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iPhone’s App Store in EU gets just a marketplace status in iOS 17.4

With the latest iOS 17.4 beta 4, Apple now treats the iPhone App Store the same way it will treat third-party app stores in Europe. This was first spotted by X user iSoftware Updates and confirmed by BGR‘s European editor Chris Smith; Apple wants its users – or at least the European Commission – to know that it’s treating the iPhone App Store the same as it would treat any other third-place marketplace. Except that doesn’t make sense.When you try to download an app with your iPhone running iOS 17.4 in Europe,…

Invincible: Guarding the Globe, Ubisoft’s Free-to-Play RPG, Launched on iOS, Android

Ubisoft has released a new Invincible mobile game, based on Robert Kirkman's popular comic book series and its hit TV show adaptation. The studio launched Invincible: Guarding the Globe, a free-to-play idle RPG, on Monday. The game is now playable on iOS and Android devices and is also available on the Amazon store. The Invincible mobile game will let players take part in squad-based battles and repel invading alien forces.Invincible: Guarding the Globe is set in the same world from the comic books and the TV show and…

Fake crypto wallet iOS app drains thousands of dollars from users

Apple has allowed yet another fraudulent app to sneak through its review process, and this one managed to scam several users out of thousands of dollars. On February 16, the developers of Rabby Wallet warned that a fake iOS app was impersonating their crypto wallet on Apple’s App Store. Ironically, the legitimate app was still under review by Apple, while the fake app was live for days before Apple finally removed it from the App Store on Monday. 🚨 A FAKE iOS app has resurfaced. Please note that our iOS app is…

Apple Set to Face Over $500 Million Fine After EU Finds It Broke Rules to Silence Spotify, Other Rivals

Apple will face a European Union fine close to EUR 500 million ($539 million or roughly Rs. 4,475 crore) over the regulator's investigation into allegations it silenced music-streaming rivals, including Spotify Technology SA, on its platforms. The penalty — Apple's first ever from the bloc — will be set after the EU watchdog found that it fell foul of competition rules in thwarting rival music services from informing users that cheaper alternatives existed outside of its App Store, according to people familiar with the…

How parents with Apple iPhones can keep tabs on their Android phone-toting kids

In today's world, it has become necessary for parents to provide their children with smartphones for various reasons and one of them is to keep track of their safety. However, providing smartphones to children comes with lots of responsibilities as parents also have to restrict the usage of certain apps, websites, and content they consume, apart from the number of hours they spend on these devices. However, it gets tough to restrict children's smartphone usage when they own an Android device and parents have an iPhone.…

Apple Set to Face Near €500 Million EU Fine in Spotify Row

Apple Inc. will face a European Union fine close to €500 million ($539 million) over the regulator's investigation into allegations it silenced music-streaming rivals, including Spotify Technology SA, on its platforms. The penalty — Apple's first ever from the bloc — will be set after the EU watchdog found that it fell foul of competition rules in thwarting rival music services from informing users that cheaper alternatives existed outside of its App Store, according to people familiar with the matter.  Apple, when…

The EU is reportedly set to hit Apple with a $539 million fine in antitrust probe

Apple may be facing a fine of roughly $539 million (500 million euros) from the EU and a ban on its alleged anti-competitive App Store practices for music streaming services, according to . The publication, which cites five unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, reports that the European Commission will announce its ruling early next month.The probe stems from a 2019 antitrust complaint filed by Spotify and is focused on App Store rules that at the time prevented developers from directing customers to alternative…

Fortnite will return to iOS in Europe thanks to DMA

Epic Games is preparing to return to iOS in Europe, as a result of the EU regulation, the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the company has now confirmed. The Fortnite maker says it will offer both the game and the Epic Games Stores on mobile in Europe, it shared in a blog post that looked at the year in review and what’s ahead in 2024. While the DMA would make it possible for Epic Games to operate a mobile games store, the company’s developer account had been banned from both the App Store and Google Play after it…

Movie Piracy App Surpassed Netflix and Disney+ on App Store Before Apple Killed It

The piracy app Kimi, which let users watch stolen movies and TV shows on their iPhones, briefly surpassed streaming heavyweights on Apple’s App Store rankings before being removed by the company for violating its rules.IMDb Changes Rating System After Little Mermaid Review-Bombed | Future TechAccording to data from app intelligence firm Appfigures, Kimi managed to snag 4th place on the App Store’s free entertainment apps list on Monday and ranked 12th on top apps overall. This put it ahead of HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix,…

On Facebook and Instagram, Meta Touts New Way for Small Advertisers to Avoid Apple’s Fees

 Meta Platforms Inc. released new guidelines for small businesses that advertise on Facebook and Instagram, aiming to help them get around fees imposed by Apple Inc. Meta is advising the companies to buy ads through a web browser, rather than on the Facebook or Instagram iOS apps, according to guidance released Thursday. That will help them avoid an Apple commission that Meta said would take effect this month.  Apple's new policy requires advertisers to make an in-app purchase whenever they pay to “boost” social media…