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Apple updated its App Store rules Friday to allow emulators for retro console games globally with an option for downloading titles. However, the company warned that the developers are responsible for…

Apple changes App Store rules to allow retro game emulators globally

Nearly a week after Apple announced big changes to the App Store because of the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) rules, the company said that the market represents 7%…

Apple says EU represents 7% of global App Store revenue

App Store Optimization and Apple Search Ads are potent tools for promoting apps that can significantly boost conversion rates.

How we scaled our App Store performance by approximately 200% in 1 year

ChatGPT is the hottest topic of discussion in the tech industry. OpenAI’s chatbot that answers questions in natural language has attracted interest from users and developers. Some developers are trying…

App Store and Play Store are flooded with dubious ChatGPT apps

Could Lensa AI’s hybrid pricing be an example of a new path that more mobile app developers will follow?

Hybrid pricing can help app developers better monetize their apps

France-based music streaming service Deezer is testing a well-being app called Zen in Belgium that features content for guided yoga, meditation and inspiration. The app is currently only available on…

Music streaming service Deezer is testing a meditation app

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. Global app spending reached…

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Netflix’s app on iOS now has a sign-up button that will redirect you to its site so you can subscribe to one of its plans with the company paying no…

Netflix’s iOS app now has a sign-up button that takes you to its website

Google TV has had a busy couple of months, with a variety of changes, launches and updates. Today, the company announced that the Google TV app is now available on…

Google TV’s new app launches on the iOS App Store with the ability to use a mobile device as a remote

Ukrainians have turned to offline mapping and encrypted communication apps in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country, which is displacing millions who have left their homes to…

Ukrainians turn to encrypted messengers, offline maps and Twitter amid Russian invasion

Hide your “Tony the Tiger”/”Eugene Levy” fan fiction — those phrases, along with hundreds of others, are now banned from Tumblr’s iOS app. Now, any personal blog that flags itself…

Tumblr is at war with Apple over ‘mature’ content on its app again

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Apple’s App Store Connect will be open on Christmas: Can developers take advantage?

“It’s not just pushing a button while enjoying a hot chocolate, so for anyone who wants to launch an app in the middle of the holiday season, be prepared to mobilize the entire team.”

4:31 pm PST • December 22, 2021
Apple’s App Store Connect will be open on Christmas: Can developers take advantage?

Ben Rubin understands where social is going. In fact, he understands it so well, he’s always there early. Rubin is the current CEO and co-founder of Slashtalk and an angel…

Ben Rubin, who founded Houseparty, Meerkat and Slashtalk, will peer into the future of social at Disrupt

After meeting an ignominious end in 2017, the anonymous gossip app once popular with college students lives again. Yik Yak returned to the iOS App Store on Monday (sorry, Android…

Yik Yak returns from the dead

Thanks to Apple loosening App Store restrictions, Weedmaps users can now purchase cannabis within the popular app. This means Weedmaps users can browse, select and purchase cannabis and have it…

Weedmaps adds in-app cannabis purchasing for iPhone users

Great news for typo-prone tweeters: Twitter Blue, a $2.99 monthly subscription, appears to be coming soon to a Timeline near you. Two weeks ago, researcher Jane Manchun Wong first reported…

Twitter Blue, a $3 monthly subscription service, could be coming soon

The European Commission has issued a formal ‘statement of objections’ against Apple, saying today that its preliminary view is Apple’s app store rules distort competition in the market for music…

Europe charges Apple with antitrust breach, citing Spotify App Store complaint

Apple has launched a new app, Find My Certification Asst., designed for use by MFi (Made for iPhone) Licensees, who need to test their accessories’ interoperability with Apple’s Find My…

Apple launches an app for testing devices that work with ‘Find My’

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot…

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Spotify today has released its highly-anticipated iOS 14 widget with the latest app update. The new widget, which comes in both the small and medium sizes for the time being,…

Spotify launches an automatically updating iOS 14 widget

The California judge in the legal skirmish between Epic Games and Apple has denied Epic’s request that Apple be forced to reinstate Fortnite in the App Store, but did affirm…

Judge denies Epic’s request to force Apple to bring Fortnite back to App Store

European lawmakers are considering new rules for Internet giants that could include forcing them to share data with smaller rivals and/or put narrow limits on how they can use data…

Europe eyeing limits on how big tech can use data and bundle apps — reports

After taking a stand against Apple’s hefty cut of the money developers make through the App Store, Fortnite maker Epic Games shows no signs of backing down. The company filed…

Epic files motion for injunction against Apple over threat to revoke all developer access

Apple has another antitrust charge on its plate. Messaging app Telegram has joined Spotify in filing a formal complaint against the iOS App Store in Europe — adding its voice…

Telegram hits out at Apple’s App Store ‘tax’ in latest EU antitrust complaint

Apple today is again taking to the press to fight back against claims of anti-competitive practices on its App Store. Last month, the company detailed the results of a commissioned…

Apple digs in heels over its App Store commission structure with release of new study

Apple’s App Store faces antitrust scrutiny, a private space company plans to install a satellite for lunar communication and Boston Dynamics expands availability of its iconic Spot robot. Here’s your…

Daily Crunch: European regulators examine Apple App Store

Apple is under formal investigation by antitrust regulators in European Union — following a number of complaints related to how it operates the iOS App Store and also its payment…

Apple Pay and iOS App Store under formal antitrust probe in Europe

In Marc Benioff’s book, Trailblazer, he tells the tale of how Steve Jobs planted the seeds of the idea that would become the first enterprise app store, and how Benioff…

The story of why Marc Benioff gifted the AppStore.com domain to Steve Jobs

Apple’s decision to greenlight an app called HKmaps, which is being used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about street closures and police presence, is attracting the…

China attacks Apple for allowing Hong Kong crowdsourced police activity app

App store spending is continuing to grow, although not as quickly as in years past. According to a new report from Sensor Tower, the iOS App Store and Google Play…

App revenue tops $39 billion in first half of 2019, up 15% from first half of last year