Apple Pulls Games with Confederate Flags, but Leaves Games with Swastikas

11:05 AM, Jun. 26th, 2015 · · App Store

Ultimate General: Gettysburg includes Confederate flags, Castle Wolfenstein includes swastikas

Apple is pulling games from the iPhone and iPad App Store that include Confederate battle flags in the wake of rising public distaste in the wake of recent hate motivated killings in South Carolina. While Confederate flags are disappearing from the App Store, however, apps with other symbols with hate-related symbols such as swastikas are still available.

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The Confederate battle flag was created and has represented racial hatred since its inception, so it's easy to see why Apple is taking a hard line stance in the App Store following the recent killings in South Carolina. It's odd, however, that Apple's anti-hate campaign is limited to only the one symbol instead of including others such as the Nazi swastika.

Apple Introduces News App with ‘Apple News Format’ for Publishers

4:28 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · App Store

Apple Introduces News App with 'Apple News Format' for Publishers

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple has cast out Newsstand in favor a new app called simply "News" for iOS 9, which is scheduled for a fall release. News offers a Flipboard-like interface for browsing news, but Apple also announced the "Apple News Format" for publishers to deliver their content to the app with "rich typography," images, and "beautiful layouts."

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This could be a dynamite combination for everyone concerned.

Texas BBQ and High Technology…

4:50 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · · App Store

Texas BBQ Technology Remote Thermometer

Dr. Mac thought he'd try something completely different this week --  a column about Texas BBQ... What does Texas BBQ have to do with technology? You'll have to read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #124 to find out. 

Apple’s App Store Needs Cold Storage

10:10 AM, May. 22nd, 2015 · · App Store

Apple's App Store Needs Cold Storage

There are over a million apps in the iTunes App Store. This is both great and terrible news. One thing that would help is if Apple added a "cold storage" section for apps that are no longer being updated. Kelly explains the issue and how she'd solve it. 

Apple Invites Developers to App Analytics Beta

6:48 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · App Store

Apple and Developers

Apple began inviting developers participate in a beta program for App Analytics, an other unannounced service that gives developers more information about how and how often their customers are engaging with their apps. The invitation was posted to Twitter by developer Ryan Hoover, and is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Apple Watch Compatible Apps are Already Arriving

9:29 AM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · · App Store

With Apple Watch pre-orders still a couple weeks off and then a couple more before we can finally wrap Apple's smartwatch around our wrists, the first iPhone app updates with Apple Watch support are already rolling out. Several apps are touting Apple Watch compatibility, such as Dark Sky, Evernote, and SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

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Seeing Apple Watch updates showing up now is practically a tease, although the select few journalists and bloggers who get early access for reviews will need some apps to test out.