By Cody Lee on Nov 15, 2012
Since Apple replaced Google Maps in iOS 6 with its own mapping solution, there’s been a lot of talk regarding Google making its own Maps app for the platform. Rumors have persisted that such an app is in development.
But according to a new report this afternoon, it’s not only in development, it’s almost finished. The Wall Street Journal says that it has learned that Google is currently putting the finishing touches on a native iOS Maps app… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 14, 2012
The awkwardly named SLightEnhancerSearch, is a recently released jailbreak tweak that adds a ton of new search options to the stock Spotlight search on iOS. When it was first released, I ran into many issues with the tweak, namely, the search options not showing up on the Spotlight page when enabled.
The tweak was updated today, and the developer seems to have stamped out all of the bugs that plagued the initial release. SLightEnhancerSearch, as silly as its name may be, is a quality jailbreak tweak that many will no doubt find useful… Read More
By Cody Lee on Nov 14, 2012
Back in September, a Chinese court sided with China Publishing House in an infringement lawsuit against Apple, and ordered the iPad-maker to pay about $83,000 in damages. The publisher claimed Apple allowed an application into its App Store that contained large chunks if its Encyclopedia of China works without the proper licensing.
Naturally, Apple is now appealing the decision. And what the court decides from here could have some major consequences for the Cupertino company… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 31, 2012
As most of you are aware of by now, the Northeastern part of the United States was hit by a superstorm this week. Hurricane Sandy tore through New York, New Jersey and other areas on Monday night, causing an estimated $60 billion in damages.
For those that are looking to help, Apple has teamed up with the American Red Cross to make it easy for folks to donate money to the relief efforts… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2012
Because Google’s free Android software is available in many shapes, price points and across a variety of carriers and manufacturers, the search giant has relatively easy and early on taken the lead in terms of device activations. But even with its clear lead in terms of unit sales, Android has always lagged behind iOS in terms of quantity of the apps found on its store, dubbed the Google Play Store. Today, Google has announced that its store now carries 700,000 third-party apps, which means that the Play Store has officially matched the App Store in sheer number of apps available… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 25, 2012
Bad news for iTunes users in Europe this afternoon. Several reports are coming in that Apple has upped the pricing on App Store apps, with base prices increasing from €0.79 to €0.89 in several markets on the continent. The change has been confirmed in Italy, Germany, France and several other European countries…
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2012
In its never-ending quest to improve app discovery, Apple with iOS 6 added to its App Store on the iPad, iPhone and Mac something called App Collections, a curated section which lists apps that the company personally tested. As of recently, App Collections are now prominently featured on iOS devices and Macs via a dedicated section nested within the Categories menu of the App Store and iTunes. All of the apps featured in App Collections are basically recommendations by Apple’s editorial team… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 12, 2012
While the jury is still out on whether or not Apple will approve Google’s rumored standalone Maps app, it seems clear now that the company doesn’t want any copycats in the App Store.
Reports started surfacing this morning that Apple has pulled ClassicMap, a Google-powered mapping application that looks a lot like the Google Maps app Apple replaced in iOS 6… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 11, 2012
A few days ago, Sega announced that it would be bringing its popular Crazy Taxi title to the iOS platform. It posted a short video of gameplay footage, and said that its release date would be sometime in October.
Well it looks like “sometime in October” meant “later this week,” because Crazy Taxi showed up in the App Store this morning. Now you can play the classic open-world driver on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2012
It’s been widely reported that Apple dropped stock YouTube and Google Maps app in iOS 6. I’m not really sure how nobody noticed this before, but it’s been reported that Apple did kill another handy feature: the ability to gift apps.
The removal of the gifting capability affects mobile App Store storefronts running on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches as users can still gift apps using desktop iTunes on a Mac or PC. Apple itself confirmed the change and it’s unknown when (or if, for that matter) the feature will return to iOS 6… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2012
Apple’s really determined to right the mapping wrongs. In addition to posting a public apology on its web site and offering instructions on accessing mapping web apps from Google and Nokia, the Cupertino, California-headquartered designer of gadgets just posted a curated recommendations section in the App Store, listing third-party Maps alternatives for the iPhone and iPad… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2012
Online retailer Amazon has asked a federal judge to throw out Apple’s legal maneuvering seeking to challenging Amazon’s use of the “Appstore” term due to similarities with Apple’s App Store trademark. The contention erupted in March of last year, when Apple sued Amazon over the App Store moniker. The online retailer was using the ‘app store’ term in their developer portal and other marketing materials, with Apple arguing the similarity with its own App Store name may have led to customer confusion… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2012
Google is creeping up on Apple, announcing yesterday on its Android blog that its Play Store now has 675,000 apps which have been downloaded 25 billion times. It was just recently that Google bragged about half a billion cumulative Android activations and on September 5 the search Goliath announced it was activating 70,000 tablets and 1.3 million Android devices each day.
At this rate, Google should have no trouble surpassing Apple’s platform by year’s end. By comparison, Apple’s App Store carried over 750,000 apps and the company sold a total of 425 million iOS devices, as of September 12. The iPhone maker said earlier at WWDC that customers downloaded over 30 billion apps as of June… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 26, 2012
Back in April, a handful of developers launched the HackStore, an alternative to the Mac App Store. Similar to Cydia for iOS, the HackStore hosts third-party Mac applications that for one reason or another didn’t make it past Apple’s approval process.
In our first take, we noted that while the Store looked good, it needed some work. It was a bit buggy, and only contained around 50 apps. But after nearly 6 months and a number of updates, we figured it was time to give the HackStore another run-through… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2012
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past 24 hours, you are aware that crappy Apple Maps in iOS 6 provoked a very public backlash. We told you earlier today that a Google executive hinted in a brief interview with Bloomberg TV that iPhone 5 users can go download Google Maps, an unusual wording given that a rumored native Google Maps app couldn’t be found on the App Store yet.
Adding fuel to fire, The Guardian newspaper reports that Google submitted the program and that it is now in Apple’s sole discretion to approve it. Whether or not club Cupertino greenlights the nsoftware or throws it down the toilet over duplicate functionality remains to be seen.
At any rate, a native Google Maps experience akin to the recently released YouTube app would be more than welcome given the controversial downgrade that is Apple’s in-house mapping solution in iOS 6… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 20, 2012
Since updating my iPhone 4S to iOS 6, I’ve been having problems with the App Store. Specifically, when I was in the Passbook application and clicked the App Store portal, I was met with the following error: “Cannot connect to iTunes Store.”
As it turns out, I’m not the only one having this problem. A thread has started in Apple’s support forums regarding the issue, and it has already garnered 5,000 views. Luckily, it appears that some folks have managed to come up with a fix… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2012
An interesting unintended consequence of a downgrade that is Apple Maps in iOS 6: people will grow to rely on transit apps and other third-party software to help get back some of the Google Maps functionality (until Google releases a widely rumored standalone iOS Google Maps app).
And with Passbook debuting in iOS 6, we should increasingly download and use shopping programs (like the Target app) that produce Passbook-compatible coupons, invoices, loyalty points, tickets and other digital items.
As a result of the new Passbook functionality and lacking Maps experience in iOS 6, cumulative App Store revenue for the calendar year 2012 could top nearly five billion dollars, a research firm has forecast… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 17, 2012
If you’re a developer running iOS 6, try opening up the App Store app and open the Featured tab. As 9to5Mac points out, chances are you’ll be greeted with a new page promoting five free Apple apps.
The free apps include iBooks, iTunes U, Podcasts, Find My Friends, and Find My iPhone, and all can be installed at once using the “Download Free” button at the top of this new page. Take a look inside for more info… Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Sep 17, 2012
Google’s relationship with Apple may be on borrowed time. Apple Maps, set to appear soon in iOS 6, will reportedly use a local company’s data Yandex to provide location-search details in Russia. A developer version of iOS 6 will send users to Yandex.Maps for further information regarding locations.
A search of Vladimir Lenin’s Mausoleum, for instance, gets “more details on Yandex.Maps application or offers to download Yandex.Maps from App Store if the user doesn’t have it installed,” a Russian developer now using iOS 6 tells Bloomberg. Read More
By Ed Sutherland on Sep 7, 2012
Should Apple be nervous following Amazon introducing the Kindle Fire HD Thursday? No, says Wall Street. However, Google and Microsoft could be sweating bullets, analysts are telling investors Friday.
“Apple still rules the tablet world,” writes Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets. Indeed, the expected release of a 7.85-inch ‘iPad mini‘ will expand the the company’s customer base, “potentially even surpassing sales of the regular-sized iPad.” In short, Apple investors should relax… Read More