Apps

Most common words in 1-star and 5-star App Store reviews

The most common words used uniquely in 1-star and 5-star App Store reviews, according to Instapaper and Tumblr developer Marco Arment who wrote a script to collect the data:

5-star: awesome, worth, thanks, amazing, simple, perfect, price, everything, ever, must, ipod, before, found, store, never, recommend, done, take, always, touch

1-star: waste, money, crashes, tried, useless, nothing, paid, open, deleted, downloaded, didn’t, says, stupid, anything, actually, account, bought, apple, already

His analysis is well worth the read.

[Marco.org]

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Notified for iPhone - Jailbreak App Review

Notified for iPhone is a notification app available via Cydia.  It allows users to have more of an Android-style notification system.  I'd been on the hunt for a better notification system for quite a while.  This is one area I feel Apple has sorely neglected, and probably one of my biggest peeves.  Apps like LockInfo and Intelliscreen have stepped in to pick up some of the slack, but in my opinion, Notified does a cleaner job of presenting notifications.

[app site]

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Cydia acquires Rock, unifies Jailbreak app store

Rock Your Phone has been acquired by Cydia, creating a unified place to download and buy Jailbreak apps for iOS devices like iPhone, iPod touch, and ipad.

After 18 months in the iOS Jailbreak scene Rock has been acquired by SaurikIT (makers of Cydia) and over the next few days we will be moving all products/users/licenses over to Cydia Store.

Licenses are being transferred to Cydia so you should still be able to re-install all your already purchased apps at will.

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Google Voice returning to App Store soon?

GV Mobile developer, Sean Kovacs, had some good news to share on Twitter saying that his unofficial Google Voice application GV Mobile should now be allowed into the App Store. Since GV Mobile does not violate any of the new rules regarding the app review guidelines that Apple has laid out for developers, Kovacs figured why not resubmit his application and try to finally get it back where it belongs.

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Apple review guidelines: yes to kids, no to farts

While Apple's newly published App Store review guidelines are locked up nice and tight behind the iOS developer login, Engadget is hosting a copy in the clear. They've also broken out some highlights:

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Apple relaxes cross-compiler restrictions, publishes app review guidelines

Apple announced today that they're revising controversial sections of their developer program license and for the first time publishing their review guidelines:

We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year.

In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.

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App Store adds Game Center games section

If you're trying to keep track of all the newly updated, Game Center enabled games for iOS 4.1, look no further than the App Store where Apple has gone and created a special page just to list them for your viewing -- and buying -- pleasure.

There's about a dozen and half games now but we're guessing it will fill out quickly now that iOS 4.1 is live.

If you've tried some out, let us know your favorites.

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Game Center games begin to arrive [Gallery]

Ms. Pac Man from Namco is first out the gate with iOS 4.1 Game Center support, but there are plenty more to come. We'll update this post -- and we'll keep updating our new Game Center games tracker in the iPhone Forums -- as new ones arrive, but here's a first look at Leaderboards and Achievements... after the break!

For more new features, see our iOS 4.1 walkthrough.

[Ms. Pac Man on iTunes, thanks @neilwarner for the tip!]

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What's your Game Center ID? [Waiting for games]

With iOS 4.1 going live, Game Center has gone live with it... well, except for the games part. Those will come any time now as developers and servers come online.

While you wait, let us know your Game Center ID in the comments below. You know, so you can challenge Jeremy to a Zombie shootout, or Chad to platform fun.

Here're mine and I'll add the rest of the writers and mods as they get setup.

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iOS apps growing faster than iTunes music?

Both iTunes Store music and iOS App Store apps are being downloaded at an increasing rate. Apps are just increasing faster.

As can be seen, the App store has reached the same total downloads in 2.2 years as the iTMS reached after five years. The two curves are likely to be the same height (around 13 billion each) before the year is over.

I'm downloading far more apps than music, what about you?

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