Indie Developer Reveals How Hard it is to Make a Living as an App Developer

Jared Sinclair

Being a writer in the iOS industry, I meet a lot of indie app developers. I can tell from correspondences with these hard-working men and women that creating an app or game, for at least a period of time, is their life and their passion. Many developers put their friendships on hold and families in the backseat. All of the sleepless nights pay of on one single day, the launch day.

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By This Time Next Week, You’ll Need Facebook Messenger To Chat in iOS


Until recently, I didn’t waste time with two different apps for Facebook communications. The official app works just fine for checking in, reading your timeline, and chatting with others. The only reason I ended up downloading Facebook’s Messenger app was to have faster, less distracted communication with my band mates who use it exclusively to communicate.

However, I still enjoy having the chat feature inside the Facebook app. When I’m browsing my friends’ status updates, I can easily talk with buddies who just want to say “hi.”

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Madefire Motion Books & Comics

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This past weekend, San Diego played host to tens of thousands of comic book collectors and celebrity chasers alike. We are big fans of comics around here and even have a list of apps that will help get you through Comic Con.

This week, Apple also celebrated San Diego Comic Con by making Madefire Motion Books & Comics the App Store Editor’s Choice. Not only can you download and read hundreds of digital versions of print comics by indie distributors like IDW, Valiant, and Top Cow, but you can also experience the new trend in the industry, motion comics.

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Federal Judge Who Ruled Apple Violated Antitrust Law is Unhappy with Settlement Agreement

iBooks iOS 7

Earlier this month, Apple’s settlement agreement in its antitrust case was made public. Although nearly half the price the prosecuting judge was originally seeking, the settlement appeared to be reasonable as the Department of Justice agreed to it.

Last week, the ruling judge in the case, Denise Cote, publicly noted in a teleconference on the matter that she found some portions of the settlement “most troubling,” including the stipulation that Apple may only be required to pay $70 million if the appeals court reversed her findings.

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European Union Approves Apple’s $3 Billion Beats Acquisition

Beats and Apple

When Apple announced plans to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion, the only real hurdle was whether the world would consider the merger to be a monopoly of sorts. If federal or international regulators found that the Apple-Beats union would create an unfair leg up against market competitors, the acquisition would not have been able to go through.

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Create Different Signatures for Email Accounts

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Most people have at least two different email accounts these days. Typically, the average person has a personal email account and a work-related email account. However, some have many more. There is the throwaway spam catcher, the eBay or Craigslist responder, and the secret one that no one else knows about. You get the idea.

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British Hospital’s iPad Pilot Improves Patient Care and Reduces Mortality Rates


As Apple gets ready to launch its Health app in iOS 8, news is coming in from a variety of places how iOS devices are being used to help doctors and patients better communicate. Today, British news site Gazette Live is reporting that James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage have rolled out iPad and iPod touch programs that could literally save lives.

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Apple Looks to Strengthen iTunes Radio with $30 Million ‘Swell Radio’ Acquisitions

Swell Radio

According to information coming from Re/code, Apple has its eye on streaming media app Swell Radio. The news and podcast style app has been called the “Pandora-for-talk-radio.” If the report proves to be true, it is possible that Apple’s Podcast app will get an overhaul or iTunes Radio will generate more news content.

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iOS 7 Helped Me Get My Stolen iPad Back

268 iPad Air

On Friday morning my iPad was stolen. Technically I left it on the roof of my car and in a distracted moment I drove away, but by the time I realized what I had done it was no where to be found. I will never know if someone snatched it before I left or if it fell off the roof as I sped down the highway and yet as I write this it is sitting next to me once again thanks to iOS 7, a payoff, and a baseball bat.

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Best Apps For Attending San Diego Comic Con

San Diego Comic Con

The 2014 San Diego Comic Convention takes place this weekend from July 24 – 27. If you have ever attended the epic multi-day event, you probably know just how hard it is to navigate the convention and the entire city.

We’ve got a list of apps for attending the San Diego Comic Con that will help get you through the line sitting, comic collection, and late-night munchies.

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