Apple Bans Use of Two Chemicals in iPhone, iPad Manufacturing

August 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After some pressure from rights group Green America and an investigating of its own, Apple has agreed that it will take steps to stop allowing suppliers from using dangerous chemicals that can have long-term effects on the health and well-being of its workers.

Apple announced on August 13 that it has taken the first steps to protect the workers who make their products (iPhones, iPads) overseas by banning the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of its products.

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How 'Got Light' Became Accidently Free

August 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Got Light developer Ben Reynolds explains how his game accidently became a freebie on the Apple App Store. The iOS puzzle game was recently released in the store but a minor programming error - one small line of code - turned his $1.99 game into a $0.00 game.

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Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop All Patent Lawsuits Outside the U.S.

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a joint announcement Apple and Samsung have agreed to halt all legal cases against each other outside the United States. The two companies have been suing each other around the world over a range of patent disputes in nine countries outside the U.S., including the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Germany, etc. In the joint statement the companies said that the agreement "does not involve any licensing arrangements," and that they would continue to pursue existing cases in U.S. courts.

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Advocacy Group Criticizes Games That Exploit Israel-Gaza Conflict

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A British advocacy group is criticizing games on Google Play and Facebook that glorify or minimize the tragedies surrounding the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The group, Council for Arab British Understanding, said in a statement to the BBC that these games glorify violence and normalize the conflict.

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Samsung Uses Recent SCOTUS Decision in Long-Running Patent Fight With Apple

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gave a crushing blow to supposed patent trolls with last month's ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank, Samsung is trying to use that same ruling to knock out two claims by Apple in its long running feud over mobile device patents. The Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank basically said that lower courts should be throwing out more cases that involve patents that are too abstract in nature to be legally valid.

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Apple Store Employee Lawsuit Certified as a Class Action by Calif. Judge

July 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A California judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed against the company by current and former Apple Store employees can be certified as a class action. Apple’s policies "made taking meal and rest breaks extremely difficult" and forced employees to work more than five hours without a break, noted California Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Prager in his decision to certify Felczer v. Apple, Inc. as a class-action lawsuit that covers an estimated 20,000 current and former Apple Store employees in the state.

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Report: Google Play Sees More Downloads in Q2, But iOS Earns More Money

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from App Annie suggests that Google Play is winning the app downloads race in the second quarter of 2014, but also points out that iOS is the still the platform that is securing the most revenue.

According to App Annie figures, in the latest quarter Apple's App Store made 80 percent more revenue than Google Play, but Google Play saw 60 percent more downloads. A lot of Google's growth was driven by consumers in Brazil, Thailand and India who helped to drive a 45 percent rise in downloads over the previous quarter.

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Apple Called Sexist Over Engraving Policy

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has been experiencing some pushback on Twitter this week after a consumer complained about the firm’s ‘sexist’ engraving rules. Justyn Hintze wrote a blog post explaining how Apple would not let her engrave the Alix Olson lyrics "I’ll give myself a lube job, shake my broomstick til my clit throbs" on her new iPad as it contained "inappropriate language."

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Apple's Motion to Stay Denied in App Store Patent Infringement Case

July 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal judge refused to stay patent-infringement claims by Smartflash regarding Apple's Store Kit Framework, which developers use to create apps.

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Report: Apple Tattled on Google to FTC About In-App Purchase Policies

July 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In January of this year Apple was the first company to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over Apple’s handling of in-app purchases. The company agreed to make it harder for children to purchase in-game content and apps without the express consent of parents or guardians, and Apple agreed to pay out $32.5 million to parents affected by its lax policy - and if the payouts were less than that amount the balance of the settlement would go to the FTC.

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Report: 85 Percent of 'Top-Grossing' Mobile Apps Are Games

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a study highlighted in The Guardian, 85 percent of the top 50 grossing apps on Apple and Android stores across the world are games. The data comes from Midia Research, and shows that 84.9 percent of the 700 apps covered by the study were games, with the next nearest category being social networking and only accounting for around 4.1 percent.

"The app economy is, for now at least, a games economy," the report concludes.

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Apple Pulls Pot Game From App Store

May 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Apple has pulled developer Manitoba Games' app about growing and dealing weed from its App Store. The game, called Weed Firm, was yanked from the Apple App Store because of its depiction of illegal activity, according to the developer. The game revolves around "the vicious and lawless career of Mr. Ted Growing," an expelled botany sophomore who decides to take over a pot growing operation. The goal of the game is to become the biggest pot dealer in town, by growing and selling to a cast of amusing and dangerous characters, all while avoiding the long arm of the law.

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Apple Bans 'HappyPlayTime,' A Game About Female Masturbation

May 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesIndustry International has an excellent article chronicling the plight of a female developer whose game was banned from Apple's App Store for depicting a sexual act. At first blush the game, HappyPlayTime, might sound like pornography, but it's more about education in a fun and entertaining way, according to its creator.

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Jury Foreman in Apple v. Samsung Patent Battle Says the Biggest Loser in the Case is the 'Consumer'

May 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The jury foreman in the most recent Apple v. Samsung patent showdown says that the biggest loser in the case wasn't the combatants, but consumers. Speaking to the San Jose Mercury News, jury foreman Thomas Dunham, a retired IBM supervisor who delivered the jury's decision in the case on Monday, said that the case was bad for consumers in the long run, but that he hoped it would help these two companies finally settle the matter outside of a courtroom in the future.

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Apple Shows Customers How to Get Refunds for 'Unauthorized In-App Purchases'

April 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Apple has laid out the steps consumers need to take in order to get a refund for unapproved in-app purchases in iOS apps, Polygon reports. The refund process is part of the company's efforts to fulfill its part in a recent $32.5 million settlement of a federal complaint.

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IPCom's Patent Infringement Cases Against Apple, HTC Dismissed by German Court

February 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A German court has dismissed two cases - one against Apple and another filed against HTC - by patent-assertion entity IPCom. The court rejected the company's assertions in both cases that its 3G/UMTS cellular standard patent was violated. The company was asking the court to award it $2.2 billion in its case against Apple.

The decision comes on the heels of a letter sent to the EU signed by Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and other tech companies deriding entities like IPCom, whose only business is to file lawsuits against other companies and extract settlements.

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Apple Urges Arizona Governor to Veto SB1062

February 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Putting aside the fact that the Arizona law that would allow businesses to refuse services to gays and lesbians is likely unconstitutional, critics are saying that it will also hurt the state's ability to engage in commerce across state lines, damage local businesses who do not want to refuse service to anyone and will be lumped in with those who do, and may cause companies who want to bring jobs to the state to find somewhere else to go (either they are publicly opposed to the bill or do not want to be associated with the state or its controversial legislation).

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Report: Apple TV Will Add Gaming Later This Year

January 27, 2014 - James Fudge

According to information from both iLounge and 9to5Mac, Apple will turn its Apple TV device into a gaming console of sorts later this year.

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FTC: Apple Must Refund $32.5 Million to Consumers of Children's App Purchases

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Trade Commission ruled this week that Apple must refund at least $32.5 million to parents whose children made in-app purchases on iOS devices without their consent. In its ruling, the agency said that Apple did not do enough to ensure purchases made by children were knowingly authorized by their parents. The FTC also highlighted a practice it did not like: allowing users to enter their passwords once for a single purchase then continue to make purchases throughout a 15-minute window.

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Apple: $10 Billion Spent on Apps in 2013

January 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Apple revealed this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that App Store customers spent over $10 billion in 2013, with $1 billion of that total paid out in the month of December.

"We'd like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store," said Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

"The line-up of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014."

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Apple Calls NSA a 'Malicious Hacker'

January 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Apple has responded strongly to reports that the National Security Agency claims a "100-percent success rate" in attaching spyware to iOS apps. The revelation about the NSA's targeting of Apple products comes from a recent Der Speigel report featuring leaked documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided to various journalists. The NSA program targeting Apple products is called DROPOUTJEEP, and allows the agency to intercept SMS messages, access contact lists, locate a phone using cell tower data, and even activate the device’s microphone and camera.

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U.S. Consumers Bought More on iOS Devices Than Android on Christmas Day

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to IBM's newly released "Digital Analytics Benchmark Report," purchases made from iOS devices accounted for about 23 percent of the online shopping done on Christmas Day in the U.S. The report tracked millions of transactions from approximately 800 U.S. retail websites. Around 4.6 percent of purchases were made on Android devices.

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Google Wants Change of Venue in Rockstar Consortium Patent Fight

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar Consortium (partly owned by Apple and Microsoft), a patent-holding company formed from the bankrupt Canadian telecom company Nortel, sued Google and manufacturers of Android phones over patents almost two months ago. Earlier this week Google punched back at the company, filing a counter-suit seeking to invalidate Rockstar's patents. That's a normal step for a defendant in a patent lawsuit, but Google didn't file its counter-claim in the East Texas court where Rockstar sued them. Instead it filed in Northern California.

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Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga Top 2013 iOS Charts

December 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga are the top iPhone and iPad apps of 2013, according to Apple's annual year-end report on its free and paid apps for its iOS devices.

On both the free iPhone and iPad charts, Candy Crush Saga was the king of the hill, while paid apps on both platforms were ruled by Mojang's pocket edition of Minecraft.

Both games beat out some pretty powerful competition including YouTube, Google Maps, Skype, and even Instagram.

The full list can be found below:

Top 10 Free iPhone Apps

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Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Apple in Class Action Lawsuit

December 2, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal judge last week ruled that a class action cannot hold Apple responsible for apps on the iPhone and iPad that sold their users' data to advertisers. Jonathan Lalo was the lead plaintiff on a class action filed in 2010 claiming Apple had approved apps for the iPhones and iPads that intercepted personal information and tracked users' habits without authorization.

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Report: Apple in Buyout Talks With Kinect Creator

November 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to two separate reports, Apple is in discussions with the makers of the Kinect motion sensing technology to buy the company out. According to reports on AllThingsD and Calcalist, Apple is in serious talks to buy out Israel-based PrimeSense for $345 million.

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Puzzle & Dragons Downloaded Two Million Times in North America

November 7, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

GungHo Online Entertainment's Puzzle & Dragons has surpassed two million downloads in North America, which is pretty impressive but pales in comparison to previous numbers in other regions. Puzzle & Dragons is available for free on the App Store and Google Play. To date, Puzzle & Dragons has collectively reached 23 million downloads in Japan, North America and Korea alone.

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'Hot Mess' Rejected by Apple for Partially Naked 8-Bit Characters Kissing

November 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Atlanta-based indie game developer Secret Library can't seem to catch a break from Apple. It submitted its retro 8-bit iOS game Hot Mess to the App store and had it rejected because it contained animated naked people kissing. In Hot Mess players step into the shoes of a firefighting robot who goes haywire and mistakes the burning passion of romance as the flames that burns down houses. He thinks couples kissing is dangerous and therefore tries to hose them down to avoid fires...

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Report: Google Play Sees More Downloads Than Apple's App Store, But Generates Half the Revenue

November 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While more people are downloading apps via Google Play for Android devices of various shapes and sizes, Apps on the Apple App Store are making more money, according to the new App Annie's third quarter 2013 report.

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Apple: iPhone Sales for Q4 Up 26 Percent

October 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Apple claims that its iPhone sales has grown 26 percent in its fourth quarter, thanks to two new iPhones. As part of its fourth-quarter earnings report for the period ended September 28, Apple saw iPhone saw sales jump by 26 percent.

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Andrew EisenThat doesn't mean there has to be a movie though. Having said that, I've no doubt that we will eventually get a Black Panther movie. But Stan Lee will probably learn about it around the same time you and I do.09/02/2014 - 2:34pm
MaskedPixelanteWell they have to get to him eventually. Captain America's shield didn't grow on a tree, the minerals to make it had to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is Wakanda.09/02/2014 - 2:31pm
E. Zachary KnightYes, but it has never been confirmed as in development, or even pre-production.09/02/2014 - 2:21pm
MaskedPixelanteBlack Panther's been on the short list for a while.09/02/2014 - 2:18pm
E. Zachary KnightIt is possible that Stan Lee mispoke. I don't think he knows everything Marvel movies. But it is a sweet idea if true.09/02/2014 - 2:04pm
Andrew EisenSo says Stan Lee who almost certainly wouldn't know.09/02/2014 - 2:04pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.cinemablend.com/new/Marvel-Black-Panther-Movie-Confirmed-By-Stan-Lee-66993.html Black Panther is apparently getting a movie. And maybe one for Black Widow, even though I think it's too late for her.09/02/2014 - 1:53pm
Cheater87Look what FINALLY came to Australia uncut! http://www.gamespot.com/articles/left-4-dead-2-gets-reclassified-in-australia/1100-6422038/09/02/2014 - 6:49am
Andrew EisenHence the "Uh, yeah. Obviously."09/02/2014 - 12:53am
SleakerI think Nintendo has proven over the last 2 years that it doesn't.09/02/2014 - 12:31am
Andrew EisenSleaker - Uh, yeah. Obviously.09/01/2014 - 8:20pm
Sleaker@AE - exclusives do not a console business make.09/01/2014 - 8:03pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that, despite the presence of a snopes article and multiple articles countering it, people are still spreading a fake news story about a "SWATter" being sentenced to X (because the number seems to keep changing) years in prison.09/01/2014 - 5:08pm
Papa MidnightAnd resulting in PC gaming continuing to be held back by developer habits09/01/2014 - 5:07pm
Papa MidnightI find it disappointing that the current gen of consoles is representative of 2009-2010 in PC gaming, and will be the bar by which games are released over the next 8 years - resulting in more years of poor PC ports (if they're ever ported)09/01/2014 - 5:06pm
Andrew EisenMeanwhile, 6 of Wii U's top 12 are exclusive: Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, Mario Kart 8, Wonderful 101, and ZombiU. (Wind Waker HD is on the list too but I didn't count it.)09/01/2014 - 4:36pm
Andrew EisenLikewise, only two of Xbox One's top 12 are exclusive: Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome (if you ignore a PC release later this year).09/01/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenNot to disrespect the current gen of consoles but I find it telling that of the "12 Best Games For The PS4" (per Kotaku), only two are exclusive to the system: Infamous: Second Son and Resogun.09/01/2014 - 4:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/01/beyond-two-souls-ps4-trophies-emerge-directors-cut-reported/ MMM MMM, nothing quire like reheated last gen games to make you appreciate the 400 bucks you spent on a new console.09/01/2014 - 4:24pm
Andrew EisenThat's actually a super depressing thought, that a bunch of retweeters are taking that pic as an illustration of the actual issue instead of an example of a complete misunderstanding of it.09/01/2014 - 4:20pm
 

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