Insight Timer CEO Upset With Apple’s Abrupt Enforcement of App Store Rules

Apple has frustrated another app developer with arbitrary enforcement of its App Store rules, with Insight Timer CEO Christopher Plowman this week taking to LinkedIn and speaking with TechCrunch to complain about a frustrating experience with the ‌App Store‌ review team. Insight Timer is a meditation app that is subscription based. Customers pay $60 per […]

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Apple’s EU Changes: ‘They Think the Rules Don’t Apply to Them’

Spotify CEO Daniel EK today wrote a blog post criticizing the app ecosystem changes that Apple implemented in the European Union under the Digital Markets Act, accusing Apple of putting forward “a new plan that is a complete and total farce” under “the false pretense of compliance and concessions.” Ek says that Apple doesn’t “think […]

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Samsung absolutely rules the Latin American smartphone market

Samsung is the world’s biggest smartphone brand, and it has been so for the past decade or more. It does exceedingly well in the Latin American markets as well. Now, a new report shows how well-placed the company is in the Latin American region and how far other brands are from the South Korean firm. […]

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Chinese GPU recycling factories have a workaround for the US government’s newly imposed export rules — modified NVIDIA RTX 4090 cards serve as great AI accelerators

What you need to know The US government recently imposed new exportation rules preventing chipmakers from shipping graphic cards to China, citing concerns over uncontrolled military AI advances. While chipmakers like NVIDIA have since pulled their products from Chinese websites,  Chinese graphics card recycling factories are dismantling GeForce RTX 4090 gaming cards and repurposing them […]

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iFixit Urges FTC to Establish Stronger Right to Repair Rules

Popular repair site iFixit today sent a petition to the United States Federal Trade Commission calling for new Right to Repair rules that would protect consumer interests. iFixit’s petition calls attention to some of the “blocks” that manufacturers have put in place that prevent customers and independent repair shops from repairing their electronics, such as […]

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The US government’s newly imposed export rules block $5 billion worth of advanced AI GPUs from China

What you need to know The US government is doubling down on AI safety and recently imposed new exportation rules and guidelines affecting the shipment of AI chips to China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. The government seeks to establish control over these shipments as it fears the components will be used […]

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Apple Adopts Tighter Chinese App Store Rules, Closing Foreign App Loophole

Apple has started requiring new apps to show proof of a Chinese government license in order to be listed on the China App Store, as the company joins rival app stores that adopted the policy years earlier to meet tightening state regulations (via Reuters). Apple last Friday began requiring an “internet content provider (ICP) filing” […]

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Apple ‘Concerned’ About China’s New App Store Rules Banning Unregistered Foreign Apps

Apple staff met with Chinese officials in recent months to discuss concerns over new rules that will restrict Apple from offering many foreign apps currently available in its China App Store, according to a new paywalled Wall Street Journal report. China already blocks the website of many popular Western social media apps like Instagram, X […]

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Xbox to begin giving out strikes to accounts breaking the rules

What you need to know Xbox’s enforcement system tracks the reported behavior of players and punishes them accordingly for repeated community guidelines violations. On Tuesday, Xbox announced a sizeable update to this system to make it more transparent and easier to understand. Now, all community guidelines violations will result in strikes added to your account; […]

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Apple Doesn’t Have to Change App Store Rules Yet, Rules Supreme Court in Ongoing Epic Dispute

Apple does not need to change its “anti-steering” App Store rules while its legal dispute with Epic Games continues to play out, the U.S. Supreme Court decided today. Apple can maintain the ‌App Store‌ rules as is while the Supreme Court considers its appeal, according to Bloomberg Law. Apple’s anti-steering rules prevent developers from directing […]

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Apple Invites Developers to Vision Pro Coding Labs, Reveals Top-Secret Rules for Tester Kits

Earlier this week, Apple started accepting applications for one-day Vision Pro developer labs in Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo. These coding labs will allow developers to test and optimize their apps on visionOS, and Apple employees will be available to help with setup and troubleshooting. Apple has since started emailing the first developers […]

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Apple Rules Out Bid for Premier League Football Over Global Rights

Apple services chief Eddy Cue has effectively ruled out the company’s rumored bid to obtain the broadcasting rights to the English Premier League for Apple TV+. Apple has reportedly been interested in obtaining the rights to broadcast the Premier League as far back as 2012. Earlier this year, Bloomberg highlighted Apple’s consideration of a bid […]

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UK court rules that Apple infringed on two standard essential patents by Optis

Just last week Apple signed a long-term patent agreement with Nokia that covers 5G and other technologies. However, Cupertino has no such agreement with Optis Cellular Technology, which is suing Apple over eight patents. The UK Court of Appeal just confirmed a decision from March 2022 that states that Apple infringed on two of them. […]

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Microsoft is battling Xbox achievement spam games with new developer rules

What you need to know Some developers publish “achievement spam” games on the Xbox Store that only take minutes to complete, with achievements that can be earned with little to no effort at all. Microsoft is cracking down on these games with new rules added to its Xbox game certification requirements. Moving forward, new Xbox […]

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Epic Games Loses Again in Battle With Apple Over App Store Rules

Epic Games and Apple have been fighting over Apple’s App Store rules since 2020, when ‌Epic Games‌ opted to blatantly violate the guidelines that prevent apps from avoiding the in-app purchase system. ‌Epic Games‌ did so with the aim of kicking off a long legal battle, but it has not gone in Epic’s favor. In […]

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India to Crack Down on Pre-Installed Apps Under New Smartphone Security Rules

India plans to force smartphone makers like Apple to allow removal of pre-installed apps and mandate screening of OS updates under proposed new security rules, reports Reuters. Under the new rules, smartphone makers will need to include an uninstall option for pre-installed apps and new models will be checked for compliance by a lab authorized […]

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Google Working on Browser for iOS That Would Break Apple’s App Store Rules

Google’s Chromium developers are working on an experimental web browser for iOS that would break Apple’s browser engine restrictions, The Register reports. The experimental browser, which is being actively pursued by developers, uses Google’s Blink engine. Yet if Google attempted to release it on the App Store, it would not pass Apple’s App Review process. […]

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Twitter terminates third-party clients access after new developer rules

Twitter updated its Developer Agreement, essentially blocking third-party clients for good. Platforms like Twitterriffic and Fenix are now practically unusable, as they no longer have API access and were shut out earlier this week. The new rules state that it is not allowed to “create or attempt to create a substitute or similar service or […]

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Apple Watch Infringed Masimo’s Pulse Oximetry Patent, US Judge Rules

Apple infringed on one of medical technology company Masimo’s pulse oximeter patents when it launched Apple Watch models that use light sensors to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood, an International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled on Tuesday. Masimo, which designs pulse oximetry devices, has been embroiled in an ongoing battle with Apple […]

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OnePlus copying Samsung’s update promise shows who rules Android

We’ve long held that Samsung is the undisputed king of Android updates. This has been a considerable achievement for a company that didn’t have a great track record with updates. It went from being an example of how not to create a software policy to basically out-Androiding Google. This massive achievement was several years in […]

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