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Apple App Store promo sees top titles given away

Apple App Store promo sees top titles given away

Apple has quietly discounted a number of high-profile iOS apps, making titles like Infinity Blade II and Tiny Wings free in what appears to be a promotion for the the 5th anniversary of the App Store. There's currently no official word from Apple on the sale, nor indeed a conclusive list of which titles have had their prices cut, but there are some big savings to be made: Traktor DJ, for instance, is usually a $19.99 download for the iPad version.

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Apple celebrates App Stores’ 5th Anniversary

Apple celebrates App Stores’ 5th Anniversary

It's been five years since Apple first launched the App Store, the company this week celebrating the origins of the iOS-tending software vending environment with a bit of a silent wave. You may have seen the "Apple Celebrates 5 Years of the App Store" that've been appearing in tubes to the doors of Apple-friendlies: it's there that you'll be getting the same information we'll be running down here. It begins with the launch of the store back on July 10th of 2008, not long after the iPhone was first launched (in June of 2007) and the first 10 million downloads were reached not long after.

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Apple brings automatic updates and location-aware apps to iOS 7

Apple brings automatic updates and location-aware apps to iOS 7

The folks from Apple just handcrafted and delivered not only an entirely new look for their mobile OS, but also an array of new features in iOS 7. From Siri getting a huge overhaul (and a manly voice if you'd like) to an auto-sorting Photo gallery and more. One major aspect is apps, considering nearly 50 billion apps have been downloaded to date on iOS. Read on to see what's new with your App Store.

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Apple touts 50 billion apps downloaded from store for iOS

Apple touts 50 billion apps downloaded from store for iOS

At WWDC 2013 Apple has let it be known that they've reached the 50 billion apps downloaded mark, this mark reached with a $10 billion dollar mark paid to developers in the process. Noting that they'd added $5 billion in the past year alone, Apple noted that the past 5 years of the App Store have paved the way for the future with developers, one that Apple suggests has paid "three times more than all other platforms combined."

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Google Play app downloads to surpass iOS by October

Google Play app downloads to surpass iOS by October

While Apple recently boasted surpassing 50 billion app downloads, the Google Play store isn't that far behind it seems, and at the rate that Google Play downloads are at, it's said that Android app downloads will overtake iOS app downloads this year, possibly as soon as October, according to a report.

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Apple passes 50bn App Store downloads

Apple passes 50bn App Store downloads

Apple has passed the 50bn app download point, with one App Store user taking away a $10,000 iTunes card for being the person who pushed the firm across the milestone. More than 800 apps per second - or over 2bn apps per month - are being grabbed on iOS, Apple said today, with over 850,000 titles to choose from.

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Apple blocked my app for sharing accuses iOS dev

Apple blocked my app for sharing accuses iOS dev

Apple is rather notorious for ruling over the App Store with an iron fist. Just because developers have their app accepted to be offered via the App Store doesn't mean Apple won't change its mind later and ban the application. This is exactly what some developers reporting is going on now.

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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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