We often come across tales from iTunes users complaining about their children making unauthorized in-app purchases, resulting in a hefty credit card bill at the end of the month. It has happened many times, with the parents apparently having no option whatsoever other than paying for the purchases and restricting iDevice access for their children. It seems things are about to change…
Apple’s iTunes Festival is about to come home, with the company bringing it to the United States during SXSW 2014. Apple will be holding five shows from March 11-15 which will be available to all users for free. The shows will be held at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas as a part of the larger annual SXSW (South by Southwest) festival.
According to a report at TechCrunch, Apple is rejecting “Flappy” titled applications from the App Store. Apple notes that attempting to leverage a popular application to achieve success is against App Store rules. A recent title called “Flappy Dragon” was rejected on these grounds, and Apple sent the developer an email, citing the violation of App Store Review Guideline 22.2.
To say “The String Arcade” is an album of popular video game music performed by a string quartet is selling it short. You’ll recognize game titles from arcades (Galaga) to early consoles (Sonic 2) to computers (Secret of Monkey Island) to modern mobile devices (Plants vs. Zombies), but you may not instantly recognize the music itself.
Some international Apple customers are now going to be able to take advantage of Apple’s iTunes Radio streaming service, as Australia has become the first country outside the U.S. to receive the service. Apple launched iTunes Radio in Australia on Monday, kicking off the International rollout that was promised when they first introduced the service.
According to new rumors, Apple has a solution on the way that will make Safari bookmarks available for all users through iCloud.com. While this is currently just speculation, it’s hopefully a strong indication that Apple is still dedicated to expanding their iCloud services beyond Apple devices, and will allow users to access their bookmarks from any web browser on any mobile computer.
This is the kind of thing I like. Having played piano, trombone and bass guitar, I’ve got a pretty decent appreciation for classical music. Having played Intellivision, arcade games, Nintendo, Mac and iDevices, I have a pretty decent appreciation for classic video games, too. When the two come together, you get a project like The String Arcade, which will be released February 11th via CD and digital download.
Apple’s iWork for iCloud has finally received the iOS 7 treatment. On Thursday, Apple updated the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers applications for iWork— as well as several other online services from Apple—with the new iOS 7 design, making the template selection screen and document library look synchronized on iOS devices.
Apple has released a new version of iTunes with a new Wish List feature, support for Arabic and Hebrew, the ability to switch from English and other language defaults, and more, including some minor stability improvements. The new iTunes arrives as version 11.1.4, so it’s clear that it isn’t a major update, but it does leaves room for Apple to focus on bigger things for a possible iTunes 11.2 and beyond.
Now, when I say I’m partly to blame, I’m not serious. Let’s get that settled before I also get sued, because parents do love to sue people. We’ve got day care to pay for and Furby Booms to buy, and that crap ain’t cheap. But when Apple has to pay penalties like this, it’s because of people like me: the smart consumer. Now, when I say “smart consumer,” I’m not implying everyone else is dumb. Let’s get that settled before I get sued.
Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts app–which is released annually—is finally getting to the more robust offerings such as movies and TV shows. The application offers customers a free gift every day for 12 days after Christmas. Up until now, the app has offered select songs from artists Lorde and Justin Timberlake, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 book, and an episode of ABC TV’s, Once Upon a Time. Now, Apple is offering customers Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film, Hugo, to iTunes users in the United States and Canada, while international users of the app will get the Christmas classic, Home Alone.
Boxing Day in Canada is a bank holiday that typically takes place the day after Christmas, on December 26th. However, sales from retailers are usually held from December 24th until January 2nd, which seems to be the course Apple is also taking. Apple is offering some decent deals on hit iTunes Music albums for about $5.99 from some good artists such as Thirty Seconds to Mars and Arctic Monkeys.