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Apple's App Store Reaches 50 Billion Downloads, Now on Pace for 20 Billion Apps Per Year

Google bringing turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone…for free.

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Just a few days ago, Google announced the update for Android users in the UK that would give them the turn-by-turn navigation that US users had enjoyed for a bit.This free service leaves users of other devices feeling a bit left out, but Google gives them a bit of reassurance....
Google bringing turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone…for free.

Apple censors word 'jailbreak' among iTunes Store content

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Apple has begun censoring the world "jailbreak" among content in the iTunes Store, including the song "Jailbreak" by Irish rockers Thin Lizzy....
Apple censors word 'jailbreak' among iTunes Store content

China raps Apple once again, but this time over porn distribution

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Apple is under scrutiny again by the Chinese government, but not for poor customer service: it’s for pornography. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that an ongoing investigation is underway, which has caught up with Apple and other other small companies for providing ways to access pornographic content. According to...
China raps Apple once again, but this time over porn distribution
Apple Patent Applications Address User-to-User Resale and Lending of iTunes Store Content

Booting Up: Diaper Delivery Edition

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Storks. (Source: Nationaal Archief via Flickr) Citrus Lane, a baby care package subscription service, just raised $5.1 million in its first funding round [AllThingsD] Chinese users report being able to get onto Facebook despite ban [TechCrunch] New service, Google Drive will let users store content in a searchable cloud system...
Booting Up: Diaper Delivery Edition

Apple's App Store Reaches 25 Billion Downloads, Now on Pace for 15 Billion Apps Per Year

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Apple's App Store today reached 25 billion downloads since its inception in 2008, and along with the milestone comes the end of the company's "25 Billion App Countdown" promotion launched just over two weeks ago. The winner of the promotion, who is yet to be announced, will be awarded a...
Apple's App Store Reaches 25 Billion Downloads, Now on Pace for 15 Billion Apps Per Year
France calls Apple's decision to remove AppGratis 'extremely brutal and unilateral', will ask EU for tighter regulation
Twitter Launches New Music App for iOS and Web

European Playstation Network store broken following maintenance

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Following scheduled maintenance last week, the Playstation Network store in Europe, Australia and New Zealand is no longer working for many users. The problem, reported widely across the European Playstation forums, is that no content can be downloaded from the store, and download lists of previously purchased content are inaccessible....
European Playstation Network store broken following maintenance
More details regarding Google's Oct. 29 Android event arise: Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and more
Apple launches annual Back to School promotion for new Mac and iPad purchases

Improved H.264 Compression Holds Down File Sizes on 1080p iTunes Store Content

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Ars Technica takes a look at the new 1080p content available on the iTunes Store, showing how a "High" compression profile for H.264-encoded content on the iPhone 4S and new iPad and Apple TV are minimizing the increase in file size needed to move from 720p to 1080p. Comparison of...
Improved H.264 Compression Holds Down File Sizes on 1080p iTunes Store Content

iTunes 1080p Content Comes Close to Blu-ray Quality, But Can't Quite Match

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Last week, we took a look at the compression being employed by Apple with its new 1080p content on the iTunes Store, a feature that has allowed Apple to increase file sizes by only 15-25% compared to 720p even as the number of pixels have more than doubled. A number...
iTunes 1080p Content Comes Close to Blu-ray Quality, But Can't Quite Match

App Store Launches in 32 New Countries

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At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Tim Cook announced that the App Store would be launching in 32 additional countries this month, bringing the total number of countries with App Store access to 155. As documented in the country-selection page within the iTunes Store, those 32 new markets...
App Store Launches in 32 New Countries

Apple Rolling Out iTunes Store Music and Movies in Seven New Asian Countries

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Last week, e27 reported that Apple had invited Asian music label representatives to a "launch event" scheduled for tomorrow in Hong Kong, with speculation centering around a launch for iTunes Store music offerings in a number of countries in the region. Rumors have also indicated Jason Mraz will be performing...
Apple Rolling Out iTunes Store Music and Movies in Seven New Asian Countries
Too sexy for iOS: Apple directs ComiXology to yank 56 comics about sex, satan, & gay heroes

Clicker Raises Another $11 Million To Become The TV Guide Of Online Video

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Clicker, a comprehensive search engine for TV content on the web, has closed an $11 million Series B funding round led by JAFCO Ventures, with existing investors Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures also participating. JAFCO’s Joe Horowitz will join the Clicker board. The new funding brings Clicker’s total funding to $19...
Clicker Raises Another $11 Million To Become The TV Guide Of Online Video

Korea's KT launches app store in Japan in partnership with DoCoMo

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Korean operator KT has become the first in the country to extend its mobile app store roots overseas after it launched a platform in Japan, in partnership with the country’s largest operator, NTT DoCoMo, according to the Korea Herald. The Japan-based app store, ‘Olleh Market W’, has gone live as...
Korea's KT launches app store in Japan in partnership with DoCoMo

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse pushes Nexus 4 preorders early, promises delivery by October 30

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Getting a little ahead of itself, UK mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse has pushed live preorders for LG’s Nexus 4, confirming specifications and a delivery date of October 30. The Nexus 4, which is expected to be unveiled at Google’s Android-focused event on October 29, is listed as featuring the following...
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse pushes Nexus 4 preorders early, promises delivery by October 30

Amazon wins broad patent to create marketplace for used digital content

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Amazon has won a patent for an “electronic marketplace” where users can resell digital content. The company had filed for the patent in 2009 and it was awarded on January 29, 2013. GeekWire first reported the news. Here’s the description of the patent: Digital objects including e-books, audio, video, computer applications,...
Amazon wins broad patent to create marketplace for used digital content
Apple rolling out redesigned, automated iTunes Store content problem reporting tool

Redesigned Sony PlayStation Store now available in North America [video]

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The Xbox 360 isn’t the only console getting a UI revamp. While Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation 3 isn’t getting an OS update to its XMB interface, the completely redesigned PlayStation Store is now officially live in North America. The good news for PlayStation users is that finding and navigating between new PlayStation Store content...
Redesigned Sony PlayStation Store now available in North America [video]

Part Numbers Suggest Imminent Availability of iPad 3 and New Apple TV

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9to5Mac reports that reliable source Mr. X has revealed part numbers for at least some models of the iPad 3 as well as an updated Apple TV set-top box. According to the report, Apple is releasing three different variants of the new iPad, going by code names J1, J2, and...
Part Numbers Suggest Imminent Availability of iPad 3 and New Apple TV

Google to hand over $25 Play credit with each Nexus 7 tablet purchase

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Among the premature Google Play leaks this morning is a line about a purchase bonus, to come alongside each Nexus 7 tablet purchase. As a temporary incentive, Mountain View is offering customers a $25 credit to spend on Play store content, along with additional content, including a copy of...
Google to hand over $25 Play credit with each Nexus 7 tablet purchase

Barnes & Noble offers to repartition Nook Tablet storage, concedes you may need more than 1GB

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Are you one of the many infuriated with Barnes & Noble over how it partitioned the storage on the Nook Tablet -- leaving you just 1GB for you own files? Well, it looks like the company has learned from its mistakes. While only about 5GB is free to load...
Barnes & Noble offers to repartition Nook Tablet storage, concedes you may need more than 1GB

Google's Chrome Web store used to spread malware

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Crooks have found a new venue to push malware: the official Google Chrome Web Store. It was recently used to hawk Chrome browser extensions secretly hijacking users' Facebook profiles. According to Kaspersky Lab expert Fabio Assolini, one malicious extension hosted on Google's own servers contained hidden code that "can gain...
Google's Chrome Web store used to spread malware

RIM aiming to introduce carrier billing for BlackBerry apps in India this year

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It’s been quite a week for the smartphone ecosystem in India, following hot on the heels of Google’s decision to open paid Android apps and reports of a new Apple strategy, RIM has opened up about its plans to introduce carrier billing for BlackBerry devices in the country. Sunil Dutt,...
RIM aiming to introduce carrier billing for BlackBerry apps in India this year
Google Play store movies, shows, and magazines not coming to UK with Nexus 7

iTunes Made Easy

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Here's some guidance for podcasts, smart playlists, streaming audio, and what happens to your iTunes Store content when you're gone....
iTunes Made Easy
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