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Apple in-app purchasing hack blocked in part

Apple in-app purchasing hack blocked in part

Last week there was a bit of break in Apple's in-app purchasing rules with a Russian developer pushing a mechanism that bypassed in-place locks: this weekend, Apple fixed it up real nice. It appears that the developer, Alexey V Borodin, has had the server for his app blocked by Apple, while Apple also followed up with a takedown request on the original server, took down third-party authentication of it, and issued a copyright claim with the YouTube video used to document the method used to break the system. At the moment, the method itself is being reported as still working - just not through anything Borodin has made.

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Google+ released for iPad, we go hands-on

Google+ released for iPad, we go hands-on

Today Google has been so kind as bump up their official Google+ app for iPhone (and iPad) that'll allow people around the world to explore the social network with great ease. This version of Google+ is made for iPhone, but is perfectly suited for the iPad's larger display as well. Graphics come through sharp and well-tuned for the most part, with only a few bits and pieces left for a future version to clean up - gray borders around small images, and other such small matters.

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iOS app DRM error rectified by Apple

iOS app DRM error rectified by Apple

This week there was a bit of chatter on the fact that a "small number of users" as Apple put it were affected by an issue in the iTunes app store - today Apple has a fix. This issue included several apps crashing intermittently after they'd been updated, but today's update straight from Apple's iTunes representatives notes that all is well once more and that every app that's been crashing should simply be able to be updated or re-downloaded from iTunes for a fully operational version, no worries included.

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Def Leppard re-recording entire catalog while originals freeze

Def Leppard re-recording entire catalog while originals freeze

Band members of the legendary metal band Def Leppard have announced that they've reached an impasse with their record label and will be freezing sales of all original recordings of their music. What they've done instead of accepting an unfair amount of royalties, so they say, they've decided to record what are effectively covers of all their original songs that'll then be pushed to iTunes et all in a much more direct way that'll have them cashing in as much as possible. One would hope that they'll do a bit better than KISS did with their latest double-album (one of which was all covers of old songs too) Sonic Boom.

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Apple iTunes app crashes get official response

Apple iTunes app crashes get official response

Though this week we've heard a bit of an outcry in regards to the iTunes store issuing a few apps that ended up crashing due to no fault of developer, Apple has pushed a set of tiny statements on the matter. This information comes from developers speaking on responses they'd received from Apple's Developer Forums from an Apple service representative (or someone cleverly posing as said representative) with a couple of relatively bottled replies - have a peek below at their content.

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Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify

Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify

Microsoft is reportedly planning to make a big push in its music service to rival that of Apple's iTunes as well as popular music streaming service Spotify. According to Bloomberg, citing inside sources, the new Xbox Music will combine the best features of both rival services so that customers can purchase songs and sign up for music streaming.

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Apple tipped to overhaul iTunes, improve sharing

Apple tipped to overhaul iTunes, improve sharing

Apple showed off a whole host of new features at WWDC 2012, but things have been quiet on the iTunes front. Bloomberg reports that Apple is busy preparing a major update to iTunes that will have deeper integration with iCloud and place an emphasis on sharing. Sources speaking to Bloomberg say that Apple recognizes that organizing the various content available from its services has become difficult, with iCloud integration hoping to fix that.

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iOS 6 upgrades iTunes Match for streaming music

iOS 6 upgrades iTunes Match for streaming music

If you were a fan of Apple's iTunes Match cloud-based music service before, once iOS 6 launches you're really going to be in love. This is because while the service has always been implied as a streaming content service, while you played any song in your library in the cloud it was also downloaded to your device. With it's upgrade to a new version in iOS 6, Apple's iPhone and iPad-friendly music service will be able to truly stream music - not taking the opportunity to download the music to your device as it does so.

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