Apple Updates iTunes Festival App, Works with iOS 7.06

5:11 PM, Mar. 6th, 2014 · · App Store

iTunes festival 5.0

Apple has released iTunes Festival 5.0, the company's app for accessing concert music and videos from the company's iTunes Festival, including the company's first U.S. iTunes Festival at Austin's SXSW. Online reports said that Apple would release the app in conjunction with iOS 7.1, but it appeared on Thursday and works with the current version of iOS, 7.0.6.

3 Free iOS Apps That Will Smarten You Up

6:24 PM, Feb. 28th, 2014 · · App Store

Free on iTunes

Got a question? Vern Seward points out 3 free iOS apps that will help you find the answer in this week's Free on iTunes. Duck Duck Go, Merlin Bird ID, and Learnist.

Apple Buys Burstly, Maker of iOS App Testing Platform TestFlight

5:24 PM, Feb. 21st, 2014 · · App Store

Grounded

Apple has purchased Burstly, the company behind the popular iOS app testing platform called TestFlight. Terms of the deal haven't been leaked, but the acquisition apparently took place in the last two weeks, and TechCrunch reported that the company's engineers are already working at Apple.

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Hopefully this deal will lead to better developer testing tools from Apple.

3 Free Magical iOS Apps

9:22 PM, Feb. 7th, 2014 · · App Store

Free on iTunes

Think your iPhone is a bit of magic? Wait until you see these 3 apps Vern Seward features in this week's Free on iTunes. Crowsflight, Swiftkey Note, and Cardiio.

Apple Quietly Battles Bitcoin Transactions Out of App Store

2:20 PM, Feb. 6th, 2014 · · App Store

Apple and Bitcoin

Apple has pulled another yet Bitcoin app from the App Store: Blockchain, the online wallet app from Blockchain.info. With this latest action, Apple has systematically removed the ability to conduct Bitcoin transactions from the App Store, and it's unclear why.

David and Goliath on Paper: FiftyThree, Facebook, and Fighting for App Names

9:39 AM, Feb. 4th, 2014 · · App Store

Last week, Facebook announced it was introducing a new iPhone app called Paper. If the name sounds familiar, it's probably because you've already heard of Paper by FiftyThree -- a popular drawing app for the iPad. FiftyThree is asking Facebook to change the name of its app, but it doesn't look like the social networking service is interested, and that could make for a big headache for the drawing app company.