App Store’s Top Charts now shows fewer apps for performance reasons

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2014

TechCrunch has spotted an interesting change under the popular Top Charts section in the App Store. The popular section now displays only half as much ranked apps as before.

Whereas previously you were able to scroll through the top 300 apps listed across Paid, Free and Top Grossing categories on the iPhone (or Top 1,500 on the iPad), Top Charts now shows only 150 results.

It’s a small but interesting change that shows Apple is still figuring out how to best surface noteworthy and trending apps among the more than million items it now carries in the App Store…. Read More


Apple now makes it clear you’re not allowed to update or redownload refunded apps

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2014

If you’ve ever asked for a refund on a Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad app you purchased in the Mac App Store or the App Store, Apple somewhat unexpectedly did allow you to update your existing installations – even reinstall previously refunded apps.

That’s no longer the case. According to multiple reports, users who try to update or reinstall refunded iOS and OS X applications are now greeted with a prompt informing them that Apple no longer supports the practice… Read More


App Recap: 12 apps for iOS on the docket

By Joe Rossignol on May 19, 2014

The first edition of App Recap this week kicks things off on a high note, with a number of new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone and iPad. Whether you’re looking to test your luck at TC Blackjack or play Canada’s national summer sport in Lacrosse Shot, this roundup is full of noteworthy apps and games to kickstart your week. Here are 12 apps to eliminate the Monday blues… 

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App Recap: 20 apps for iOS gamers and more

By Joe Rossignol on May 15, 2014

Thursday is always an extremely busy day on the App Store, and this week is no different. There are dozens of new apps and games that just hit the storefront, and we’ve rounded up all of the noteworthy ones in this column. App Recap promotes new, updated and discounted apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, extending upon the thorough app coverage provided by Christian, Cody, Lory and our team of writers throughout the week. Join us ahead as we run through 20 new must-have apps…  Read More


App Recap: over a dozen new, updated and discounted apps to look at

By Joe Rossignol on May 13, 2014

Tuesday’s edition of App Recap, which promotes new, updated and discounted apps on the App Store, highlights several productivity apps for making day-to-day tasks easier. Boximize takes note-taking to the next level, MovieLaLa helps you discover new movies, Logacal redefines your calendar, Quickminder simplifies reminders, Castro enhances your podcast experience and more. App Recap is posted mid-day and builds upon the more detailed app coverage that Lory, Christian, Cody and our other writers keep us informed with. We’ve got 14 apps on the docket today…  Read More


Reuters: Apple creating full-blown health and fitness services platform akin to App Store

By Christian Zibreg on May 5, 2014

We “know” from rumors that Apple with iOS 8 is planning to introduce a new application called Healthbook said to aggregate health and fitness data pulled from a variety of sources, be it third-party fitness/health apps found in the App Store, dedicated tracking accessories or more.

But that could be just the tip of the iceberg.

According to a mobile health executive who spoke to Reuters, the iPhone maker is looking to create a full-blown health and fitness ecosystem inspired by the App Store… Read More


How to screenshot Snapchat without sending notification

By Joe Rossignol on May 3, 2014

Snapchat is designed so that all photos, videos and chats disappear after a predetermined amount of time set by the sender, such as 5 or 10 seconds. The whole point of the social networking app is that anything sent between users is not considered permanent, unless of course the recipient decides to take a screenshot of that Snapchat. But when someone takes a screenshot of a snap, the sender is provided with a notification alongside the number of screenshots taken.

As you might expect, there are more than a few ways to take a screenshot of Snapchat in secret. A myriad of apps are available on the App Store for saving Snapchat photos and videos, plus two options for jailbroken users. Just keep in mind that none of these methods are guaranteed to be fail proof, and I imagine most people would be uncomfortable having their snaps saved without knowing. But if you must, here is how to screenshot Snapchat without the other person knowingRead More


App Recap: new, updated and on sale apps

By Joe Rossignol on May 2, 2014

We’re back with another edition of App Recap, a daily column that promotes new, updated and on sale apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. App Recap serves as an extension of the more detailed App Store coverage that Lory, Christian, Cody and our other writers post during the daytime, and the roundup is frequently updated during the day if needed. If you want to know about new must-have games or the latest sales, read ahead for a look at today’s featured apps…  Read More


How to get more matches on Tinder

By Joe Rossignol on May 2, 2014

Let’s face it. Life is busy these days, to the point that most of us don’t even have time to focus on meeting a significant other. The struggle is real. And while there still might be a negative stigma surrounding online dating platforms, Tinder has quickly emerged as one of the most popular platforms for meeting someone outside of a bar or club. The startup app has received numerous awards since launching over 18 months ago, helping to connect everyone from busy university undergraduate students to single adults for dates and casual encounters.

Tinder is essentially an anonymous “hot or not” app for iPhone and Android smartphones. If you find someone physically attractive, swipe right. If you don’t, swipe left. It is made to be incredibly simple — and shallow — in nature, yet you probably wouldn’t be reading this article if Tinder was as easy as it sounds. If you are not on the top of your game, don’t expect to be getting too many right swipes on Tinder. Fortunately, it only takes a few minutes and a little bit of effort to improve your results. Read ahead for tips and tricks on how to get more matches on Tinder…  Read More


Apple highlights “Best of April” in new App Store section

By Joe Rossignol on May 1, 2014

Apple has highlighted its favorite new apps and games from last month in a new Best of April section on the App Store. The best overall app was given to NYT Now, while the award for best overall game went to Leo’s Fortune. There are over a dozen other apps included in two categories for “amazing apps” and “great games,” many of which were released or significantly updated in April. A complete rundown of the apps that made the Best of April list in the United States follows…  Read More


App Recap: 10 apps to look at today

By Joe Rossignol on May 1, 2014

App Recap is a daily column that promotes new, updated and on sale apps in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It serves as an extension of the more detailed app coverage that Christian, Cody and others provide during the daytime, highlighting both popular and hidden gem apps with noteworthy changes. It could be a new app that you must absolutely have, or a longtime favorite that has seen a significant reduction in price. Take a look inside for a look at today’s featured apps…  Read More


Reddit to develop official apps for iOS and Android

By Joe Rossignol on Apr 30, 2014

Reddit has long been one of the most popular websites on the Internet, serving as an online discussion board for users to discuss a wide variety of topics. But one thing it has always lacked is an official mobile app — fortunately, that’s about to change. The San Francisco-based company has posted an official job listing within the /r/forhire subreddit, looking for mobile app developers to help create official apps for Reddit…  Read More


Facebook open sources animation engine behind Paper for iOS

By Jake Smith on Apr 28, 2014

Facebook has open sourced the Pop animation engine that drives its Paper app, now available in a listing on GitHub.

The Pop engine supports basic static animations, and also has spring and decay dynamic animations for building realistic, physics-based interactions. The Paper app has been praised for its design, and now developers will be able to access the same engine that drives it for their own iOS and OS X apps.  Read More


App Store honors Earth Day with green living apps

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2014

Today is Earth Day and the App Store is conveniently spotlighting some of the finest iPhone and iPad applications for going green, both free and paid ones. Whether you’re into alternative means of transportation, green living in general or environmental awareness, there’s an app for you out there among the more than one million software items available in the App Store.

“We’ve compiled a thought-provoking selection of films, books and podcasts to help you celebrate and care for the planet this Earth Day,” notes Apple. I’ve listed all of the featured apps right below… Read More


How to set up an iTunes and App Store allowance

By Sébastien Page on Apr 19, 2014

I recently found out there is a feature in iTunes that allows you to set up an allowance for someone to have access to a pre-determined amount of money to spend each month in the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store.

A perfect illustration of this feature would be the case where parents would be able to set up an allowance for their kids. This way, kids have access to a credit they can spend each month, either on apps, movies, musics, books, etc.

In this post, I will show you how to set up an iTunes allowance so you can send a monthly iTunes Store credit to anyone… Read More


iOS 7: the ultimate App Store guide

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 19, 2014

The App Store app is the hub used to download additional apps on an iOS device. Out of the box, the iPhone only comes bundled with a handful of stock apps. The App Store app allows you to choose from hundreds of thousands of apps to download on to your device.

Apps can be anything from productivity tools, to games, to periodicals. There is a wealth of apps available to download in the App Store, and while some may come at a price, many of them are free.

It’s good to become familiar with the App Store’s features, because this is the only place where you can download additional software on a stock iOS device. Check inside as we journey through a detailed explanation of the App Store. Read More


China Mobile iPhone sales boosting App Store downloads in China, pushing revenue up 70 percent

By Jake Smith on Apr 15, 2014

App Store downloads and sales have risen vastly in China, following the deal between Apple and China Mobile to launch the iPhone on the world’s-largest carrier during the first quarter of 2014.

Research website App Annie found in a report released Tuesday morning that China was the key market for iOS App Store growth during the first quarter of 2014, boosting revenue on the China App Store up around 70 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Read More


iOS 7 adoption at 87 percent ahead of WWDC 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

After last summer’s WWDC, Apple started charting iOS adoption numbers on Dev Center, its portal for registered Mac and iOS developers.

According to data from March 24, 2014, a whopping 85 percent of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild ran iOS 7 at the time. The figure has now grown to 87 percent device, as per latest App Store numbers.

Although iOS adoption rates are now plateauing following the software’s public release more than six months ago, the two percentage-point difference in two weeks time is nonetheless a notable accomplishment.

I bet Apple’s executives will highlight iOS vs. Android adoption to paint Google’s platform as highly fragmented, but there’s more to data than meets the eye. Read on for more context… Read More


Apple to raise prices on some international App Stores in the next 24 hours

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2014

In the next 24 hours, Apple will be making a few changes to price tiers available to iOS developers as a result of fluctuating foreign exchange rates.

The adjustments will affect seven countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Israel, with most of the affected markets set to experience price hikes due to the weak local currency.

The firm has adjusted App Store prices a few times in the past and these changes are no different.

The company has informed registered iOS developers of the retail price changes via an email communiqué today… Read More


Apple getting its standard 30 percent cut on Office for iPad subscriptions

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2014

Following today’s long expected release of the Office for iPad applications, Apple’s boss Tim Cook issued a nice tweet welcoming Word, Excel and PowerPoint into the App Store. Returning the favor, Microsoft’s newly installed chief executive Satya Nadella took to Twitter to thank Cook, saying he was “excited to bring the magic of Office to iPad customers”.

Redmond couldn’t have wished for a better endorsement than this!

So, why are these powerful Silicon Valley executives droning politely on to each other, do you think? And how come Cook is promoting Office for iPad even though the software competes squarely with Apple’s own iWork suite, free with iDevice purchases?

Could it be because folks at Cupertino are getting their standard 30 percent cut on Office 365 subscriptions sold within the app… Read More

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