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Conservatives Enraged that Apple Booted Anti-Abortion App From App Store

Abortion is a touchy subject because both sides of the issue feel as though their values are being attacked at their core. To these people, the choice is freedom and control over one’s own body or religious faith and consequences for one’s actions. It’s tricky for me to write about, personally, because, I, like everyone else, feel very strongly about it. However, for the sake of the story, I’ll lay out the facts, and let you decide whether or not you believe what Apple did was right. I also, as always, list some sources below, for further reading, if you so choose.

The app was called Human Coalition, which shares the name of the non-profit that created the app. The app was simple, perhaps too simple, if Apple’s reasoning is accurate, and told users to pray for women who had become pregnant, urging users to pray for the woman to allow the pregnancy to come to term, leaving her with a child. Apple cited “functionality requirements,” and, whether the app did or did not meet those requirements, Apple may have had grounds to remove it.
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Get Chameleon Run Free for iOS Right Now

Apple’s giving away a copy of a fun and popular running game, Chameleon Run, on their Apple Store app. Note that I wrote “Apple Store app,” not “App Store.” You’ll have to download Apple’s Apple Store app, which is essentially an app version of their website, to get this game. Once you’ve downloaded it, go to the “Discover” tab if it’s not already open, and scroll down to the section that looks like this:

Then, download the game.

So what is Chameleon Run? It’s a fun, fast paced,  level based platformer style running game with a twist.
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Tim Cook Threatened to Remove Uber from App Store for Shady Practices

This could have happened years ago.

Uber has engaged in questionable tactics since the company was founded. Long before we found out about the pervasive culture of sexism at Uber and the #deleteUber campaign, Uber was doing everything they could to reduce costs, increase business, and retain customers and drivers, and it would frequently cause them to break rules and even laws. Travis Kalanick, Uber’s founder and CEO, is willing to forgive and cover up sexual harassment, track customers long after their rides, start campaigns to harass and annoy competitor’s drivers, reduce payouts, and even break strikes. That behavior is only recently starting to backfire, as customers have grown fed up, and announced they won’t support such a company. But Uber was almost killed off once before, by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. After finding out Uber was tracking users, Cook called Kalanick into his office, and personally repremended him, even threatening to pull Uber out of the App Store. 

Cook could have saved us a long #deleteUber campaign years ago. 
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This Retro Shooter for iOS Was Built on an iPad

Starsceptre is a retro top-down shooter for the iPhone and iPad. Interestingly, it’s a game that was made for iOS devices, by iOS devices. The developers at 8bitMagicGames wrote the game using iPads and a programming tool called Codea, which uses the Lua programming language. Below, you can check out the trailer of the game in action, which is coming soon to the App Store. The game looks to feature the frantic pacing and controls the genre is famous for, with players tapping on the screen to shoot and tilting their devices to move, allowing them to shoot enemies and dodge obstacles and enemy fire. These kind of ferociously fast-passed shooters in space have always been popular with gamers, and have a long history. The first video game was Spacewar, which was also a top-down shooter. Making a game like this with a retro style isn’t just poetic, it’s a tried and true game genre, tons of fun and easy to learn. 
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iOS Reviews Getting Much Needed Changes

Apple will be addressing the complaints of both iOS users and developers with two updates to reviews on iOS. The first change will be one to alleviate a problem that has likely frustrated users: annoying rating popups. Developers often send popup notifications while people are using their app, which asks the user to rate the app. If they choose a high rating, the app will invite them to post it to the App Store. If they give a negative review, the app will usually throw up another popup asking them to send feedback. This feedback will not end up in the App Store. if you decline to send feedback, you may be asked to rate it again, and again after that. Apple wants to make this less frustrating. 

Apple’s second change will not only be delightful for app developers, but is one users may find helpful as well. Developers will be able to respond to users’ ratings in the App Store. This will allow them to provide customer support or address feedback right in the App Store, which improves everyone’s experience. Together, these changes will help make iOS apps better.
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Photo Retouching App Meitu Collects User Data

My first problem with Meitu has to do with the uncanny valley. Big anime eyes and unrealistic proportions makes some of these photos look a little off, somewhere between artificial (creepy) and attractive. My second is a feminist issue. Preying on our fears of looking unattractive with an app promising impossible beauty standards is the very reason some girls grow up thinking they’re never good enough because they’re not perfect. But, all of those are minor, and to be honest, I’d be lying if I said I never did some touching up of my own photos in Pixelmator or Affinity Photo. The real, or at least the most immediate, problem is privacy. The app is free, but it collects user information on both iOS and Android and sends it back to the company’s servers. 
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RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic for iOS: Nostalgia Goes Mobile

No one has ever completed that maze.

The last original RollerCoaster Tycoon game for iOS, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, was a disaster. It was ruined by freemium pricing tactics taken to an extreme. The game was almost unplayable, and certainly no fun. Fortunately, the series wasn’t completely lost, as the original publisher created a port of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. This was a full port of the original Mac/PC game, and was available for a single price with no in-app purchases. It’s a great game, and I still play it on occasion. However, it made me miss the game I grew up with. I remember taking turns with my brother to play the original RollerCoaster Tycoon on our computer. The first game was a masterpiece, and the original creator, Chris Sawyer, was a mad genius. In order to cram the most features he could into the limited size of the game, he coded it in pure assembly code. There’s not a person alive who likes assembly code, but everyone loved what he created. RollerCoaster Tycoon was a blast, and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 added some great features to the original. It’s frequently called the best RollerCoaster Tycoon game by fans of the series. Now Atari has an original game based off of RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 and 2, and the final creation, RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, has everything we loved about the original, in part because Chris Sawyer came back to work on the game. Best of all, Atari abandoned their freemium pricing model for a much more traditional one. 
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