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App Store now shows Apple TV support in iOS

App Store now shows Apple TV support in iOS

Since the Apple TV's official App Store launched a month ago, we've seen a host of new apps on the market for it. In fact, just earlier today it looks like there were well over 2,000 of them just waiting to be downloaded. But if you're looking through the store on another device, how do you know if the app you're considering purchasing will work on your shiny new Apple TV? Well, it looks like Apple is finally letting you know.

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Ruffle is the anonymous Snapchat: beware the obvious

Ruffle is the anonymous Snapchat: beware the obvious

There's a brand new app on the block with a perfect name, Ruffle (because it's about to do just that to your feathers). This app was made for image sharing, and that's just what it'll do. You'll send images (most likely photos you've taken) to completely random strangers*, and in return you'll receive photos from completely random strangers. When you see a photo incoming, you'll see it pixelated. If you don't want to de-pixelate it, you don't have to.

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256 App Store apps found using ad SDK collecting private data

256 App Store apps found using ad SDK collecting private data

Apple is known, even notorious, for its tight grip on which apps get into its App Store. While sometimes viewed to be a rather heavy handed or authoritarian approach, it has also been praised for curbing the amount of low quality apps and malware. Lately, however, some seem to have slipped through the cracks. This latest App Store violation even numbers in the hundreds. Code analytics service SourceDNA discovers more than 200 iOS apps accepted on the App Store using an advertising SDK that collect users' private data.

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iTunes and App Store are down again, this time with iBooks, Apple TV

iTunes and App Store are down again, this time with iBooks, Apple TV

For the fourth time within the week, several of Apple's online marketplaces for iOS and OS X are dealing with outages. The services that are down as of Thursday morning are more widespread than the last occurrence, which was seen on Tuesday of this week. They currently include the iTunes Store on OS X, the iOS App Store, the iBooks Store, and the Mac App Store.

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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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