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John BrownleeJohn Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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New App Store section showcases non-freemium games

Apple is now promoting "Pay Once & Play" games on the iOS App Store. Photo: MacStories

Apple is now promoting “Pay Once & Play” games on the iOS App Store. Photo: MacStories

Let’s face it: Freemium games and games with an inordinate number of in-app purchases are out of control on the App Store. To a certain extent, that’s understandable: Developers are hard-pressed to get anyone to download their games if they charge money for them, which means it’s all a race to the bottom. The only way to get any visibility is for developers to release their games free, then hope they can make money later.

In a refreshing move, though, Apple is trying to do something about its freemium problem, by highlighting “Pay Once & Play” games that charge players once upfront, then never bug them for more money again.

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Apple finally enforces ‘no guns in App Store’ rule

Developers are having to blur guns from App Store screenshots. Photo: Touch Arcade

Developers now blur guns in App Store screenshots. Photo: App Store

Apple is turning away developers who try to submit apps with guns in their screenshots or icons. But this isn’t a case of Apple introducing new rules to the App Store, so much as it is one of the company finally enforcing rules that have been there all along.

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Here’s Windows 98 running on an iPad Air 2

Here's Windows 98 running on an iPad Air 2. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Here’s Windows 98 running on an iPad Air 2. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Ever wanted to run Windows 98 on your iPad Air? Uh, chances are, probably not, and even if you did, it hasn’t been possible. At least not until now. Behold, Windows 98 running on an iPad Air 2!

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Apple confirms Aperture will die when Photos for Mac launches

Screenshot: Cult of M

Screenshot: Cult of M

For those of us who have long been suffering under the tyrrany of iPhoto, Photos for Mac represents a beautiful new frontier of speedy and powerful photo-editing on the Mac. But if you’re an Aperture lover, Photos for Mac represents something more bitter: the total killing of Apple’s pro photo-editing suite in favor of a more consumer-oriented product.

If you’ve been hoping for a last minute reprieve, and for Tim Cook to step in and save Aperture, sorry, we’ve got bad news. Once Photos for Mac launches, you won’t even be able to buy Aperture on the App Store anymore.

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Who says Apple doesn’t care about backward compatibility?

Who says Apple doesn't care about backwards compatibility? Photo: Matthew Pearce

Who says Apple doesn’t care about backward compatibility? Photo: Matthew Pearce

Apple has a reputation for not being afraid to move on.

Buy a new iPhone, and you’re lucky if iOS supports your device just four years down the line. Buy a Mac? Apple’s constantly making older models obsolete with every new OS X release. Heck, there’s an entire ocean of old PowerPC apps that were orphaned by Apple when they migrated to Intel.

Yet Apple isn’t without loyalty to the gadgets that once made it great. Case in point: If you plug a first-gen iPod into your modern-day Mac, iTunes 12 will still sync with it.

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So long, iOS 8 jailbreak: Apple stops signing iOS 8.1.2

So long, iOS 8 jailbreak. Photo: Redmond Pie

So long, iOS 8 jailbreak. Photo: Redmond Pie

Bad news, jailbreakers. Apple has stopped signing iOS 8.1.2, the last jailbreakable version of the iOS 8 operating system. That means that unless you already have iOS 8.1.2 installed, you won’t be able to jailbreak using existing methods until another exploit comes down the pipeline.

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The Genius Bar might be losing its logo

Photo: Mack Male / CC

Photo: Mack Male / CC

It looks like we might be witnessing the end of an era. Apple is apparently taking down the iconic atom symbol signs from behind the Genius Bars of many of their Apple Stores, removing one of the most whimsical and fun branding elements from their retail presence.

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iPhone 6 Plus owners use twice as much data as those who buy the iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus users use twice as much data as iPhone 6 owners. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

iPhone 6 Plus users use twice as much data as iPhone 6 owners. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

The bigger the screen, the more data you use. That’s the maxim that anyone looking to min-max their data plan every month should follow if they want to keep their bills low.

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Apple could sell 320 million iOS devices in 2015

Photo: Cult of Mac

Photo: Cult of Mac

Last year, despite the constant cries from naysayers that Cupertino had lost its edge, Apple blew past all expectations by shipping over 259.5 million iOS devices.

So how many iOS devices will Apple ship in 2015? According to one reputable industry analyst, a staggering 320 million iOS devices.

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Sling TV, the Netflix for cable, opens doors to all subscribers, with new channels coming

Sling television interface. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Sling television interface. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Sling TV — the Dish-owned streaming service that does for cable what Netflix did for video tentals — has just announced that it is opening its door to the general public. And if the cable stations it currently has on offer don’t entice you to sign up for its $20 per month subscription, well, some more channels are coming down the pipeline soon.

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