EU Pushes Apple, Google to Drop “Free” from Games with In-app Purchases

10:55 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · · App Store

The European Union's European Commission thinks free games with in-app purchases shouldn't be called "free," and has been pushing Apple and Google to change how they represent those apps to buyers. Google has capitulated, and now the EU is calling out Apple for failing to take action, although Apple thinks it's already doing more than other companies to keep consumers well informed.

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This comes down to the EU saying free isn't really free if in-app purchases are available. Apple seems to disagree, so now we get to sit back and watch to see who blinks first.

South Korea Orders Apple, Google to Offer Easier App Store Refunds

10:08 AM, Jul. 7th, 2014 · · App Store

Apple and Google have been ordered to give customers easier access to refunds for app purchases, at least in South Korea. The country's Fair Trade Commission called the current refund policies unfair to consumers following complaints from the Citizen's Coalition for Economic Justice.

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An easier App Store refund process sounds like a great idea, but there might be fewer refunds overall if Apple would give us a proper try before you buy option like developers have been offering outside of the company's system for years.

Google Ready to Kill Quickoffice for iOS, Android

8:36 AM, Jun. 30th, 2014 · · App Store

Google is ready to pull Quickoffice from Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPad as well as it's own Google Play store for Android. The Internet search giant said the app for editing Microsoft Office documents has outlived its usefulness thanks to recent Google Docs updates.

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Once Google started unbundling its Office-compatible productivity apps it was pretty clear Quickoffice was short for this world.

Apple Allows First Bitcoin Wallet Back to the App Store

3:34 PM, Jun. 16th, 2014 · · App Store

Apple and Bitcoin

Apple has allowed the first Bitcoin wallet app back onto the App Store after publicly changing its policy on such apps earlier in June. A free app called Coin Pocket was released on Friday, and it allows users to both send and receive Bitcoins directly in the app.

Free Red Cross Apps For Emergencies Near You

8:35 PM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · App Store

Free on iTunes

Vern Seward points out some stellar apps from Red Cross, including Red Cross Earthquake app, Flood, Hurricane, Wildfire, and Tornado apps. These you MUST have. They're free, and they might be just what you need if you find yourself in an emergency situation.

Apple Cracks Down On Faux Five Star Reviews in App Store

3:24 PM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · App Store

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Apple has increased scrutiny on suspicious App Store reviews, and in some cases has already started removing them, according to a report from TechCrunch. 

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Good! Discovery still isn't the greatest, but I'm glad those who game the system aren't going to be rewarded for it.