Apple App Store sales hit $20B in 2015 with $1.1B sales during holiday season

Apple has announced that it’s App Store sales has clocked over $20 billion in 2015 with $1.1 billion in app sales during the two-week holiday season from Christmas through New Year’s Day holiday season.

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Apple adds carrier billing for iTunes and App Store in Germany

Apple has started rolling out carrier billing for iTunes and App Store in Germany with carrier O2.  Customers can now link a phone number to their iTunes account and use carrier billing for purchases, as per a report from TechCrunch.

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Apple removes over 250 apps from the App Store that collected users’ personal info

Apple has taken down more than 250 apps from the App Store that were accessing and storing personal information, like Apple ID and device serial numbers, according to a report by SourceDNA.

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Apple’s App Store hit by major malware attack, several infected apps removed

Apple’s App Store has been hit by a major malware attack that has affected a number of apps. As a result of the attack, the company has removed apps from the App Store that were infected with the malicious code.

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Updated Apple TV box expected in September, TV service presumably delayed

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WWDC went by without a hint about any revisions to the Apple TV hardware. Now it appears that the long awaited successor will be a part of Cupertino’s annual fall event.
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Samsung Tizen App Store goes global

Samsung is bringing its Tizen App store to more countries across the globe, as per a latest report from the Wall Street Journal. Currently, Tizen OS based smartphones are only available in India and Banglasdesh but the app store is now expanding to 182 including the US, the UK and China.

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Apple adds China’s UnionPay to Apple App Store

Apple has announced that users in China can now use that country’s popular UnionPay bank network to make purchases in Apple’s App Store. The company struck a deal with China UnionPay that will allow users to connect their Apple ID to one of UnionPay’s debit or credit cards for much faster purchases from there phones.

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Amazon App Store triples in a year, houses 2,40,000 apps

Amazon has revealed some numbers about its app store just a day before its possible 3D smartphone launch. The company said that it has nearly tripled the number of apps in its app store which now boasts of 2,40,000 apps. Amazon stated that the app store is available in 200 countries.

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Apple App Store gets new ‘Browse by Category’ section for Apps

Apple has made app browsing simplified by adding ‘Browse by Category’ section to both the desktop and iOS App Store. The introduction of this section enables users to easily click on a certain category. Prior to this, users had to ad to select their chosen category from a drop-down list in the top-left of the App Store .

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Apple drops the ban hammer on apps that reward IAPs for social sharing, video views

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In a move that should’ve been implemented a long time back, Apple has started banning applications that reward users for incessant sharing on social channels. Applications that unlock in-game/app achievements for watching videos will also suffer the same fate. Several high profile games like Candy Crush are now in violation of Apple’s new rules and might have to undergo significant retooling. Continue reading “Apple drops the ban hammer on apps that reward IAPs for social sharing, video views”

Pebble’s app store lands on iOS with over 1000 apps, Android gets a developer beta

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Pebble, the company responsible for the uber popular Smartwatch that goes by the same name, recently unveiled its new hardware, the Pebble Steel Smartwatch and along with it came the announcement of the first ever app store for Smartwatches. Yes, Pebble has its own app store now, consisting of a whole lot of Watchfaces and native apps that work standalone, like mini games or work with the phone over Bluetooth and can even access the internet now. One of the many changes that Pebble did with its ecosystem was opening a mature version of its SDK to many developers, making it easier to program for the Smartwatch. We think the app store is a natural progression of that announcement. The store resides inside Pebble’s own smartwatch app in iOS as well as Android, but the latter is only available for developers and is in beta, with consumer availability stated as coming soon.

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Yahoo’s beautiful News Digest app for iOS is Summly, enhanced!

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Yahoo’s mission for today’s CES 2014 keynote was literally this – simplifying daily habits. One of them, according to Marissa Mayer, CEO, was daily news and the way we consume it. It’s a total information overload, with multiple news sources reporting the same news, according to Yahoo, so to fix that, they have announced a new app for the iPhone, called the Yahoo News Digest. This is basically the result of the Summly acquisition that happened during March last year, because the resulting app is striking and beautiful, very much like Summly, the very unique news summarizing app that was. Nick, Summly’s founder who got acquired by Yahoo in the process, demoed the new app, based on the same principles of news collection and short summaries that made Summly popular, but this takes that concept further.

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Tomb Raider I comes to mobile, play the Lara Croft adventure on iOS for 0.99$

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Tomb Raider, the highly acclaimed adventure video game franchise featuring the popular fictional character – Lara Croft as the protagonist, is now available on mobile, starting with the first and original Tomb Raider game. It is available for 0.99$ on the New Zealand iOS app store, with a universal binary for both iPhone and iPad and we hope to see it roll out to other countries real soon. The adventure game, where you play as Lara Croft, was initially seen as an adaption of the famous Indiana Jones movie franchise, but with a feminine twist. The original game features puzzles that need to be solved, creatures that need to be fought to ultimately attain a mysterious and powerful artefact. The game is controlled by virtual sticks and buttons, bringing back controls from the mid 90s, the time at which it released on the Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn and the PC.

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