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Amazon Takes Down Sim City, But Not Before The Haters Gave It More Than 2,500 One-Star Reviews

Helpshift promises to help developers avoid one-star reviews

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There’s no good way to handle a negative app review. Developers are forced to watch as users leave one-star ratings that appear directly next to the “download” button, as people they’ve never even met dismiss the exhausting days and endless nights they spent developing a product they imagined to be...
Helpshift promises to help developers avoid one-star reviews
Apple patches Siri, no longer says Lumia 900 is 'best smartphone ever'
Halo 4 iOS Scam Apps Look To Lure Unsuspecting iPhone And iPad Owners Over Holiday Freeze

Apple Resets App Ratings For Developers Affected By App Crashing Bug

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One more update on this week’s “app-ocalypse” – Apple says it has resolved the issue which caused iOS and Mac apps to crash upon launch, and it has now pushed out new, untainted updates to fix the previously corrupted apps. But in developers’ minds, the bigger worry here had been...
Apple Resets App Ratings For Developers Affected By App Crashing Bug
The Amazon Appstore for Android turns one, offers 50% and up off select apps
Japanese retailer Rakuten botches Kobo Touch launch, leaving opportunity for Amazon's Kindle
Apple’s iPhoto For iOS Tops 1 Million Users

Apple's App Store Is Getting Punked By A Mysterious Maker Of Crude Games, And Nobody Knows How They're Doing It

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There's something weird going on in Apple's App Store. Last week, I called attention to Dental Surgery, an unbelievably bizarre iPad app, which had somehow risen to become one of the most popular free apps in the store. Within hours, it was gone. This week, a new app called Nose...
Apple's App Store Is Getting Punked By A Mysterious Maker Of Crude Games, And Nobody Knows How They're Doing It

Yahoo caught posting reviews for Axis on iTunes Store

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A trio of App Store user reviews for Yahoo's new Axis mobile browser appear to have been written by Yahoo employees. Staff at TheNextWeb looked at the app's user ratings, finding three five-star reviews from Yahoo employees included. The reviews are just a few among a number of positive reviews...
Yahoo caught posting reviews for Axis on iTunes Store

Facebook Home gets slew of 1-star reviews on Google Play

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Facebook Home gets slew of 1-star reviews on Google Play

Evernote Listens To Unhappy Skitch 2.0 Users: Brings Back Some Old Features And Version 1.0

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Earlier this month, Evernote launched version 2.0 of Skitch, the popular screenshot tool the company acquired in 2011. Sadly, Skitch 2.0 didn’t just do away with Skitch’s idiosyncratic but highly functional user interface, but it also dropped a number of features in the process. Version 2.0 currently has a 1.5-star...
Evernote Listens To Unhappy Skitch 2.0 Users: Brings Back Some Old Features And Version 1.0
Apple Promotes Self-Published Titles with New 'Breakout Books' Section

Reviewing the Reviewers' Story

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The reaction to a story about writers buying five-star reviews suggests several things: this sort of fakery has been going on for a long time, it is pervasive with books as well as other items, and there are few remedies in sight. Caveat emptor....
Reviewing the Reviewers' Story

Chomp raises $2M for iPhone app recommendations — launches new site and features at Chomp.com

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iPhone application recommendation site Chomp has raised another $2 million in funding, after showing strong growth since its launch eight weeks ago. Thus far the site has gathered 300,000 users, who have left 1.5 million reviews. The company has also acquired the domain Chomp.com and relaunched its website with new...
Chomp raises $2M for iPhone app recommendations — launches new site and features at Chomp.com
Google finally does something with Zagat, adds reviews with launch of Google+ Local

Developer says piracy forced Dead Trigger Android game to go free

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'Unbelievably high' level of unpaid-for downloads despite game's $0.99 priceWith 400m activated devices and another 1m added every day, Android is on a roll. So why are many games developers still wary of porting their iOS titles to Google's platform? Piracy is a key reason.Developer Madfinger Games is the latest...
Developer says piracy forced Dead Trigger Android game to go free

Guy Kawasaki On Self-Publishing In The 21st Century [Video]

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Last week, Guy Kawasaki joined us ReadWrite Editor-in-Chief Dan Lyons in San Francisco for the second ReadWrite Mix event, he shared the secrets of his new book: APE - Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. In the following clips, Guy discusses his unique writing process and how to leverage social media for promotion....
Guy Kawasaki On Self-Publishing In The 21st Century [Video]

Beyond 5 Stars: Foursquare Looks For A Smarter Way To Rate Businesses

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We all understand the five-star rating system. But does it really provide us with valuable information? Foursquare says nay. Foursquare is experimenting with a new ratings system that gives users more information about a particular business than the often-arbitrary five-star system employed by services such as Yelp. A new...
Beyond 5 Stars: Foursquare Looks For A Smarter Way To Rate Businesses

Facebook Home For Android Will Be Available To International Users Today

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If you live outside the United States, have the prerequisite hardware, and have been absolutely dying for a chance to (officially) take Facebook Home for a spin, today is your lucky day. Speaking at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in New York, Facebook VP of mobile engineering Corey Ondrejka...
Facebook Home For Android Will Be Available To International Users Today

Meet Thermodo: A Tiny External Thermometer That Lives In Your iPhone's Headphone Jack

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This embed is invalid Danish startup Robocat has built a lot of software for Apple’s iOS devices, but today the company is branching out with the launch of a new hardware accessory for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. It’s called Thermodo, and it’s a very small hardware thermometer that...
Meet Thermodo: A Tiny External Thermometer That Lives In Your iPhone's Headphone Jack

Apple says that app corruption issue has been rectified, to delete and reinstall affected apps

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Apple has issued a statement to All Things D, stating that the app corruption issue that has been plaguing the App Store has been corrected. Apple says that it affected a ‘small number of users’, though we saw relatively widespread reports of the problem. The statement from Apple: We had...
Apple says that app corruption issue has been rectified, to delete and reinstall affected apps

Facebook Home Hit with Poor Reviews as 48% of Users Award It 1 Star

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Facebook released its new Home app launcher and home screen for Android on Friday, but just a few hours after arriving on Google Play, initial user reviews suggest it isn’t off to a good start. As of 2:10pm PDT, the application had received 398 one-star reviews out of 834, or 47.7%,...
Facebook Home Hit with Poor Reviews as 48% of Users Award It 1 Star

On Amazon, Cooking Up Friendly Reviews

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Writers need reviewers to promote their books on Amazon. Is it permissible to send a potential reviewer a gift certificate for the price of a book? How about asking friends to review you? What about five-star reviews that say the reviewer hopes to read the book sometime soon?...
On Amazon, Cooking Up Friendly Reviews

Complaints Against Yelp’s “Extortion” Practices Grow Louder

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Yelp has been hit with another lawsuit, the third in a matter of a few weeks. Like the previous law suits, this lawsuit filed by Boris Levitt, the owner of Renaissance Furniture Restoration in San Francisco, claims that Yelp’s “unfair and unethical conduct in promoting, marketing and advertising its website...
Complaints Against Yelp’s “Extortion” Practices Grow Louder

The Future Of Mobile-Social Could Spell The End For Social Networks

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Editor’s note: Keith Teare is the founder of just.me, and a partner at Archimedes Labs. He is also the co-founder of TechCrunch. Follow him on Twitter @kteare. Because of Google I/O, this was a momentous week for those of us who are watching the rapid transition that is taking place from...
The Future Of Mobile-Social Could Spell The End For Social Networks

Facebook Home over a week later: only 500K installs with a two-star user rating

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Facebook’s betting a lot on its Home Android skin — but it looks like users aren’t biting just yet. Yesterday, more than a week after Facebook Home launched in the U.S., the app finally reached the 500,000 installation...
Facebook Home over a week later: only 500K installs with a two-star user rating

iPhone apps hit by App Store corruption

www.guardian.co.uk
More than 70 apps which have been updated since 3 July are crashing on launch, apparently due to a problem with Apple's FairPlay DRM systemScores of apps, including the free version of Angry Birds, which have been updated in Apple's App Store for both iOS and Macs over the past...
iPhone apps hit by App Store corruption

Beware of Michael Jackson's online thought police

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Jacko's vigilante fans have attempted to preserve their idol's reputation by bombarding a new biography of him with one-star reviewsCyberspace is home to a bewildering number of vigilante groups policing all sorts of perceived thought crimes. Among them is a bunch of enthusiastic Michael Jackson fans, who patrol the internet...
Beware of Michael Jackson's online thought police
Attack reviews on Amazon: An epic Michael Jackson biography sparks debate
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