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iTunes Connect update brings modernized look, sales breakdowns by category, region and more

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Apple today updated the Sales and Trends section of iTunes Connect, giving developers more detailed information about the origin of their apps’ sales as well as a modernized visual style.

The new update answers many of the issues developers have raised in recent years about the opaqueness of the App Store sales process. For instance, developers can now separate out sales by territory, platform, of purchase and category. This means that developers can get a better idea of how customers are finding their apps in the store. In the example above, you can see that the app was mainly found through the ‘Games’ category, with exposure in the ‘Entertainment’ category accounting for only a small fraction of total sales.

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Apple online store begins selling refurbished 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

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It hasn’t even been a month since Apple began offering refurbished 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks with Retina display via its online store starting at US$1,869. And now they have added  the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro to its lineup of refurbished offerings.

The machines start at $1,439 for the 2.5 GHz i5 model with 128 GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, a $260 savings over the $1,699 sticker price of a new unit. Apple’s also offering the 2.5 GHz i5 model with 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM for $1,699 ($300 off, normally $1,999) and the 2.9 GHz i7 model with 512 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM for $2,289 ($410 off, normally $2,699). Shipping times for all three refurbished models run one to three days and, as usual, stock is limited.

For A Limited Time Angry Birds Rio For iPhone And iPad is Free

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If you are like me you prefer to play games for free, well now is your chance to take advantage of the promo Rovio is having on their Angry Birds Rio game. You can download Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Rio HD from the App Store for free right now.

Even though it doesn’t have all the crazy new action of Angry Birds Star Wars, or Angry Birds In Space, there’s still a lot of fun to be had in Angry Birds Rio. The app has been made the “Free App of the Week,” so you have a few days to take advantage of the special before it goes back to costing $0.99 and $2.99.

Apple to hold annual shareholders meeting on feb 27

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Apple filed with Apple notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it will be holding its annual shareholder meeting at 9 a.m. Pacific on Feb. 27 to discuss proposals from the company’s board of directors.

According to the SEC filing, the meeting will be held at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, Calif., where stock holders of record as of Jan. 2, 2013 can attend and vote for the various proposed measures.

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Pirated iOS app store Installous shutting down

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This is great news for those of you who are making money from the App Store, Installous, a major portal for pirated paid apps from Apple’s App Store, won’t be around anymore. Earlier development team Hackulous announced the closure of Installous on their official Web site.

In the past Installous offered complete access to thousands of paid iOS apps for free for anyone with a jailbroken iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In other words anyone could download an app without having to pay for it.
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Apple prevents developers from changing app screenshots

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Earlier this week Apple announced on its developer site that from now on the images submitted along with apps will be locked down once they are approved for the App Store. The reasoning behind this being that currently there are too many scammers submitting apps with basic images for approval to Apple, then switching them out to infringing images that look just like the popular apps.
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Giant iPhone unveiled in Russia

imageIn St. Petersburg, Russia, a giant iPhone was unveiled as a tribute to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011.

The six-foot-tall sculpture, which resembles a black iPhone 4, was brought to life by designer Gleb Tarasov. While the sculpture doesn’t actually work as an iPhone, it does display a photo and video slideshow of Jobs’ life, including important events and well-known speeches.

Apple blocks Java on Mac OS 10.6 and up

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On Thursday Apple disabled Java 7 on Macs that already have the plug-in installed. This just a day since we learned Mozilla added all recent versions of Java to its Firefox add-on blocklist.

The company has disabled Java 7 by updating its antimalware protection system. For reference the file in question is located on Macs here: “/System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/Xprotect.plist.”

If you’re on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher, Apple has taken care of things for you. If you are using Windows or Linux, we recommend uninstalling Java if you don’t need it and disabling it if you do.

Angry Birds Space gets updated with 30 new levels

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Rovio Entertainment, the guys behind the hugely popular Angry Birds, have released version 1.4 of Angry Birds Space to the App Store.

Users now have another 30 levels to sling their way through as the birds find themselves in a new galaxy called “Splash” with all new water-based planets, underseas life, and pigs in boats.

Angry Birds Space is US$0.99 for the iPhone and $2.99 for the iPad.