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Jungle Run game on the Apple App Store linked to a sketchy online casino

Jungle Run game on the Apple App Store linked to a sketchy online casino

Kosta Eleftheriou has made significant efforts to expose apps available for iOS devices that are scams. Recently, he discovered a game called Jungle Run that appears on the surface to be a standard 2D coin running game. However, in his investigation, Eleftheriou found that the game is linked to a crypto currency-funded casino based in Turkey.

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App Store, iMessage & iCloud all seeing outages and issues right now [Updated]

App Store, iMessage & iCloud all seeing outages and issues right now [Updated]

Apple is currently experiencing outages of the App Store and issues with iMessage, iCloud, and other services, the company has confirmed. The problems have seen some users unable to access the App Store and Mac App Store altogether, while the two download stores are still available but much slower to respond than normal for others.

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Steam Link app is finally available on the Mac App Store

Steam Link app is finally available on the Mac App Store

Apple is both famous and infamous for its stringent quality control over its app stores but some developers, not just Epic Games, have always criticized its sometimes incomprehensible policies that are applied inconsistently depending on the app. Valve has learned that the hard way years ago when it first launched the Steam Link app for iOS. While that has been resolved, it took two more years before the macOS version of the app finally makes its way to Apple's desktop platform.

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Google cuts fees for digital goods and services

Google cuts fees for digital goods and services

Google revealed a new initiative this week to boost the growth power of the everyday average app developer. Starting on July 1, 2021, Google's cutting service fees for Google Play. The Google Play fees for sales of digital goods or services will be cut to 15% for the first $1M (USD) of revenue every developer earns each year. That change will take effect starting on July 1, 2021.

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iPhone could be ruined by North Dakota bill, warns Apple

iPhone could be ruined by North Dakota bill, warns Apple

Apple's App Store has been in the center of some high-profile controversy and rhetoric last year when Epic Games made a bold move that, according to some sources, has been planned months ahead. An action as simple as offering a different in-app purchasing method set off a chain that now involves lawsuits filed across several countries, all of them accusing Apple and Google of monopolistic practices. Although this proposed bill in a single US state doesn't directly reference the Apple vs. Epic Games tussle, its effects, if passed, will turn things in the game developer's favor.

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Coalition for App Fairness adds major news publishers in Apple tussle

Coalition for App Fairness adds major news publishers in Apple tussle

You might think that their efforts have eventually died down and the issue swept under the rug but CAF, short for the Coalition for App Fairness, is making a lot of noise again. The group led by Epic Games and Spotify have proudly announced the addition of a new member that pretty much means that major US news publishers like The New York Times and Financial Times are now joining in the fight to force app store owners, but mostly Apple really, to change what is being presented as monopolistic and anti-competitive policies.

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WhatsApp accuses Apple of app privacy label double-standards [Updated]

WhatsApp accuses Apple of app privacy label double-standards [Updated]

WhatsApp has criticized Apple for double-standards, arguing that the new privacy labels third-party apps will need to show should also be required for Apple's own software. The new labels - which borrow the concept of nutritional information on food, but focused on what data software collects on its users - will be required if developers want to have their titles included in Apple's App Store.

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Apple developers can now apply for its lower App Store commission rate

Apple developers can now apply for its lower App Store commission rate

On November 18, Apple announced its App Store Small Business Program, one that would cut commission on in-app purchases and paid apps from 30-percent to 15-percent. The program can apply to developers whose apps generated up to $1 million in the previous calendar year -- and now, a couple of weeks later, the company is now accepting applications.

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Apple names the best iPhone, iPad, and Mac games and apps of 2020

Apple names the best iPhone, iPad, and Mac games and apps of 2020

This week Apple revealed their picks for best apps of the year 2020. This is what Apple calls their "App Store Best of 2020" and, unlike Google's very similar list, they've siphoned down the list to "15 of the amazing apps and games that inspired the world in 2020." Apple's list requires that apps and games are notable for their "positive cultural impact, helpfulness, and importance."

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Apple to slash its App Store commission – Here’s who qualifies

Apple to slash its App Store commission – Here’s who qualifies

Apple is slashing the cut it takes on App Store sales, with most developers set to see the Cupertino firm taking just half the proceeds from digital goods and services from the start of 2021. The App Store Small Business Program launches on January 1, and will see Apple trim its commission to 15-percent, assuming developers are earning less than a certain amount.

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Microsoft really wants PWAs to populate its app store

Microsoft really wants PWAs to populate its app store

Microsoft has had very little luck growing its own app store, at least outside of the Xbox games store. The first iteration for Windows 8 was a complete mess and while things have improved over the years, it still pales in comparison to other app stores, even with its compatibility layer to support win32 software. Its latest attempt seems to focus around the latest breed of web apps known as Progressive Web Apps, and it is trying to woo PWA developers to put their apps on the Microsoft Store instead of elsewhere.

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The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

Today the folks at Sensor Tower delivered a list of top app store downloads for iOS and Android devices for the month of September, 2020. This list has a bunch of entries you'll likely expect, like TikTok and YouTube, but a few that you might've never heard of before, like Snack Video. Suffice to say - we're dealing with a COVID-19 universe in the app market right now: these lists make that very clear.

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