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Apple advises users, developers on XcodeGhost scare

Apple advises users, developers on XcodeGhost scare

Sometimes it's Android and sometimes it's iOS, but both platforms has had their share of highly publicized security nightmares. This time, it's Apple's turn to take the heat, though partly through no fault of its own. The recent XcodeGhost malware that has affected dozens, possibly even hundreds, of iOS apps, mostly from China, has definitely worried not a few users. Now Cupertino is setting the record straight for users and guiding developers on how to make sure they won't become unwilling carriers of this security vulnerability.

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iPhone app malware attack: details you need to know

iPhone app malware attack: details you need to know

This morning Apple released a statement on a large-scale attack on their iOS App Store. Apple is in the process of cleaning up after the attack, having found a malicious program by the name of XcodeGhost earlier today. This is the first reported case of malware making its way into Apple's App Stores in any sort of large-scale manner. According to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks, just five malicious software-containing apps had ever been found on the iOS App Store before.

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The new Google Play has Fingerprint Sensor integration

The new Google Play has Fingerprint Sensor integration

This week Google all but guaranteed the inclusion of Fingerprint Readers in their next Nexus devices with Google Play v5.9. This version of the Google Play app store was made for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and includes support for Fingerprint Readers. Both new Nexus devices have leaked with fingerprint readers at their backs, and we would not be surprised in the least if far more fingerprint readers were integrated into smartphones and tablets over the next year because of this move by Google.

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Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Today Final Fantasy VII hits the mobile platform with Square Enix' release on both iPhone and iPad. This game will be joined - sooner or later - by a new mobile app "Final Fantasy Portal". While a mash-up of the Valve-made classic first-person title and the classic RPG might seem like a dream made in fairyland, this app is instead a portal for all things Final Fantasy - card games and all. While this version of Final Fantasy VII (or Final Fantasy 7, if you prefer), is similar to the original, it includes just a few odd changes that make it a whole different experience.

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Snapchat’s new ‘Travel Mode’ reduces data usage

Snapchat’s new ‘Travel Mode’ reduces data usage

Snapchat has pushed out updates for its Android and iOS apps, and they both benefit from a handful of new features as a result. For iPhone and Android users, the update brings a trio of new welcomed features, the most important of which is 'Travel Mode', which cuts down on how much data the apps use. That feature is particularly appropriate considering how, earlier this year, Snapchat had an issue that caused it to gobble up massive quantities of users' data.

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iOS beta users can no longer leave App Store reviews

iOS beta users can no longer leave App Store reviews

Apple just implemented a small, but important change to its App Store policies that is likely to have app developers crying out with joy. Simply put, users with devices running pre-release versions of the iOS software, such as the recent versions of the iOS 9 beta, can no longer leave reviews for apps. This may seem harsh, or anti-consumer, but it's actually to protect developers' apps from having their reputation trashed by negative reviews based on bugs and crashes — things to expect from a beta anyway.

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Spotify asks iOS users to switch subscription from App Store to web

Spotify asks iOS users to switch subscription from App Store to web

It's well known that Apple takes a 30% cut from all app purchases on the iOS App Store, and that fee is also applied to in-app subscriptions. So apps like, say, Spotify, the primary rival to the new Apple Music service, must hand over 30% of what each users pays when subscribing to the service directly on their iPhone. See where this is going? Spotify hopes you do, as they've begun encouraging users to switch their subscription over to the website in exchange for saving $3 per month.

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Apple pulls apps featuring Confederate flag

Apple pulls apps featuring Confederate flag

Following tragic recent events, stores across the nation have rapidly moved to pull Confederate flags and products featuring them from their shelves, and it seems Apple can be included among them. Yesterday it was noticed that games featuring the flag were pulled from the App Store, leaving behind only apps have an educational slant, and soon after things changed again and it seems any app containing the Confederate flag is being pulled regardless of its context.

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iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

Deep-linking in apps may not sound exciting, but it could change the way you use apps on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 9, not to mention give developers more control. The changes will allow users to jump from app to app more naturally, as well as blurring the division between local apps and web-based content, not to mention reduce the amount of time you spend punching in login credentials. Meanwhile, content within apps can show up within iOS 9’s newly-supercharged search.

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App Store smashes 100 billion download milestone

App Store smashes 100 billion download milestone

The App Store has passed 100 billion downloads, a huge milestone for the software marketplace that Apple launched seven years ago. The number, announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook today, comes along with a sizable running total of pay-outs to developers, with Apple handing over their cut worth $30bn in the time the store has been operating.

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Pebble Time app finally arrives on iOS

Pebble Time app finally arrives on iOS

After what seemed like a long delay, Pebble Time's smartwatch app is finally available on iOS. Although the app could have been earnestly stuck in the Apple review process, it seems more likely that Apple's hesitance stems from the fact that Pebble is a direct competitor with Apple Watch. Its slick iOS interface could tempt prospective smartwatch buyers to opt for the more reasonable Pebble Time over the high-end Apple Watch, on Apple's on turf.

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Apple remodels ranking for App Store games in favor or curated lists

Apple remodels ranking for App Store games in favor or curated lists

App developers for iOS should pay special attention to Apple's latest changes to the App Store layout. Apple has remodeled the layout of its Games section, doing away with lists like, "What's Hot", "New", and even the "All iPhone" free and paid sections. The App Store's Game's section is no longer relying on automated algorithms to pick the winners and now boasts editorialized lists like, "All Time Greats" and "Best New Games". Apple will be updating these editor-curated lists every week.

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