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Google Play App Policy tightens up

Google Play App Policy tightens up

This week Google has released a set of updated policies for developers to follow for apps hoping to be part of their official Google Play app store. There's a relatively short list of changes, but the rules have some far-reaching abilities to put it lightly. Developers are required to meet the listed policy changes as soon as possible, and any apps seen disobeying the rules will have 30 days to change or face the axe.

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Rock Band for iOS to be pulled from App Store on July 31

Rock Band for iOS to be pulled from App Store on July 31

EA confirmed yesterday that it would be pulling its two Rock Band games from the iTunes App Store by July 31, 2012. Although gamers will still be able to play them locally, both Rock Band and Rock Band Reloaded will not be available to download after the 31st. There was actually a bit of hint about it back in May when gamers opened the game and were shown a message stating that the game would expire by the end of the month. EA said it was an error, but it may have suggested something about the games' eventual removal from the App Store.

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Apple expands on Q3 earnings: App Store, iCloud, and expectations

Apple expands on Q3 earnings: App Store, iCloud, and expectations

This week Apple is letting loose not only details of this most recent financial quarter, but their expectations for the future as well. The crew speaking with investors on their Q3 financial call spoke on iCloud, noting that users of the service now number close to 150 million in all. Speaking on how they're extremely excited about iOS 6, the company's next mobile operating system release, they spoke up on how the current generation of the software has yielded fabulous results for developers, with $5.5 billion dollars paid to App Store developers this past quarter along.

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Russian developer circumvents iOS in-app purchase system [UPDATE: Apple responds]

Russian developer circumvents iOS in-app purchase system [UPDATE: Apple responds]

It wasn’t long after the introduction of the App Store on iOS before a separate app store for hacked apps appeared. Now it looks like the in-app purchasing system may have been circumvented without requiring a jailbreak. A Russian developer has created two certificates that can be installed on an iOS device that tricks apps into believing in-app purchases have been made, all without contacting Apple’s servers.

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Apple App Store gets Food and Drink category

Apple App Store gets Food and Drink category

If you're the foodie sort who also has an iPhone, the App Store has a new category that you will want to check out. Apple has officially added a new Food and Drink category that is live and packed with apps for you to check out. The section will naturally be where you'll find apps from restaurants and recipe apps among other things.

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Apple: corrupt app update bug has been fixed

Apple: corrupt app update bug has been fixed

A large number of apps were affected by an upgrade crash bug on the iOS and OS X App Stores, a problem first spotted by Marco Arment, the developer of Instapaper. The story quickly gained traction, with Arment updating his blog highlighting all the apps that were stricken with the issue. Apple commented that it was looking into the problem last night, and has now confirmed that it has been fixed.

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App Store affected by corrupt app updates

App Store affected by corrupt app updates

Apple provides an easy way to update your apps on iOS and OS X via both App Stores, but reports indicate that updates for some apps pushed to the store are causing crashes. Marco Arment, the developer behind Instapaper, first noticed the issue after posting an update to his app yesterday. Just a few minutes after pushing the update, users were sending emails and tweets reporting that the app was crashing despite the fact that the update was stable when submitted to the App Store.

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Apple Podcasts app cuts out the iTunes middleman

Apple Podcasts app cuts out the iTunes middleman

In an effort to generate a new audience for the countless podcasts that live on iTunes today, Apple has decided to launch a new app that gives users instant and seamless access to this content. The Podcasts app pulls it all out of iTunes and gives users direct, seamless access to everything from guys recording weekly diatribes in their basement to the official podcasts from big names like ESPN and CBS.

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