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Secret Apple meeting tipped to push app subscription model to developers

Secret Apple meeting tipped to push app subscription model to developers

Aside from hardware sales, apps are a major source of revenue for Apple. Though official Apple apps make up a tiny, tiny fraction of all of the available apps on iOS, the company still gets a percentage of every app sale through the platform. This extends to in-app purchases (like the ones you find in free-to-play games) and apps that primarily generate revenue through subscriptions, such as Netflix.

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Apple’s affiliate program app removal sees some backlash

Apple’s affiliate program app removal sees some backlash

It's the service that gives money to websites and social media stars for directing followers to iTunes-centric purchases. That's the iTunes Affiliate Program. Before now, it included everything on the store - music, movies, books, TV episodes, apps, and in-app purchases. Starting October 1st, 2018, that program will remove apps and in-app purchases. Some affiliates are not pleased by this move.

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Apple is killing its App Store Affiliate Program for apps

Apple is killing its App Store Affiliate Program for apps

App stores are a convenient way to find great and presumably safe apps for devices. But even with a search function, looking for that perfect app is like searching for the metaphorical needle in a haystack. Apple has utilized its affiliate program to encourage web sites and writers to bring more users to its App Store with a little monetary incentive. Starting October, however, that will no longer be the case and some such news sites are fearful for their survival.

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As App Store turns 10, Apple drops heavy hints of AR future

As App Store turns 10, Apple drops heavy hints of AR future

It may be hard to imagine a world without smartphone apps, but Apple's App Store only celebrates its tenth birthday later this month. The download store first opened its digital doors on July 10, 2008, with a mere 500 titles on its virtual shelves.

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Steam Link on iOS gets a second chance with Apple’s new App Store rules

Steam Link on iOS gets a second chance with Apple’s new App Store rules

Valve's announcement that it would be bringing Steam Link to mobile device is one that garnered a lot of attention and excitement. The Android release of Steam Link went off seemingly without a hitch, but it was a different story on iOS. As it turns out, Apple didn't take too kindly to the idea of Steam Link on iOS, and the app was denied when it was submitted for approval.

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Apple lifts Telegram block

Apple lifts Telegram block

Apple has lifted its alleged block on updates to secure messaging app Telegram, after the company's CEO accused the Cupertino firm of unfairly locking down the software. Pavel Durov, chief exec of Telegram, announced earlier this week that the messaging app had gone more than a month without receiving a single update, blaming Apple's over-zealous reaction to complaints from Russia.

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Apple is blocking Telegram updates worldwide says CEO

Apple is blocking Telegram updates worldwide says CEO

Secure messaging app Telegram has gone without iOS updates since mid-April, CEO Pavel Durov has claimed, accusing Apple of blocking updates globally for more than a month. The allegation comes after Russia demanded a ban on Telegram in April, when the app-maker refused to hand over the keys to its encrypted chats.

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Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

YouTube Music's 2018 reincarnation just launched, and it's available for SOME users. If you live in the United States, Mexico, Austalia, New Zealand, or South Korea, you might be in luck. Today Google launched "early access" to YouTube Music for some users - but not ALL users.

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Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law

Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law

Apple has taken new action against app developers in order to comply with new cybersecurity laws in China. The company has begun warning iOS developers that any apps using Apple's CallKit will be pulled from the Chinese App Store unless they remove the framework's integration. This comes after China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has started to enforce regulations that see CallKit as a way to help bypass censorship and surveillance.

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Stop downloading (most) security apps

Stop downloading (most) security apps

Today ESET researchers showed us how most popular security apps are scams. That's a harsh reality - but it's real. The vast majority of highly-downloaded, downloaded en masse apps made for "security" aren't providing security at all. What they're providing instead is a whole lot of advertisements and what ESET describes as "pseudo-security." It's a real mess.

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ROBLOX is like a Ready Player One game, with Pokemon

ROBLOX is like a Ready Player One game, with Pokemon

Like thousands of other moviegoers this past weekend, I saw Ready Player One in the theater for the first time. Imagine my surprise when I went home and discovered a game on my smartphone that had the same basic concept as the movie I'd just seen. Granted, the graphics are about a decade older than they really should be, but ROBLOX has the basic concept ready to roll. And it should be, since the original version of the game was released all the way back in 2006.

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iTunes App Store versus Google Play Store: fortress or bazaar

iTunes App Store versus Google Play Store: fortress or bazaar

There’s no arguing that Facebook made a massive blunder in the way it handled the Cambridge Analytica situation. It has caused many big names in many industries, ranging from tech to advertising, to pull out their support or chide the social networking giant. Apple, who has been painted as the poster boy for protecting customer privacy, naturally criticized Facebook’s behavior. But in explaining how Apple would have done it differently, Tim Cook pit the company’s practices and philosophy against those of more “open” app and content markets, like Android’s Google Play Store. But which strategy is the right one to take, especially in this day of rampant privacy violations? As you might expect, the answer isn’t clear-cut.

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