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Apple turns to users to help report App Store scams

Apple turns to users to help report App Store scams

Apple is making it easier for users to report scammy or fraudulent apps directly from the App Store, as the company turns to its hefty user-base to help weed out bad developers. A "Report a Problem" button has quietly been added back to each app's listing in the App Store, complete with a new option for scam software.

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Apple must allow in-app purchases and Epic Games owes millions

Apple must allow in-app purchases and Epic Games owes millions

A ruling was reached today in an Epic Games vs Apple court case and legal battle that effectively started back in August of 2020. Apple is likely to appeal the part of the decision that'd otherwise allow additional permissions for iOS app developers. For now, the ruling is that app developers will not be prohibited from adding purchasing mechanisms in their apps.

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Fortnite could be returning to the Apple App Store in South Korea

Fortnite could be returning to the Apple App Store in South Korea

Apple has long been criticized for its handling of its App Stores, especially on iOS, but it was Epic Games that really set off the chain of events that finally broke the camel's back, so to speak. Apple has had to make adjustments and concessions in the past year or so to appease developers, regulators, and courts, but one of its biggest losses happened barely two weeks ago in South Korea. Now the Fortnite developer is boldly testing those new waters by requesting the popular game's return to the App Store, at least in South Korea only.

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Apple will let apps redirect sign-ups to external websites

Apple will let apps redirect sign-ups to external websites

Apple and Google are facing intense scrutiny and even lawsuits over the handling of their respective app stores. Just recently, a new law in South Korea will force the two giants to open their stores to other payment systems. Potentially facing a similar loss in Japan, Apple has now announced that it will be updating its App Store policy that will allow developers to provide in-app links to sign up and manage accounts outside the app, but only for a specific class of apps.

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Amazon gets Fakespot product analyzer kicked from App Store

Amazon gets Fakespot product analyzer kicked from App Store

It's no secret that Amazon has a counterfeit product problem, and so it's no surprise that services have appeared aiming to help protect consumers from this issue. The most popular service is arguably Fakespot, which says that it analyzes product reviews on listings to give shoppers a 'true' product rating. Now, thanks to Amazon, the app has been kicked from the App Store.

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Apple claims sideloading iPhone apps will harm the app market

Apple claims sideloading iPhone apps will harm the app market

As if Epic Games' epic lawsuit against it weren't enough, Apple could soon be facing the biggest threat to its iOS App Store since the app store came online. The US Congress is preparing to debate antitrust six bills, one of which will put the iPhone's closed app ecosystem under greater scrutiny. Those policies could force Apple to open up iOS to allow installing apps outside of the App Store, a.k.a. sideloading, a practice that Apple claims will not only put users at risk, it will also ironically harm developers and the app market in the process.

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Piracy app passed Apple App Store review as Sudoku app

Piracy app passed Apple App Store review as Sudoku app

One of Apple's biggest justifications for its complete control over its App Store is quality and security. Through its strict policies and manual review process, it is able to ensure that only safe and legitimate apps become available for users to install with confidence and peace of mind. Once in a while, however, something gets past that scrutiny that seems to throw Apple's defense out the window. That seems to be the case with Zoshy+, a pirated video streaming app that stayed in the App Store for almost a month by masquerading as a puzzle game.

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Apple reveals new App Store features to win over mutinous developers

Apple reveals new App Store features to win over mutinous developers

Apple is adding a number of new features to the App Store, amid controversy around the cut it takes of developer income and its focus on privacy. The company already put app-makers on notice earlier today at WWDC 2021, with the launch of App Privacy Reports that show just what sites and services are secretly sharing your data in the background.

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Among Us is free for just a bit, in the Epic Games store

Among Us is free for just a bit, in the Epic Games store

This week the folks at Epic Games have a shockingly popular game available for your perusal. Generally this game will cost you around $5, depending on which platform you're aiming to play with. That's the price on the Epic Games Store usually. But as the Epic Games Store does from time to time, now, this week, Among Us is free for you to download.

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App Store XCodeGhost malware details revealed in Fortnite trial

App Store XCodeGhost malware details revealed in Fortnite trial

It's not unusual for companies to experience data breaches that put their customers at risk. When that company happens to own the one and only sanction app store for its platform, however, then it becomes a rather scary prospect. That is always one of the risks of Apple's App Store when the tools used to upload apps are themselves infected with malware, which is what happened almost six years ago with the XCodeGhost incident whose details are only surfacing now thanks to a lawsuit involving Fortnite of all things.

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Apple removed Shadow game streaming app to block Microsoft xCloud

Apple removed Shadow game streaming app to block Microsoft xCloud

Apple has very strict app store policies that it credits as the reason that it is able to offer high-quality and safe experiences on iOS. Those policies, however, have also been criticized by developers are self-serving, inconsistent, and monopolistic, traits that Epic Games is using against the iPhone maker in its high-profile lawsuit. The game developer, however, isn't the only big company that had problems with Apple's App Store rules but, in an almost odd turn of events, Microsoft inadvertently got a competing game streaming app banned when it was making its case for Project xCloud on iOS.

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Apple faces App Store EU antitrust charges and potentially huge fines

Apple faces App Store EU antitrust charges and potentially huge fines

The European Commission has accused Apple of antitrust, alleging that its App Store rules rely on its "dominant position" to squeeze streaming music rivals like Spotify. The charges claim Apple's policies - in particular the 30-percent cut it takes on in-app subscriptions to competing streaming services - have led to an increase in prices paid by users in Europe. If found guilty of antitrust behaviors, Apple faces the potential of billions of dollars in fines.

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