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    For Apple the iOS App Store is undoubtedly one of its most important business units. Not many remember that, in the origins of the iPhone, Steve Jobs did not bet on apps, but on online services. The surprise to see the volume of demand for software was capital in Cupertino where, however, they took very good notice and deployed their application store, in one of the great milestones in the history of smartphones. Since then, the app store has not stopped reporting huge profits to Apple, thanks to its so popular 30% commission on all sales made through it. A commission that, however, has also served to put public opinion against the company. From the litigation with Epic Games to its tight control over sales outside the app, through the strict and sometimes opaque controls that determine whether an app enters the store or not, not to forget the claims about the advantageous conditions for the company’s services versus those of third parties. The app store, along with in-app purchases are big business for Apple, but also one of your...
    In this article AAPL AMZN The Amazon shopping app in the Google Play Store on an Android smartphone.Christoph Dernbach | picture alliance | Getty ImagesApple has removed Fakespot, a well-known app for detecting fake product reviews, from its App Store after Amazon complained the app provided misleading information and potential security risks. Fakespot's app works by analyzing the credibility of an Amazon listing's reviews and gives it a grade of A through F. It then provides shoppers with recommendations for products with high customer satisfaction. Amazon said it reported Fakespot to Apple for investigation after it grew concerned that a redesigned version of the app confused consumers by displaying Amazon's website in the app with Fakespot code and content overlaid on top of it. Amazon said it doesn't allow applications to do this. An Amazon spokesperson claimed, "The app in question provides customers with misleading information about our sellers and their products, harms our sellers' businesses, and creates potential security risks." By Friday afternoon, following a review from Apple, the app was no longer available on the App Store....
    Nearly two per cent of the 1,000 highest grossing apps on Apple's App Store are scams, new analysis has found. The offending apps have conned customers out of an estimated $48 million (£34 million), according to market research firm Appfigures, and Apple profits from them because it takes up to 30 per cent commission on App Store transactions.  Last month the US tech giant revealed it had rejected or removed more than one million malicious apps from its App Store and stopped more than $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions in 2020. Scroll down for video Scamming apps: The 18 apps listed above have tricked Apple customers out of almost $30 million (£21m), according to market research firm AppfiguresApple's £1.5 billion legal battle: What is the claim and why is it being brought?Apple is facing a £1.5 billion legal battle over accusations it has 'overcharged' millions of UK customers for apps in its App Store. The claim applies to the most popular apps on iPhones and iPads, such as Fortnite, YouTube and Tinder, which require payment at point of download,...
    Apple will face a lawsuit from Epic Games for its policies in the App Store on May 3. But if they benefit from this trial, the complaints for the same reason could continue. And it is that, at the same time, a group of legislators from Arizona is preparing a bill to allow application developers to use third-party payment options. The App Store, as we know it, would be in danger Apple has its lawyers working to prevent the passage of HB2005. HB2005 is an amendment to a 2005 Arizona bill, designed to allow app developers to use third-party payment options to avoid the 15 to 30 percent cut from Apple and Google, you get for in-app purchases and in-app payments. Apple defends App Store fees, now in Arizona The project has been promoted by legislator Regina Cobb, after hearing from lobbyist Ryan O’Daniel, who represents the Coalition for Fair Applications. The Coalition for App Fairness was formed in September 2020 and its members include Epic Games, Spotify, Tile, Basecamp, Blix and other developers who have had disagreements with Apple....
    Accessibility is one of the goals that Apple strives to constantly improve in its products and services. And now also in their physical stores. According to a statement released by the company, from now on, users will be able to request the sign language interpreter service in the Apple Store, in advance. Apple Store Apple now offers pre-programmed support for sign language interpreters at hundreds of its retail stores in nearly a dozen countries. The service is provided to clients by appointment at no cost. Apple Stores offer a new service to their users To request this service, lCustomers can visit their local Apple Store website and request a sign language interpreter on your next visit to the store. The request link will send an email to the store and Apple will follow up to complete the request. Sign language interpreter services are currently available by appointment at Apple Stores in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium and Austria. Previously, Apple has demonstrated its commitment to becoming a leader in accessibility for these users. In various...
    Sony Playstation 5 : Epic Games has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple in the European Union, specifically in the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission, accusing the company responsible for iOS of completely eliminating competition from the processes of distribution and payment of applications on their mobile devices through a series of actions and blocks in the App Store, your digital app store. It has done just a month after it was known that it has also taken legal action against Apple and Google in the United Kingdom, although this time the person responsible for Android does not appear in the complaint. Tim Sweeney’s company accuses Apple of carrying out “a series of carefully designed anti-competitive restrictions” with which “it has not only harmed, but has completely eliminated competition in the application distribution and payment processes.” Epic Games ensures that “Apple uses its control of the iOS ecosystem to benefit itself while blocking competitors” and considers that “his conduct is an abuse of a dominant position and a violation of the competition law of the European...
    Apple and its App Store are under investigation by various administrations for alleged monopolistic practices when not offer an alternative to the App Store to install software on iOS, and for forcing developers to use their payment platform. This is something that has caused important news, as in the case of Apple and Epic that ended Fortnite out of the App Store. The App Store, as we know it, would be in danger Epic implemented its own payment system in Fortnite bypassing Apple’s, something that caused the app to violate the terms of the App Store and end up outside the store. Apple charges 30% for each transaction, and that is something that many do not see fair. Now the North Dakota Senate has introduced a new bill this week that eIt would allow Apple, and Google, to force developers to use their respective app stores and your own payment methods. A law that would force an alternative to the App Store, or that it would change drastically This bill focuses on “digital application distribution platforms”, so, in theory, the...
    According to CNBC’s analysis, Apple’s App Store made $64 billion in revenue in 2020, which is a 28 percent increase from the estimated $50 billion it made in 2019. This represents a good amount of growth for the App Store since the estimated increase between 2018 and 2019 was only 3.1 percent. It’s hard to tell the exact reason for the spike in growth, but it likely had something to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. I can say from personal experience that I bought quite a few more games in 2020 than I have in years past, as well as subscriptions to fitness and productivity apps to try to regain some control of my life during quarantine. When Apple reports on its financials, it lumps the money it makes from the App Store in with its services revenue, which is by far its fastest-growing category. The company takes a 30 percent cut of most of the money coming in to the App Store, which, while there are caveats and exceptions, represents billions of dollars of revenue. Apple typically...
    San Francisco (CNN Business)The new iPhone hits shelves on Friday, and that usually means fans lining up outside Apple Stores around the world.But like almost everything else in 2020, iPhone launch day is going to look different this year. Apple's retail operations have taken a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, and although the company says almost all its stores around the world have reopened, crowding around and inside stores is still risky. The process to acquire Apple's latest device in person, as a result, is more complicated this year. If you are looking to get your hands on the new smartphone as soon as possible, here are your options.Go to the Apple StoreRead MoreLining up is still a possibility at some Apple (AAPL) stores, though many are now closed to walk-ins because of pandemic restrictions. US-based customers can check here for the status of their local store. iPhone 12 review: Upgrade for the camera, not 5GFor the die-hard fans who want to walk over and line up — six feet apart — outside the store, the company says it will...
    They released a free browser app called Stadium, which you can download directly from the App Store. Once you enter a few settings and authenticate the browser with your Google account, the app brings up the Stadia landing page whenever you open it. Knox wrote that the app doesn’t have ads or tracking code. Another user named /u/GrayBayPlay laid the groundwork to use an external controller in a full-screen iOS browser app. As such, you can play Stadia games on your iPhone with an Xbox One controller or Sony’s DualShock 4. Based on some limited testing, Stadium works well enough. I played a multiplayer mission in Marvel’s Avengers and it ran smoothly with no noticeable controller lag. Downloading the app from the App Store means you sidestep some of the fiddlier aspects of other Stadia workarounds. There’s a chance that Apple could pull Stadium from the App Store. However, the app isn’t explicitly designed to use Stadia — the App Store listing doesn’t mention the service at all. It’s not clear if or when Stadia and xCloud will arrive on...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)It's been 20 years since Apple entered India. Now the company is finally starting to sell directly to customers. Apple (AAPL) launched its online store in the country Wednesday, marking a critical milestone in its plans for one of the world's biggest economies. The iPhone maker also wants to open its first physical store there next year.For years, Apple and other foreign retailers were restricted from setting up shop in India unless they sourced at least 30% of raw materials locally, forcing the California giant to rely on third-party resellers. That changed last year when the Indian government relaxed some investment rules."It's been a long road," said Rushabh Doshi, a research manager for Canalys based in Bangalore. "Apple has been wanting to do this in the past, but regulation had not allowed it."The company's new e-commerce platform now lets shoppers customize their own Macs online — something Apple had not been able to offer directly in India before, according to Doshi — while giving them a more localized experience, such as the option to engrave their AirPods...
    @ijustine thanks to you i learned that the apple watch size guide is not accurate at all! hahaha. went to the store to try it on and turns out i ordered mine two sizes too big. so now i just have the correct band and have to wait another month for my watch to come????lol pic.twitter.com/BN6R8goKMe — mike (@mike_aktas) September 21, 2020 Some users say they were able to get a different size band at an Apple retail store, but it’s not clear if all stores are offering Solo Loop trades. Even if they are, given the pandemic, it’s hard to walk into a story to try on or exchange a Solo band. This probably wasn’t the best time for Apple to introduce a Watch band that really needs to be tried on. When we tested the Apple Watch SE, which also comes with the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop, we found that the silicon Loop is thinner and less comfortable than the classic Sport Band. The $99 Braided Solo Loop does have a good...
    Apple is opening its first-ever floating Apple store September 10 in Singapore’s Marina Bay.  The company released new photos of the interior, which includes rows of trees, streaming sunlight and an underwater boardroom. When the sun is out, the massive globe’s 114 glass panels will offer 360-degree panoramic views of the Singapore skyline and iconic waterfront. At night, the company’s ‘most ambitious retail project’ will gently glow in a nod to the traditional paper lanterns carried by participants in the Mid-Autumn Festival. Scroll down for videos  Apple is opening its first-ever floating Apple store September 10 in Singapore’s Marina Bay. The company released new photos of the interior, which includes rows of trees, streaming sunlight and an underwater boardroom  A narrow slit at the top, called an oculus, allows natural sunlight in and, from above, gives the appearance of a glass iris. The oculus was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, the company said in a release. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Apple unveils plans for FLOATING store in waters of... Gravity-defying glass...
    Major US news publishers have joined the list of companies and app developers criticizing Apple’s App Store terms as unfair and potentially anti-competitive. The digital media trade association Digital Content Next — which includes newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post and numerous magazines, broadcasters, and websites (Vox Media, parent company of The News Brig, is also a member) — sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday. The letter asks the Apple chief executive what would be necessary to negotiate a deal similar to the one it granted Amazon in 2016 for its Prime video app. News of the letter was first reported today by The Wall Street Journal. “We would like to know what conditions our members — high quality digital content companies — would need to meet in order to qualify for the arrangement Amazon is receiving for its Amazon Prime Video app in the Apple App Store,” the letter, penned by Digital Content Next CEO Jason Kint, reads. That deal, revealed as part of a House antirust hearing that...
    Apple has responded to Epic Games’ latest salvo in the ongoing dispute between the two companies. Epic had said that Apple is threatening to revoke its access to iOS and Mac developer tools by removing it from the Apple Developer Program unless it cuts a rule-violating payment processing option that it snuck into Fortnite. “We very much want to keep the company as part of the Apple Developer Program and their apps on the Store,” Apple says in a statement to The News Brig. “The problem Epic has created for itself is one that can easily be remedied if they submit an update of their app that reverts it to comply with the guidelines they agreed to and which apply to all developers.” Here’s the full statement: The App Store is designed to be a safe and trusted place for users and a great business opportunity for all developers. Epic has been one of the most successful developers on the App Store, growing into a multibillion dollar business that reaches millions of iOS customers around the world. We very much...
    Apple and Epic Games’ tiff over Fortnite’s in-game currency culminated in the removal of Fortnite from the App Store on Thursday, making it probably the biggest game ever to get Apple’s boot. But it’s really just one more case of a game or a gaming app running into problems with Apple and its control over everything in the App Store’s walled garden of 1.5 billion customers. In more than a decade of operation, the App Store for iPhones, iPads, and Macs has disallowed or removed several popular games for questionable reasons or vague infractions. Epic Games’ kind of fight is in a different class, joining scrapes major players like Google, Microsoft, and Valve Corp. have had when their apps launched, or tried to launch, in the iOS ecosystem. Image: Microsoft Project xCloud You don’t have to go back very far to find Apple’s most recent problem with a major company’s gaming app. Project xCloud, Microsoft’s service that allows Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to play their games on mobile devices, will...
    The investigation into the dominance of technology companies has not given Apple a truce, which is being investigated mainly on its policies on control and rates on the App Store. After a controversial hearing in which company CEO Tim Cook spoke on behalf of the company and the subsequent accusations from apps like Telegram, this chapter has many more arguments before it ends. As part of the same investigation, A series of emails have come to light revealing why users can’t buy Kindle books on iOS. The information shared by appleinsider, evidences the discussions that led to restrictions on the purchase of digital books from third-party platforms such as Amazon, from Apple devices. Apple continues to respond to its policies on the App Store The mails show communication between then Apple CEO Steve Jobs and several Apple executives about a commercial featuring the Amazon Kindle’s cross-platform capabilities. In the first of the emails, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and App Store Phil Schiller wrote to Jobs: “While the main message is that there are Kindle applications on many mobile...
    A few days ago, Telegram co-founder and CEO Pavel Durov published an open letter concerning Apple’s “30 percent tax on apps.” That includes a claim that running the app store does not cost what Apple generates in revenue, and that app store fees did not exist in the PC era. Durov added that companies also cannot simply build apps for Android instead, thanks to the sheer size of iOS’ install base. It’s not clear if these arguments, which broadly amount to saying that Apple has too much money, and is too popular, will carry weight with the EU. After all, if Margrethe Vestager is going to build a case, she needs to prove that what Apple is doing is stifling competition and harming users. But even if Telegram’s argument is weak, it’s clear that every developer with an axe to grind against Apple is going to use this as an opportunity.
    Melanie McFarland July 15, 2020 10:00PM (UTC) Managing one's own expectations may be one of the most crucial sanity measures each of us can adopt right now.  Keep hope alive, certainly.  Just don't make your entertainment aspirations many times larger than the rooms in which you're quarantined. That sounds glum, I realize, but trust me – being awake is enough of a perturbance these days. Set the bar for your expectations low, and you'll clear it nearly every time. Case in point: "Brave New World," the flagship original series launching with Peacock, is only as good as a person can rightly expect of a series that was supposed to debut on Syfy before flying over NBC Universal's newly launched, sort of free streaming service. Asking it to live up to the legend of its source, that high school reading syllabus staple authored by Aldous Huxley, isn't quite fair. : Neither is hammering on how poorly it may compare to the better rendered versions of technological dystopias seen in, say, Netflix's "Black Mirror," an anthology series often referred to as the bar-setter for all contemporary glimpses...
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