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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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Dead Trigger getting massive Christmas update

Dead Trigger getting massive Christmas update

With Christmas right around the corner, we're sure to see plenty of app developers releasing holiday-themed updates for their mobile games. One such developer is Madfinger, maker of the successful free-to-play shooter Dead Trigger. Today Madfinger announced a Merry Christmas update for Dead Trigger, which brings the game up to version 1.7.0.

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Apple relaunches app gifting, lets buyers postpone “shipping”

Apple relaunches app gifting, lets buyers postpone “shipping”

Apple's app gifting option ended with the arrival of iOS 6, but has finally been brought back narrowly in time for the holidays. Joining the service is the new ability to select when you want the recipient to receive your digital gift. Buyers can schedule an app to be sent on Christmas, for example, or on the recipient's birthday.

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Google Maps for iOS already number 1 in App Store

Google Maps for iOS already number 1 in App Store

Google Maps for iOS has already grabbed the top spot in the App Store, only hours after being released, with demand for the mapping and navigation alternative proving sky-high. Currently occupying the number one position in free apps chart, with a 5-star rating based on over 8,000 reviews, the free download returns Google's turn-by-turn navigation and Street View photography to the iPhone. As for why it took a little longer than many hoped for, Google execs point out that it's no straight port of the iOS 5 version.

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Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition arrives on iPad

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition arrives on iPad

iPad owners had to wait a little longer than expected for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition to arrive on their platform of choice, but the wait is over at last. The game, which takes the much-loved RPG from 1998 and enhances it for today's gaming generation, went live on the App Store today. If you've never played Baldur's Gate before, we have to suggest you check it out, but first a word of warning: you're going to spend a significant amount of time on this game.

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PlayStation Store hits the web under the radar

PlayStation Store hits the web under the radar

It's time to get busy with Sony's vast collection of content for multiple different platforms with the first appearance of their browser-based PlayStation Store. This store is set to sell TV and movie content as well as PlayStation games galore, but at the moment isn't quite perfectly synced up for all media that's offered across the platforms it serves. In other words you should certainly check it out, but you won't be able to see everything your PlayStation sees.

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Half of all mobile app revenue went to just 25 developers last month

Half of all mobile app revenue went to just 25 developers last month

Both Apple's iTunes App Store and Google's Play store for Android collectively have over 1.4 million apps to choose from, and surprisingly, more than 50% of the revenue made by these stores in the United States goes to just 25 app developers, according to analytics firm Canalys, which performed a daily survey over a 20-day period in November.

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Google Play revenue up over 300% but App Store still sells more

Google Play revenue up over 300% but App Store still sells more

A study looking at app analytics from a company called App Annie Intelligence has been released for the first time. The app analytics firm has released its inaugural study looking at both Google Play and the App Store. The data from analytics firm shows that Google Play revenue is up 311%.

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