Apple has achieved a new milestone as it kicks off 2018 with record-breaking sales on its App Store. On New Year’s day of 2018, App Store customers around the world have spent an accumulative US$300 million (about RM1.22 billion on 1/1/2018). For the holiday week starting on 24 December 2017, Apple customers have spent over US$890 million (about RM3.6 billion) for the 7-day period.
Apart from Digi, both Celcom and U Mobile are also offering direct billing for purchases on the Apple App Store and services. This allows you to pay for apps, music, movies and even iCloud storage using your prepaid credit or have it charged directly to your postpaid bill.
Digi is now giving you another option to pay for your Apple iOS apps and services. If you don’t fancy using your credit and debit card, you can now pay via Digi’s carrier billing.
One of Windows (Mobile)’s biggest holes is the fact that the app store is such a barren desert. Many well-known apps are missing and that’s just one of the reasons why people don’t even start to consider the operating system. For the year 2015, Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store have at least 1.2 million apps each – Windows? Only 300,000.
Redmond wanted to solve this, by introducing a Windows Bridge platform aka Project Astoria. Through the project, app developers could easily just port over the same Android code that they used to make apps for the Google Play Store for Windows Phone devices.
Then, last year rumours flared up that Project Astoria was going bust and now Microsoft has confirmed it themselves.
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Cross platform pairing is usually a non-issue, at least when you’re on the same operating system. Unique to Samsung, Tizen OS wearables were never able to interact with other devices outside the Samsung name. Luckily Korea’s finest have smartened up this time and the Gear S2 has the ability to communicate with other Android smartphones. They left iOS out, at least until September, when they suggested that they might consider opening it up.
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Vulnerabilities of mobile OS’ are now a casual affair, for the frequencies of malware related issues have risen to alarming heights. When analysing which platform is safer, two security firms have looked at how secure the Android and iOS platforms are. The results may surprise you, but how worried should we be? And what cautionary steps should be taken?
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Distractions on the road can be fatal, yet many still continually use their devices while driving. While usage of smartphones are usually for texting and social media, navigation would be the second thing that comes to mind. So what about driving? Your eyes are supposed to be peeled on the road, but we all still want access to our GPS and speedometer. Here’s when HUDWAY Glass, a universal vehicle accessory comes into the picture.
Apple is set to change the pricing for their apps and how drastic the change will depend a lot on what country you’re in. The company notified developers of this earlier this week, with the changes due to hit sometime today.
The countries already set to have a price increase are Mexico, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey, with South Korea’s price hike due to a 10% value-added (VAT) tax which is now included in the price of apps.
Apple’s App Store and iTunes are down in a bizarre service interruption that has caused practically all their uses to be unable to purchase anything using the services.
At the moment they appear to be fine as you can still surf though the listings on both stores and make the odd download (in some cases, not all) but you cannot actually purchase anything; and the issues have been happening since earlier today and have yet to be fixed. The Mac App store as well as their iBooks store are also still unavailable to make purchases as well, in one of the biggest service outs Apple has had this year.
Apple hasn’t said how far along it is in the recovery process, but you can check out which services are still functional here.
This image is currently making the rounds from China shows how App Store manipulation farms could influence App Store ratings; with a giant rack of phones.
While there aren’t that many details about the lady and the photo itself, speculation has it that she does indeed work at one such farms and she is tasked to download, install and uninstall certain apps over and over again to boost their ratings. Like a human machine. This is probably due to Apple preventing bots from artificially boosting App Store ratings and this looks like the most ‘legit’ way to simulate actual users.
The original photo appeared on Weibo captioned “Hard-working App Store ranking manipulation employee.”
The table sports what looks like rows upon rows of iPhone 5Cs and even looks like it’s purpose built for the task. Apparently you can pay to get to the top 10 free apps by paying RMB 70,000 (about RM39,822) and keeping it in that spot will cost you another RMB 405,000 (about RM230,400) a week which is a pretty ungodly sum. You can find the service on Taobao, a popular China based C2C e-commerce site with dozens of vendors offering the service.
Just bear in mind that this is a viral image and until there is official confirmation that it is what it is, we can only speculate.