Posts tagged ‘AppStore’

October 17, 2011

15% off iTunes gift card at Best Buy


It’s probably a good time to buy those holiday iTunes gift cards, especially since Best Buy is taking 15 % off with free shipping. Best Buy is selling gift cards of $15, $25, $50, $100 and 3 pack $10 value at the discount sale. These are good to use with music, video, books, Mac/OSX apps. Best Buy also has other gift cards exclusively for App Store and, iTunes and iBookStore purchases.

September 12, 2010

Apple has a change of heart?


My my, Apple suddenly had a change of heart? Apple is now allowing apps developed using third party software tools  in its App store (they banned these back in April). Why the sudden change of heart? Apple claims that they are responding to its developers complains and “have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart” What does this mean? Adobe is back in the game! Adobe released a statement via their blog that Packager apps (apps created using Adobe’s Packager for the iPhone) has now been approved for the App store. Although, Adobe did point out that Flash content running on iOS browsers  is still restricted (no bitterness here right?).In addition, Apple has also changed its rules on outside advertising. Of course, Google took the chance to address the fact that AdMob can now be used in iOS.

Bottom line, hopefully this is just the first of many changes that Apple will make. Maybe Steve Jobs is realizing that in order to be competitive you actually have to collaborate with other companies instead of alienate them!


Adobe’s  Flash packager tool, earlier restricted, can now be used to develop iOS apps.  I’m sure native app developers (not using third party tools), are mourning this since now they have to compete with the sub-par applications developed using these third party tools. Either way, I think Apple will still hold tight reins on the Apps allowed in the App Store. The apps, irrespective of the tools used to develop them, will now be judged based on their own merit and on the actual quality of the app itself.

GoogleChic, I think it is more of Apple trying to keep the developers happy  rather than trying to bond with Adobe or Google. Hasn’t Apple already proven that it doesn’t need company collaboration to drag it down?

To bring transparency to the App Store review process, Apple has published the guidelines on which apps are reviewed. Here’s the funny part from the introduction of the document.

GoogleChic, this is your laughter medicine for the day 🙂

– We have lots of kids downloading lots of apps, and parental controls don’t work unless the parents set them up (many don’t). So know that we’re keeping an eye out for the kids.
– We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps. If your app doesn’t do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted.
– We will reject Apps for any content or behavior that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, “I’ll know it when I see it”. And we think that you will also know it when you cross it.
– If your app is rejected, we have a Review Board that you can appeal to. If you run to the press and trash us, it never helps.
– This is a living document, and new apps presenting new questions may result in new rules at any time. Perhaps your app will trigger this.

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August 5, 2010

Androids, Want to save your personal information?


As if the Google Toilet video does not rub it in your face, now an Android WallPaper App has been found collecting and sending personal user information. Androids,  here’s something for you to mull over:

1. How does Google protect you?

Oops. Sorry! Google does not help you in that division. Did’nt you say its an “OPEN” Market Place? (where it lets anyone and everyone in)

2. How can you protect yourself?

Now that you cannot trust Google, you might as well do it yourself. Check the app rating in Market Place, read the comments, check the developer’s website etc OR you could just use the App Store on your iPhone because Apple is trying to keep you SAFE!

Android has used Apple’s tight rein on the App Store as its selling point. Little did Android know that it was soon to be bitten by its OPEN Market Place design. Only 20% of iPhone Apps vs. 47% of Android Apps use third party code.The same third party  code which could be sneaking out your personal information.

GoogleChic, Did you want a new wall paper for your precious Nexus? Save the download  and use this instead. 🙂


1. How does Google protect you?

AppleGirl, this is Google we’re talking about. Don’t you think they have a fail safe plan in place? Just like Apple, Google does review suspicious apps and can pull them from the Market. In this case, they pulled the wallpaper app until they completed the investigation. In addition, as part of the Android security they have the ability to remote wipe rogue apps from a phone.

I know what you’ll say next AppleGirl, invasion of privacy! Before remotely wiping the app, Google sends a notification to it’s user. Further, in order to use the Market you had to agree to the terms set out by Google in which they stated the remote app ability.

2. How can you protect yourself?

Before you install an app, there’s a can’t miss screen that alerts the user as to what the application will have access to. READ IT!!! If you don’t read it, it’s your own fault! As for you AppleGirl, you claim that you don’t need to do this with the iTunes store. Think again, did you check your credit card lately, did you buy some unwanted books that you didn’t know about?

So now, is the OPEN Market such a big deal as AppleGirl makes it? What do you think?

P.S. Google has completed their investigation on the wallpaper app, lifted the ban on the app and placed it back on the Market.

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