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Developers are pumped about Apple’s new App Analytics service

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Today Apple gave access for developers to try its new App Analytics tool for the App Store. Originally announced last year at WWDC, developers can now use Apple’s analytics service to track everything from how people find their apps to how long they use them.

Based on early reactions, developers are pretty excited.

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Apple begins rolling out Watch section of App Store

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

Ahead of the Apple Watch’s release tomorrow, Apple has started rolling out a special section of the App Store for the device.

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Apple rejects iOS apps that support the Pebble watch

With Apple Watch on the way, Pebble gets its nose pushed out. Photo: Pebble

With Apple Watch on the way, Pebble gets its nose pushed out. Photo: Pebble

Apple has begun rejecting iOS apps that support Pebble, the immensely popular and more affordable alternative to Apple Watch.

One developer received an email to say that their app, SeaNav US, was no longer welcome in the App Store because it mentions the Pebble — a third-party mobile platform — in its description.

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WhatsApp voice calling comes to iPhone along with iOS 8 share extension

WhatsApp voice calling has arrived on iPhone. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

WhatsApp voice calling has arrived on iPhone. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

WhatsApp is no longer just an instant messaging service. In a new update now rolling out to users on iOS, the company is introducing new voice calling capabilities that allow you to phone family and friends anywhere and at no extra cost.

The update also brings an iOS 8 share extension and other new features and improvements.

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App Store’s ‘Explore’ feature powered by Apple startup acquisition

Could Apple really dump Google search? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Apple is trying to improve its search functions. Photo: Luke Dormehl/Cult of Mac

Considering how great its other products are, there’s little contesting the fact that Apple’s search functions have traditionally sucked.

That remains true to this day, although improvements are slowly being made — and proof of this is the newly-uncovered acquisition of a search startup called Ottocat, which now powers the “explore” tab in the App Store.

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A look at the first Apple Watch apps plus Periscope vs. Meerkat on The CultCast

OMG check out these cute meerkat Photo: Tambako The Jaguar (Flickr)

OMG check out these cute meerkats. Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr CC

This week on The CultCast: With Apple Watch apps now hitting the store, we discuss some of the most popular ones. And if you want an Apple Watch you absolutely need to preorder — we’ll tell you why and how. Plus: Periscope! Learn all about it and why it’s way better than Meerkat. All that and so. Much. More…

Our thanks to lynda.com for sponsoring this episode! Learn virtually any application at your own pace from expert-taught video tutorials at lynda.com.

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A look at the first Apple Watch apps plus Periscope vs. Meerkat on The CultCast

Full show notes ahead!

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Facebook Messenger’s app store is here, and it sucks

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Facebook Messenger’s app platform is off to a pretty ‘meh’ start. Photo: Alex Heath/Cult of Mac

Facebook is building its own kind of app store around Messenger, or so was the pitch at the social network’s F8 conference last week.

But now that the new platform, which manifests itself as a list of approved iOS apps that integrate with Messenger, is out in the wild, it’s not that impressive.

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App Store, iTunes and other Apple services are down

Ain't that just the way that life goes down, down, down, down. Photo: Apple

Ain’t that just the way that life goes down, down, down, down. Photo: Apple

Update: Apple has updated its service status page to reflect the problem, although there’s still no word on when it will be fixed.

Apple is having problems with a number of its services, with the iTunes Store, App Store and Mac App Store all experiencing sporadic outages, while app submission service iTunes Connect is also down and beta testing platform TestFlight is unavailable to some.

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Apple rejected Buzz Aldrin’s space app for having too much Buzz Aldrin

Photo: Polar Motion

Photo: Polar Motion

Buzz Aldrin was one of the first humans to step foot on the moon. Now he’s trying to make the big leap toward becoming an iOS developer, but Apple keeps rejecting his app, Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager, because of one tiny problem: It features too much Buzz Aldrin.

The App Store admissions team reportedly told Aldrin’s development team that the his game “contains well-known third parties.” What?!

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with these great apps, movies and books

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with your favorite apps. Photo: Cult of Mac

The Year of the Goat is finally upon us and to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year, Apple has curated a special section in iTunes full of apps, movies, books, and music to mark the special occasion.

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