Is Microsoft Office for iOS Behind The Apple/Microsoft App Battle?

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Yesterday we covered that Microsoft was having trouble getting its SkyDrive app approved by Apple, as Microsoft didn't want to give Apple a 30% cut of subscriptions. However, it looks like there might be more going on there than just SkyDrive. According to a report from AllThingsD, the real battle is over Microsoft Office for iOS. … [Read more...]

Is $30 Too Much For To Pay For Final Fantasy Dimensions?

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The world of iOS apps has generally been a race to the bottom. The vast majority of titles are sold for $0.99 or free, and then you end up paying through the nose through in-app purchases. The lack of full costs titles in the App Store means that when someone comes along with the temerity to ask for a large amount of money, you have to question how it's worth it. … [Read more...]

Tales Of The App Store: Jailbreak Only Display Recorder Now In App Store

It's very rare for apps that previously only existed in Cydia to transition to the legitimate world of iOS, which is what makes the recent arrival of Display Recorder so interesting. This newly released app shares its name and functionality  with a popular program in the world of the jailbroken — and apparently allows you to record audio and video feed direction from your iPhone's screen. This feed can then be saved locally or sent to YouTube. … [Read more...]

HD iPad Apps To Run Afoul Of Apple’s 20MB Limit?

If you've ever downloaded an application over a 3G connection, you're probably aware that Apple limits you to 20-megabyte files and smaller — which doubtless stops you from rampantly passing your data limit. But with the iPad 3/iPad HD set to launch next week, will apps with big new graphics be able to stay under this limit? As reported by TNW, iPad apps that want to upgrade to take advantage of the new retina display are having to bundle in graphics which are four-times the size of the originals — and this bumps up file size, too.The real problem is when you have universal apps, which run on both iPhones and iPads, which now need both retina and non-retina versions for both. TNW talked to bjango, and for their app Consume, here are the … [Read more...]

Apple And Other Tech Giants Agree On New App Privacy Rules

Amazon.com, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and RIM have all agreed to a new policy governing app privacy in the wake of the Path debacle. California’s attorney general, Kamala D. Harris announced the agreement, which primarily forces applications to have a stated privacy policy. Presently, just about no apps prompt you with a privacy policy, telling you what data they plan to take from you, and what they intend to do with it — which the rule aims to remedy."Your personal privacy should not be the cost of using mobile apps, but all too often it is," said Attorney General Harris. "By ensuring that mobile apps have privacy policies, we create more transparency and give mobile users more informed control over who accesses their … [Read more...]

Apple Pulls Match.com App For Pulling Fast One, Bypassing In-App Purchases

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Match.com, the website for singles to meet that special someone online, has had their iOS application pulled for the App Store according to TechCrunch. It seems the app violated Apple's policy of bypassing the in-app purchasing system, in favor of a subscription link to their website.“Apps can read or play approved content that is subscribed to or purchased outside of the app, as long as there is no button or external link in the app to purchase the approved content.” The app was using a link that allowed singles ready to mingle to subscribe through their website and not that app, which would have allowed for Apple receiving 30% off the top. In order to get another chance at love from Apple's App Store, the company will have to … [Read more...]

Why Does Apple Censor The App Store?

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Apple will censor the bejeezus out of everything in the app store. Sometimes, this is seen as okay (racism, hate speech, etc), and sometimes it really isn't (classic literature, modern literature, political discontent), but what it boils down to is that this is Apple's ecosystem, and as much as you may or may not like it, they have complete control over the situation. Then why is it that content that would never pass muster in the App Store is freely available for download in other parts of iTunes? Warning, racy language ahead... … [Read more...]