Spotify to launch in-app sales for EU iPhone users

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A new regulation in the European Union requires Apple to let the company bill users directly. Spotify recently announced that along with an upcoming update to its iPhone application, it will start allowing consumers in the European Union to buy through direct in-app sales of subscriptions and audiobooks. In the majority of regions worldwide, the Apple App Store bans direct billing through applications. According to Apple, developers in markets other than the EU should use the iOS store’s own billing services for in-app sales. By doing this, it means that…

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Will Apple allow sideloading from another App Store in Europe?

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Reports are indicating that the iPhone maker intends to open a separate application hub in the EU. According to widely publicized reports, Apple is getting ready to divide its App Store into two distinct marketplaces, though only in the European Union’s market. The move will reportedly be made in order to comply with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA contains a requirement for Apple to allow alternative payment methods and app sideloading within the EU. This means that the company will need to launch another App Store in…

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Dupe ChatGPT AI chatbot apps flood the Apple Store

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A nearly endless scroll of copycat applications has swamped the offerings for iPhone users. Though it made headlines when the Apple Store recently listed ChatGPT, iPhone users now struggle to find the original product as knockoff AI chatbot apps have flooded the marketplace. The names of the dupes are strikingly similar to that of the original, making it hard to know what to download. iPhone users scrolling through their search results as they look for OpenAI’s artificial intelligence application are finding themselves with dozens upon dozens of AI chatbot apps…

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$1.5 billion in scam mobile payments halted by Apple App Store last year

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The iPhone maker’s online marketplace stood in the way of massive fraudulent charge totals in 2021. The Apple App Store has become a massive online marketplace, and as such, it has had to place careful security measures in place to keep users safe from fraudulent mobile payments. The marketplace handles many billions in transactions each year as its device users shop. The Apple App Store is currently the most lucrative platform developers have for earning profits from their products and services. It also provides solid services to consumers while allowing…

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Google Play launches app data safety section

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The concept is comparable to the Apple “nutrition labels” it shares about mobile apps. Google Play has announced the official launch of its own privacy data safety labels for apps, comparable to the “nutrition labels” through the Apple App Store. The company stated that it would be rolling out the section on a gradual basis across all users. This privacy data safety feature will roll out ahead of the July 20th deadline developers have been given by which to adequately disclose the information collected by their applications, how it is…

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