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This Week in Apps: TikTok security check, app store cleanups, GameClub takes on Apple Arcade

This Week in Apps: TikTok security check, app store cleanups, GameClub takes on Apple Arcade Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. The app industry in 2018 saw 194 billion downloads […]

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App revenue tops $39 billion in first half of 2019, up 15% from first half of last year

App revenue tops billion in first half of 2019, up 15% from first half of last year App store spending is continuing to grow, although not as quickly as in years past. According to a new report from Sensor Tower, the iOS App Store and Google Play combined brought in $39.7 billion […]

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Top 10 U.S. subscription video apps pulled in $1.3B last year, a 62% increase from 2017

Top 10 U.S. subscription video apps pulled in .3B last year, a 62% increase from 2017 Subscriptions are booming on the app stores, and particularly subscription video apps thanks to the growing number of cord cutters who are choosing to stream their TV shows and movies, instead of paying for cable or […]

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Roblox makes first acquisition with purchase of app performance startup PacketZoom

Roblox makes first acquisition with purchase of app performance startup PacketZoom Fresh off a $150 million round of funding, kids’ gaming platform Roblox is making its first acquisition. The company says it’s acquiring the small startup PacketZoom, bringing its team and technology in-house to help it improve mobile application performance as its platform […]

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Inky’s book recommendation app helps you find new reads

Inky’s book recommendation app helps you find new reads Amazon acquired social reading service Goodreads five years ago, squelching the life out of the competitive landscape, as minimal as it was. So it’s promising to see a new app appear with the goal of getting more people to move off of Goodreads for […]

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Amazon Rapids, the chat fiction for kids, is now free

Amazon Rapids, the chat fiction for kids, is now free Amazon Rapids, the chat fiction that encourages kids to read by presenting stories in the form of text message conversations, is now going free. Previously, Amazon had been charging $2.99 per month for a subscription that allows unlimited access to its story […]

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Venmo is discontinuing web support for payments and more

Venmo is discontinuing web support for payments and more PayPal-owned, peer-to-peer payments app Venmo is ending web support for its service, the company announced in an email to users. The changes, which are beginning to roll out now, will see the Venmo.com website phasing out support for making payments and charging users. […]

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Time spent in apps grew just 6% last year, down from 11% in 2017

Time spent in apps grew just 6% last year, down from 11% in 2017  The app economy is continuing to grow, with the worldwide revenue from app stores expected to top $110 billion this year, according to recent estimates from App Annie. However, the time people spend using their apps is starting […]

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Black Friday will be the biggest mobile shopping day ever in the U.S., forecast claims

Black Friday will be the biggest mobile shopping day ever in the U.S., forecast claims  A new report from App Annie predicts that time spent doing mobile shopping via apps will grow 45 percent in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday, compared to the same time two years ago. The […]

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Wattpad’s storytelling app, now with 60M monthly users, adds a subscription service

Wattpad’s storytelling app, now with 60M monthly users, adds a subscription service  Wattpad, the company behind a suite of apps for reading and sharing stories – including a fairly popular “chat fiction” app Tap, a rival to Hooked – is today adding its first ever subscription plan for its flagship application. The […]

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