to zero bucks on the App Store (regularly $1.99).

The game is based on the 2013 film ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ and features the same great gameplay as the original infinite runner, with an Oz twist to it. Read More

 

Android devs earned $7 billion in past 12 months, paid search ads coming to Play store

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Google’s Play store has paid about seven billion dollars in revenue to Android app makers over the past 12 months, the company said Thursday. By comparison, Apple paid out ten billion dollars in 2014 App Store revenue to iPhone and iPad devs.

With more than 100 billion searches every month on Google.com, the company has now kicked off a pilot program designed to inject sponsored search results into the Play store apps. Read More

 

Tweetbot for iPhone gains Twitter video support, improved GIFs

By Jake Smith on Feb 23, 2015

Tapbots has updated its Tweetbot app with new features on Monday with the release of version 3.5.2, most notably bringing support for Twitter’s native video. Read More

 

Google releases Inbox app for iPad

By Jake Smith on Feb 19, 2015

Google has released an iPad version of its Inbox app, its new service that allows “a completely different type of inbox”. The app strives to surface the most relevant stuff that often gets buried and forgotten due to an avalanche of unwanted emails we get bombarded with. Read More

 

NBC now streams content live to iOS thanks to app update

By Jake Smith on Feb 17, 2015

NBC has updated its iPhone and iPad apps on Wednesday to include live streaming television, following in the paths of ABC and CBS. NBC had originally rolled out its “TV Everywhere” product on the web, but now it’s available on iOS, bringing the content to your iPhone and iPad. Read More

 

Swift Developer Course: learn how to develop iPhone and iPad apps for iOS 8

By iDB Deals on Feb 14, 2015

With iOS app developers making over $10 billion in 2014, it seems like everyone wants a piece of the pie. There are already 1.4 million apps on the App Store made by dev-houses big and small, with thousands of new developers adding to the ecosystem each year. If you capitalize on this deal from the iDB Deals store, you could be one of them, and maybe get a slice of that $10 billion pie.

With the technology and resources available, it’s relatively easy and accessible to become an app developer yourself. The first and most difficult step, however, is learning how to program and develop iOS apps. That’s where this deal comes in: the Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developer Course contains over 70 hours of content to teach you how to develop for iOS. Read More

 

Apple asks devs to blur out guns and nudity on App Store screenshots and promotional footage

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2015

Apple is determined to make the App Store a safe playground for children and has begun enforcing its own long-standing which requires that app icons, screenshots and video previews adhere to the 4+ age rating, PocketGamer reports.

Developers who do not censor the App Store marketing material will see their apps rejected from the store. A few devs corroborated Apple’s intent to make the App Store family-friendly and inoffensive.

Some of the developers who voiced their concern include Tempo developer Splash Damage, creators of Gang Nations and Bullet Rush and many others. Read More

 

You can now install apps from Pinterest for iOS, App Store opens official Pinterest account

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015

Pinterest, a visual discovery and sharing service, wants to make installing apps a frictionless process so yesterday they announced a new feature created in partnership with Apple, called App Pins.

In a nutshell, App Pins are special types of posts on Pinterest that feature an “Install” button. Tapping the button serves up iOS’s standard App Store preview sheet with related app information, allowing users to install an app right there and then, without having to leave Pinterest. Read More

 

Twitter, Google reportedly ink deal to put tweets in search results

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

Twitter and Google have struck a deal that will allow the microblogging network’s 140-character tweets to appear in search results. The deal is believed to help Twitter reach more non-users, and at the same time, allow searchers to gain more real-time information.

Bloomberg reports that tweets will begin appearing in Google within the first half of this year, and tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted, thanks to a deal giving the Web company access to Twitter’s firehose. Read More

 

Under Armour acquires MyFitnessPal, Endomondo apps for a combined $560 million

By Jake Smith on Feb 4, 2015

Sports apparel company Under Armour announced on Wednesday that it’s adding two mobile fitness apps to its arsenal: MyFitnessPal for $475 million and Endomondo for $85 million. The two apps could be what the company needs to continue to go after the Nike+ app that’s relatively popular on the App Store. Read More

 

Twitter rolls out instant timeline for new users, curating tweets automatically

By Jake Smith on Feb 2, 2015

Twitter is working to cater to new users and make it easier for them to get started with the service with an instant timeline feature. Instead of requiring new users to go out and follow Twitter users on their own, the instant timeline feature brings in content without going through the traditional setup process.

After Twitter scans your contacts in the signup phase, it will automatically present new Twitter users tweets based on who their contacts are and who they follow on Twitter. Essentially, Twitter is guessing which accounts and topics might interest you. Read More

 

Twitter adds group direct messaging, 30-second video recording

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

Twitter has rolled out a big update to its iOS app, adding group direct messaging and the ability to shoot video directly within the app.

The new direct messaging tool changes up the feature that’s been around since 2008. It’s a move to make messaging a larger part of the platform. The group function lets you start conversations with any of your followers, and they don’t all need to follow one another in order to chat. You can create a group by simply tapping a few names. Read More

 

Tweetbot for Mac returns to Mac App Store

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Tapbots, the maker of popular third-party Twitter application Tweebot, has brought back the application to the Mac App Store after pulling it over the weekend.

“We’ve worked with Twitter to resolve Tweetbot for Mac authentication issues,” Tapbots said in a tweet on Monday. “The app should be back on the Mac App Store soon.”  Read More

 

Stanford makes ‘Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift’ course available on iTunes U

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Stanford has made its ‘Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift’ course available on iTunes U on Monday, helping beginners gain an understanding of Apple’s new programming language.

The course is available to download for free, and Stanford says you should have C language and object-oriented programming experience already to make the most of the course.  Read More

 

iOS 8 adoption slowing, now sits at 69 percent

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

The rate at which people are upgrading their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices to iOS 8 is slowing in the post-holiday season. As noted on Apple’s own App Store Distribution support page, though iOS 8 adoption is edging toward the 70 percent milestone it’s barely hit the 69 percent mark on Tuesday.

That’s a rather paltry one percentage point jump over an adoption rate of 68 percent as measured just two weeks ago. And by comparison, that figure was a healthy four percentage points increase over the previous December 22 update. Read More

 

Khan Academy launches 150,000 courses on iPad, includes handwriting recognition

By Jake Smith on Jan 20, 2015

Khan Academy, often called the go-to place for online learning, has finally launched on the iPad to provide its education tools to students, and really anyone who wants to learn the material from a 10-inch screen.

The non-profit has had an iOS app since 2012, but now has launched a completely redesigned iPad app that features 150,000 learnings exercises, so users can launch them natively instead of having to pull up a webpage. Read More

 

Apple terminates registered App Store developers in Crimea following US sanctions

By Jake Smith on Jan 18, 2015

Apple sent an email to registered developers who are registered in Crimea on Sunday terminating their developer agreement with Apple and ceasing the development and distribution of apps.  Read More

 

European iOS users may need to re-enable auto-renewing in-app purchases

By Jake Smith on Jan 14, 2015

Following Apple’s price increases on the European iTunes App Store last week, auto-renewing subscriptions for in-app content in Europe have been turned off if any of the pricing tiers were changed.

It’s a move by Apple to stop charging users more than they agreed to, however Apple has not notified users or developers of the change, which could leave havoc to developers’ revenues for a few weeks until users figure it out themselves. Read More