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Apple's 50 billionth app contest winner saved up five app purchases

Brandon Ashmore, a 21-year-old from Mentor, Ohio, has a lot to smile about as the winner of a US$10,000 gift card from Apple for being the person who downloaded the 50 billionth app from the App Store. Ashmore told NewsChannel5 in Cleveland that he...

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App Store hits 50 billion apps downloaded

Shortly before 5 PM ET, Apple officially hit the 50 billion-app mark on the App Store. The grand prize for achieving this is a US$10,000 gift card redeemable on the App Store and $500 App Store gift cards to the next 50 customers following that....

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Apple posts 'Learn more about in-app purchases' in iTunes

Apple has been steadily beefing up its in-app purchasing policy to prevent children and adults from inadvertently buying items from within an app. As spotted by App Advice, Apple recently added a new disclaimer about in-app purchases to its App...

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Apple to pay Chinese authors $118,000 for violating copyrights

As reported by China Daily, a Beijing court has ordered Apple to pay three Chinese authors US$118,000 in damages for selling their books without prior consent through apps available on its App Store. The lawsuit was filed against Apple by the...

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Creative uses for App Store icons: Ransom Apps and App Icon Quiz

Brian Stucki is the developer behind MacMiniColo (the Mac mini colocation outfit in Las Vegas), and he recently sent us a fun project he's hosting called "Ransom Apps." It's just a silly little web app, but the idea is that you enter a phrase of...

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Google Play catching up with iOS App Store in volume, trails in revenue

The App Annie Index market report for the first quarter of 2013 is out, showing some fascinating trends. While the Android-centric Google Play app store is seeing continued growth in download volume, the iOS App Store dominates revenues, earning...

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AppGratis document shows disconnect between statement and promotion

Today's edition of "How the AppGratis Turns" finds Business Insider reporting on a "leaked document" showing that the company supplies developers with estimates on where their app will land in the App Store rankings based on how much they're...

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AppGratis CEO: 'Apple has not returned any of our calls'

There's yet another update in the AppGratis saga. Earlier this week, the app-discovery and deals app was yanked from the App Store for violations of Apple's iOS developer guidelines. Several statements from Apple representatives have been posted...

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Apple could face 'legal undertakings' in UK over in-app purchases

Remember the UK police officer who reported his son to authorities for fraud after the 13-year-old ran up a US$5,600 bill for in-app purchases on the iOS App Store? That kind of unexpected consumer cost has thrown the UK Office of Fair Trading...

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AppGratis CEO speaks out about app being pulled from App Store

One of the big stories yesterday was about the AppGratis app discovery and deals app being pulled from the App Store. As the story developed, there was confusion about what exactly caused Apple to yank the popular app (it has over 12 million users)...

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Detailed look at pricing an app for the Mac App Store

Apple developer Michael Jurewitz took a detailed look at Mac App Store pricing in a five-part series on his Jury.me blog. It's a thorough exploration of the dynamics of App Store pricing that touches upon revenue maximization, demand curves and...

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Five-year-old spends $2,500 on in-app purchases

The next time you let your child play with your iPad or iPhone, you might want to pay attention to what he or she is up to. The BBC ran a story today about 5-year-old Danny Kitchen of Bristol, England, who ran up a £1,700 (about US$2,500)...

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Consumer spending on mobile games tops that for portable consoles

The market for dedicated portable game consoles from Nintendo and Sony appears to be shrinking due to competition from iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. Data from IDC and App Annie shows that fourth-quarter 2012 consumer spending on game...

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Wait times for App Store approvals reportedly rising

A developer training firm named Shiny Development has been tracking waiting times for the App Store review process as closely as it can, and it has bad news for would-be app developers: The waiting times for the Mac App Store are growing longer....

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App search engine Chomp shuts down, but is Apple cracking down on app discovery apps?

This should come as no surprise to anyone following the saga of Chomp, the app search engine Apple acquired some time ago. It has now ceased operations as an independent app. Apple appears to have integrated Chomp's technology in the latest...

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Amazon rejects Apple's false advertising claim in App Store suit

Amazon.com has filed a statement in Apple's ongoing claim against the online retail giant, saying that the generic use of the term "app store" is not a violation of Apple's "App Store" trademark. Amazon also asked for judgment regarding the...

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