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    Twitter hasn't been making enough money for investors. It has struggled to grow its userbase over the past few years, stuck at a rate of a few million per quarter, with gimmick after gimmick to improve the experience. But one of its big strengths has been to deliver and propagate breaking news minutia. The company seems to have realized this and has decided to migrate its app over from the Social Networking category in the iOS App Store to the News category. It doesn't compete with Facebook, Snapchat and Tinder anymore, but it tops its new home being right ahead of Reddit and CNN ...

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    Google and Apple are doubling up on each other, at least according to App Annie. The app data intelligence firm has released data for app downloads and revenue it compiled over the past quarter and it shows some trends continuing on from when we last picked them up.   The good news overall? Both downloads and revenues are on the rise for both platforms, but the Play Store still leads in downloads by 100 percent while the App Store gets 90 percent more revenue. India had the best annual download improvement for Google while on the Apple side, it was China. Meantime, Chinese ...

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    While nowhere near as “active” as their Android-using counterparts in terms of Google Play download figures, owners of iPhones and iPads tend to spend consistently more during their App Store shopping sessions. That’s essentially an immovable truth no one can contest or argue with, its main justification being the popularity of free Android apps and the scarcity of similar iOS titles. But exactly how much do Apple and its sanctioned developers make off each App Store visitor? According to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence based on Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates and ...

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    Let’s be honest, we haven’t exactly been waiting with bated breath for Nintendo to make Miitomo available for mobile downloads. But for better or worse, this is the hugely popular Japanese developer’s first Android and iOS title, so it deserves a bit of attention. Unveiled and ambiguously detailed back in October, the social “go-between” game felt like a fun little experiment meant to pave the way for much more ambitious Nintendo projects off the bat. Nothing less, nothing more. And now that it’s fully fleshed out and up for grabs in the Japanese Google Play and iOS App Store, ...

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    "We are breeding the cow and they are milking it." The first-ever internet adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the country is being taken advantage of by US tech companies and local lawmakers are only letting them get away with it. German Klimenko wants the madness to end. In a 90-minute interview, Klimenko gave a rhetorical performance rivaled only by John Legere's. The adviser ranted in favor of moving government computers off of the pervasive Windows operating system and placing tariffs on US tech companies' products to give Russian products a chance in competing with ...

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    Roses are red, violets are blue, Android has more fans than iOS, but with less money to spend on both hardware and software. Facts of life or exaggerated urban legends? You know, like Apple’s alleged mobile security advantage, disputed in numerous reports of late. Unfortunately for Google, its device-making partners, and especially friendly app developers, the same can’t be said about Cupertino’s edge when it comes to App Store revenue. That one’s no myth, and in fact, iOS titles generate more income overall, despite considerably lagging behind their Android counterparts in terms ...

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    The US Dollar is stronger than ever before, inching closer and closer to parity with the Euro, and while the global financial implications are a little too intricate to discuss on a tech-centric website, gadget enthusiasts will certainly be upset to hear they’re looking at costlier iOS app purchases very soon. Within the next 48 hours or so, App Store prices should be “updated” in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa to better reflect the current conversion rates between local currency and the USD. Expect slightly higher fees charged for both apps ...

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    It comes out of nowhere and looks like a scam: a notification telling you that someone has stolen your Twitter account. It actually came from a new social media app that was a mix of Risk! and Foursquare in which users would "buy" a friend's Twitter account — not the actual account, but in the form of a "trading card" within the app's social sphere — and then be able to "sell" or "trade" it along with making status posts on behalf of that account. Still, Stolen! was an iOS app up until today, when it was taken down its owners, Hey, Inc., at the request of lawmakers and after consumer ...

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    In addition to iPhones, which are single-handedly responsible for a mind-blowing 94 percent of global handheld profits, the rapidly growing Apple Watch, perpetually beloved Macs, and the slow-starting but potential-brimming iPad Pro, the world’s most lucrative tech business can also rely on its iOS App Store for a solid chunk of change. How solid? To the tune of $20 billion a year, according to Cupertino’s latest press release, although that obviously accounts for developer payments and other expenses too. Still, $20 billion sales of apps and in-app items in 2015 alone should solidify ...

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    There are few people who are in the know of how sideloading basically works. Those who are trying to find an app outside of the traditional (and official) stores will find third-party marketplaces and entities like APKMirror useful. iOS users who wanted to sideload apps have traditionally gone to jailbreaking to get to app markets. One such marketplace, vShare, recently got hold of an Enterprise App distribution certificate, signed by Apple. These certificates allow companies to operate their own app stores, typically for employees to use. vShare is marketing itself now as available to iOS ...

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    In yet another effort to boost Apple Music subscriber numbers, which are high already, but somewhat short of optimistic projections, Cupertino will open the service for a full nine months free to fans of Beats products interested in buying a cool new Bluetooth speaker or swanky pair of headphones this holiday season. As long as you get your Pro, Studio, Solo2, Powerbeats2, Tour2 headphones or Pill+ speaker from apple.com, an official US retail store or by calling 1-800-MY-Apple through December 28, you’ll qualify for a complimentary $60 iTunes gift card. No catches, no strings attached. ...

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    As if the Mac App Store certificate issue wasn't enough for Apple this week, it seems that a service outage has taken down several of Apple's online services this evening. Those officially include the App Store, Apple TV, the iBooks Store, iTunes Match, the iTunes Store, the Mac App Store and Radio. There were also unlisted issues going on with Apple's Online Store as Down Detector has registered a spike in problem reports for the latter.   Reports on social media are also appearing about iMessage and FaceTime. The outage began at around 10:35pm ET and lasted for about an hour. Every ...

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    Update: Tasker is now back on the Google Play Store. If you like to automate your inter- and intraconnected life on your mobile phone, Tasker has been one of the big apps to get. But with Google now drawing red lines with device manufacturers and app developers, it doesn't take much for a task automation application to get the hammer swung at it. But Google's been mum on why Tasker was targeted for a takedown, despite the latter seeming to have followed Play Store protocol. Google has been most adamant about protecting the Doze function it has introduced with Android 6.0, a feature that ...

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    With the Mac App Store fiasco sorted out, it's time to refocus on the apps themselves. Specifically, how to find them. Online advertising offers a direct way for potential customers a direct land on your app's page. But what if you're promoting in that real life kind of space — ordering billboards and such? Moreover, if people find themselves in a situation where they'll "look it up later" for any reason, what are the chances that they'll find your application?   It turns out that Apple's working on improving those odds by ranking apps for factors not explicitly labeled as a ...

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    Everyone's had this happen to them: you've bought everything you need for Thanksgiving dinner and head back home only to find out that you forgot to buy the turkey. To pivot to an analogue: is it just poor quality assurance that's been hampering some of these iOS software releases recently? If so, there's a pretty sloppy track record developing for Apple right now. Well that would explain the MAS problem. pic.twitter.com/Nuqj9Uxxiz — Paul Haddad (@tapbot_paul) November 12, 2015 That track record frustrated TweetBot developer/co-founder Paul Haddad today as Mac App Store apps could not be ...

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    There's no denying it: the holiday shopping season is upon us. Yeah – already. We've already seen retailers start spinning their promo magic as they attempt to lure in consumers looking to spend big bucks this year, and the find over your spending dollar is only sure to ramp up as we get closer and closer to Black Friday. Luckily, you're not alone, and there are plenty of apps out there happy to help you find the latest deals, track prices over time, and let you get your shopping done straight from your phone. In order to make it even easier to track these titles down, Apple's ...

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    The Huawei Mate S was the first device that prominently featured Force Touch technology. How was it shown off? A man in a suit weighed an orange in front of hundreds of people. The iPhone 6s might literally be apples to Huawei's oranges, having just been cut off by the Chinese OEM from premiering new tech. But Apple chose to better its user interface with that new tech and to rebrand it as 3D Touch. Still, the appeal of weighing something on what is arguably the most popular smartphone in the world was still there. Still there early in September for some developers like Ryan McLeod, Chase ...

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    When we put together our iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus reviews, we used 16GB models. It's a storage option we've criticized Apple time and again for offering and one that Hayato Huseman actively begged our viewers to avoid buying. If you do happen to end up with the pint-size glass of the lot, though, you might not end up struggling with space as fast as you might have. Word from Apple is that a feature called "app slicing" is now available to iOS 9.0.2+ users. It was originally scheduled to appear at the dot-0 release, but iCloud backup problems got in the way of those plans. Developers ...

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    Android is a very interesting platform since you're not forced to get your apps from Google Play. The Amazon App Store has been a major alternative for years, and its "Free App of the Day" feature did a good job of luring new customers to the platform. Today we learn that the promotion system we knew is gone, and as of today we learn about Amazon Underground. Amazon's new Underground service is a new type of App Store that also sells you other things. In away, this combines the Amazon App Store with the Amazon Store into one simple app. It uses a new freemium app model to make itself ...

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    After the tragic events that happened in South Carolina recently, a lot of companies have decided to remove products that use the confederate flag. We've seen major retailers following this trend, some removing clothes that portray the flag all together. Obviously as things go digital, these are not the only retailers joining the plan. Tim Cook recently tweeted: "My thoughts are with the victim's families in SC.Let us honor their lives by eradicating racism & removing the symbols & words that feed it." As such Apple has begun removing apps that portray the Confederate Flag, though ...

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    Google may have won a couple of sad faces a few days ago as it pulled its recently acquired Sparrow mail client from supporting the Mac and iOS, but that doesn't mean the company had negative plans behind it. We've seen the guys at Mountain View push new initiatives like its new Inbox service for the iPhone and Android smartphones, and even though we're not really sure how successful it's been when compared to competing services like Mailbox and Outlook, the company has prepared a new update. Google has silently pushed a new update to its Inbox service on the iOS App Store to version 1.2. ...

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    If you've spent any time at all playing games on your smartphone, you might have a love-hate relationship with in-app purchases. On one hand, they make plenty of titles available for free that might otherwise be paid downloads, exposing us to lots of new apps. But then again, feeling like you're being constantly nickel-and-dimed as you try to make progress through an app can be an endless source of frustration, driving some gamers to avoid titles based around in-app purchases altogether. Now Apple's even going so far as to highlight games with the selling point that you won't be bothered ...

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    We're more than a week into 2015 by now, and little by little we're getting used to this new year – remembering to stop writing 2014 when filling out the date, and whatnot. The passage of time now brings us closer to highly anticipated smartphone launches, with new entries from Samsung, HTC, and more teasing us in the months to come. But while we get better and better phones as time goes on, the future's not without its downsides, and progress can also mean higher prices – not just because tech keeps getting better, but because inflation, taxes, and currency fluctuation have a nasty ...

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    Apple has broken a significant amount of records since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We saw how the company sold its fare share of phones in just the first few days of the launch, and obviously this leap also includes an extra share of growth for the company in its services. Apple may not be too happy with its current iTunes performance, but the App Store shows a different story. We still don't have any official data from Apple, but App marketing firm Fiksu has just revealed its numbers for the last couple of months. According to the study conducted through October on the ...

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    Updated with links to stream and download the high-quality audio version of the podcast, as well as timecodes for all the stories mentioned. We hope you enjoyed – see you next week! Is Nokia's new tablet just an iPad ripoff – or just what Android needs? Will Gorilla Glass 4 finally stop you from shattering your smartphone? And is the Gear S a good enough smartwatch to make the dumbphone obsolete? These are the pressing questions on the docket this week as the mobile industry prepares to end a wild year on a weird note, and we're gonna tackle them one by one in the ruthlessly silly ...

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