Security firm finds sketchy ‘fleeceware’ apps in iOS App Store

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The App Store may not always be impervious to "Fleeceware."
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A cyber-security firm in the United Kingdom has identified 32 iOS apps that it dubs “fleeceware” for subscriptions and in-app fees that amount to a form of online fraud.

More than 3.5 million iOS users installed the apps, most of which were image editors, QR and barcode scanners, horoscope and fortune-telling apps and face filters for selfies. Two astrology apps making the list are among the first 20 in top-grossing iPhone apps in the UK.

Amazon Prime Video mysteriously disappears from App Store [Update: It’s back]

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For a while today, this was all you got if you tried to download the Amazon Prime Video app.
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Update: The Amazon Prime Video app is back in the iOS App Store after mysteriously disappearing for much of the day. Why this high-profile app went missing for so much of the day remains unknown.

Whether its disappearance resulted from a simple glitch or some sort of quickly resolved dispute between Apple and Amazon isn’t yet clear.

Apple goes all in on classic Texas Hold’em app

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The updated version of Apple’s Texas Hold’em doesn’t need a clickwheel to play.
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If you loved playing Texas Hold’em on your iPod in 2006, we have great news for you. Apple has brought this classic game back with a significant redesign.

And, unlike the original version, it’s free.

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iWork could expose user data to U.S. authorities.
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Apple removes 17 malware apps which secretly clicked on ads
Nothing makes it onto an Apple App Store without a human looking at it. That takes less time than you might think.
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The App Store had a great Q4, including its best week ever.
The App Store had a great Q4, including its biggest week ever.
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Apple App Store revenue almost double that of Google Play

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Apple's redesign of the App Store with iOS 11 probably helped increase software downloads and revenue.
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In the battle of the mobile software stores, Apple has a huge lead. Consumers spending in the iOS App Store during the first half of this year was almost double that of rival Google Play.

But there’s good news for both companies, as each experienced solid year-over-year growth. 

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Steve Jobs on the cover of Time magazine in 1982.
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