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Apple Invites Developers to App Analytics Beta

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

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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.

AOL Screen Name Users Must Convert To Apple IDs

5:38 PM, Feb. 24th, 2015 · · App Store

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Apple has posted a knowledge base article outlining how to convert to an Apple ID from an AOL Screen Name. Currently screen names are able to sign in to the iBooks/iTunes/App Stores, but not for much longer.  And not converting can have some pretty dire consequences.

How to Pin iOS Apps On Pinterest

6:20 PM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · · App Store

You may have heard Pinterest has teamed up with Apple to allow pinning iOS apps, with links directly to the App Store. Kelly explains how to pin apps so you can start sharing your favorites. 

Apple Green Lights Weed Apps for iPhone App Store

9:44 AM, Feb. 13th, 2015 · · App Store

Apple seems to have reversed its strong anti-marijuana stance for the iPhone and iPad App Store and is now letting weed-related apps stay—with a caveat. MJ-positive apps must be geo-restricted so they appear only for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users living in states that have legalized marijuana.

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Apple's App Store policy change is good news for developers and users. Aside from any moral issues iPhone owners may have towards marijuana, seeing Apple shift from a no compromise stance to working with developers to find fair ways for reasonable titles to appear on the App Store is a positive move for everyone.