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Apple Pay can now be used to pay for Apple digital content

Apple Pay can now be used to pay for Apple digital content

Yes, it does sound a bit ironic. Although Apple has had its own mobile payment system for quite a while now, you couldn't use Apple Pay to buy stuff from Apple's digital stores. That has silently change now and it seems that Apple has flipped the switch for some markets. Users in those select countries will now, if not soon, be able to use their Wallets associated with their Apple Pay account to buy apps, ebooks, and music from Apple's iTunes and App stores.

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Apple can’t escape App Store antitrust lawsuit rules Supreme Court

Apple can’t escape App Store antitrust lawsuit rules Supreme Court

Apple's hopes to get an App Store antitrust lawsuit dismissed have fallen flat, with the US Supreme Court giving the go-ahead to a case alleging the iOS software download store is, indeed, a monopoly situation. The lawsuit, Apple v. Pepper, saw four iPhone owners sue the Cupertino company, arguing that the App Store allows Apple to unfairly control software prices by virtue of it being the only official place to download titles.

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Apple removes Screen Time rival apps, cites privacy concerns

Apple removes Screen Time rival apps, cites privacy concerns

It's not uncommon for third-party apps to provide functionality that has become so popular that iOS itself eventually gains them as a built-in feature. When it does, however, it often puts those third-parties out of business. Sometimes it's simply because people have less reason to install or opt for something that's not already on their iPhones or iPads. In the case of parental control apps, however, developers are accusing Apple of using its position as owner and curator of the App Store to push out apps that rival its own recently launched Screen Time controls.

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Apple dangles 10% bonus for adding funds to Apple ID account

Apple dangles 10% bonus for adding funds to Apple ID account

Almost everyone is a sucker for bonuses. After all, who would refuse getting more for less, especially if there are no strings attached? That's pretty the proposition that Apple is making to its customers and fans when they add funds to their Apple ID account. Whatever you add, Apple will give you 10% more so you can buy more apps, more music, and more videos to your library.

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More iOS apps discovered abusing certificates to bypass App Store

More iOS apps discovered abusing certificates to bypass App Store

The investigation that revealed Facebook's and Google's misuse of their Enterprise Certificates have opened up a can of worms on both sides. On the one hand, it reveals the extent companies will go to in order to collect user data, even paying them in the process. On the other hand, it has also revealed a chink in Apple's armor that has let apps be installed without its usual screening process. Now it seems that there are even more apps that have abused those Enterprise Certificates to get past scrutiny, including vice apps that would have never been allowed on the App Store otherwise.

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Apple to developers: disclose screen recording or be removed from App Store

Apple to developers: disclose screen recording or be removed from App Store

It has probably a frustrating start of the year for Apple. Never mind the ongoing iPhone ban in China and Germany or disappointing sales of its recent iPhone models. The company has recently been besieged left and right with privacy bugs and unscrupulous app developers. Fortunately, the company is mostly quick to act and put its foot down and it makes its stance regarding the latest screen recording exposé clear. App developers should comply with App Store Guidelines or be ejected from it.

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64-bit time: Old Android apps about to pull the plug

64-bit time: Old Android apps about to pull the plug

It's that time in the world of Android - time to pull the plug on Android apps not prepared properly for the coming of 64-bit CPUs. It's not as if these newer, faster computing processors aren't already here in Android devices. They've been here before - and they're not going away any time soon. As such, Google's announced their "TIME'S UP" marker for apps that haven't made way for 64-bit hardware - the future of smartphones in general, that is to say.

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Epic Games app store is solving the right problem the wrong way

Epic Games app store is solving the right problem the wrong way

Epic Games is making rounds in headlines lately and not just because of games it publishes. It ended 2018 with some great news for gamers but bad news for Apple and Google. Actually, it’s bad news just for Google really. While it did not give out specifics, it reiterated what the game developer had already alluded to before. Its Epic Game Store isn’t going to stop at challenging the status quo in the PC gaming market. It’ll be taking its developer-centric cause to mobile but while its intentions are noble, it might do more harm than good in the long run.

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This fake Alexa app made it to Apple’s Top 10

This fake Alexa app made it to Apple’s Top 10

It would appear that a malicious app by the name of "Setup for Amazon Alexa" climbed the Apple app store charts all the way to the top 10 before its removal. This app's true intent is not yet known, but it most certainly was not made by any sort of official Amazon entity. This app reached at least number 6 on the app store charts for Utilities, and within the top 60 for "top free" apps in general. Now it's been removed.

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Apple now allows users to send in-app purchases as gifts

Apple now allows users to send in-app purchases as gifts

Apple now allows users to gift in-app purchases to other users. The change was recently spotted in the App Store Review Guidelines, where Apple says that developers can enable in-app purchase gifting by one user to another. This is the opposite of the guide's previous language, which said that apps were not allowed to directly or indirectly allow in-app gifting.

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iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

Google and Android have yet again come under fire for another batch of apps that either spread malware or practice fraud from under Google’s and users’ noses. Of course, many took the chance to point out Apple’s closed but effective review process that blocks such apps from even getting into the App Store. But it’s precisely because of that tight process that when misbehaving apps do get in, it’s an even bigger problem.

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Tumblr booted from iOS App Store over explicit content

Tumblr booted from iOS App Store over explicit content

Mobile apps come and go but when popular ones like Tumblr suddenly disappear without a trace much less a warning, people naturally start asking questions. And when that has been the case for days, not just hours, people start worrying. While the folks over at Tumblr have regularly updated users with “we’re working on it” messages, it has now come out with an explanation on what really happened. And, unsurprisingly, it’s all about the social network being used as a channel for peddling illegal content.

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