U.S. iTunes Store Experiencing Widespread Outages?

Item not available

There are numerous reports on social medai that Apple's iTunes Store is experiencing outages. Users are reporting an error message when trying to access portions of the store. The message reads, "The item you've requested is not currently available in the U.S. store." These messages are typically specific to individual products or apps that have been removed, so it's odd to find this message pushed for entire sections. Apple's System Status reports on various services and outages. As of 2:30PM EST, there is no sign of any issues, despite the reports. Update: Apple has issued a short statement to re/code indicating the issue has been resolved. Have you been able to access the iTunes Store? … [Read more...]

Tales from the App Store: Airfoil Touch Speakers Returns To App Store

Tales from App Store

A few weeks back, Rogue Amoeba had their wildly popular iOS app Airfoil Touch Speakers pulled from the App Store with no clear answer as to why, leaving the developers in a bit of a lurch along with countless users of the app. The application is now once again available in the App Store, but sadly the app can no longer receive audio directly from other iOS devices or iTunes. After submitting an appeal to the App Review Board, they received an apology of sorts saying the entire process was "poorly handled". Despite their handling, the developers were forced to revise the app, removing the feature which helped them gain such positive reviews. There was speculation that perhaps Rogue Amoeba developers had used private API's, but that … [Read more...]

iOS 6 showing up in App Store developer usage logs

iOS 6 logs

Less then a month away from WWDC and what many believe with be the release of iOS 6 beta, there are increasing more leaks surround the update. The latest comes from 9to5Mac who have received a tip from a dev which shows a small number of users of the app running iOS 6. The hits started showing up in late April according to one unnamed developer and continued into last week. One could presume Apple is testing a number of high profile apps for compatibility with iOS 6. Granted many developers will likely need to modify their codebase in some fashion to support the newest version of iOS, but it's not uncommon for testing of this sort to occur before a new beta release. Several sources suggest Apple will use iOS 6 to introduce their own … [Read more...]

Notable App Store Deals on iPhone, iPad Games

App Store Deals

As we head into Christmas and the App Store freeze, a good number of developers are dropping prices on their apps in an effort to move up the charts. It's simply the best time to stock up on apps. Here are some notable price drops. If you come across a good deal on an app, be sure to let us know in the comments. … [Read more...]

everythingiCafe App Version 1.8 Now Available, Updates Abound

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We are pleased to announce that version 1.8 of the everythingiCafe community app is now available in the App Store. It's simply the best and easiest way to access our iPhone forums. Members can post new topics, reply to existing discussions, upload pictures and more.  In addition to the iPhone, it also provides native support for the iPad.  It's completely free and chock full of awesome. New features include the ability to have personal conversations with other members. There are an assortment of UI improvements and the requisite bug fixes. The changelog is as follows: Ability to support Conversations, also known as personal messages. Fixed Mark as Read crash issue. Optimized topic list performance. Fixed image display … [Read more...]

“Groceries” Shopping List for iPhone App Review

Groceries iPhone App Review

Trips to the supermarket are not exactly rife with excitement. For some it’s a torture chamber, while others enjoy browsing the aisles of Frito’s and frozen foods. Regardless of what group you fall into, both share the frustration of arriving home without an item or two or three. Thankfully, there are apps to help you make the most of your shopping trips. One of these apps is appropriately titled “Groceries”. We took it for a spin around the supermarket and our review follows. … [Read more...]

Financial Times Rejects Apple’s App Store Subscription Model

Financial Times iPad

Apple first announced their new App Store subscription service in February. At that time,  Steve Jobs said, "All we require is that, if a publisher is making a subscription offer outside of the app, the same (or better) offer be made inside the app, so that customers can easily subscribe with one-click right in the app." Financial Times appears to be the first publisher not willing to adhere to the policy attached to Apple's App Store subscription model. … [Read more...]

Grim Joggers for iPad, iPhone Review

Grim Joggers

The whole premise behind the game GrimJoggers is bizarre to say the least. You lead a group of 15 joggers as far as possible in attempt to avoid an assortment of brutal deaths by way of spikes, man eating plants, cliffs and more. It's an arcade-style survival game with online leader boards and achievements. The developers describe the game as “jogging becomes Bloodsport”. Anything that includes a reference to Jan Claude Van Damme movies is ok in our book, but is GrimJoggers worth the price of admission. … [Read more...]

WikiLeaks App Pulled [updated]


Apple has pulled the plug on an iOS WikiLeaks app, which allowed you to browse the leaked documents the site is so famous for. According to TechCrunch the $1.99 app is no longer available for download. Without further comment from Apple or the developer, we still don't know why the app was pulled, but there are a number of theories. Everyone is screaming censorship, which may or may not be the truth, but we're trying to figure out if there's at least a veneer of reason behind this. One theory is that since half of the profits the app made were going straight to WikiLeaks, this breaks the iOS rule about gathering money for charity, which isn't allowed. There's also the suggestion that since Apple takes a 30% cut of sales, they would … [Read more...]

Grab VLC While You Can

Get your hands on the VLC app for the iPhone or iPad while you still can, because it might not be there for much longer. One of the primary developers for VLC, Rémi Denis-Courmont, has sent an official notice to Apple claiming that the App Store is guilty of copyright infringement. VLC is distributed under a GPL (GNU General Public License), and the App Store violates this due to DRM use. Denis-Courmont puts the blame solely on the iOS version's developer, saying they knew the risks. "Espoo, Finland - Today, a formal notification of copyright infringement was sent to Apple Inc. regarding distribution of the VLC media player for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. VLC media player is free software licensed solely under the terms of the … [Read more...]