South Korea Forces Apple and Google to change app store refund policy


For South Koreans, getting refunds from Apple and Google for less-than-stellar apps just got a lot easier. The new law comes from the Korea Fair Trade Commission, which is stepping in to revise app store policies from Apple and Google.


You can buy a gold-plated iPhone engraved with Vladimir Putin’s face for $4,300


Valdimir Putin is getting the same distinction as Steve Jobs, Muhammad Ali, and Leonardo da Vinci from Caviar, an Italian luxury brand that recently designed a special gold-plated iPhone in honor of the Russian president.


Apple unveils iOS 8, its biggest release since the launch of the App Store


Apple today unveiled its iOS 8 operating system, which includes new features for users, and new tools for developers to create better user experiences. In addition to new Messages features and and a focus on a more intuitive user experience, Apple has unveiled the iCloud Photo Library, Family Sharing, Apple’s QuickType keyboard, iCloud Drive, a new Health app, and more.


Hackers can now bypass iCloud’s activation lock to access ‘bricked’ stolen phones


Stolen iPhones and iOS products are at the mercy of hackers, who can unlock “bricked” devices using a new workaround for iCloud’s Activation Lock. The new tool, doulCi from Dutch hacker AquaXetine and Moroccan hacker MerrukTechnolog allows anyone to plug a phone into a computer in order to access the hacker’s server to unlock the device. (more…)

Apple’s app design Bible is now a free iBook through iTunes

app design bible

Apple’s app design Bible, iOS Human Interface Guidelines, is now a free download from iTune’s iBookstore. The guidelines were only previously available through Apple’s Developer Portal, but now it’s free as a convenient iBook document with useful annotations and videos.

Once inside the app design Bible, readers can glean some of the design decisions Apple developers go through when creating apps for iOS. From understanding what makes a great user experience to clean, simple color palettes and fonts – the book is a nice way to browse what was once only available as a PDF. (more…)

Juniper Research: Smartphone shipments reached 980 million in 2013


Research firm Juniper Research has released its latest report, measuring smartphone sales and shipments through the end of 2013. According to the report, global smartphone shipments reached 980 million in 2013, with 280 million shipped in Q4 of 2013 alone. This represents a 39 percent growth in shipments year-over-year.


Apple to pay at least $32.5 million in refunds for accidental in-app purchases


Apple has agreed to refund consumers whose children made in-app purchases in apps on iPhone and iPad, without parental consent. Apple will pay at least $32.5 million in refunds to settle a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC reports.


Apple: App Store sales cross $10 billion in 2013

Photo via Flickr / Cristiano Betta

Photo via Flickr / Cristiano Betta

Apple has announced its sales figures for 2013, revealing that customers spent over $10 billion on the App Store last year. Over $1 billion of that came from December alone, as new customers received iOS devices during the holiday season.


Report: Apple’s iPads led tablet sales in 2013


According to new data from The NPD Group, Apple’s iPads continued to lead the pack in tablet sales through 2013, accounting for 15.8 percent of all personal computing device sales in the US from January to November 2013. iPad sales actually decreased from last year’s figure, while Android and Windows tablet sales grew.


Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts app launches with free gifts on iOS

Image via Apple

Image via Apple

Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts app has gone live for 2013, offering users a free gift each day from today, December 26, until January 6. Whether you received a new iOS device during the holidays, or are a long-time user, the 12 Days of Gifts app is available to download for free and already includes one free gift.


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