Tag: app store

Apple Music, App Store, iCloud, And Other Services Currently Facing an Outage [Updated]

A number of Apple services are currently experiencing an outage. This includes Apple Music, iCloud, App Store, the developer portal, and more. Apple’s system status page has not been updated to reflect the outage. Apple services are prone to experiencing outages from time to time. It is a shame that this still happens relatively frequently […]

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Cowardly kowtowing to China means Hong Kong blood is on Apple’s hands

It’s easy to sum up one of today’s most pressing geopolitical issues: American companies must choose whether to apply American standards to their foreign operations, or follow foreign standards — no matter how inapposite they be to U.S. employees and customers — when doing business outside U.S. borders. Thanks to its dealings in China, Apple […]

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China Called the App Hong Kongers Use to Avoid Tear Gas ‘Poisonous.’ So Apple Removed It.

Apple has removed an app from its Hong Kong app store that residents used to help avoid tear gas hours, after Chinese officials criticized the company. The company claimed it made the decision to remove the HKMap.live app on Thursday because it was being used to “target and ambush police.” But the makers of the […]

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AltStore Is an Alternative App Store for iPhone Which Doesn’t Need a Jailbreak

Apple’s strict vigil over the iOS ecosystem and the App Store means that there are no third-party alternative App Stores. Using an ingenious method though, developer Riley has come up with an alternative App Store for non-jailbroken iPhones and iPads called AltStore. While there are a few third-party App Stores, they are all low-key in […]

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Analyst: Mario Kart Tour has record-breaking debut for downloads

Mario Kart Tour has already surpassed 10.1 million downloads worldwide, according to data-tracking intelligence firm Apptopia. Nintendo’s latest free-to-play mobile game had a better first day in terms of downloads than Pokémon Go or Clash Royale. This is now Nintendo’s sixth mobile game. Mario Kart Tour is easily the publisher’s biggest launch ever. This early […]

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Indie devs have good reason not to trust Apple — does Arcade change that?

Indie game developers are hungry. Long denied a fair seat at the table by tech giants that own the few mass distribution channels, many indies are looking for better ways to break into the market. The upcoming launch of Apple Arcade is bringing new light to this issue, prompting developers to reexamine their position in […]

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Apple revises algorithm that let it dominate App Store search results

Apple’s App Store has been giving the company’s own apps an embarrassingly large promotional advantage versus third parties, researchers discovered, and key Apple executives say it “wasn’t a mistake.” But as a new report confirms today, the Store’s search algorithm was quietly changed amidst international antitrust investigations, allegedly to help other developers. Back in July, the […]

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Apple claims App Store search rank is based on 42 factors, not self-dealing

Apple hasn’t been shy about offering third-party developers ways to boost their visibility in the iOS App Store — paid advertising placements and Apple-generated “feature” articles — but it insists that it isn’t manipulating its app search results to favor its own apps. Already facing international scrutiny for allegedly monopolistic practices with software developers, Apple […]

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