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Wearsafe for Apple Watch puts peers in touch with loved ones in an emergency

Wearsafe Labs, the startup behind the Wearsafe Tag, launched a new Apple Watch app that connects users with loved ones in an emergency. It's available as part of Wearsafe's $5-per-month subscription

Parker Planners' iPad app could be the nicest iOS planner we've seen yet

Parker Planners is known for its paper planners, but the company just launched version 2.0 of its app -- bringing the app to the iPad. Perhaps the best new feature is integration with notes and to-dos on iOS.

Uber could reportedly track iPhone users who deleted the app and reset their phone

Uber's use of "fingerprinting" -- a method that allowed it to track iPhones that had been reset -- almost got it banned from the App Store. The ridehailing company reportedly used it to combat fraud.

Chinese officials are cracking down and blocking access to Apple's App Store

Chinese officials are reportedly cracking down on Apple's App Store. It's part of a broader push to impose content-based restrictions on digital goods and services in the region.

Apple’s new Clips app hit nearly a million downloads in just four days

Apple's new Clips app reached almost a million downloads only four days after its debut, but despite some heavy promotion on the app store, it has so far failed to break into the top 20 in the iOS chart.

Android apps could rake in more cash than iOS this year — but there’s a catch

Thanks to dominant market share and a rapidly growing install base in burgeoning markets, Android may finally pass iOS this year in terms of app revenue, according to a report from analytics firm App Annie.

Apple bars price references on new titles appearing in the App Store

Apple has long discouraged developers from referencing price in the titles of its apps, and now it appears the firm is cracking down with a new policy. Apps containing words like "free" are no longer permitted in the App Store.

Indie Showcase: Apple to prominently feature indie games for the long haul

Apple's Indie Showcase will give independent games a prominent place to shine on the App Store. Leading up to the reveal, Apple offered discounts on numerous indie games, some of which occupy spots in the top-10 paid chart.

The iPhone’s switch to iOS 11’s 64-bit chip could make 187,000 apps obsolete

Apple's upcoming iOS 11, which the company is expected to announce in June, could end support for more than 187,000 apps because of a reported mandatory switch to 64-bit apps and games on the App Store.

Apple is strictly enforcing its rules against third-party app update services

Apple has begun sending notices out to developers warning them about using third-party services for app updates. What does that mean? Apps will now only update through the App Store -- which could help make apps safer.

App Store change boosted paid apps, pushed down those with in-app purchases

It might have been for an instant, but some eagle-eyed folks noticed that paid apps were more prominent in the App Store's Top Grossing charts than other apps that emphasize in-app purchases.

iPhone users spent double on entertainment apps in 2016 due to in-app purchases

While games continue to account for more than 80 percent of sales on the App Store, the entertainment category observed a year-over-year increase of 130 percent, according to the latest data from analytics firm Sensor Tower.
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Tinder makes a move: Dating app may add a Snapchat-like video feature

Tinder recently acquired Wheel, a collaborative video messaging app which allows users to add videos to other users threads around a common theme. Tinder said it plans to add video features to the popular dating app in the future.

That 'Bioshock' update for iOS is never happening, game removed from App Store

Publisher 2K Games has confirmed that Bioshock will not be receiving an update for iOS, meaning that it will not run on modern Apple hardware. The game has been removed from the app store.

Apps with emoji in their descriptions generate more downloads, study finds

Apps with emoji in their description generally generate more downloads than apps that lack them, according to a recent study. Results vary by demographic, country, and ethnicity.

When iOS 10.3 ships, developers will gain ability to respond to App Store reviews

It looks like Apple has finally allowed developers to respond to customer reviews on both its App Store and Mac App Store. That'll happen when iOS 10.3 ships in a couple of months.

Brexit fallout means iOS customers in U.K. will have to pay more for apps

As a result of Brexit-induced currency fluctuations, Apple announced that it's increasing the price of digital goods in its U.K. app stores. The change could come as soon as next Wednesday.

China mandates all app stores must register with government

Announced as part of a crack down on security issues and malware, the Chinese government now requires all app stores operating within the country to register with its central authority.