27 Jul

Alan Quatermain – My Review of the Kobo App

The store was removed because Apple rejected any updates which included it, period. They also rejected any updates which stated that Apple required its removal, or indeed any mention of ‘compliance with App Store guidelines’. It was further rejected for the cardinal sin of allowing users to create a Kobo account within the app. Then it was rejected for providing a link to let users create an account outside the app. Then it was rejected for simply mentioning that it was possible to sign up, with no direction on where or how one could do that. Then it was rejected for making any mention of the Kobo website. Then for any mention of ‘our website’ at all, in any language. We additionally cannot make any assertions that Kobo provides content for sale, however obliquely.

It should be noted that throughout this process we have worked closely with the App Review team at Apple to approve every change we have made. Those approvals were then rescinded at the request of the nebulous ‘from above’, i.e. someone further up the management chain.

I should note, however, that the Borders app for the US was subject to almost NONE of these restrictions. This is all the more amusing since the Borders US app is built from the exact same source code, with a different colour scheme and titles.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our contacts at App Review for their attempted help. They are obviously being placed in a very difficult position.

via Alan Quatermain – My Review of the Kobo App. Okay this is just getting silly.

10 Jun

Mac Rumors – Apple Reverses Course On In-App Subscriptions

Apple has quietly changed its guidelines on the pricing of In-App Subscriptions on the App Store. There are no longer any requirements that a subscription be the "same price or less than it is offered outside the app". There are no longer any guidelines about price at all. Apple also removed the requirement that external subscriptions must be also offered as an in-app purchase.

via Mac Rumors – Apple Reverses Course On In-App Subscriptions. Good news for publishers and services like Amazon’s Kindle and Netflix.

21 Mar

Bloomberg – Apple Sues Amazon.com, Seeks Order to Stop Use of ‘App Store’ Trademark

Apple Inc. (AAPL) sued Amazon.com Inc., saying the online retailer is improperly using Apple’s “App Store” trademark for a mobile software developer program.

Apple, in a complaint filed March 18 in California, accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement and unfair competition and asked for a court order to prevent the company from using the “App Store” name, as well as for unspecified damages.

“Amazon has begun improperly using Apple’s App Store mark in connection with Amazon’s mobile software developer program,” Apple said in the complaint. Amazon also plans to use the name with a mobile software download service, the complaint states.

via Bloomberg – Apple Sues Amazon.com, Seeks Order to Stop Use of ‘App Store’ Trademark. Ughh when does it ever end.

23 Feb

iPhone developers angry as Apple purges adult apps – BBC News

Thousands of apps with adult-themed content have been removed from the store since Friday although some, such as one from Playboy, remain.

via BBC News – iPhone developers angry as Apple purges adult apps. This is stupid and insane. Apple is treating their consumers worse than the film industry does. All applications listed here are rated 17+ and you are required to authorize the application. Also to any parents that wish to complain, you can force your children to not be able to install applications past a certain rating. And again the stupid thing is that applications from what I’ll refer to as established companies (ie. Playboy and Sports Illustrated) is allowed but apps from other companies is not.