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Camera+ co-founder Lisa Bettany launches first mobile game

Lisa Bettany, co-founder of popular photo app Camera+, has taken a creative left turn and released her first solo project: a mobile game. The game, called "poppets," features plush characters that navigate obstacles with floating balloons.

Apple spells out to developers why it rejects their apps

Although Apple already offers app developers plenty of resources via its iOS Dev Center, reviewers still have to wade through lots of submissions that clearly aren't ready. A newly published page explaining why it sometimes reject apps…

Scanner Pro, Writer Pro, and more productivity apps go on sale for iOS

Several productivity apps have just gone on sale in the iOS App Store, including Scanner Pro, Fantastical 2 for iPhone, and Writer Pro. Unfortunately, it's unknown how long these deals will last.

Windows Phone store growing steadily, hits 300,000 apps

It may still be some way behind Apple's iOS store and Google's Play store for Android, but the Windows Phone store is growing steadily, with Microsoft revealing this week it now offers users of the platform more than 300,000 apps…
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Amazon rejects FTC demands over in-app purchases, willing to take matter to court

Having dealt with Apple earlier this year on the matter of in-app purchases, the FTC is now demanding Amazon make changes to its practices regarding such purchases. However, the e-commerce giant insists everything's fine as it is…

App store: Apple launches new ‘browse by category’ section to improve discovery

In an effort to bring a wider variety of apps to the attention of iDevice owners, and to help developers get their work discovered, Apple has launched a new 'browse by category' section for the iOS store featuring a bunch of curated app…
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Amazon offering nine Android photo-editing apps for free in Friday-only deal

Amazon Appstore is giving away nine Android apps instead of the usual one in Friday's 'Free App of the Day' deal. The bundle includes photo enhancement tools and will save you $17 if you grab the lot.

Apple jumps on selfie bandwagon, adds dedicated section to app store

Apple appears to have woken up to the selfie craze, on Thursday adding a 'Sharing Selfies' section to its iOS and Mac app stores. The new category features a range of free and paid offerings, all linked to the smartphone-based self-portrait…

Flappy Bird phenomenon: Clones make up a third of new iOS games

If Apple's app store team really was blocking Flappy Bird clones earlier this month, it seems like they may have given up and gone home, with a report claiming that a third of the 300 new games landing in the iOS store Thursday were Flappy…

Are Flappy Birds an endangered species? The perils of indie app developers

The Wild West of app stores is changing, and huge corporations are moving in. Can the little guy still find a way to thrive in the complex, crowded market for apps?
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The Pebble App Store is opening its doors on Monday

Good news if you're a Pebble owner: the official App Store is set to open its doors on Monday, providing a central resource for browsing, installing and managing apps from your smartphone.

Apple will pay $32+ million to parents with app-crazy kids

Apple has agreed to pay back millions to parents of children who went on app-store spending sprees, racking up hundreds and thousands in purchases.