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Apple to ban apps from asking you to review them

Apple has changed its App Store rules to ban apps from pressuring you to review them. Products which display their own pop-up boxes asking you for ratings or reviews will no longer be accepted on Apple's platform. It is offering an official API instead.

iOS app developer earnings pass $70 billion mark

Apple has announced that developers have now earned over $70 billion from selling products through its iOS App Store. Mere days before it's due to host its 2017 developers conference, the company announced that downloads increased significantly last year.

Google Play Store turns five years old

The Google Play Store is five years old today, having evolved from the app-only Android Market to a sprawling digital store frequented by one billion people in 200 countries worldwide. Google celebrated by rounding up the most successful media so far.

Apple mysteriously blocks app that helps you find lost AirPods

Apple has removed a new iOS app that helped solve one of the biggest problems with the company's new AirPods wireless earphones. "Finder for AirPods" could guide users towards the accessories if lost but Apple has taken offence to the innocuous app.

Holiday season pushes Apple's App Store to record highs

Apple customers "shattered records" over the holiday season through their App Store purchases, Apple announced today. New Year's Day was the App Store's busiest single day ever, with over $240 million of purchases made by users.

Apple reveals the most popular apps, games and movies of 2016

Apple has announced its "Best of 2016" lists covering content available from the App Store and iTunes. The company has detailed the most popular and best-selling apps, music, movies, TV, books and podcasts to reveal the most successful content in 2016.

Microsoft removes 90,000 apps from the Windows Store

Microsoft has removed over 90,000 apps from the Windows Store, according to reports today. It follows warnings to developers about updating their apps' age ratings. Apparently, many publishers have not paid attention and have had their products withdrawn.

Facebook Paper is closing down

Facebook has announced it is closing down its news-reading app Paper. The app failed to emulate the success of news aggregators like Flipboard and will be closed down next month two years after its launch. The app has already been pulled from iOS.

Spotify accuses Apple of using App Store 'weapon' to block update

Apple recently rejected an update to Spotify's iOS app, refusing to approve the new version and preventing it getting to users. Spotify now alleges Apple made the move to stifle competition and hurt its business, increasing the growth of Apple Music.

Apple all set to bring adverts to the App Store

Apple has announced that app developers will soon be able to pay to get their product promoted in the App Store's search results, confirming previous rumours. It said it is making the controversial change to help developers engage with more users.

Ads are coming to the iPhone App Store

Ads are coming to Apple's App Store for iPhones and iPads, the company announced on Wednesday. Soon, paid search ads will show up when users search for a new app.

Apple's App Store takes a day off as search feature falls apart

Apple users are reporting widespread problems with the App Store today that are hiding search results for popular apps. Trying to find the official app for major brands does not display the correct results. Apple has confirmed the problem.

Apple may let developers pay for better App Store search rankings

Apple may be planning to radically change the way apps are promoted in the App Store. The company is said to be investigating how it could offer paid search result placements to developers, giving app creators more exposure in exchange for cash.

BlackBerry slams Facebook for discontinuing mobile app

Facebook is discontinuing its mobile app for BlackBerry users, taking many of the strong Facebook integration features of the BlackBerry 10 software with it. The move puts another nail in the coffin for BlackBerry's proprietary OS as it moves to Android.

Emergency Android update fixes critical exploit bug

Google has rushed out a critical Android security update that fixes a bug that could allow attackers to compromise a phone using a malicious app in the Google Play Store. The fix will not be available on the majority of Android handsets though.

Controversial 'Yelp for people' app Peeple launches on iPhone

Peeple, the highly criticized app that encourages people to rank each other in a similar way to a restaurant or location review, has launched on iOS. The app branded "Yelp for people" has undergone some changes since it first appeared online.

Microsoft scraps its plan to make Android apps work on Windows

Microsoft has officially announced that its ambitious quest to get Android apps running on Windows has failed and development has been discontinued. The project is believed to have run into issues months ago, possibly including legal problems.

Mac App Store sees another glitch, developers furious

Some Mac applications wouldn't open for users this week, and developers who publish software on Apple's Mac App Store were upset about the issue, which they saw as yet another sign that Apple does not prioritize the platform.

Windows 10's app store is so broken that developers are quitting

Microsoft's Windows Store has a major problem and recently it's become so serious that developers are threatening to quit the platform entirely. As the company calls on app creators to write for Windows 10, it is refusing to acknowledge the issue.

Apple's App Store made $1.1 billion in the past two weeks

Apple has announced its App Store experienced a "record-breaking" holiday in which customers spent over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases in just two weeks. $144 million was spent on January 1 alone, breaking records for traffic and purchases.

Apple's list of the top 25 iOS apps of 2015 has something for all

Apple has released its list of the top 25 iOS apps this year, shortly after Google detailed its favourite Android apps. Ranging from favourite social networks and photography tools to productivity helpers, Apple has also picked something for everyone.

Apple claims the iPhone 6S is 'ridiculously powerful' in new ads

iPhone users have voiced their irritation at Apple's placement of advertising for the new iPhone 6S in the App Store. Believed to be a first for the company, the ads attempt to persuade owners of older models to upgrade to the "ridiculously powerful" 6S.

Apple blacklists hundreds of apps that stole personal user data

Apple has pulled hundreds of iOS apps from the store after a third party report found they were accessing users' personal details including their email address. The issue has thrown Apple's usually stringent app review process into doubt.

Rumours: Google apps may finally be coming to Windows 10

The lack of quality first-party apps in the Windows ecosystem is a well-known issue when buying into Microsoft products. For years, the absence of official apps for any of Google's services has been especially conspicuous, although that may soon change.

Op-Ed: iOS 9 ad-blocking one week on: Developer pulls app from sale

Last week, Apple opened the gates to ad blockers on iOS. Since then, the new genre of apps has dominated App Store charts but also created waves of controversy. One developer has withdrawn his app from sale, describing the situation as a "kind of war."

App Store security breached as malware found buried inside apps

In what is thought to be a first for the platform, Apple has confirmed its usually secure App Store has been subjected to a large-scale malware distribution effort affecting several major apps used by hundreds of millions of people.

A day after iOS 9 goes live, ad blockers claim App Store charts

With iOS 9, Apple is allowing iPhone and iPad users to install ad blockers for the first time. In a clear indication of the demand for these products, the genre has risen to the very top of the App Store charts just two days after iOS 9's launch.

Android is finally beating Apple in this one key metric

The iPhone is widely considered the "rich man's phone," but Android is finally beating Apple in one key metric — revenue.

Snapchat introduces 'Discover' in new update

Snapchat released a new update Tuesday which included the new Discover feature, which allows content creators to share information through stories on the Snapchat platform.

Google Play quietly adds 'People' section

It appears as if Google is attempting to socialize the app shopping experience by displaying recommendations from friends through their Google+ social networking service.
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