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Mozilla Wants “Firefox Home” on App Store

Firefox wants their own web browser on the App Store following Opera’s recent (approved) success: Opera Mini.

The Mozilla App, dubbed “Firefox Home”, is set to be a weird, almost incomplete browser that is meant to sync your tabs, bookmarks, and history between your iDevice and your computer. It is expected to browse the rest of the web however. It has yet to be approved as of writing. VIDEO after the break:

You Got Served: Apple Bans Developer Over 44+ FAKE Reviews

I love the app store. In fact, I love any app store. But when your paying the developer for their work, I would rather not get ripped off, which was what one developer may have been doing in Apple’s App Store.

Patrick Timney, a user of Apple’s App Store, pointed out that Molinker (an app dev. company) had been posting fake reviews on many of it’s $0.99 travel apps. You’d think a few lies here and there wouldn’t be TOO bad, until you found out that Molinker had 1,011 apps on the store. That’s right, 1000+ apps.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s VP, responded to iPhoneography (website), stating that the developer had been removed from the app store, and their ratings had also been removed.

Don’t play games with Apple’s legal department, kids. They’re brutal.

Apple Breaks 100,000 Apps

The App Store, now with over 100,000 applications available, is clearly a major differentiator for millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers around the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The iPhone SDK created the first great platform for mobile applications and our customers are loving all of the amazing apps our developers are creating.

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The App Store has forever changed the mobile gaming industry and continues to improve,” said Travis Boatman, vice president of Worldwide Studios, EA Mobile. “With a global reach of over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch users, the App Store has allowed us to develop high quality EA games that have been a huge success with customers.
With 10,000 downloads a day, worldwide customer response to our I Am T-Pain App has exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Jeff Smith, CEO of Smule. “The App Store has given us a unique opportunity to create and grow a very successful business, and we’re looking forward to an exciting future.

App Store Surpasses 2B Download

Apple’s famous Apple Store has hit over 2 billion downloaded apps. Hooray.

BitTorrent for iPhone Gets Rejected

5-11-09drivetrain2.jpgApple has rejected an app named DriveTrain from Maza Digital. The app would let users control Transmission, a torrent application used on Macs and PCs. Apple has denied this app stating that “This category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing third party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store.” Keep in mind that the app itself does nothing illegal, it just controls the Mac/PC.

Xbox Europe Senior Business Director Hired… by Apple

The App Store currently holds more than 9,000 games, and there are 37 million devices running those games. That’s pretty close to the PSP, which currently has 50 million units out, and isn’t even touching the 100 million that the Nintendo DS has sold. But think about this: Apple is picking up some pretty heavy games, just like Metal Gear Solid and Assassin’s Creed, and this could add up to the Touch Devices becoming a handheld console.

Either way, turns out that Xbox Europe’s (former) Senior Director of Business, Insights, and Strategy, has been hired by our very own Cupertino Computer Company. Also, think about the addition of P.A Semi which was bought way back in April 2008. Apples cooking up something big, maybe Steve will be there to reinvent the gaming platform?

In other news, Apple might be cutting the base prices on Mac.

“While exact pricing is unclear or still undetermined at this time, the Mac maker earlier this month quietly flaunted its capacity to deliver a premium system at near recession pricing when it began offering educational institutions a 2GHz, 20-inch aluminum iMac for $899. Even when priced at a $100 to $150 markup for the consumer markets — as Apple is more than likely eager to preserve its margins — such an offering would make a material dent in the entry-level cost of owner or switching to a Mac.” [Mac Rumors]

And lastly, before I write an entire week just about Apple, a patent suggests that Apple may be researching carbon fiber Mac enclosures to down the weight.

“A composite laminate having an improved cosmetic surface is presented herein. The composite laminate includes a plurality of sheets of preimpregnated material, or prepreg, stacked one over another and a scrim layer provided on an exterior surface of the sheets of prepreg. The scrim layer and the sheets of prepreg form a composite laminate whereby the scrim layer constitutes an outer, exposed surface of the composite laminate. Each sheet of prepreg is made from fibers preimpregnated with resin, and the fibers of the prepreg may be substantially parallel or woven carbon fibers.”

[AppleInsider]

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Apple App Store Hits 1B Apps Downloaded

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Yep, it happened. The countup finally reached 1 billion apps. It took it 9 months only. This is a great achievement for Apple. [Read]