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Amazon Appstore ruled unmistakably different from Apple App Store

Amazon Appstore ruled unmistakably different from Apple App Store

In the month of March 2011, Apple made a move to take out Amazon's "Appstore" because the name too closely resembled their own "App Store". This case has been dismissed this week. U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California spoke up this week in favor of Amazon's request to end the case (or toss it, if you prefer), in favor of the idea that Amazon's offering showed no realistically similar overall appearance when compared to Apple's store full of apps. Basically this means that Amazon will have to pay no penalty and that their name "Amazon Appstore" may remain for the duration.

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The best iOS apps of 2012

The best iOS apps of 2012

2012 ended with quite a bang, and while the world didn’t end as we expected, we got to see so many awesome iOS apps come to fruition this year. It was a big year for Google, and a lot of independent developers stepped up to make not only good apps, but great apps. We decided to gather up all of the iOS apps that released throughout the past 12 months and provide you with 10 of our favorites. It wasn’t an easy task to narrow it down to just 10, though -- there were a lot of amazing apps that just barely missed the cut, but we think we have a solid list here. So, without further adieu, here are our choices for the best iOS apps of 2012.

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Google Play Music takes on iTunes match with free equivalent

Google Play Music takes on iTunes match with free equivalent

Earlier this year we saw the folks at Apple reveal a service they called iTunes Match, bringing on a reason to import your CD-bound music collection into their annual-fee cloud for iOS devices. Now Google Play has revealed that not only will they be continuing their own free cloud storage for music service, they'll be boosting up the tune quality as well to 320-Kbps (just so long as they've got music that matches your own.) Best part of this whole situation is that if you've already got your music uploaded now, Google is automatically matching your music right now without any additional effort from you!

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Apple relaunches app gifting, lets buyers postpone “shipping”

Apple relaunches app gifting, lets buyers postpone “shipping”

Apple's app gifting option ended with the arrival of iOS 6, but has finally been brought back narrowly in time for the holidays. Joining the service is the new ability to select when you want the recipient to receive your digital gift. Buyers can schedule an app to be sent on Christmas, for example, or on the recipient's birthday.

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Apple reveals “Best of 2012” in the iTunes App Store

Apple reveals “Best of 2012” in the iTunes App Store

Facebook has already done their year-end thing for 2012, and so has Twitter and Google. Apple is joining in on the fun with their own "Best of 2012" apps in the iTunes App Store. There are hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from in the App Store, and there’s a pretty good chance you missed some great ones that came out in 2012. Apple has your back, though.

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Apple rolling out iTunes movie sales to more countries today

Apple rolling out iTunes movie sales to more countries today

Early last week, Apple launched the iTunes Store in 56 countries, including Russia, South Africa, India, and Turkey, bringing the total number of countries that the iTunes Store is available in to 119. Today, movie sales and rentals are now becoming available in a majority of those 56 countries, but the selection seems to vary region to region.

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Half of all mobile app revenue went to just 25 developers last month

Half of all mobile app revenue went to just 25 developers last month

Both Apple's iTunes App Store and Google's Play store for Android collectively have over 1.4 million apps to choose from, and surprisingly, more than 50% of the revenue made by these stores in the United States goes to just 25 app developers, according to analytics firm Canalys, which performed a daily survey over a 20-day period in November.

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Apple rolls out iTunes Store in 56 countries

Apple rolls out iTunes Store in 56 countries

Earlier today, Apple announced that launch of the iTunes Store in 56 additional countries, including Russia, South Africa, India, and Turkey. This brings the total number of countries where the iTunes Store is available to 119. In addition, four countries have access to movies via iTunes, with more countries slated to get them in the future.

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GoMusic for Google Music for iOS Review

GoMusic for Google Music for iOS Review

Though the app GoMusic is certainly not the first to bring Google Music's cloud of tunes to the iOS platform, we're certain that it's currently the best solution on the market. This lovely little app takes what you've got on Android as well as the mobile web and slaps it on over to iOS where neither Apple nor Google have dared yet to venture. It's not that they can't, it's just that, well, Google Music is made to be an Android music service - but what do you know? It works here on the iPhone as well!

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Apple rolling out variable-cost iTunes gift cards in retail stores

Apple rolling out variable-cost iTunes gift cards in retail stores

It looks like Apple is expanding its iTunes gift card offerings to allow more flexibility when it comes to the amount of the gift cards themselves. The cards can be loaded with any amount between $15 and $500, and since Apple has only been offering a few options when it comes to denominations, this is only the method to apply a custom amount to an iTunes gift card.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 29, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 29, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone - we received some pretty big news this afternoon, so let's just jump in! Microsoft announced today that we'll be able snag a Surface Pro starting in January, with the 64GB model demanding $899 and the 128GB model going for $999. Apple launched iTunes 11 today, complete with a brand new user interface and iCloud at every turn, so get those updates going. We also heard that Google is looking to deliver information to you before you even search for it, which is pretty cool but also a little bit creepy.

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iTunes 11 launches with complete UI redesign and iCloud abundance

iTunes 11 launches with complete UI redesign and iCloud abundance

Today a brand new iTunes app and digital content store is about to launch with a completely redesigned set of aesthetics and user interface elements. The new iTunes app works with a brand new "edge-to-edge" design with no less than custom designs for each of the content bits in your library - TV shows to music albums to movies and back again. Personalized recommendations have been updated and boosted as you enter the iTunes Store as well - and that's only the beginning.

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