July was the best-ever month for App Store revenue and downloads

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014

As a prelude to the most recent numbers detailing the impact of so-called app economy on Europe’s job market, Apple yesterday underscored that July files as the App Store’s best-ever month in terms of downloads and revenue.

Although the company stopped short of backing up the claim with some cold, hard numbers, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC on Tuesday that the App Store in July generated more revenue and had more customers make purchases than ever before… Read More


App economy at work: App Store created 500,000 jobs in Europe and other highlights

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014

Apple today released a plethora of freshly-updated stats and pretty charts that paint a rosy picture of the company’s positive contributions to the European job market and the continents’s economy as a whole.

The so-called app economy is now sustaining half a million jobs across Europe, with a total of 629,000 jobs created or supported by Apple in Europe. Apple paid out $6.5 billion to European app developers so far, representing nearly out-third of the $20 billion the company paid to developers globally.

I’ve include additional stats and key charts right after the break… Read More


How to create an Apple ID without a credit card

By Sébastien Page on Aug 5, 2014

Having an Apple ID is a prerequisite to do just about anything related to Apple services. If you want to buy music on iTunes, download apps in the App Store, or use iCloud, you must have an Apple ID.

A few years ago, linking a credit card to an Apple account was mandatory. But Apple has changed its stance and has been letting users create an Apple ID without a credit card for a while now.

Whatever your reason might be to do so, we are going to show you how to create an Apple ID without a credit cardRead More


Reverse-engineer crosswords with Bonza Word Puzzle

By Jake Underwood on Aug 1, 2014

Looking at the App Store, it’s easy to see that word games and puzzles aren’t quite what the public is clamoring to download. Often, the endless runners and messaging apps take control of the charts, leaving good but more sophisticated games to fall out of common knowledge.

Bonza Word Puzzle, a new type of crossword, is trying to combat this trend with an innovative style and some additional quality features. How does it fare? Read on for a full review… Read More


New in iOS 8: App Store trending searches

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2014

At WWDC back in June, Apple announced several nice-to-haves aimed at improving the oft-criticized app discovery with new App Store features. Among them: trending searches.

It should be noted that first mentions of this feature being active date as far back as a week ago. It’s however unclear whether everyone on the latest iOS 8 beta is seeing hot searches or just a subset of Apple’s registered iOS developers.

Be that as it may, trending searches are tremendously useful and bound to help developers get their apps found in the App Store. As the name suggests, the feature surfaces hot search queries at any given time… Read More


No Brakes: it’s like driving therapy for your mind

By Jake Underwood on Jul 19, 2014

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a game that sports a cute hero. Whether it’s a small animal or an abstract shape with a cute face, I can’t seem to resist helping the little guy to victory. So when I stumbled by the app icon of the game No Brakes (and heard Sebastien mention the game on the last episode of Let’s Talk iOS), I knew I just had to give the game a chance. Read on for my full review… Read More


RideScout will get you around your city fast

By Andrew Kunesh on Jul 18, 2014

From bike share to rail to ride sharing, if you live in a big city, chances are there is a ton of transportation options to choose from. And with so many options come different pricing, routes, and timing, so it can be tough to pick what works best in each situation. That’s where RideScout comes in.

RideScout is a relatively new app that takes multiple forms of transportation into account when searching for directions. The app compares cycling, driving, taxis, ride share, and public transportation to give you the best options in regards to timelines, cost, and health. Read my full Ridescout review to learn more. Read More


5 calculator apps Apple featured in App Store’s Productivity Monday section

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2014

To me, calculator apps are a lot like weather apps – I can never get enough of them. In an effort to help you increase your mobile productivity, Apple is now featuring several great third-party calculators in an App Store section titled Productivity Monday.

Featured iPhone and iPad software includes both paid and free calculators, including the gorgeously designed minimalist Digits app with the ability to edit complex calculations and get instantly updated results… Read More


Wunderlist 3 previewed: fast sync, gorgeous UI and 60+ improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 10, 2014

Berlin, Germany-based 6Wunderkinder, the makers of the popular Wunderlist to-do, task and list management app, is getting ready to release a major new version. The wait for Wunderlist 3 is almost over, developers told me via email.

Filed as “our biggest update ever,” Wunderlist 3 brings fast real-time sync engine, top-to-bottom makeover with a beautiful new design and over 60 various improvements to put the fun back into note-taking, task management and list creation and curation… Read More


Korean watchdog orders Apple to change App Store refund policy

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014

It used to be that in the past you could get updates for an iOS or Mac app after asking for a refund. However, Apple’s relaxed policy concerning refunds and app updates has recently been tightened after the company updated the App Store’s Terms of Service to prevent this.

Turns out this may not be the only change in store as South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has now ordered both Apple and Google to take action and revert their unfair no-refund app store policies… Read More


Facebook Messenger now available for iPad

By Joe Rossignol on Jul 3, 2014

In addition to a Pages Manager update with new commenting and posting features, Facebook Messenger has quietly gained long-awaited universal support for the iPad in an update this morning. Facebook users can now take advantage of the larger screen to chat with family and friends, with access to all of the same features that are available through the iPhone and iPod touch version…  Read More


Apple to launch yearly ‘Back to School’ promo tomorrow

By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2014

MacRumors is reporting that Apple is set to launch its annual ‘Back to School’ promotion in the US and several other countries beginning tomorrow—Tuesday, July 1st. The company runs the promo at various times in different regions, depending on their respective educational calendars.

According to the site, Apple will be offering up iTunes Store/App Store gift cards to students that purchase a Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Similar to last year, it sounds like students will receive a $100 App Store gift card for the purchase of a new Mac, and a $50 card for new iOS device purchases… Read More


Apple adds ‘Best New Game Updates’ section to App Store

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 27, 2014

Apple has introduced a new section on the App Store called “Best New Game Updates” for showcasing recently updated games for iPhone and iPad. The new category accompanies the long-existing “Best New Games” section, which is now exclusively for promoting new game releases. Plants vs. Zombies 2 and FarmVille 2 are among the first lineup of updated games featured.

App Store discovery has been a growing problem for developers, as the total number of apps available has eclipsed the 1 million mark and counting. This new section should provide at least one additional way for iOS gamers to uncover the best new content updates, and I personally recommend reading our daily App Recap roundup on top. Take a look at the first 16 apps featured ahead…  Read More


App Store gets dozens of awesome new iOS games in massive refresh

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 26, 2014

Thursday is always expected to be a busier day on the App Store each week, as several developers release new apps for iPhone and iPad. But when I awoke this morning, I was pretty shell-shocked to realize just how many new high-quality games are now available. While I would normally resort to throwing most of these new titles into App Recap, our daily app roundup, the sheer number of awesome new games merits a separate post this afternoon.

Aerena: Clash of Champions, Supernauts and Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake are among the new games in this massive App Store refresh, which is something that usually only happens around the holidays. We’ve provided game trailers for some of the exciting new games ahead, and we’ll be highlighting even more of the releases in App Recap later tonight. So grab your iPhone or iPad and check out a dozen must-have games ahead…

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Google Drive for iOS updated with activity stream, incoming view, faster uploading and more

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 25, 2014

The official Google Drive app for iPhone and iPad has been updated to version 3.1 with several added features. An all-new incoming view displays files that have been shared with you as they arrive, alongside an activity stream for viewing changes to files and folders made by you and others from the details panel. We’ve recapped some of the other changes and have the official release notes after the break…  Read More


Facebook’s Snapchat lookalike Slingshot now available worldwide

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 25, 2014

After launching in the United States last week, Facebook’s new Snapchat competitor Slingshot is now available for international users. I can confirm that the app is available in the Canadian version of the App Store, and it appears to be available in most other countries as well. If you haven’t downloaded Slingshot yet, the app is free on the App Store for iPhone…  Read More


Path jumps on the private messaging bus, releases new Talk for iPhone app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014

Path, the private social network for families and close friends, is jumping on the messaging bandwagon with launch of a new privacy-focused, standalone messaging software for the iPhone.

Available free in the App Store, Path Talk is basically a spin-off of Path’s in-app messenger. For starters, your message exchanges get automatically wiped out from the servers after 24 hours.

And, Path Talk has a nice Ambient Status feature that automatically lets your friends know when you’re in transit, in the neighborhood and even low on battery, possibly helping reduce some misunderstandings in online communication… Read More


Every single Halfbrick Studios game is now free

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 17, 2014

Halfbrick Studios must be in a generous mood, because it has just discounted its entire game lineup on the App Store. Its complete collection of games for iPhone and iPad are now free, ranging from Monster Dash and Age of Zombies to Fruit Ninja and Colossatron. The award-winning developer has not confirmed if this is a limited time sale, or if the games will remain free on a permanent basis. There are over 10 apps ahead, many of which were 99 cents and others that were already free…  Read More


Apple cracking down on fake App Store ratings

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 13, 2014

The latest statistics reveal that there are over 1.1 million apps and counting on the App Store, making app discovery for small and large developers alike increasingly challenging. On top of that, Apple is known to have an algorithm that makes only apps with higher ratings more easily discoverable.

As a result, a significant number of developers manipulate the position of their app in the App Store charts by posting fake reviews with high ratings, often times five stars. But according to TechCrunch, Apple is aware of the rank manipulation and is now taking action against these fake ratings…

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‘ReadQuick’ goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 12, 2014

I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but what an eventful Thursday it has been on the App Store. Lory shared her thoughts on WordWildWest, Cody told us about Angry Birds Epic and Amazon’s new Prime Music service, Christian covered updates for Skitch, Flickr and Scanbot, and we’ve still got the App Recap coming later this evening…  Read More

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