Tag: InappPurchases

The power of free-to-play app pricing

"Free-to-play." For mobile gamers, those simple three words (often abbreviated as FTP) have a host of different meanings. For optimists, it means people can play high-quality games with little or no financial investment of their own. For others, it's a game-crippling inconvenience that ends up gett...

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Study: freemium gamers say in-app purchases are worth it

In-app purchases (IAPs) have gotten a lot of bad press over the past year. It seems like it's every other week you'll see an article saying that some kid racked up US$20,000 in IAP's on his parents' account and now those parents want Apple to pay for it. But a new study has been released that shin...

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Apple notifies iTunes users of In App Purchase settlement

Today I woke to an email from Apple's "In-App Purchase Litigation Administrator." The email informs iTunes account holders who've had a minor make an unapproved in-app purchase (IAP) that they may be eligible for iTunes store credit or a cash refund. According to the terms of the class action law...

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Dear parents, it's not Apple's In-App Purchase problem, it's yours

Dear parents, Week after week we see articles about someone's child racking up thousands of dollars' worth of In-App purchases on their parents' iTunes account. You know the stories. They're ones like this: Five-year-old spends $2,500 on in-app purchases. And this: Apple's in-app game charges...

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Russian hacker circumvents iOS in-app purchases

This is why we can't have nice things. A Russian hacker who goes by ZonD80 has published a way to (using his servers) bypass the actual App Store's in-app purchasing servers and unlock content without having to pay. While slightly clever, this is bad for a few reasons. First, you're stealing....

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NimbleBit: Over half a million playing Pocket Frogs, "3-4%" buying in-app purchases

I've been playing NimbleBit's freemium Pocket Frogs game since it was released last week, and apparently I'm not the only one -- Ian Marsh tells TUAW that the game has been downloaded by half a million people so far. The company is also seeing 200K daily active users, and while Marsh couldn't share ...

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Mail Notifier subscription service for the iPhone

When Apple introduced ActiveSync and Push email support for iPhone email, there were two reactions: 1) "Yay!" and 2) "What's this going to mean for battery life?" Any sort of "push" technology will reduce the battery life, but it is a trade-off many people are willing to make, especially when it com...

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MLB At Bat adds in-app purchases

It's no secret that one of my favorite iPhone apps is Major League Baseball's At Bat [iTunes link]. Last season it provided real-time statistics and video clips from games across the league. This season, it added live video streaming of full games as well as Game Day audio. At first the video stream...

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New terms and conditions for iTunes Store now online

You'll probably see these as soon as you try to update an app or make a new purchase (along with a "This content may not be appropriate for children under 17" warning for some apps). We haven't gone through all the new terms with a fine-tooth comb yet, but it is important to note the following: it...

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