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Coalition for App Fairness adds major news publishers in Apple tussle

Coalition for App Fairness adds major news publishers in Apple tussle

You might think that their efforts have eventually died down and the issue swept under the rug but CAF, short for the Coalition for App Fairness, is making a lot of noise again. The group led by Epic Games and Spotify have proudly announced the addition of a new member that pretty much means that major US news publishers like The New York Times and Financial Times are now joining in the fight to force app store owners, but mostly Apple really, to change what is being presented as monopolistic and anti-competitive policies.

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WhatsApp accuses Apple of app privacy label double-standards [Updated]

WhatsApp accuses Apple of app privacy label double-standards [Updated]

WhatsApp has criticized Apple for double-standards, arguing that the new privacy labels third-party apps will need to show should also be required for Apple's own software. The new labels - which borrow the concept of nutritional information on food, but focused on what data software collects on its users - will be required if developers want to have their titles included in Apple's App Store.

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Apple developers can now apply for its lower App Store commission rate

Apple developers can now apply for its lower App Store commission rate

On November 18, Apple announced its App Store Small Business Program, one that would cut commission on in-app purchases and paid apps from 30-percent to 15-percent. The program can apply to developers whose apps generated up to $1 million in the previous calendar year -- and now, a couple of weeks later, the company is now accepting applications.

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Apple names the best iPhone, iPad, and Mac games and apps of 2020

Apple names the best iPhone, iPad, and Mac games and apps of 2020

This week Apple revealed their picks for best apps of the year 2020. This is what Apple calls their "App Store Best of 2020" and, unlike Google's very similar list, they've siphoned down the list to "15 of the amazing apps and games that inspired the world in 2020." Apple's list requires that apps and games are notable for their "positive cultural impact, helpfulness, and importance."

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Apple to slash its App Store commission – Here’s who qualifies

Apple to slash its App Store commission – Here’s who qualifies

Apple is slashing the cut it takes on App Store sales, with most developers set to see the Cupertino firm taking just half the proceeds from digital goods and services from the start of 2021. The App Store Small Business Program launches on January 1, and will see Apple trim its commission to 15-percent, assuming developers are earning less than a certain amount.

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Microsoft really wants PWAs to populate its app store

Microsoft really wants PWAs to populate its app store

Microsoft has had very little luck growing its own app store, at least outside of the Xbox games store. The first iteration for Windows 8 was a complete mess and while things have improved over the years, it still pales in comparison to other app stores, even with its compatibility layer to support win32 software. Its latest attempt seems to focus around the latest breed of web apps known as Progressive Web Apps, and it is trying to woo PWA developers to put their apps on the Microsoft Store instead of elsewhere.

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The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

Today the folks at Sensor Tower delivered a list of top app store downloads for iOS and Android devices for the month of September, 2020. This list has a bunch of entries you'll likely expect, like TikTok and YouTube, but a few that you might've never heard of before, like Snack Video. Suffice to say - we're dealing with a COVID-19 universe in the app market right now: these lists make that very clear.

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GOG Galaxy 2.0 app to allow buying games from other stores

GOG Galaxy 2.0 app to allow buying games from other stores

Apps and games stores are hot topics these days, with two of the biggest in the mobile world scrutinized for their alleged monopolies and unfair business practices. Although not as much in the spotlight, the PC gaming world also has its own Apple App Store in the form of Valve's Steam. Unsurprisingly, there is also a sort of anti-Steam in GOG's Galaxy 2.0 store which is now testing the ability to buy games from other platform's stores, starting with, to no one's shock, the Epic Games Store.

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Epic Games, Spotify form app fairness coalition against Apple, Google

Epic Games, Spotify form app fairness coalition against Apple, Google

Even while waiting for its day in court, Epic Games is taking its battle with Apple to another venue as well. As reported last month, Epic Games has formed a "Coalition for App Fairness" to fight against what it argues are anti-competitive practices prevalent in today's app stores. It has also finally got Spotify to formally commit to its campaign and has even gotten others to sign up as founding members. Unsurprisingly, that group is made up of app developers that have suffered from Apple's App Store policies in one way or another.

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Epic Games gives you $10 credit to take Rocket League for free

Epic Games gives you $10 credit to take Rocket League for free

Right this minute, Rocket League is essentially free for download. It's been removed from the Steam games store, making it available exclusively in the Epic Games store. At the same time, Epic Games made the game free AND jammed a $10 credit in the mix.

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New Apple App Store rules probably won’t please xCloud and Stadia

New Apple App Store rules probably won’t please xCloud and Stadia

In recent weeks and months, Apple has been catching some heat for its App Store rules, particularly as they apply to gaming apps. Not only has Apple come under fire from Epic for the fact that it takes a 30% cut from each in-app purchase, but the company has also drawn criticism from Facebook and Microsoft, as its App Store policies have made it impossible to get their game streaming apps - Facebook Gaming and Project xCloud, respectively - on iOS devices. Today, Apple updated its App Store guidelines, and while the new rules cover a number of different apps, there are a few specifically for game streaming.

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App Store subscription offer codes coming in iOS 14

App Store subscription offer codes coming in iOS 14

It's probably no secret that Apple has a preference for recurring subscriptions as a business model rather than freemium with in-app purchases or even straight app buys. Not everyone, however, is a fan and some developers might still be on the fence, especially when it comes to managing that subscription system. Of course, Apple is only too happy to make developers' lives so much easier and will soon be providing them with an easy way to attract subscribers with promotion codes for free or discounted prices.

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