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This is what the App Store can improve if it has competitors on iOS

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Mark Gurman turned the rumor mill upside down a few days ago by putting on the table the possibility that competitors from the App Store will arrive in future iOS updates. It would be the biggest change to the platform since 2008, and could leave iOS unrecognizable.

But at the same time that would open the door to something that always ends up benefiting the user: competition. The App Store would be forced to improve so that no rival store can attract too many developers. And yes, there are points where there is room for improvement.

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The effect of having only one App Store is what it is: we see everything so normalized that we don’t realize how improvements could be applied. A good example is allowing practices such as applications that can be downloaded for free but that they ask you to activate a subscription as soon as you open themwithout the option to use anything for free.

These types of applications are very present in the App Store, taking advantage of integrated purchases to promote themselves as free and sneak into the lists of most downloaded applications. But there is nothing free in this case: you are asked for a subscription from the first second.

A store that does not allow these practices could draw the attention of many, and the App Store has it easy to solve it: you can force these purchases to be well marked (now you have to look for a list of subscriptions that is quite hidden) or directly prohibit it .

The problem of applications with deceptive subscriptions is still here, despite the measures that Apple has been applying

Another more serious matter that I can also mention is that of deceptive subscriptions: there are applications that use a very simple theme (such as offering wallpapers) that try to get you to subscribe with abusive fees, trying to confuse you with the contracting message. Their goal: to get users with less knowledge to subscribe and start pay a fee without them realizing it.

As early as 2018, the media were commenting on these practices, with Forbes pointing out QR code readers that charged users a $150 annual subscription. In addition, those responsible for these applications are advertised in the App Store, thus standing out to attract attention:

In 2019 Apple applied extra measures to alleviate the problem, but unfortunately it has not completely disappeared.

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Then we can’t forget events like the one that happened with the App Store ads, where the users’ own criticisms were what made Apple back down: ads for online betting apps appeared on app tabs to detoxify you from addiction to those bets, or even in children’s applications. Fortunately it was corrected within a few days.

It is these types of cracks that other companies can take advantage of to promote their alternative app stores. And there’s the good news: Apple will improve and refine its rules to prevent developers from opting out. And that’s an advantage for us, that we will gain a higher quality app store (and apps).

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A green comet is visiting us. So you can locate it in the sky with your iPhone

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You may have heard of the so-called ‘green comet’ that is passing close to Earth these days. Its scientific name is C/2022 E3 (ZTF), and it will be so striking that we can see it with the *text muted* eye in the night sky. The last time it “grazed” our planet was 50,000 years ago, when Neanderthals were the predominant human species. It has rained ever since.

If you want to take advantage of this unique opportunity to see a comet in greenish tones in our sky, you have to be clear about two things: the first is that you will have to get up early, because the best time to see it is before dawn. The second is that you will have to locate the quadrant in which it will appear, but that It is something that we can easily do with the iPhone.

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The trick is to download the Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF app, available for free on the App Store. Once you have it, you just have to press the first button that appears:


The application will ask you for permission to know your location (essential for it to work properly) and it will show you a map of the firmament with all the constellations adapted to your position. Point the iPhone towards the sky and turn until you find the red comet symbol:

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Visibility is better from the northern hemisphere, it seems, although that doesn’t mean that it won’t be possible to locate it from the southern hemisphere.

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From here, being able to see it depends more on you and the weather conditions at the time. The maximum point of visibility is tonight and the following (February 2), so set a reminder on your devices if you don’t want to miss it. I don’t think we’ll be around when you next visit us in another 50,000 years.

Image | Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3), Guillermo Ferla

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Apple Arcade: all the news for February (Castle Crumble, Riptide GP: Renegade+, etc.)

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The month of February has just started and as is now traditional, Apple presents us in advance with the new features of the month on Apple Arcade. We start the meal tour with Castle Crumble, a clone of Angry Birds in which you will have to destroy castles rather than bring down green pigs. Released February 3 in Apple Arcade.

We continue with Riptide GP: Renegade+, the very good racing game of hydro-jet racing which arrives in apple Arcade more than 6 years after its launch in the App Store. It will be possible to play it solo or up to 4 players online. Available in Apple Arcade on February 10.

Riptide GP Renegade

Comes next Farmside, a clone of Farmville, but produced all the same by the studio to which we owe the excellent What the golf?. We will therefore wait until February 17 before crying scam.

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Finally, Lifeline+ is an entirely text-based sci-fi adventure game. The story is intriguing as an astronaut lost on a distant planet tries to communicate with you. The game even sends you notifications as if the astronaut was living his own life on his own! Released February 24 in Apple Arcade.

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This is Netflix’s plan to cut shared accounts: there is nothing to do

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Account sharing on Netflix is ​​about to end. In a couple of months it will be impossible. Sometimes, as a purely altruistic act, between friends or family we share Netflix accounts. You give the keys to your brother or colleague and simply enjoy series and movies while you, from your profile, do the same.

It does not matter if at the end of the month you settle accounts and pay it half. The key is in sharing. And Netflix doesn’t like that. They haven’t even talked about that they are going to activate the possibility of paying an extra or charging you more for sharing an accounta.

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Three techniques that will work together. Netflix will use IP information, device identifiers and account activity to detect if a customer shares their user account with another. If someone else logs in with the same username and password outside of the host IP’s usage range, the account will be locked for this second user —I don’t know will ban the account, at least that is what Netflix itself confirms—.

The information that has transpired leaves no room for doubt. First, Netflix will review the IP from which the content is played. In this way, a constant verification is carried out to verify which device plays which content. Tracking by IP will check when the same account is being used in two geographically separate locations.

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Soon we will not be able to share a free Netflix account: these are the alternatives

The application itself will carry out a record in which it remembers the main WiFi network to which it is connected. This record will be kept for one month. In this way, if the user who owns the account wants to share it, you will have to do without it while another secondary user uses it; or vice versa, that the second user connects through the main WiFi.

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And although the company confirms that “If you are traveling or live between different places, you can continue enjoying Netflix”, according to the company’s own FAQ, it is not clear how. In fact, immediately afterwards we are reminded that “If you are going to be away from your primary location for an extended period of time, your device may not be able to play Netflix. But you can request a temporary access code to continue enjoying our content.”

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At this point, it becomes clear that the user experience on our iPhones, iPads and Apple computers will be hamperedsince it requires additional steps, such as access through a temporary code.

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A plan with visible fissures since many Spanish homes have dynamic IP routers —every reboot and even through an automated system, every 24 hours. And what about families with more than one home or in cases where the main user travels a lot but the person with whom they share it does not? Will Netflix consider the secondary user as the main one? Well, we can also go to its cheapest version, look for an alternative like Apple TV + or “rent” the service temporarily when it is not used.

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