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Apple rejects Pay Mini app from Samsung

Apple has rejected the native Pay Mini app for iPhone from Samsung, ETNews reported Monday. The Cupertino company reportedly did not disclose why it had refused to host Samsung’s app on the App Store, but it’s fairly safe to speculate that it might have something to do with competition.

ETNews previously reported that Samsung was planning to release Samsung Pay, its mobile payments service, as a downloadable iPhone application.

How to find out which third-party apps on your iPhone support Siri

Since Apple introduced SiriKit with iOS10, a growing number of developers worldwide have worked out unique ways to intelligently embed Apple’s virtual assistant. When the likes of WhatsApp and Uber released their Siri compatible versions it was still hard to escape the flurry of news about it, but the novelty of Siri integration has certainly worn off a little in the interim.

With the newsworthiness of Siri-ready apps sinking, it is more likely than not that some of the apps on your iPhone have secretly acquired Siri capabilities that you are entirely oblivious of. If you want to bring yourself up to date on what you may have been missing out on, it only takes a few clicks within the Settings app to unveil which of your apps have lately taken to Siri.

Pokémon GO update lets trainers transfer Pokémon in bulk and fixes bugs

Niantic has launched an update (version 1.19.1) for the popular Pokémon GO game on both the Android and iOS platforms on Thursday that addresses several bugs, as well as a highly-requested game improvement.

Those who catch many Pokémon know the struggle of having to transfer out the ones they don’t need to Professor Willow, one by one, but Thursday’s update now allows players to transfer a handful of unwanted Pokémon to the professor all at once.

Starbucks teams up with Pokémon GO as an official partner and adds more Pokéstops and gyms

Just yesterday, Niantic announced a partnership with Sprint to bring as many as 10,500 more Pokéstops and gyms to Pokémon GO, and today a similar partnership appears to be expanding to Starbucks coffee shops.

The announcement is a move to give players more flexibility in collecting necessary items to play the game, as well as to battle other players. Starbucks benefits out of the deal because it attracts potential customers to their locations.

How to convert any barcode into a pass for your Wallet with Pass2U Wallet

Based on the continuous growth of Wallet for ticketing services and Apple Pay, Apple’s bid to render cards and printouts a memory of the past has come a long way. Wallet makes handling and storing any type of ticket considerably simpler, which is why it is easy to get irritated today when presented with no other delivery option but an old-school paper pass. Thankfully Apple and other retailers are increasingly swinging towards the digital platform, but there are still countless cases where you just cannot add a ticket or voucher to your Wallet – even though it would make life so much easier.

Pass2U Wallet, a free app for iOS, taps into that need and conveniently bridges the gap. Just like Wallet itself it offers to scan hard copy barcodes in order to convert them to Wallet passes, however contrary to Apple’s Wallet it will practically work with any piece of paper imaginable. As such, Pass2U Wallet complements and enriches the stock Wallet app nicely, making sure you will be able to add anything you like to your iPhone’s Wallet. Find out more about the app in our review below.

Sprint partners up with Pokémon GO to add new Pokéstops and Gyms

Sprint is partnering up with Niantic to increase the amount of Pokéstops and gyms that you can access in Pokémon GO.

The goal of the collaboration is to give players more access points to stock up on Pokémon item necessities and to battle other players for experience and team gym domination, but clearly Sprint gets some positive press out of the deal too.

In November, App Store captured highest monthly sales ever in its history

According to Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, the App Store last month enjoyed the highest monthly sales ever since its inception in the summer of 2008. “November 2016 was a record breaker for the App Store—the highest monthly sales ever in its history,” reads the tweet.

Although Schiller didn’t provide any hard numbers, in just two weeks during last year’s holiday season the App Store raked in a massive $1.1 billion revenue from sales of iOS apps and In-App Purchases.

Netflix becomes top-grossing iOS app following offline playback introduction

After gaining the long overdue offline playback feature last week, Netflix’s mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has emerged as the top iOS app on the App Store’s Top Grossing charts for the first time ever, overtaking apps like Spotify and Candy Crush Saga, according to stats from app tracking firm SensorTower. By comparison, just last month Netflix was the #7 top-grossing iPhone and iPad software overall in the United States.

At the time of this writing, Netflix’s iPhone and iPad app was the top-grossing item on App Stores in the United States, India, Mexico and Colombia.

App Store refund policy under fire from Korean game publishers

Apple’s app refund policy on the App Store has come under fire from South Korean game developers who are complaining about a loophole that permits ill-minded users to purchase charged content multiple times, request refunds and continue to consume the content without actually paying for it.

The Korea Times is reporting that the issue stems from Apple’s policy of withholding information about those who have been issued a refund.

App Store highlights video apps with support for the upcoming Single Sign-On feature

Apple is likely to roll out an upcoming new Single Sign-On feature, which was announced back at WWDC 2016, alongside public releases of iOS 10.2 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and the tvOS 10.1 software update for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Ahead of the feature’s debut later this month, the App Store is now highlighting apps with Single-Sing On support via a special section. Single Sign-On remembers a user’s cable credentials for use in compatible video apps.

Apple is switching App Store pricing from USD to regional currencies in 9 countries

Apple’s emailed its registered developers to inform them of some upcoming App Store pricing policy changes in Egypt, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Tanzania and Vietnam.

No longer will prices of paid downloads on these local App Stores be shown in US dollars. According to the communique, the App Store in these markets will now show prices of apps and In-App Purchases in their domestic currency.