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

 

Apple now refunding unwanted in-app purchases

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2014

Following numerous probes by government agencies and looming class action lawsuits the company is now facing around the world, Apple is finally reaching out to customers to inform them they may be entitled to refunds concerning unwanted in-app purchases made by minors due to weak iOS Restrictions at the time.

Last year, the iPhone maker reluctantly settled with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding in-app purchases, agreeing to compensate consumers and modify its in-app billing system by March 31 to make things a little clearer for its customers… Read More

 

Apple caught testing related search suggestions in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2014

With over a million apps now available in the App Store, discovering software related to your needs outside the charts and featured sections increasingly feels like finding a needle in the haystack. Apple two years ago bought a company called Chomp, presumably to make app discovery easier, but thus far the acquisition – apart from a few functional tweaks here and there - hasn’t yielded visible improvements to how folks discover iPhone and iPad applications.

Then on Tuesday, one developer noticed a sweet new feature in the App Store storefront on his iPhone which offers a way to filter search results based on Apple-provided suggestions. I was able to test this on my iPhone 5s and though the feature appears a bit rough around the edges, it pretty much works as you’d expect.

Read on for the full reveal… Read More

 

Apple highlights indie games via new App Store section Indie Game Showcase

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2014

Apple has created a new section in the App Store to feature iPhone and iPad games by independent devs.

Titled ‘Indie Game Showcase’ and available on iTunes here, the section highlights such highly acclaimed titles as Year Walk ($3.99) by Simogo, an eerie adventure game based on the ancient Swedish phenomena of year walking, Space Invaders Infinity Gene ($4.99) by Taito, Bumpy Road ($2.99) by developer Simogo Handelsbolag and more… Read More

 

How to remove the ‘Near Me’ tab in the App Store app

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 16, 2014

The ‘Near Me’ tab—which appears at the bottom of the App Store app in iOS 7—allows you to see what apps are most popular around your location. I’ve found the feature to be quite worthless and generally filled with local news apps that I’d never consider using.

With that in mind, wouldn’t it be cool if you could get rid of the Near Me tab altogether? That’s the premise behind a new jailbreak tweak entitled NoNearMe; it allows you to hide the Near Me tab using a simple Cydia install. Have a look inside as we show you how the tweak works on video. Read More

 

Both Apple Store apps updated with various improvements

By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2014

Apple has pushed a pair of tiny updates to its two Apple Store clients (iPhone and iPad versions are separate downloads) this afternoon. The updates bring the two apps to version 2.9.2 and 1.1.1 respectively, and include various improvements.

On the iPhone side, Apple has improved notifications for folks using the app in retail stores—users can now view notifications from within the app and on the Lock screen. And as for the iPad, Apple has added the ability to gift card purchases… Read More

 

Apple launches new ‘Sharing Selfies’ section in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2014

Oxford Dictionary named ‘selfie’ its Word of the Year for 2013, and it’s not hard to see why. The act of taking a selfie—a photo taken of you, by you—has moved on from bathroom mirrors and is now at the Oscars and the red carpet of the Prince’s Trust Awards—you name it.

Perhaps looking to capitalize on the hype, Apple has launched a new section in its App Store specifically for apps that specialize in taking self portraits. Aptly named ‘Sharing Selfies,’ the section highlights various apps like Snapchat, Frontback, FaceTune and Selfie Cam… Read More

 
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