Apple pulls games with Confederate flag artwork from App Store

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Apple's yanking down the Confederate flag
Apple's yanking down the Confederate flag
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It’s been over 150 years since the South lost to the Union army in the American Civil War, but only recently has the call to finally remove the Confederate Flag from public places picked up steam. Now Apple is getting in on the action too by banning all Civil War games from the App Store that display the Confederate Flag in “offensive and mean-spirited ways.”

10 rules for classy apps – a developer manifesto

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Apps that do no evil
Apps that do no evil
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If you ever dig into the privacy policies of app developers, be prepared for a shock. This is where they confess their sins: invading your privacy, selling your data, and pestering you with popups and unwanted ads.

As the App Store becomes increasingly crowded and competitive, many developers struggle to make a profit. Some turn their attention to alternative sources of revenue and the quality of their apps suffer as a result.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are the 10 rules for developers to keep things “classy.”

App Store facelift brings out the beauty in Watch apps

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Apple Watch App Store previews
Left: Old 'n' busted. Right: New hotness.
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Apple’s rolled out some much-needed changes to how Apple Watch preview screens look in the App Store.

Have you looked at those shots lately? They look weird. And depending on which version of iOS you’re currently running, that could mean “horrible” or “way better than before, holy crap.”

iOS and OS X bug lets attackers steal passwords from iCloud Keychain

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Researchers cracked iCloud Keychain and bypassed App Store approval processes.
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A group of six university researchers claim to have successfully bypassed Apple’s tight App Store approval processes to publish Mac and iOS malware apps. According to the report, the team presented the zero-day vulnerability to Apple back in October 2014 and were told to keep quiet about it for at least six months.

Luyi Xing, a security researcher who helped expose the zero day vulnerability, still has yet to hear back from Apple on a possible fix.

The most awesome new apps you might have missed this week

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Awesome Apps of the Week

It’s the weekend, which means that Cult of Mac is ready to bring you a roundup of the last week’s best new app releases and updates for iOS and Mac.

From the week's best new iOS shooter, to a significant live-streaming app update to Twitter, to a gorgeous new Mac Twitter client, we've got what you need to make your next week an 'appy one

Pun fully intended!

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Opener

Opener solves a problem many users have with web-links on iOS: namely that links routinely ignore the native apps users already have installed on their phones. As an example, tapping a news article featuring a tweet will likely direct you toward Twitter’s mobile site as opposed to the Twitter app.

Opener gives you the option of choosing which native apps you want to open each link with. Apple may well add this feature to a later version of iOS but, for now, Opener is your best available solution.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $1.99

Download: App Store

Photo: Opener

Periscope

Sure, live-streaming app Periscope has been around for more than the last week, but it got a pretty significant update over the past seven days.

Anyone who has used Periscope knows that the search function is one of the app’s weakest points. This week’s 1.1 update gives you the ability to sort streams by location using a new map view which appears on the ‘global’ tab. It also now lets you replay streams immediately after they end, rather than having to wait until users upload them.

Bit by bit, Periscope is becoming the game-changing app we want it to be.

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Photo: Periscope

Hitman: Sniper

Speaking of games, Square Enix’s Hitman: Sniper is up there with the week’s most anticipated releases. Putting you back in the shoes of Agent 47, Hitman: Sniper asks you to stealthily dispatch targets with your trusty sniper rifle across a whopping 150 missions. Following on from the fantastic mobile Hitman: Go game, Hitman: Sniper is a whole lot of fun. Albeit perhaps not one for the kids.

Available on: iPhone

Price: $4.99

Download: App Store

Trakcar

Some apps flashily announce their presence. Others just run quietly in the background, while providing us with incredibly useful functionality. TrakCar is an example of the latter. Designed to help you find your way back to your vehicle after you’ve parked it, the app automatically records your parking location when you arrive somewhere, and then guides back there when you’ve finished.

On top of this you can enter manual parking locations where required. The only downside is that running GPS in the background on your iPhone can have an effect on battery life. But, hey, so can walking around for hours without remembering where you left your car!

Available on: iPhone

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Photo: TrakCar

Tweetbot

Our last recommended app of the week is an update to the popular third-party Mac Twitter client, Tweet. Not only does Tweetbot support features like GIFS, group DMs and embedded video (which Twitter’s official app doesn’t), but it looks just plain beautiful on OS X Yosemite — with the kind of streamlined UI we can only dream of Twitter adding.

To put it simply, if you use Twitter on your Mac, this is the app you want to use to do it. ‘Nuff said.

Available on: Mac

Price: $12.99

Download: Mac App Store

Photo: Tweetbot