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Free apps are going to get a lot more confusing in Europe

Free apps are going to get a lot more confusing in Europe

Android app downloads could get a lot more confusing in Europe, with Google agreeing to cease referring to titles with in-app purchases as "free" in the Google Play store, while Apple has been criticized by the EU for not committing to a similar system. Responding to concerns by the European Union around how "free" titles can be misleading as they subsequently push in-app downloads, Google agreed that no title with IAP content will be labeled as free as of the end of September this year. Meanwhile, Apple has also responded to the EU critique.

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Study: Most apps in the App Store are “zombies”

Study: Most apps in the App Store are “zombies”

When announcing the prowess of their respective app marketplaces, both Google and Apple like to discuss how many apps there are. They don’t discuss the actual makeup of their marketplaces, though. A recent study notes that up to 80% of apps in the App Store are “zombie” apps — and no, we don’t mean games.

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Five apps that give back for Android, iOS

Five apps that give back for Android, iOS

Apps can be fun, but they can also serve another purpose. In going about our daily lives, we often turn to apps on our smartphones and tablets to assist us. What if those apps did more than just help us out? Here are five that aim to give back, and all you have to do is use them.

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Pipes is a crafty news app for your iPhone

Pipes is a crafty news app for your iPhone

Finding what you want to know about a given topic isn’t hard, but an RSS feed is a bit bland. Other entities can be a bit too flashy for their own good (or ours), relying on snappy animation instead of getting the right data. Others curate information for you, which is nice, but limiting. Pipes, however, does a nice job straddling all those lines.

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Apple relaxes stance on bitcoin apps with new guidelines

Apple relaxes stance on bitcoin apps with new guidelines

While a bit concerning to many and troublesome for even more, bitcoin isn’t illegal. It’s also been deemed a commodity, tradable if you can find a partner who wants to swap virtual coins for goods. In what can be seen as a bit of a reversal in their stance on bitcoin, Apple has updated their App Store review guidelines to be a touch more specific about bitcoin apps.

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