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Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

It is understandable, at least to some, that Apple exercises strict control over its App Store. After all, that is how malware and low quality apps are quickly weeded out. Sometimes, however, Apple's own rules are quite obscure and mysterious, causing no small amount of anguish, or even monetary loss, for developers. That seems to be the case for Greg Gardner, developer of the once popular Launcher app for iOS 8, whose app was pulled from the App Store with very little explanation and has quite fortunately returned, but again with little explanation.

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After 11 hours, the App Store and iTunes are back online

After 11 hours, the App Store and iTunes are back online

Apple's App Store and iTunes have sprung back into life, after technical issues brought the download stores offline in the early hours of this morning. Downloads of apps, music, and video resumed at approximately 1:30pm Pactific today, after what Apple described as a DNS issue left users not only unable to get to the App Store and iTunes on their iPhones and iPads, but temporarily killed the Mac App Store and iBooks Store too. In total, the services were offline for more than ten hours.

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App Store down? It’s not just you (and iTunes is hit too)

App Store down? It’s not just you (and iTunes is hit too)

Apple may have had a good Monday with the launch of the Apple Watch and the new MacBook, but Wednesday is proving to be a downer with App Store and iTunes problems meaning new downloads and updates are unavailable for many. The downtime began more than five and a half hours ago, according to Apple's own service status page, with users unable to access not only the App Store and iTunes for software, music, and video downloads, but the iBooks Store and Mac App Store also affected.

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New iOS app Spotless keeps your Instagram comments spam-free

New iOS app Spotless keeps your Instagram comments spam-free

Love Instagram but hate all the insta-spam? If you're looking to clean up the comments section of your Instagram feed, you can keep it free of trolls, promoters, cyber-bullies, and bots using Spotless. Spotless is the new app for Instagram that allows you to automatically delete spam comments. It can even tell the difference between a friend or foe and safeguard comments that you might actually care about while nipping annoying bots in the bud. Using Spotless just might help your Instagram get a little more insta-zen.

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Forge, the sketch app for brainstorming, lands on iOS

Forge, the sketch app for brainstorming, lands on iOS

Drawing apps for iOS are easy to come by, with Paper by FiftyThree or Adobe’s Sketch being the most notable and identifiable apps. Those ask that you use them to completion, though, and provide you with the tools necessary to finish works of art. What if you just want a sketching app, though? Those do the trick, but a new app, Forge, is made for it. Rather than creating something that looks like a painting, Forge is meant for brainstorming.

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Apple says no more AOL log-ins for iTunes, App Store

Apple says no more AOL log-ins for iTunes, App Store

If you’re still using an AOL email to log-in, we’re not sure if that’s impressive or sad. Though you may have been around since the early days of the Internet, times have definitely changed for the better. If you were using that email to log-in to iTunes, you’re going to have to change your ways. Apple has announced they’re pulling support for iTunes AOL log-ins, meaning you’ll have to use something else. The change also affects iBooks and the App Store.

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Google Play Store merchants can sign up in 12 more countries

Google Play Store merchants can sign up in 12 more countries

Google has announced an expansion of its Play Store that will allow merchants from 12 new countries to register. This means that developers from the dozen new countries will be able to offer free and paid apps to Android fans looking for new games and other content. Add these new locations to the existing locations and merchants can sign up for Google Play in 74 countries.

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VLC for iOS returns for some

VLC for iOS returns for some

It seems that VLC developers are making good their promise to bring their popular but ill-fated on iOS video player back to Apple's fold. That said, not everyone is getting it just yet and those that have are reporting some issues here and there. Developers VideoLAN have acknowledge the partial rollout of the app on iOS but also notes that it's still in a testing phase, hence the limited availability. It still bodes well for one of the most popular media players around.

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Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Apple App Store ‘Pay Once’ category excludes freemium games

Consumer attitudes toward so-called freemium games are growing increasingly sour. Many mobile games are available for free, but upon downloading one finds that it was only free to download -- the content itself requires money, or the game is designed in such a way that you eventually have to pay to keep playing, otherwise you're stuck in an endless cycle of losing and then waiting a long time for another life. This has prompted a slow shift to games that have a charge to download and no additional in-game charges.

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App Store, TestFlight changes mean better apps on the horizon

App Store, TestFlight changes mean better apps on the horizon

Your iOS apps are about to get better. Changes made today by Apple are good news for Developers, as the size of apps that can be fronted to the App Store have doubled. Instead of 2GB apps, Developers can now submit 4GB apps for distribution, giving them a lot more room to perform in those rounded squares on your screen. Additionally, Apple has rolled out a change to TestFlight that could prove useful for Developers, especially if they have apps that need some dedicated attention.

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