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iOS apps can make calls without asking you first

iOS apps can make calls without asking you first

Users are known to ignore a few warnings, skip a few steps, and other sometimes cringe-worthy actions for the sake of convenience. However, that isn't an excuse for app developers to ignore common sense (which, apparently, isn't really that common) just to provide users that convenience. Unfortunately, that might be the case on iOS, where several popular apps have allegedly skimmed over Apple's developer documentation, leaving users vulnerable to, in the worst case scenario, making an automatic phone call to a premium-rate phone number.

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Dreamcast game development tools return with ESTk

Dreamcast game development tools return with ESTk

There’s little doubt now that there’s at least a tiny bit of interest left in the world of Dreamcast gaming. That Sega-made platform still exists in the wild - in the "Used" section of gaming stores, mostly, but in the households and attics of massive amounts of fans across the planet. With the release of ESTk, development of games for the platform can continue.

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ID@Xbox rundown: more high-end “indy” games head to Xbox One

ID@Xbox rundown: more high-end “indy” games head to Xbox One

This morning Xbox One was put in the spotlight with not only a collection of fantastic AAA games and exclusives, but with a set of "indy" games as well. I suggest we put quotation marks around the word "indy" at this point not because of the size of the production studios behind the games, but because of their high quality. These are the AAA indy games, that is to say.

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Should developers care about app revenue?

Should developers care about app revenue?

Why do you think a developer should create an app? Earlier this week I made a rather hardline stance on the current state of the app development universe for smart devices, suggesting that because Android-based revenue from app-buyers was lower than iOS, that developers should abandon Google’s mobile operating system. Now I’m not quite so sure.

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