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


Nearly one-third of new iOS games are Flappy Bird clones

By Cody Lee on Feb 28, 2014

It’s been nearly three weeks since developer Dong Nguyen pulled Flappy Bird from the App Store, but its presence is still very much felt in the Top Charts. It seems every other day another clone of Nguyen’s hit game pops up in the list of the most popular apps.

That’s not too surprising though, considering that according to The Guardian, a big chunk of new iOS games are Flappy Bird clones. How big of a chunk? Well, looking at a group of 300 new games over 24 hours, the outlet says that one-third were FB knockoffs… Read More


‘Mini Ninjas’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Feb 20, 2014

Apple has named Square Enix’s ‘Mini Ninjas’ game its App of the Week for this week. This means that through next Thursday, you’ll be able to pick up the application for both your iPhone and iPad, for free—a nice little savings of $1.

For those unfamiliar with the game, it’s an endless runner based on the console game of the same name. In it you’ll play as Hiro, as you run jump and slash your way through various levels to retrieve a stolen artifact from the drag… Read More


Apple posts update for iTunes Connect web portal

By Cody Lee on Feb 17, 2014

Apple has posted an update for its iTunes Connect portal this evening. Developers use this portal to track and manager their App Store apps, and tonight’s update has brought about a new Sales and Trends sections that allows them to better parse sales data.

The move should appease developers, who have long-complained that the iTunes Connect portal lacked useful reporting tools. In fact, many developers have forgone using iTunes Connect entirely for app figures, opting for other analytics services like App Annie… Read More


Apple now rejecting apps with ‘flappy’ in their title

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2014

Following Flappy Bird’s removal from the App Store, Apple is now reportedly rejecting third-party applications that have ‘flappy’ in their title. One developer has found his app rejected during the iTunes authorisation process because it’s attempted to “leverage a popular app”.

Apple is obviously referring to Flappy Bird, which raked in $50,000 in daily ad revenue and got removed by its developer Dong Nguyen after the game, in his own words, has “become an addictive product”. Other developers are reporting their apps are being removed over branding issues as well… Read More


AppETA: an awesome way to check the progress of app downloads

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 14, 2014

iOS 7 makes it difficult to gauge where you are with App Store downloads. With very large downloads, it’s a frustrating experience to watch the progress circle slowly inch around at a snail’s pace.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get a more informational view of your App Store download progress? What about bringing back the classing download status indicators? With AppETA, a new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you can do all of that and more. Read More


Pinterest app updated with the ability to view and pin GIFs

By Cody Lee on Feb 14, 2014

Pinterest, the popular social scrapbooking site, updated its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 3.4. The change log for the update only says “we just made Pinterest a little better for you,” but the company’s blog says they’ve added GIF support.

Users can now pin GIFs directly to their pinboards, which will show up in feeds (on the web, or within the mobile app) with a small play button. GIFs can then be played via mobile, shared to other social networks and of course repinned across platforms… Read More


Max Axe is App Store’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2014

It’s Thursday and those of you who routinely follow Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promo know what to expect. That’s right, the App Store editors have cherry-picked a new iPhone and iPad application, a game this time around, and slashed it to zero bucks for a limited time.

Max Axe, a humorous arcade frenzy by (a publisher of free to play MMORPGs), is now available free of charge until next Thursday (it normally costs $1.99).

This also means that last week’s free app, Toca Boca’s kids driving game Toca Cars, is no longer available in this promotion… Read More


Flappy Bird developer is pulling the game from App Store tomorrow

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 8, 2014

In a rather interesting turn of events, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has announced that the chart-topping game will be removed from the App Store in less than 22 hours. In a series of tweets made just minutes ago, Nguyen stated that this move is not due to legal issues, but rather because he “just cannot keep it anymore.” Take a look for yourself… Read More


Popular ‘Flappy Bird’ game earning $50k per day in ad revenue

By Cody Lee on Feb 6, 2014

While discussing the latest mobile gaming craze that is Flappy Bird on our recent Let’s Talk iOS podcast, I wondered out loud how much money the developer was making from his newfound success. The game, which is free with ads, has enjoyed a spontaneous reign at the top of the App Store.

Apparently he’s doing rather well for himself. In a recent interview with The Verge, developer Dong Nguyen says that Flappy Bird is earning an average of $50,000 per day from ads. It’s been download over 50M times, and has been sitting atop iOS and Android app stores for nearly a month… Read More


Kids driving game Toca Cars is Apple’s new Free App of the Week

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2014

I hope you have downloaded the excellent Spark Camera which was made temporarily free thanks to Apple’s ongoing Free App of the Week promotion. Every Thursday a new paid app picked by Apple’s editors goes free for a limited time in the App Store as Apple’s way of thanking fans for their loyalty.

As Spark Camera today returns to its original $1.99 price, a new app has gone free until next Thursday, Toca Cars. Originally released last September and normally costing $2.99, this charming kids driving game from Toca Boca (a studio that makes digital toys for kids) has a 4.5-star rating and was never free, until today.

I wholeheartedly recommend you grab Toca Cars in the App Store now

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Apple pulls Bitcoin wallet app Blockchain from App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2014

Apple on Thursday pulled from its App Store the last remaining Bitcoin wallet app that allowed transactions. Blockchain, the only Bitcoin trading and storage iOS app, has been downloaded 120,000 times. It can no longer be found on the App Store following the removal over an “unresolved issue”.

Nicolas Cary, the CEO of London-based which developed the app, told Bloomberg he didn’t understand Apple’s reasoning as his app’s been on the App Store for two years.

Apple previously pulled Bitcoin-compatible apps from the App Store or asked their developers to remove the transfer feature because it’s illegal in some countries… Read More


How to open App Store links without leaving the app you’re currently in

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 5, 2014

When you tap on an app link on your iPhone or iPad using Safari or otherwise, you are automatically redirected to the App Store to make a download or learn more details. The transition is rather cumbersome, however, as it is essentially a two-step process that requires you to return to the app you were originally using via the Home screen or multitasking menu.

QuickStore 2 is a brand new jailbreak tweak that aims to solve this minor inconvenience by allowing users to launch the App Store directly from the app they are using at the time. This is achieved through a pop-up window that loads when you tap on an app link anywhere on iOS, including websites like iDownloadBlog. Details inside…  Read More


Apple now rejecting apps that use ad tracking but don’t show any ads

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2014

An interesting finding by TechCrunch this morning that Apple has now started to reject apps which retrieve users’ Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), but don’t show any ads. IDFA was introduced alongside iOS 6 two years ago to replace the universal device identifier (UDID) from prior iOS versions amid privacy concerns and new regulatory requirements. The company last March stopped accepting apps into the App Store that use the now defunct UDID… Read More


NBA Game Time app gets big update ahead of All-Star weekend

By Cody Lee on Feb 3, 2014

Now that the Super Bowl is over, and pro football is no more, the attention of many sports fans will now turn to basketball. College teams are just a month or so away from the big March Madness tournament, and the NBA is just two weeks away from All-Star weekend.

And because of that, the NBA pushed out a big update for its Game Time app this weekend. The update brings the app to version 5.2, and adds several new All-Star data points and features including rosters, schedules and everything you need to keep up with the action… Read More

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