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Google Play might’ve just given you a 5-dollar credit

Google Play might’ve just given you a 5-dollar credit

Starting today, Google's giving a bunch of Google Play credit away to everyday users such as yourself. If you happen to have purchased a Google Pixel 3, all the better - there's a separate promotion that's going on right this minute with an additional $2 in the mix. It would seem that it's down to luck whether you get the non-Pixel credit thus far.

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Civilization VI lands on iPhone with a big discount

Civilization VI lands on iPhone with a big discount

In the two years since its launched, Civilization VI has made its way to a few different platforms beyond PC. First, the game made its debut on iPad, then we learned a little while back that it will soon come to Nintendo Switch as well. In keeping with the mobile theme of these ports, Civilization VI is launching today on iPhone.

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Apple video makes it clear: it wants subscriptions over paid apps

Apple video makes it clear: it wants subscriptions over paid apps

Forget microtransactions and the freemium business model. The next in-app purchase debate will be about recurring subscriptions. Last month, Apple reportedly held secret meetings with developers to push for an app subscription model. And while this is no admission of that, Apple has now published a video for developers designed to convince them that the subscription fee model is the way to go.

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Apple’s privacy drive gives iOS devs an ultimatum

Apple’s privacy drive gives iOS devs an ultimatum

Apple announced today that some big changes are on the way to the App Store. Beginning in October, every single app that's hosted on the App Store will need to have a privacy policy to go along with it. With the privacy debate that has come to the forefront in 2018 - thanks to things like GDPR in Europe and Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal - the fact that Apple will require all apps to have a privacy policy is definitely a welcome change.

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In-App Purchase revenue cut war will hurt consumers the most – Here is why

In-App Purchase revenue cut war will hurt consumers the most – Here is why

In a battle of giants, it’s the little guys that get stomped on. There seems to be a revolution brewing in the mobile market, with key players no longer satisfied with the status quo that once made them rich. They’re seemingly flipping the finger at “The Man” and rallying in support of the common folk.

It isn’t a David vs. Goliath battle, though. More like Goliath 1 vs Goliath 2. And while many might not be so fond of the current in-app purchase trends and exploitation, users are likely to be on the losing end, no matter which side wins.

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Netflix looks to cut Apple out of subscription payments

Netflix looks to cut Apple out of subscription payments

Apple is a company that makes money hand-over-fist. One of the ways it does this, aside from hardware, is through App Store sales. Every time a developer sells an app through the iOS App Store, Apple takes a cut of that revenue. This extends to in-app purchases and subscriptions as well, as long as they're carried out through iTunes.

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Apple culls thousands from App Store after China’s accusations

Apple culls thousands from App Store after China’s accusations

Apple has gone on a gambling app sweep, yanking thousands of titles from the App Store in China after being called out by state-controlled media. The iPhone-maker is believed to have yanked more than 25,000 apps, which fall foul of Chinese laws around gambling software.

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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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