Apple released an update for Find My iPhone on Thursday that updated the app's icon, but also temporarily blocked access to its features unless you had an Apple Developer Account. The issue was fixed relatively quickly, but it highlighted why the soon to be released iOS 7 needs a way for users to prevent some apps from auto-updating.
Need to keep up with your favorite sport? Vern Seward points out three free iOS apps that will help you do just that in this week's Free on iTuines: Team Stream, Sports Republic, and Sporting News. Check it out.
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed a lawsuit against Apple on Thursday that claimed the iPhone and iPad maker was violating antitrust laws by limiting iOS app sales to its own iTunes-based App Store. The judge tossed out the case because the plaintiffs hadn't actually bought any of the apps mentioned in filing, or shown that they had personally suffered from Apple's policies. The case can, however, be amended to address the issues the Judge listed, so the lawsuit isn't dead yet.
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Apple loves to control the user experience, and limiting iOS app sales to its own App Store is part of that. The company screens the apps that are available for sale, which hopefully improves security and overall quality. It also cuts down on confusion as to where consumers can find third-party apps for their iPhones and iPads, plus Apple gets its 30 percent cut from sales. Don't expect to see Apple back down if the amended antitrust case gets the green light to proceed.
Summer is almost gone, but there's still time to get in a same vacation. Vern Seward points out 3 iOS tour guides to help. Rock Creek Park Walking Tours, New York Beyond Sight, Palace at Versailles, all free for your iPhone and iPad.
The online file sharing and storage service Dropbox is killing support for an old and outdated version of its tool that lets apps tap into its features. That shouldn't be a big deal, but for iPhone and iPad developers that have older apps they'd like to update, they can't. Apple's App Store doesn't have a system in place so developers can release maintenance updates for apps they no longer sell, and that ultimately hurts customers.
Reference books (and apps) don't have to be boring. Vern Seward proves it with three free iOS reference apps in this week's Free on iTunes. DataFinder, Atlas by Collins, Abraham Lincoln Interactive Biography.
Looking for a good art magazine to pass some idle time on your iPhone or iPad? Vern Seward points out three freebie in this week's Free on iTunes: Installation, Extraordinary Vision, and Verso.
iPhone sales are up, iPad sales are down, and everyone is buying at the App Store. Apple brought in US$4.3 billion from iTunes sales during its third fiscal quarter, topping the $4.1 billion its retail stores brought in, and showing that despite what nay sayers may spout about Apple losing its luster, it's still the go-to place for music downloads and mobile apps.
As with reading glasses, sometimes all we need is a bit of sound magnification. In this week's Free on iTunes, Vern Seward point out 3 iOS app that may give you super hearing.
Wanna make you car cooler? How about a HUD that shows your speed on your windshield? Vern Seward points out 2 apps in this week's Free on iTunes that will do just that. SpeedHUD and Speedometer Free.
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