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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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iTunes App Store adds selfie sharing section

iTunes App Store adds selfie sharing section

The selfie is a common staple among images found online, comprising vast quantities of Instagram and other social photography websites, often smattering Facebook and Twitter feeds, among other online locations. So popular is the form of self-expression, the word selfie earned its own slot in the dictionary and was named word of the year in 2013. Now it has its own section in the App Store.

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iOS-based Threes! hits Android in search of similar success

iOS-based Threes! hits Android in search of similar success

The game "Threes!" has been out for a few weeks on iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, currently holding the coveted #14 spot in the iTunes Paid Apps popularity chart. Today the developers behind the app have released their Android build to the Google Play app store. This app costs a cool $1.99 at launch, after which it’s suggested that it may cost 3 times as much.

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Apple and Google reported to be pulling down games on the basis of “Flappy” names

Apple and Google reported to be pulling down games on the basis of “Flappy” names

Like a zombie that refuses to die, Flappy Bird has still been seeing some activity days after its official demise thanks to imitations and scams proliferating on the Internet. Now it seems that Google and Apple are finally putting an axe to those clones by rejecting or even removing games from iTunes App Store and Google Play Store if they have the word "Flappy" in their name.

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Steam Tags puts discoverability in gamer hands

Steam Tags puts discoverability in gamer hands

Valve's newest update to their Steam system for games is a feature called Steam Tags. This update will allow users - not just the developers behind games and apps - the ability to tag games and apps. This update is still in Beta mode, but is live for the public now.

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Apple pulls Blockchain Bitcoin wallet from App Store

Apple pulls Blockchain Bitcoin wallet from App Store

Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency available, is stored using a digital wallet app, some of which are more secure than others. The most popular among these is Blockchain, which was removed from the App Store tonight. The reason provided alluded to an issue that hadn't been resolved, but Blockchain contends that Apple hasn't provided any specific reason for its action.

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Apple rejecting apps using ad identifier without serving up advertisements

Apple rejecting apps using ad identifier without serving up advertisements

Apple is tightening the reins on iOS developers who utilize IDFA, putting the kibosh on apps that use the identifier without offering up advertisements. Such activity has been against its terms for iOS developers, yet was still fairly common among many apps that are now being rejected.

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Apple settles with FTC on in-app purchases; Tim Cook sounds off

Apple settles with FTC on in-app purchases; Tim Cook sounds off

This morning Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent out a letter to his employees about their talks with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over App Store in-app purchases. You'll find that Apple's chats with the FTC over the past few months have not been in vain, and have resulted in a negotiation ending in a consent decree. Cook suggests that "I know this announcement will come as a surprise to many of you since Apple has led the industry by making the App Store a safe place for customers of all ages."

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Apple App Store racks up big sales for 2013

Apple App Store racks up big sales for 2013

Early in the days of the iPhone and other smartphones many people though apps would be a big money maker, but you might not have know just how big a money maker cheap apps would be. Apple has announced its App Store sales for 2013 and the money made was huge.

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