Two iOS developers sue Apple for ‘abusing its power’ as owner of the App Store

Two iOS developers sue Apple for ‘abusing its power’ as owner of the App Store

Another day, another lawsuit. Two iOS developers hit Apple with a class-action lawsuit claiming the tech giant has cornered the iOS app market with its App Store and knowingly used its monopoly to implement “profit-killing” commissions and fees on the very developers who bring Apple’s products to life, according to attorneys at Hagens Berman.

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Apple World Today News Update: June 8, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: June 8, 2018

It's been a busy, busy WWDC week! After the keynote, hands-on testing of some of the new operating systems, and so on, we decided to end the week on a light note:

  • Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone 3G! Apple's second iPhone brought 3G "speeds", third-party apps, and the App Store to the mobile device.

  • Apple Music is getting a new feature today -- Coming Soon

  • Today we look at a few of the more notable changes to watchOS 5, like how you access Control Center and Notification Center

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Apple World Today News Update: May 24, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: May 24, 2018

Chain saws and wood chippers provide a cheery backdrop to today's Apple World Today News Update Podcast, with stories about expensive iPhone cases, a higher target price for Apple shares, a new camera app, and the case of the disappearing Vevo app...

  • Have $10,436 just laying around? You can blow that on a diamond-encrusted iPhone X from luxury accessory manufacturer Hadoro

  • Morgan Stanley is bumping its stock target price for Apple from $200 to $214 based on future growth from Apple's services

  • Obscura 2 hit the App Store today, bringing with it a lot of new and updated features for the iPhone-toting photographer

  • Vevo won't be updating its apps or website any more, as the music video distributor is going "YouTube-only"

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Apple World Today News Update: May 18, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: May 18, 2018

After a week off on a nice relaxing vacation, Steve's back with a jumbo-sized Apple World Today News Update podcast. Today we talk about privacy, a building resembling a huge iPod on a dock, and the goals of the nascent Developers Union:

  • Apple collects surprisingly little personal information on its customers, according to a ZDNet reporter who compared the small amount of mostly anonymous data collected on him by Apple to the huge files sent to him by Facebook, Google and Twitter

  • A new 24-story apartment building in Dubai is opening later this year. The design, which began in 2006 when iPods were the hot Apple product, resembles an iPod leaning on its charging and syncing dock

  • Developers who want more of a cut from Apple than the 70% of sales they already get are forming a "Developers Union". They also want Apple to allow free trial offers for any app.

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Apple World Today News Update: March 15, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: March 15, 2018

Steve's finally back from his Spring Training trip, and has several timely news items for today's podcast:

  • Are you a Team AWT member? Keep an eye on your email inbox for something new...
  • Apple's App Store has been blocked in Iran today, although nobody is owning up to who's doing the blocking
  • Media giant iHeartMedia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, struggling with streaming competitors like Apple and Spotify, ad revenues flowing to Facebook and Google, and a lack of radio listeners
  • Google's changing its wearables brand from Android Wear to Wear OS in hopes of being more competitive with the Apple Watch line
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Apple World Today News Update: February 22, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 22, 2018

Today's news brings us word about more screenshots in the iOS App Store, an auction of items signed by Steve Jobs, and a quasi-scientific test of car navigation apps by an Adobe manager:

  • Apple now allows developers put submit up to 10 screenshots per device type for their App Store listings
  • Want a piece of history? Three items signed by Steve Jobs are going up for auction soon, including an employment application from 1973
  • Bored by your commute? Gather data for an unofficial test of car navigation apps like this Adobe senior manager did
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Apple World Today News Update: January 18, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 18, 2018

Sorry we missed you yesterday (Wednesday)! We're back today with a quartet of short news stories from the world of Apple:

  • A researcher/developer had his app -- used to gather data on ISP throttling of video streams -- rejected by the App Store
  • Some Facebook Messenger users are reporting a bug that crashes the app after typing just a few words in a single line
  • Use SpotHero to pre-pay parking? Apple has a deal for you if you use Apple Pay as your SpotHero payment option
  • The GOP tax bill signed into law a few weeks ago is resulting in Apple adding almost $350 billion to the US economy, and employees are also getting a stock bonus
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Apple plans another new campus and more investments in the American economy

Apple plans another new campus and more investments in the American economy

Apple has announced a new set of investments to build on its commitment to support the American economy and its workforce, concentrated in three areas where the tech giant has had the greatest impact on job creation: direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with Apple’s domestic suppliers and manufacturers, and fueling the app economy that the company created with iPhone and the App Store. 

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Apple World Today News Update: January 15, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 15, 2018

Can you believe we're already half way through January? We have some stories today to warm your heart during the cold weather:

  • The Apple App Store has a huge economic impact and will be larger than worldwide movie ticket sales later this year
  • A change in India's complex sourcing and taxation requirements today might make it easier for Apple and other multinational firms to open stores in the country
  • Holdout Toyota announced that starting with the 2019 Avalon, it will start support Apple CarPlay
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Apple World Today News Update Podcast: January 3, 2018

Apple World Today News Update Podcast: January 3, 2018

Augmented Reality isn't proving to be "the next big thing," Apple adds a news podcast feature to Siri in the newest iOS 11.2.5 beta, and Mophie creates a product that can keep a USB-C MacBook running for up to 15 hours over what the internal battery can offer:

  • A recent survey from Apptopia shows that developer interest in AR appears to be nearly nonexistent, with AR apps making up only about 0.03% of all apps in the App Store
  • Soon, you'll be able to ask Siri to "Give me the news" and get a short news digest podcast in return
  • Mophie's new Powerstation AC is going to be very popular with MacBook owners, as it can give the little laptop a total of over a day of battery life
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