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Google Offers yanked from Play Store, App Store

Google Offers yanked from Play Store, App Store

If you use Google Offers to find deals in your area, those days are numbered. Offers has been pulled from the Play Store and App Store, coming on the heels of another Google shutdown. Though Google promises not to remove themselves from retail, their deal-finding app/service is gone.

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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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App Store changes detailed at WWDC 2014

App Store changes detailed at WWDC 2014

All the amazing keeps coming at WWDC 2014, where Apple is making big change after massive upgrade. One of their biggest updates is being made to the App store, where both Developers and users will get a lot more from the app portal.

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Family Share for iOS 8: iTunes sharing & kid purchase permission

Family Share for iOS 8: iTunes sharing & kid purchase permission

Kids accidentally racking up hundreds of dollars of iTunes and App Store purchases may be a thing of the past with iOS 8, with Apple adding Family Share to better interlink accounts of parents and children. Family Share for iOS 8 allows a group of people set as a family to share their apps and media bought from the App Store and iTunes across all of their devices, while the security to prevent unauthorized purchases has been boosted, too.

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Apple likely bought Beats because iTunes is in decline

Apple likely bought Beats because iTunes is in decline

Now that Apple has Beats under their wing, some are searching for answers. Did they covet Beats’ headphones? Was it a quick grab to get a streaming music offering? The answer to both is probably a firm “yes”, but when it comes to Apple’s music offerings, the proof is in the numbers.

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Study: iOS has more fake reviews, but Android’s are better

Study: iOS has more fake reviews, but Android’s are better

Ever ran into a review on the App Store or Play Store and wondered if it was fake? A new study shows that on either store, about half the reviews are, with iOS holding a slight edge on total number of fakes. When it comes to the "quality" of fake reviews, Android is in the lead, though.

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Lifelock Wallet app pulled for data security concerns

Lifelock Wallet app pulled for data security concerns

Lifelock, the company who openly brags of protecting your data, has realized they’ve done a terrible job. The information security company has suspended their Lifelock Wallet Android and iOS apps over concerns they’ve not adequately secured user data. The news sent stock prices into a tailspin.

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Oral B introduces ‘Smart Series’ connected toothbrush

Oral B introduces ‘Smart Series’ connected toothbrush

Oral B, a brand you likely interact with a few times a day (or at least should!), have released their Smart Series Electric Toothbrush. Claiming it’s the first of its kind, Oral B’s smart toothbrush uses Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with an accompanying smartphone app. The goal is to get us brushing smarter, or as Oral B puts it, to “improve brushing efficiency”.

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Comixology axes in-app purchases on iOS

Comixology axes in-app purchases on iOS

The way the industry works is that if you make an in-app purchase, the app host has to pay a hefty cut to the service provider. For example, if you buy a product or service via Apple's App Store, the app provider pays Apple a 30% cut from the sales; this is the Store policy. To nip this problem and maintain it's pricing, Comixology will no longer be offering its comics for sale via the Apple app.

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Facebook Paper update brings assemblage of new features

Facebook Paper update brings assemblage of new features

On launch, Paper was widely viewed as the best app Facebook had created, with many preferring it to the app proper. It lacked a few features the Facebook had, which left many wanting. With today’s update, Paper fans will get a host of new features that could have them migrating away from Facebook altogether.

 

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Apple tests related searches on App Store to help you find new apps

Apple tests related searches on App Store to help you find new apps

Apple is always out to help people find more apps on the App Store. The more apps users find the more money Apple can make on sales. Apple is reportedly testing new related searches on the App Store that show up at the top of the app listings.

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iTunes Radio scores NPR as first news provider

iTunes Radio scores NPR as first news provider

iTunes Radio users can now tune into the latest news broadcasts, with NPR announcing that it has become the first news provider on Apple's radio service. The stream will be available 24-hours a day, and with it will come the segments faithful listeners enjoy, including the Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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