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November 19, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple has approved 1 million mobile apps for its iOS App Store, according to a company that tracks downloadable software. Only 736,247 apps are currently live, but since Apple launched its App Store in 2008, 1 million apps have been approved and made available for download, according to a report by the Next Web , which cites information from Appsfire , an app discovery and promotion platform. The number of live apps is lower than the number of approved apps because some apps have been taken down by their developers and or by Apple, according to the Next Web. Paid apps account for about 493,000 of the apps approved to date and 336,000 of the current apps, the report says.
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BUSINESS
November 5, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is beefing up its iPhone and iPad app Monday with an update that will add several handy features for gift giving and managing photographs. Most notably, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based social network said users of the iOS app will now be able to use the Gifts feature Facebook introduced for its website back in September . That feature lets users buy and send real presents to their friends, particularly when its for their birthdays. The Gifts feature on the iOS app will be available only for U.S. users, the company said.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Tracking data usage on an iPhone just became a lot easier. Menlo Park-based software developer Onavo has released a new free app called Onavo Count for iPhone users that will show you just how much cellular data each of your apps that connects to the Internet has been using. If you're like most people and have a limit to your monthly data plan, this should be helpful. "Onavo Count solves the mystery of your monthly bills by giving you a bird's eye view of the data used by each app," the app's App Store description says.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's head of mobile software, Scott Forstall, is leaving the company following the release of Apple Maps and Siri, two major projects that were considered flops for the technology giant. Forstall will serve as an advisor to Chief Executive Tim Cook before leaving the company next year, Apple said in a press release Monday afternoon. Besides Apple Maps and Siri, Forstall is credited with leading several releases of Apple's desktop operating system Mac OS X. He originally came to the company after working for NeXT, the start-up Steve Jobs created and sold to Apple on his return to the company.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Just a few weeks ago, Apple executives were on stage during the iPhone 5 launch event in San Francisco touting the company's new in-house Maps app, which includes turn-by-turn directions, voice integration and a 3-D "flyover" feature. But once the software was released, the backlash was swift and severe. It got so bad that Chief Executive Tim Cook acknowledged Friday that Apple "fell short" with the homegrown app, which replaced Google Inc.'s popular Maps app on iOS 6 devices including the new iPhone 5. PHOTOS: Apple's fizzled products In a letter posted on the company's website, Cook apologized for the maligned app and, in a rare move, encouraged users to find alternatives while the company worked to fix the software's numerous flaws.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In a rare and surprising move, Apple has apologized for the shortcoming of its new Maps app through a letter posted online by Chief Executive Tim Cook. "At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers," Cook said in the letter . "With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. "We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Apple has been taking it on the chin for what has widely been perceived as a failure of its homegrown Maps feature that replaced Google Maps in iOS 6. The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg wrote  that the Maps app is the biggest drawback of the new iPhone, which only runs iOS 6, and that it a step backward from the Google Maps that came with previous version of iOS. PC Mag ran a story outlining six different ways that Google Maps...
BUSINESS
September 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
One of the great new features on iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 is a new app called Passbook, but for a lot of people who updated their devices with the new operating system, the app simply won't work. In theory, Passbook will let you keep digital passes in one location. When you open the app, you get a screen saying you can use Passbook to store digital copies of flight boarding passes, event tickets and coupons. Target on Thursday announced it would support mobile coupons on Passbook.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is set to release its latest operating system, iOS 6, on Wednesday, just a few days before the launch of the iPhone 5. Here are a few of its best features and why Apple users may want to update their devices. Siri for new iPad (third generation) and iPod Touch (fifth generation) For the first time, Siri will no longer be exclusive to the iPhone. Siri will be making the leap to the third-generation iPad and the fifth-generation iPod Touch. Siri will also be capable of doing more things, including opening apps, finding sports, movie and restaurant information, and posting what you say directly to Twitter or Facebook, which brings us to...
BUSINESS
August 30, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
If you want to know how many people are dying at the hands of U.S. drone strikes, the Drones+ app is for you. It sends a text alert to your iPhone whenever the media reports casualties from a drone strike. It also compiles media reports about the strike, and shows you a Google map with locations of other strikes in the area marked by red pushpins.  If that sounds interesting to you, we've got bad news. You can't have it. Apple has rejected the app from its App Store three times this summer.
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