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Monday, January 10, 2011

Mac App Store Hacked

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"Crude instructions have started showing up online with ways to circumvent Apples Mac App store receipt validation. By simply copying receipt and info.plist data from a free app and pasting it into a paid app, you can run apps copied from friends computers or bittorrent. I myself have a copy of a paid app (not angry birds, but one with stronger protection) running on my system that was purchased by a friend. This is a massive failure in the implementation of Apples receipt system."

It has been widely reported that the App Store had been hacked, and it was true in limited cases. The hack has to do with "receipt validation." Some developers aren't properly checking against the receipts, and this allowed people to run apps on their machine that hadn't been purchased as long as they had a valid receipt from another application. According to this article on Macworld, the hack isn't that big a deal, and it's up to the developers to change their applications to properly implement receipt validation.

Friday, January 7, 2011

App Store Applications Are Buy Once, Install Anywhere

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"One of my favorite parts about the new Mac App Store is that it is "buy one, run everywhere" just like iOS apps on the iPad or iPhone/iPod touch. It has always been the case that you can buy an app at the iOS App Store and use it on all of your iOS devices."

This is great, and makes me want to purchase my apps from the app store even more. I wonder, though, if this will be true of all apps. It is true in the iOS ecosystem, but that doesn't mean developers will be happy about this, especially if they already offer family packs. I wonder if developers can choose to shut this off or if it's all part of the agreement they have with Apple. As it stands, it's great for consumers. Obviously, all of those machines must be using the same App Store account for this to work. Will this encourage you to purchase applications for OS X from the App Store?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Game Center Opens in the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:30 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"If you're trying to keep track of all the newly updated, Game Center enabled games for iOS 4.1, look no further than the App Store where Apple has gone and created a special page just to list them for your viewing - and buying - pleasure."

Is this something that you are going to take advantage of and use? Most of my gaming is done on a console ie Xbox 360 but I can see how this will be popular for those on the road or just trying to kill some time. Gaming head to head is so much more interesting than gaming against the computer.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Education, Education and More Education

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"Apple, ever tinkering with the app store, has just released a very interesting option for developers: bulk educational discounts. As a developer you can now offer a lower price to a school when it buys your app in quantity."

This is a great option for developers, and even better for the schools taking advantage of it. I'm sure you have all seen the various education-themed stories in recent weeks. Some schools are giving iPads to their students, such as Stanford University. While other schools, like George Fox College, are giving their students a choice between a MacBook and an iPad when they register for classes. On top of that comes the news that 47% of students intending to buy a laptop for college will purchase a Mac. I like that they are embracing the iPad, and my hope is that college texts, and perhaps even high school textbooks, will eventually all be available in eBook or PDF versions that you can read on either a laptop or iPad. Or whatever tablet PC a student chooses. And hopefully the costs will drop because of it. Yeah, I'm a dreamer.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Still No Sports Illustrated Subscription Plan for iPad

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:30 PM

"All Things Digital reports on Time Inc.'s struggles with Apple as it has tried to roll out a true subscription program for its Sports Illustrated iPad application, an option that Apple continues to be unwilling to support."

Apple and Sports Illustrated just can't seem to hammer out an agreement done allowing iPad users to buy a subscription directly on/for their iPad. The dispute is partially about revenue. Apple wants to distribute the content via the Apps Store, and collect their usual 30%, while Time Inc. is trying hard to keep 100% of the proceeds. Seems that the two parties are unlikely to come to an agreement very soon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Goldman Sachs Thinks iPad Will Destroy NetBook Market

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"Remember a year ago, when netbooks were the fastest growing segment of the PC market? Not anymore. And not ever again, as far as Goldman Sachs is concerned."

Wow, quite a brash statement! Goldman offers five reasons why they think this will happen:

  1. Consumption. iPad focused on consuming information, not producing it.
  2. Content. Source of content are tightly integrated with the iPad via iTunes and App Store.
  3. Connected. With WiFi and 3G, the iPad can be constantly connected to content.
  4. Constant Operation. Almost instant access to information. Instant on. Little waiting.
  5. Commerce (eCommerce). Single click to buy. Streamlining the process. Impulse Buying.

Goldman also surveyed 90 Hedge Fund CTOs and found that almost 70% plan to dump NetBooks in favor of tablets over the next two years. They don't specifically mention the iPad, but that's the implication. An even more startling statistic comes from Morgan Stanley, showing the drop in Netbook sales leading up to the iPad launch ( link ). Is the NetBook dead? What do you think?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Apple Store App Now Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"As rumored, Apple has released an official retail store app. Simply called "App Store," the new app lets users shop the full line of products available at The Apple Store. But it's more than shopping."

It's actually called "Apple Store" so make sure if you search you use the correct title or it won't come up right away. You can read reviews, locate retail stores and check in on the in-store events, all from this new free app from Apple. You can also schedule appointments at the Genius Bar or One on One sessions. You can download it now for free.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Search for Apps Via Google, USA Only Though

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"Google announced a new feature this week that lists apps in mobile search results. When searching for an app by name from your iPhone (it works with Android too, naturally), the top result is a link to the app's home in the App Store. In addition to the link, you get information like rating, publisher and price.


Nice addition to searches I suppose, but if I was on my iPhone anyway, I think I'd just go the App Store and search from there.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

iPad App Store, the International Version, Now Open

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Although the iPad won't be released internationally until tomorrow, Apple has already gotten ready for the flood of new devices by flicking the ON switch for the International iPad App Store."

So if you have an iPad that you had sent to you from the States, you can now go into the iPad App Store and start your shopping. If not, then you will have to wait until next week!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wi-Fi Sync Rejected by Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple this week rejected "Wi-Fi Sync," a third-party application that allows the iPhone and iPod touch to sync wirelessly with iTunes."

Perhaps Apple has plans to do this themselves, since that is the only thing that makes sense after the developer was told by an Apple rep he wasn't "specifically in violation" of the iPhone OS developer agreement. But if you have a jailbroken iPhone you are in luck, since the developer is heading over to Cydia to sell his program for $9.99 USD. You can find out more about the program at the Wi-Fi Sync website.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Has Adobe Given up on Flash for iPhone?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:00 AM

"Adobe is basically saying they've given up on Apple's iPhoneOS products. Principal Product Manager for developer relations for the Flash Platform at Adobe, Mike Chambers lays out the bad news for Flash developers who'd want an easy way to port their apps to iPhone."

According to Weintraub "While CS5 will still export for the current iPhone, they are warning developers that Apple will probably pull their '100+ apps already built in Flash' from the App Store at some point in the future and, most importantly, Adobe have suspended all investments in Flash CS5's iPhone App export functionality."

He also makes the interesting point that while Adobe is excited about Android, is Google all that excited about Flash since they took YouTube to H.264-encoded MP4s and it wasn't because they loved Flash. Is this just the latest salvo in the war with Apple or do you think they are washing their hands of the whole mess?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Forced Ratings to Disappear in 4.0

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"The next revision of the iPhone OS will remove the rating prompt that users see when they delete an app from their device."

This was implemented first in iPhone 2.2 and was supposed to increase feedback ratings in the App Store. Developers complained that it encouraged negative feedback rather than positive. I find it annoying myself so personally am glad they are doing away with this in 4.0. What are your thoughts?

More Apple Fun at the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple is extremely protective of its trademarks, and has begun rejecting App Store submissions with "Pad" in the main title."

I could understand this if it was done from the beginning, however in one example calledContactPAD, they rejected not the original app but the update to the app. The app itself was accepted in the store and this was only the developers latest update that Apple rejected. I'd be frustrated too if I was a developer dealing with this type of inconsistency.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Apple Thoughts and iTunes App Store on Facebook

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:00 AM

"Interacting with the iTunes App Store just got easier, thanks to the new App Store Facebook page."

Apple Thoughts also has a fan page located here, and now Apple has an App Store page to go along with their iTunes page. I've gotten some pretty good free music by paying attention to the iTunes page, and both let you share with your friends on Facebook (as does our page of course).

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

App Store Downloads Hit 3 Billion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"Apple announced this morning that App Store downloads have officially broken 3 billion, and it happened in less than 18 months."

According to the press release they have the App Store available in 77 countries, and, quoting Steve Jobs, "...this is like nothing we've ever seen before. The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon." Quite a feat in under 18 months.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

iPod Touch Pwns iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"App Store downloads for iPod touch devices eclipsed those for iPhones for the first time on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2009. Analytics firm Flurry released data Monday showing that apps downloaded for iPod touch grew 1000% Christmas Day compared to an average of the previous Fridays in December."

Sounds like quite a few people got an iPod Touch for Christmas! Either that or they sold a heckuva lot of iTunes Gift Cards.

App Store Denials, A Top Ten List

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"While 2009 was generally another awesome year for Apple's iPhone App Store, it was another trying year for some iPhone developers, who found themselves victim to Apple's app reviewers."

Consistency seems to be the problem, and while not as bad as it was before, it still is causing some PR problems over at Apple as well as some disgruntled developers. But, as the article states, there is some light at the end of the tunnel as the Apple fine tunes some things. I'm pretty sure Apple isn't going to let this go down in flames, but it sure makes you wonder, as you go through this list, just what was Apple thinking??

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Apple Caught Off Guard?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple and its partners were completely surprised by the huge success of the App Store - with the implication that others in the smartphone biz were similarly unprepared for the level of pent-up demand for customizable features on handheld devices."

I would guess they weren't too upset, and probably pleasantly surprised at just how much of a demand there turned out to be for something like the App Store. Granted, there have been and still are problems, but for the most part you can't argue with the success they have achieved. Especially when you see stories like this one about the success of the start-up Tapulous.

Monday, December 7, 2009

NY Times and the App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"IAN LYNCH SMITH, a shaggy-haired ball of energy in his late 30s, beams as he ticks off some of the games that Freeverse, his little Brooklyn software company, has landed on the iPhone App Store's coveted (and ever-changing) list of best-selling downloads: Moto Chaser, Flick Fishing, Flick Bowling and Skee-ball."

Mr. Smith earned over $180,000.00 USD on his game Skee-Ball alone so he seems pretty happy with the opportunity that the App Store has given him. Can't say I blame him, there are all kinds of resources out there for anyone that wants to develop a program for the iPhone/iPod Touch and who knows, you could strike gold too. That seems to be the draw, for companies large and small, it kind of evens the playing field when it comes to app development. This is a 5 page (well 5 pages on the web) article, general overview of the iPhone and the App Store and what it all means to those involved. The author seems to say that this is the standard for mobile app development, Apple is leading the pack and it is their race to lose. What are your thoughts? 

Friday, December 4, 2009

Apple Changes the Sort for Apps

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 09:00 AM

"James Thomson of PCalc fame noted late yesterday on Twitter that the App Store's again updated the way it deals with app sorting: 'Looks like sort by release date in [the] App Store only sorts by original release date now, not update date. Say hello to page 342 of Utilities...'"

Basically what they have done is changed the way the apps are sorted, using the original release date instead of the last date the app was updated. From what I gather, there was some abuse of this by developers, doing minor updates to get their app higher on the sort list. I'm all about fixing the abuse, but this isn't the right way. Perhaps an option to display the list you want, as in last updated, new release, etc. What are your thoughts, good? Bad?

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