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Apple educates users on in-app purchases with new user guide

Apple educates users on in-app purchases with new user guide

Along with its refresh of the Featured section in the iTunes App Store, Apple has added a section dedicated to educating people about in-app purchases and what they are exactly. This was most likely added to address the recent fiascos with users accidentally purchasing in-app content on their iOS device.

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Apple told by China to remove obscene content from online store

Apple told by China to remove obscene content from online store

China's National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications has targeted Apple, ordering the company and nearly 200 other websites to remove what it has decided is unacceptable content. Apple hasn't yet commented on the matter, but Bloomberg reports that it was smacked with orders to remove content that wasn't named, while other websites were completely shut down.

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AppGratis starts petition to fight against App Store ban

AppGratis starts petition to fight against App Store ban

AppGratis is seeking help from its user base in order to convince Apple to unban it from the App Store. It has started a petition, which so far has garnered over 600,000 emails of support, a number that is growing rapidly fast. Unlike regular petitions, AppGratis is asking users to send them an email at save@appgrat.is. Your email address (redacted) will appear on the petition's "recent emails" list, alongside your message of support.

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France to seek digital regulation changes following AppGratis’ App Store removal

France to seek digital regulation changes following AppGratis’ App Store removal

Earlier this week, we reported that Apple had pulled AppGratis from the App Store, seemingly without reason, fueling both a great deal of criticism and speculation. Following, it was revealed that the service had been pulled due to violating certain guidelines, primarily the one involving push notifications with advertisements and more. In light of this, Reuters is reporting that France will approach the European Commission to seek "tighter regulation."

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AppGratis CEO: Apple is destroying value within its ecosystem

AppGratis CEO: Apple is destroying value within its ecosystem

By now you may have heard that Apple removed the popular app discovery deal app AppGratis from the iTunes App Store after the Cupertino-based company cited that the app went against the guidelines for iOS apps -- namely push notifications that featured "advertising, promotions, or direct marketing." AppGratis CEO, however, has spoken out about the issue.

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Google Play rolls out new design and simpler check-out

Google Play rolls out new design and simpler check-out

As expected, Google has issued a redesign to the Google Play store, and it's starting to roll out now to Android smartphones and tablets running Android 2.2 Froyo and higher. Google says that the redesign is much more simple and clean this time around, and the new design also helps users find the things they want in a faster manner.

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Vine becomes top free app in iTunes App Store

Vine becomes top free app in iTunes App Store

After first releasing back in January, Twitter's popular, yet controversial social app Vine is now at the top of the free app chart in the iTunes App Store. The app has slowly been making its way to the top of the charts, but after not being well-received by some users due to the app's porn problem, Vine is now sitting pretty at number one.

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Apple removes daily free iOS app supplier AppGratis from App Store

Apple removes daily free iOS app supplier AppGratis from App Store

Apple has recently pulled the iOS app discovery network, AppGratis, from the App Store. AppGratis was a popular service that provided a free paid app every day. It also provided some great discounts for paid apps as well. Just a couple of months ago, the service had reached $13.5 million in funding and was generating $1 million in revenue each month. It had 7 million users before it was removed.

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Apple adds age recommendations to App Store

Apple adds age recommendations to App Store

In what may be a move as a result of mature content showing on the new Vine app a while ago, Apple has updated its App Store to show age recommendations for each app. If you fire up the App Store app on your iOS device and search for an app, you'll now notice that a hard-to-miss age rating is placed right below the name of the app.

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Apple to stop accepting apps that access UDIDs and fail to meet other requirements

Apple to stop accepting apps that access UDIDs and fail to meet other requirements

Apple has made a couple of big announcements, the most immediate of which is that in a little over a month, the company will stop accepting apps - both updates and new submissions - that access UDIDs. On the same date that change goes into effect, Apple will also stop taking in applications for apps that don't support its latest handset, as well as a couple other requirements.

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BlackBerry World app store reaches 100,000 apps

BlackBerry World app store reaches 100,000 apps

The BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 are getting ready for their full launch later this month, but in order to have a great mobile platform, you have to have an ample selection of apps to choose from. Luckily, BlackBerry is making strides in its BlackBerry World app store, where there are now 100,000 BlackBerry 10 apps available for download.

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Apple finally enables HTTPS for App Store

Apple finally enables HTTPS for App Store

Elie Bursztein, a Google developer, reported several vulnerabilities in Apple's App Store that could lead to extreme privacy breaches and attacks on users. The reports, made back in July 2012, led Apple to enable HTTPS for its App Store. By having HTTPS on, users are protected from the various types of attacks that Bursztein pointed out. It also helped that Bursztein made the attack codes public in order to light a fire under developers to enable HTTPS for their apps.

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