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Apple: corrupt app update bug has been fixed

Apple: corrupt app update bug has been fixed

A large number of apps were affected by an upgrade crash bug on the iOS and OS X App Stores, a problem first spotted by Marco Arment, the developer of Instapaper. The story quickly gained traction, with Arment updating his blog highlighting all the apps that were stricken with the issue. Apple commented that it was looking into the problem last night, and has now confirmed that it has been fixed.

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TechNet study shows App Economy one gigantic job creator

TechNet study shows App Economy one gigantic job creator

The bipartisan organization of top technology executives known as TechNet has recently found that jobs that fall under the "App Economy" umbrella number in the six digits: 466,000 people in the USA alone. This study concludes that software applications for smartphones, tablets, and Facebook combined have created nearly 500,000 new jobs in the United States since 2005. This rapid increase of jobs from this environment spells good news for the technology world and especially the mobile world where app creation reigns supreme.

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iPhone Quaskidisk app updated for tethering, booted from market

iPhone Quaskidisk app updated for tethering, booted from market

Those of you sticking so close to the iPhone app streets that you can tell that an app is coming before its developer even develops it knew that there was an app by the name of QuasiDisk out there today, one that allowed you to take advantage of tethering from your iPhone. This functionality is now allowed otherwise, so it was assumed early on that this app would, upon being updated to having this ability, be cut down from the market like a kite from a tree. That has happened, but not before thousands of users got ahold of it, fully functional.

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A week with iPhone 4S: my first 10 apps

A week with iPhone 4S: my first 10 apps

For those of you just joining us for this adventure, you should know that I'm taking part in a real-life experiment in which I'm using an iPhone 4S for a week exclusively as my one and only smartphone. You should know, for context, that I generally use Android devices, having used the Samsung Galaxy Nexus essentially exclusively since it was released with Verizon, switching back and forth between it and whichever phones I've reviewed since. Though I've handled and worked with an iPhone a minor amount before, I've never before now had one as my own personal device - what follows are the first ten applications I found myself downloading right out of the box.

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In-App purchases set to dominate the business says IHS Screen Digest

In-App purchases set to dominate the business says IHS Screen Digest

This week the folks at IHS Screen Digest Mobile Media Intelligence Service have shown that given the information they've got on in-app purchases for app sales revenue verses in-app revenue, that the latter will be dominating the market in no time. In-app purchases, they say, will rise to 64 percent of the total market revenue for apps in 2015, this up from an already whopping 39 percent in 2011. Revenue itself from in-app purchases will rise to $5.6 billion USD in 2015 from a comparatively tiny $970 million in 2011. Time to fire up those free apps, people!

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Microsoft to allow open source apps in Windows 8 Store, unlike Apple

Microsoft to allow open source apps in Windows 8 Store, unlike Apple

Here's another point racked up by the open source community. Microsoft has plans to allow applications licensed under the Open Source Initiative license in the Windows 8 app store, whenever it comes out, that is. We reported just a couple days ago that the Windows 8 public beta is slated to be released this upcoming February (in two months). Furthermore, the Open Source Initiative license has the upper hand over the Microsoft Standard Application License Terms, namely the restriction on sharing applications.

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Lemur multitouch music controller iPad app finally a reality

Lemur multitouch music controller iPad app finally a reality

This week the folks at liine have released an app version of their legendary multitouch MIDI/OSC controller Lemur for the iOS platform on the iPad and iPad 2. The physical version of the platform is used by such massive musical artists as Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails, Deadmau5, and more, and with the iPad having been release just a BIT after the original Lemur's 2004 introduction to the public, it's time the whole world had the chance to use this fantastical interface for the creation of block rocking beats. Ten years of development on this project converted now to a single app for iPad - seem like a winning combination to you?

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iTunes Rewind 2011 goes live: top apps, movies, and music listed

iTunes Rewind 2011 goes live: top apps, movies, and music listed

This week Apple has released their annual best of the year list titled "iTunes Rewind 2011" this year showing off the best selling and best performing apps, games, movies, and music over the past 12 months. Top places for sales are separate from voted categories like Game of the Year, App of the Year, and more classic categories for media usually categorized as such, like Best Comedy, Best Romance, and Best Breakout Comedy. Can you guess which shows won what? How about which apps sold the most for the iPhone -- how about for the iPad? Discover a lovely sampling here and now!

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ESRB “T for Teens” ratings system dismissed by iOS and Android

ESRB “T for Teens” ratings system dismissed by iOS and Android

What very well could have been the next generation of rating content on a scale that disallows kids from playing the most violent and inappropriate games by their parents has essentially been shot dead before it was active by none other than the two largest mobile app providers on the planet, Apple and Google. While there certainly are other holders of the keys to the kingdom when it comes to application stores for smartphones, tablets, and everything in-between, the CTIA Mobile Application Rating System developed by the ESRB and announced this week will find a hard time holding sway when it only appears on a small cross-section of apps in the wild.

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