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Apple pulls 500px apps due to nude photo search and pornography allegations

Apple pulls 500px apps due to nude photo search and pornography allegations

Apple has stricken 500px's apps from the App Store because it facilitates nude image searches. The move is reported to have taken place early this morning in spite of the fact that the app defaults to a search mode that excludes nude images, requiring the user to make specific changes in order to find them. 500px has adjusted the app to try to please Apple as a result.

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Apple receives petition to ban the NRA’s Practice Range app

Apple receives petition to ban the NRA’s Practice Range app

The NRA's Practice Range app has caused more than its fair share of controversy, with critics claiming that it is both inappropriate and insensitive. Originally, the game was rated for ages four and up, something that likewise stoked the embers into a flame of outrage and prompted a change to ages 12 and up. Now Apple has received a petition that seeks to have the game banned.

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Temple Run 2 reaches #1 in less than 12 hours

Temple Run 2 reaches #1 in less than 12 hours

It's now just about half a day since the follow-up to one of the most popular free games in the history of mobile devices has been released, and Temple Run 2 is already at the very top of the charts in the iTunes App Store. While it's not quite there yet in the Top Grossing category, it's right in at first place in the list of free apps on the market right this minute. That's beating out Google Maps, Ruzzle, and Angry Birds RIO (newly free as of today).

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Apple and Amazon ordered to meet over App Store court case

Apple and Amazon ordered to meet over App Store court case

If you're not familiar with the legal battle between Apple and Amazon, the two companies have been fighting over the term "app store" for quite some time now, and they have a trial date set for August 19 later this year. However, the judge presiding over the case has ordered the two companies to talk it out first before heading into the court room.

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Apple puts an end to app screenshot swaps to fight scammers

Apple puts an end to app screenshot swaps to fight scammers

In a move to put the kibosh on scammers, Apple will be locking down app screenshots in iTunes Connect once an app has been approved. This will make it difficult for scammers to swap out their own screenshots with those of different, more popular apps, tricking buyers into purchasing their own product. The change went into effect today.

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Apple App Store blasts through 40 billion downloads

Apple App Store blasts through 40 billion downloads

Apple has seen over 40 billion downloads from the App Store, with over 500m active accounts the Cupertino company claims, and nearly half of that 40bn figure being grabbed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in 2012. The huge milestone culminated in a record-breaking December, Apple says, where over two billion downloads took place.

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ABI ranks Apple App Store tops at start of 2013

ABI ranks Apple App Store tops at start of 2013

In a mix of user interface usage, number crunching, and good ol' analytics, the group known as ABI Research has revealed that Apple's App Store has their top score in the mobile application storefronts category here at the start of 2013. The report they've released ranks stores based on both implementation and innovation with Apple winning the overall combined score over both the Google Play app store and Microsoft's Windows Store, Google's working for Android and Microsoft's working for Windows Phone devices.

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Amazon Appstore ruled unmistakably different from Apple App Store

Amazon Appstore ruled unmistakably different from Apple App Store

In the month of March 2011, Apple made a move to take out Amazon's "Appstore" because the name too closely resembled their own "App Store". This case has been dismissed this week. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California spoke up this week in favor of Amazon's request to end the case (or toss it, if you prefer), in favor of the idea that Amazon's offering showed no realistically similar overall appearance when compared to Apple's store full of apps. Basically this means that Amazon will have to pay no penalty and that their name "Amazon Appstore" may remain for the duration.

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The best iOS apps of 2012

The best iOS apps of 2012

2012 ended with quite a bang, and while the world didn’t end as we expected, we got to see so many awesome iOS apps come to fruition this year. It was a big year for Google, and a lot of independent developers stepped up to make not only good apps, but great apps. We decided to gather up all of the iOS apps that released throughout the past 12 months and provide you with 10 of our favorites. It wasn’t an easy task to narrow it down to just 10, though -- there were a lot of amazing apps that just barely missed the cut, but we think we have a solid list here. So, without further adieu, here are our choices for the best iOS apps of 2012.

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Instagram iOS and Android update adds new filter, support for 25 languages

Instagram iOS and Android update adds new filter, support for 25 languages

Undoubtedly wanting to put the recent Terms of Service debacle behind it as quickly as possible, Instagram is directing our attention toward a new update for its Android and iOS apps. Most importantly, this update adds support for 25 different languages to the app on both platforms. There's also a little surprise waiting for users who can't ever have enough filters to apply to their photos.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 20, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone. It looks like Samsung may soon be hit with antitrust charges from the European Commission after taking Apple to court with numerous patent disputes, and there's a new iOS 6 jailbreak scam on the scene that wants you to shell out $28. Acer might be looking to beat the rumored $99 Nexus tablet to the punch with its leaked Iconia B1, and Google announced today that it has no plans to enter the retail space as originally suspected.

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Final Fantasy IV lands on iOS App Store, Final Fantasy V coming soon

Final Fantasy IV lands on iOS App Store, Final Fantasy V coming soon

Final Fantasy fans rejoice, because today Final Fantasy IV launches on the App Store. This is the latest in a long line of Final Fantasy IV ports, and why not? After all, Final Fantasy IV is widely considered to be one of the best in the series, so it isn't very surprising that Square Enix has chosen to bring it to iOS.

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