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Amazon’s Appstore lowers its cut of developer revenue for small businesses, adds AWS credits

Amazon is following in the footsteps of app store giants, Apple and Google, with this week’s introduction of its Amazon Appstore Small Business Accelerator Program. The new program will reduce the commissions Amazon takes on app developer revenues for qualifying smaller businesses. Previously, Amazon’s Appstore took a 30% cut of revenue, including that from in-app purchases. Now, it will take only 20% from developers who earned up to $1 million in the prior calendar year. The program will additi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Apps, Tech, Developers, Aws, App-store, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Appstore, Previously Amazon, AppStore, Palanidaran Chidambaram


Apple's Shazam Music Discovery Service Surpasses 1 Billion Shazams Per Month

Popular Apple-owned music discovery app and service Shazam is celebrating a new milestone today, surpassing more than 1 billion Shazams per month and a total of 50 billion tags since the app was first launched. "Shazam is synonymous with magic," said Oliver Schusser, Apple's vice president of Apple Music and Beats, "both for the fans getting a song recognition almost instantly, and for the artists being discovered. With 1 billion recognitions a month, Shazam is one of the most popular music app...
Tags: Apple, Siri, App Store, Shazam, Control Center, Evangeline, T Rex, Oliver Schusser Apple, Mandopop, Popular Apple


A security bug in Google’s Android app put users’ data at risk

Until recently, Google’s namesake Android app, which more than five billion installs to date, had a vulnerability that could have allowed an attacker to quietly steal personal data from a victim’s device. Sergey Toshin, founder of mobile app security startup Oversecured, said in a blog post that the vulnerability has to do with how the Google app relies on code that is not bundled with the app itself. Many Android apps, including the Google app, reduce their download size and the storage space n...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Security, Apps, Samsung, Tech, Software, Computing, App-store, Operating Systems, Mobile App, Google Allo, Mobile Malware, Mobile Linux, Sergey Toshin


U.S. Antitrust Legislation Would Require Users to Be Able to Delete All Pre-Installed Apple Apps [Updated]

Update: Bloomberg inaccurately interpreted the original comments and has since drastically changed the wording of its article. The original Bloomberg piece said that Apple would be prohibited from pre-installing its own apps on iPhones. The updated Bloomberg article has been rewritten to clarify that the antitrust legislation prohibits Apple from preventing users from removing Apple-created apps on their Apple devices, which is quite different. Under the legislation, users would need to be per...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Bloomberg, United States, Antitrust, App Store, Facetime, U S House, House Judiciary Committee, Apple Amazon Facebook, David Cicilline, Cicilline, Cicilline Preventing Apple, U S Antitrust Legislation Would Require Users


U.S. Antitrust Legislation Would Ban Apple From Pre-Installing Its Own Apps on iPhones

Apple would not be permitted to sell iPhones with its own apps installed under proposed U.S. antitrust legislation that was released last week. Representative David Cicilline confirmed the self-preferencing ban in a discussion with reporters, details of which were shared by Bloomberg. Rather than pre-installed apps, Apple would have to offer other app options for consumers to download. Right now, iPhones come with a range of free Apple-designed apps from Messages and FaceTime to Calendar and ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Bloomberg, United States, Antitrust, App Store, Facetime, U S House, House Judiciary Committee, Apple Amazon Facebook, David Cicilline, Cicilline, U S Antitrust Legislation Would Ban Apple, Cicilline Preventing Apple


Apple CEO Criticizes European Law That Would Break App Store Hold

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he believes a proposed European law known as DMA would "not be in the best interest of users," signaling the iPhone maker's opposition to European legislation that would force it to allow users to install software outside of Apple's App Store. From a report: "I look at the tech regulation that's being discussed, I think there are good parts of it. And I think there are parts of it that are not in the best interests of the user," Cook said on Wednesday through videoco...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Cook, France, Tech, European Union, Tim Cook, App Store, Apple Google, DMA, DSA, Viva Tech


Apple CEO Tim Cook: Sideloading Apps Would 'Destroy the Security' of the iPhone

Apple CEO Tim Cook this morning participated in a virtual interview at the VivaTech conference, which is described as Europe's biggest startup and tech event. Cook was interviewed by Guillaume Lacroix, CEO and founder of Brut, a media company that creates short-form video content. Much of the discussion centered on privacy, as it often does in interviews that Cook participates in. He reiterated once again how important privacy is to Apple.We've been focused on privacy for over a decade. We see ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Europe, Cook, France, Tim Cook, App Store, Steve, Google Apple Facebook, DSA, Guillaume Lacroix


UK’s CMA opens market study into Apple, Google’s mobile “duopoly”

The UK’s competition watchdog will take a deep dive look into Apple and Google’s dominance of the mobile ecosystem, it said today — announcing a market study which will examine the pair’s respective smartphone platforms (iOS and Android); their app stores (App Store and Play Store); and web browsers (Safari and Chrome).  The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned that the mobile platform giants’ “effective duopoly” in those areas  might be harming consumers, it added. The study w...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, Mobile, Facebook, Europe, UK, Germany, Tech, Eu, European Union, Web Browsers, Smartphone, Smartphones


Mobile game spending hits record $1.7B per week in Q1 2021, up 40% from pre-pandemic levels

The Covid-19 pandemic drove increased demand for mobile gaming, as consumers under lockdowns looked to online sources of entertainment, including games. But even as Covid-19 restrictions are easing up, the demand for mobile gaming isn’t slowing. According to a new report from mobile data and analytics provider App Annie in collaboration with IDC, users worldwide downloaded 30% more games in the first quarter of 2021 than in the fourth quarter of 2019, and spent a record-breaking $1.7 billion per...
Tags: Google, Google Play, TC, Gaming, Apps, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Tech, Turkey, United States, Asia Pacific, Xbox, Nintendo, App-store, Mobile Devices, Idc


Everyone you know is a Disney princess, which means AR is queen

This weekend, all of your friends morphed one by one into animated, Pixar-inspired characters. This isn’t a fever dream, and you’re not alone. On Thursday, Snapchat released a Cartoon 3D Style Lens, which uses AR to make you look like a background character from “Frozen.” Naturally, even though TikTok’s own AR cartoon effects aren’t quite as convincing as Snapchat’s, people are turning to TikTok to share videos of themselves as Disney princesses, because of course they are. This isn’t the first ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Apps, Technology, Instagram, Disney, Tech, Snapchat, Software, Canada, United States, Computing, Ar, Augmented Reality, App Store, Pixar


Yana’s mental health tool for Spanish speakers nears 5 million users

Andrea Campos has struggled with depression since she was 8 years old. Over the years, she’s tried all sorts of therapies — from behavioral to pharmacotherapy. In 2017, when Campos was in her early 20s, she learned to program and created a system to help manage her mental health. It started as a personal project but as she talked to more people, Campos realized that many others might benefit from the system as well. So, she then built an application to provide access to mental health tools ...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Mexico, Funding, Social Media, Startup, Tech, Spain, Software


Apple Admits It Ranked Its Files App Ahead of Competitor Dropbox

During the Epic v. Apple trial, an email chain surfaced that reveals Apple seemingly admitted "it manually boosted the ranking of its own Files app ahead of the competition for 11 entire months," reports The Verge. This comes after two monstrous reports by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times showed Apple's App Store clearly and consistently ranking its own apps ahead of competitors. Apple claimed it had done nothing wrong. The Verge reports: "We are removing the manual boost and the s...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Epic, New York Times, App Store, Wall Street Journal, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Naskar, Matt Fischer, Debankur Naskar


Adobe Removing 'Photoshop Mix' and 'Photoshop Fix' From App Store on June 21

After years of neglect, Adobe is removing its free "Photoshop Mix" and "Photoshop Fix" apps from the App Store on June 21, 2021. Adobe made the announcement in an update to its FAQ page for each of the apps. On the pages, Adobe says that both apps will be removed from the App Store on June 21, and advises users who used the apps to switch to using its "Photoshop Express Photo Editor," which requires either a monthly or yearly subscription for deeper photo editing. Photoshop Mix was released ...
Tags: Adobe, App Store


2021 Apple Design Award Winners Include CARROT Weather, Genshin Impact, Bird Alone, Little Orpheus and More

Apple today announced the apps and games that are receiving a 2021 Apple Design Award for outstanding app design, innovation, ingenuity, and technical achievement, with winners including CARROT Weather, Genshin Impact, Alba, Bird Alone, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Little Orpheus, and more. Winners were selected in categories that include Inclusivity, Delight and Fun, Interaction, Social Impact, Visuals and Graphics, and Innovation, with a full list of winning apps available below. Inclusiv...
Tags: Apple, App Store




iOS 15 Allows You to Request Refunds for In-App Purchases Directly Within Apps

One small but useful new feature introduced in iOS 15 is the ability for customers to request refunds for in-app purchases directly within an app, rather than having to use the Report a Problem page on Apple's website. Apple has introduced a new StoreKit API that allows developers to implement a "Request a Refund" option within their apps. Users can tap on this option, select a specific in-app purchase, identify the issue that prompted the refund request, and tap the Request Refund button. On...
Tags: Apple, App Store, iOS 15


Apple’s StoreKit 2 simplifies App Store subscriptions and refunds by making them accessible inside apps

If you’ve ever bought a subscription inside an iOS app and later decided you wanted to cancel, upgrade or downgrade, or ask for a refund, you may have had trouble figuring out how to go about making that request or change. Some people today still believe that they can stop their subscription charges simply by deleting an app from their iPhone. Others may dig around unsuccessfully inside their iPhone’s Settings or on the App Store to try to find out how to ask for a refund. With the updates Apple...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Customer Service, Smartphones, Developers, App Stores, App Store, Api, Subscriptions, Hulu, Apple Id


Microsoft xCloud Game Streaming Service Launching on Safari in a 'Few Weeks'

Microsoft has announced that following beta testing for a small group of users, it plans to launch its xCloud game streaming service on Apple devices via Safari "in the next few weeks." Microsoft has been attempting to launch its game streaming service, which allows users to stream games from the cloud rather than store them locally on the device, on Apple's platforms for some time. Microsoft and Apple got into a heated public argument last year over App Store guidelines that rejected apps su...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Safari, App Store, xCloud


Spotlight gets more powerful in iOS 15, even lets you install apps

With the upcoming release of iOS 15 for Apple mobile devices, Apple’s built-in search feature known as Spotlight will become a lot more functional. In what may be one of its bigger updates since it introduced Siri Suggestions, the new version of Spotlight is becoming an alternative to Google for several key queries, including web images and information about actors, musicians, TV shows and movies. It will also now be able to search across your photo library, deliver richer results for contacts, ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Mobile, Apps, Wikipedia, Siri, Tech, Smartphones, Spotlight, Search Engine, App Store, Imdb, Mobile Devices, Operating Systems


iOS 15: App Store Hides Screenshots of Installed Apps in Search Results to Improve Discoverability

Apple on Monday previewed iOS 15 as the next major update to iOS, and already, despite the new software being in the hands of developers for just a few days, a plethora of hidden features continue to be discovered. One new hidden tweak is a change in behavior in the App Store, where now screenshots for already installed apps are hidden in ‌App Store‌ search results. The new change, spotted on Twitter, will make it easier for users to discover new or currently uninstalled apps on their device...
Tags: App Store, Facetime, iOS 15


Amid controversy, Dispo confirms Series A funding, high-profile advisors, and investors

It’s only been nine months since Dispo rebranded from David’s Disposable. But the vintage-inspired photo sharing app has experienced a whiplash of ups and downs, mostly due to the brand’s original namesake, YouTuber David Dobrik. Like Clubhouse, Dispo was one of this year’s most hyped up new social apps, requiring an invite from an existing member to join. On March 9, when the company said “goodbye waitlist” and opened the app up to any iOS user, Dispo looked poised to be a worthy competitor to ...
Tags: Apps, Japan, Beyonce, Instagram, Sofia Vergara, Germany, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, David, Digital Photography, United States, Computing, Venture Capital, Nba


Apple’s new ShazamKit brings audio recognition to apps, including those on Android

Apple in 2018 closed its $400 million acquisition of music recognition app Shazam. Now, it’s bringing Shazam’s audio recognition capabilities to app developers in the form of the new ShazamKit. The new framework will allow app developers — including those on both Apple platforms and Android — to build apps that can identify music from Shazam’s huge database of songs, or even from their own custom catalog of pre-recorded audio. Many consumers are already familiar with the mobile app Shazam, which...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Android, Mobile, Apps, Music, Media, Tech, App-store, Api, watchOS, Shazam, Artist, Apple Inc, Control Center, AAR


Does Tim Cook Know About Mark Zuckerberg’s Skills With a Spear?

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page is having an extremely normal one, read: Mark’s latest gladiatorial displays to the mighty riff of Audioslave. As you can see, he is capable of firing bow and arrow and throwing a javelin—or a spear of some sort. Also, yesterday he dropped whatever still-intact public pretense might…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Tim Cook, Computing, App Store, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Apple Inc, Mark


Apple's new software features focus on post-pandemic life. Here's what's getting an update.

Apple kicked off its annual WWDC conference for developers with a keynote address showing off its new software features. Apple Hello! This story is from today's edition of Morning Brew, an awesome daily email read by 2.9 million next-generation leaders like you. Sign up here to get it!Wondering why your engineering team stopped responding to you yesterday afternoon? Apple kicked off its annual WWDC conference for developers with a keynote address showing off its new software features. ...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Siri, Silicon Valley, Tsa, App Store, Facetime, Wwdc, Big Tech, Morning Brew, Tech Insider, Alex Hickey


Apple’s new App Store guidelines put scammers and bounty hunters on notice

The rules are clearer now; will the enforcement follow?
Tags: Apple, App Store