Federal Trade Commission suing Amazon for wrongfully billing consumers with in-app purchases

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is claiming that Amazon wrongfully billed consumers with in-app purchases committed by children. The company was apparently allowing children to make in-app purchases without parental approval. As soon as an in-app purchase request is brought up, there is no way of stopping the user from going through with it. Amazon has had policies to require a password when the amount exceeds $20, but in-app purchases typically total much less (until they build up). While a specific amount is not detailed, the FTC does say the total is in the millions. Last week, Amazon declined a settlement to avoid any future troubles.

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Amazon’s Appstore coming to BlackBerry this fall

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BlackBerry has announced that the next update to their operating system, BlackBerry 10.3, slated for release this fall will come with a nice new feature – access to the Amazon Appstore. BlackBerry users currently rely on app developers to make their apps available on BlackBerry World or they obtain apps through unofficial methods. The addition of the Amazon Appstore will give BlackBerry users access to the 240,000 titles available in the Appstore, including some big name apps like Netflix, Pinterest and Groupon. » Read the rest

Amazon Appstore value rising as many developers see equal revenue with competing platforms

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Compared to last year, the Amazon Appstore has seen its selection triple. The company is announcing many milestones to show just how valuable the Appstore has become. The aforementioned growth, which pegs the selection at over 240,000 apps, was done largely due to the 200 countries where the Amazon Appstore is available. The apps can also be downloaded to Android devices and Amazon’s very own Kindle Fire lineup.

Revenue is key for developers and Amazon is proud to say that developing or porting apps for the Appstore is lucrative. In a recent survey of 360 developers, 65% found that their total revenue in the Amazon Appstore was equal with competing platforms. Many of those same developers even saw increased per user revenue with Kindle Fire devices. Clearly the reach of Kindle Fire devices thanks to Amazon’s massive online storefront does not hurt.

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Get $10 in Amazon Coins by grabbing five free Android apps

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Amazon has a special promotion going on that gives Android users the ability to earn up to $10 worth of “Amazon Coins,” their Appstore specific currency. Amazon Coins can be used to purchase apps or make in-app purchases, but only if done via the Amazon Appstore on an Android device. Unfortunately, the Amazon Coins cannot be used for something like Kindle titles.

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Amazon Appstore having “May the Fourth Be With You” Sale

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Google is having a Star Wars sale, and Amazon has responded with their own. From now until May 10, the Amazon Appstore will be offering deals on all types of Star Wars related content. In addition, Star Wars oriented Free App of the Day will be featured on Sunday, May the 4th.

The current deals going on include Star Wars Pinball 3 free with 50% off in-app purchases, 50% off in-app purchases for Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, and Angry Birds Star Wars Premium HD (Kindle Tablet Edition) at $0.99.

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Amazon Appstore holding an Easter egg hunt full of deals and rewards

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Amazon is getting in on the holiday weekend by holding an Easter egg hunt with the Appstore. Don’t worry, you will not have to search far and wide as it is rather simple to be rewarded. When you hit the source link below, there will be a ton of applications involved in the hunt. While many of them are free, there are some paid apps that will net you some Amazon Coins with a purchase. The $0.99 price returns 50 coins while $4.99 apps reward 250 of them.

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Pebble Appstore for Android is “coming very soon”

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The Pebble Appstore has launched right on time. But only for iOS as Android users have a little bit of a wait. The company says it is “still fine tuning the Pebble app for Android, so stay tuned — it’s coming very, very soon.” As we noted over the weekend, Pebble will be limiting the amount of installed apps to eight since anything more is considered to cluttered for navigation. So when the Pebble Appstore does land on Android, pick your apps wisely. » Read the rest

Amazon giving away $5 Appstore gift cards for downloading any app, more freebies

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amazon_appstoreAmazon has a few nice holiday presents for their Appstore users. For starters, if you download any app through their store, they will give you a $5 gift card for free, to be used in the Appstore. The promotion runs from today until December 28, and the credit is valid for any apps, games, and in-app purchases in the Amazon Appstore.

In addition to the $5 promotion, Amazon is offering more than just the standard app a day for free. On December 25th, Amazon will be offering a “Free App of the Day Welcome Pack,” which includes things like a note taking app, alarm clock, and more. On the 26th, Amazon will be offering Office Suite Pro 7 for just $.99, down from its regular price of $4.99.

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Amazon Appstore renovated with new-look UI

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The Amazon Appstore has gained a lot of traction as well as respect in the Android community, but was somewhat slacking in the “looks” department.

In Version 7 of the app store, Amazon continues its dark UI scheme, while it still doesn’t really resemble the normal controls used in other Android applications, but still is very nice looking and built well.

This new Appstore is actually based on the one in Kindle Fire HDX devices and is a pretty smart move by Amazon, as the company works to create a more unified ecosystem on devices.

You can download the Appstore to your device in the source link below.

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Amazon Appstore offering deals on popular apps, including OfficeSuite Pro 6

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It may be late in the day, but there is still time for you take advantage of a special offer that Amazon is running today. Amazon, through their Appstore, is a popular store for users to obtain apps from and is another option in addition to the Google Play Store. Owners of Amazon devices are familiar with the Appstore because it comes loaded on their devices. Owners of other Android devices can use the Appstore as well by installing the Appstore application. Amazon generates some traffic by offering a free app of the day every day. On this day after Christmas, when many new Android users may finally be getting their feet wet with their new smartphone or tablet device, Amazon is offering several popular apps for free.

Probably the best deal of the whole bunch is OfficeSuite Professional 6, normally priced at $14.99. OfficeSuite Pro 6 can be used to access Microsoft Office Suite files, including the ability to not only view, but edit, Word and Excel files. The app can also be used to convert documents to PDF, there is support for animated slideshows, and integration with Google Docs and Microsoft SkyDrive.

Another popular app, even if not expensive at 99 cents normally, is TuneIn Radio Pro. With TuneIn Radio Pro you can listen to many of your favorite radio stations using your Android device. It is very nice when you are out of town and want a little touch of home or “bring home” a new radio station you find while traveling. Remote workers may be interested in the Splashtop Remote Desktop app which normally costs $4.99.

Gamers are not left out with titles like Radiant HD, Missile Defender, and Shopper’s Paradise HD getting the free treatment as well. To check out the deals, head over to www.amazon.com/appstore or hit the source link below.

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