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Apple pulls VPN apps from Chinese App Store

Apple pulls VPN apps from Chinese App Store

Apple has made moves to comply with the Chinese government, as this weekend it's been revealed that the company has pulled nearly all available VPN (virtual private network) apps from the country's App Store. This marks another example of China's attempts to filter and crackdown on internet use within its borders, as VPN apps and services allowed users to get around the country's strict censorship restrictions, often referred to as the "Great Firewall."

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Apple hits $70bn milestone in App Store developer pay-outs

Apple hits $70bn milestone in App Store developer pay-outs

Apple usually saves its App Store developer payout milestones to shout about at WWDC, but the Cupertino company clearly couldn't wait this time around. According to Apple, developers worldwide have now earned in excess of $70 billion, since the App Store launched in 2008. Meanwhile, download rates are also said to be up significantly.

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Apple will let developers respond to reviews on App Store

Apple will let developers respond to reviews on App Store

If you browse app reviews on the Google Play store, you’re likely to see some reviews that have responses from the app’s developer. That’s a great way to get more clarity on a potential issue or pending feature, but one that has thus far not been provided to iOS users. That’ll be changing soon, with Apple revealing that it’ll allow developers to response to app reviews on the App Store.

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Pokemon Duel download: official app aims to capitalize on GO!

Pokemon Duel download: official app aims to capitalize on GO!

Gamers enraptured by Pokemon GO but saddened by the lack of Bidoof have been targeted by the official Pokemon company with a new app. This app is a game by the name of Pokemon Duel, and it's been made for the masses. While a version of this game has been available in Japan for a period of time, the release of Pokemon Duel in the United States and around the world in English has just been made today for the first time.

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Apple hikes UK App Store prices after pound’s Brexit slump

Apple hikes UK App Store prices after pound’s Brexit slump

Apple is raising App Store prices in the UK, blaming the weaker pound for increasing app costs by around 25-percent. The news was confirmed in an email to developers, in which Apple revealed that it would raise the lowest app price from £0.79 to £0.99, among other adjustments. It's being seen as the latest side-effect of Brexit, the UK's referendum decision to leave the European Union.

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Chinese app stores ordered to register with government

Chinese app stores ordered to register with government

In what may seem like a totalitarian move on the surface, the Chinese government's Cyberspace Administration has announced that it will require all the country's app stores to register with their offices. While this certainly opens the door to more direct government control, the move is said to be in the name of consumer protection, with a goal of cracking down on fraudulent apps.

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iOS App Store kicks off 2017 with record-setting New Year’s Day

iOS App Store kicks off 2017 with record-setting New Year’s Day

It looks like the iOS App Store is off to a strong start to 2017, with Apple announcing today that New Year's Day was a record-setting one for the digital storefront. On top of that, Apple also announced that 2016 was a "record-shattering year," for the App Store. It seems that now is a good time to be an Apple developer, assuming you can claw your way into the top grossing and most popular charts.

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Super Mario Run, Pokemon GO face off for most day-one downloads

Super Mario Run, Pokemon GO face off for most day-one downloads

It looks like Super Mario Run might be able to challenge Pokemon GO's meteoric rise to App Store dominance. Pokemon GO launched over the summer and was almost immediately popular, but now that Super Mario Run has hit the scene, those records may not belong to it much longer. If Pokemon GO proved that there was an audience for Nintendo properties on mobile devices, it seems that Super Mario Run confirms that audience isn't a fleeting one.

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iMessage App Store is up, Mario, Disney stickers lead the pack

iMessage App Store is up, Mario, Disney stickers lead the pack

iOS 10 still isn’t out yet, but those who already have the beta version installed can now take advantage of Apple’s newest whimsical, and potentially lucrative, treats. The long-awaited App Store dedicated specifically to iMessage has just gone live, and blazing the trail are not just pre-announced apps but stickers that are bound to become viral when they really go public. And considering not all of them are free, they’re bound to turn into huge cash cows as well.

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Apple touts Apple Music subscriber numbers and App Store revenue

Apple touts Apple Music subscriber numbers and App Store revenue

Apple has kicked off its long-awaited iPhone 7 event, but before the phone made its debut, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to share some statistics about both the iOS App Store and Apple Music. Cook announced that Apple Music has managed to pull in 17 million paid subscribers since it launched, which is respectable number despite the fact that it's still a ways off from Spotify's 30 million paying users.

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Apple will start pruning old, broken apps next week

Apple will start pruning old, broken apps next week

If you have long had your eye on an old iOS or Mac app for some years now, you might want to install it before September 7th. That’s because, after that date, it has a chance to disappear, especially if it is considered ancient by Apple’s standards. The company has just revealed that it will be making an inventory of its App Store and will be removing apps that outdated, broken, or haven’t been updated in a long time. This is to make sure that actually usable apps aren’t buried beneath search results listing such “unworthy” apps.

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iOS App Store predicted to host 5 million apps by 2020

iOS App Store predicted to host 5 million apps by 2020

Earlier this year, Apple announced that the iOS App Store is now home to two million apps. That's an absurd number in its own right, but a new report from app analytics site Sensor Tower predicts that number could more than double to 5 million apps by 2020. That's a pretty huge prediction when you consider it took the App Store eight years to reach its two million milestone.

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