Google has kicked Fortnite off its app store, too

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The search giant followed Apple’s lead, removing the popular game for violating app store rules. Yesterday was one of the most drama-filled days in smartphone gaming history. It began with Fortnite maker Epic uploading an updated Fortnite to both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store that included an alternate billing system for in-app purchases directly through Epic. That alternate billing system is a big no-no according to the terms developers distributing through Apple’s and Google’s app stores must agree to. Read Full Story

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Ex-Apple engineer: Apple’s ‘Privacy Nutrition Labels’ have a fatal flaw

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The company’s latest attempt to protect people’s privacy should give users verified information, not a false sense of security. With the recent release of iOS 14, Apple enabled a new feature called “App Privacy” (or what they call Privacy Nutrition Labels ) in the App Store, which supposedly shows users what information apps collect, and how it’s used. For example, the Facebook app’s extremely long App Privacy section, which details all the information they collect, is already the subject of viral tweets such as this one: Read Full Story

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Google’s iOS apps haven’t been updated in weeks. Could Apple’s privacy labels be the reason?

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As of December 8, Apple requires developers to publish privacy labels for their apps. The last time Google updated any of its iOS apps was the day before. Not a single one of Google’s iOS apps have been updated in almost a month—an unusually long period for a tech behemoth not to release, at the very least, even a minor bug fix or stability update for one of its dozens of insanely popular iPhone and iPad apps. And after reviewing the latest release dates for all of Google’s iOS apps, one reason for this lack of updates seems more likely than others: It could be related to Apple’s new App Store privacy labels. Read Full Story

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These are Apple’s best apps of the year—for a year like no other

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Apple’s list of top apps and games for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and Mac spotlight those that helped keep us going in stressful times. For almost as long as there’s been an App Store, Apple has published a list of the year’s best apps. Once iPhone-centric, it has expanded to cover the iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and Mac, and now spans everything from purely practical wares to games and streaming entertainment. Read Full Story

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