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An iOS developer's plea for changes from Apple drew immediate support on Twitter

What started as a plaintive cry from a lone iOS developer has quickly been picked up by his peers on social media, asking for Apple to make an important change to the way it works with them.

Apple removes apps affected by 'XcodeGhost' malware after App Store is hacked

Apple's App Store finally got hacked. The iPhone maker said it is taking steps to clean up the App Store after several cyber security firms reported finding a malicious program called XcodeGhost that was embedded in hundreds of legitimate applications, according to  Reuters. The hackers used the Xcode tool that iOS developer use and modified it to place the malware code into apps in the first large-scale attack on the App Store. 

Why the world (and especially developers) may not need a separate Apple TV App Store

The worst thing about our flat screen TV is when, in the middle of watching one of our favorite shows, the system announces there's a software update and wonders whether we'd like to apply it right now. This is the kind of disconnect Apple needs to avoid with the new Apple TV it is reported to be working on and which may, according to various sources, come out as early as this fall.

How can developers cash in via being 'Featured' by Apple?

While it's akin to winning the lottery, developers do have some tips on how to get featured. They include thinking of Apple as a developer's customer, not just a distribution service, and treating their contacts at Apple the way a Hollywood agent might treat their actor clients.  Special report.

Increase the odds of getting your iOS app or mobile game 'Featured' by Apple

Despite the growing horde of apps crowding the App Store, getting featured might still be something developers want to keep in mind as they work on their next mobile game.

iOS developers have plenty to say about Apple's reported changes to its App Store algorithm

Even though it might take a while for them to fully figure out what happened, iOS developers are starting to realize that Apple has changed the algorithm for its App Store rankings, and they may need to adjust their marketing strategies accordingly.

Don't expect app developers to follow Spotify's lead in trying to out-maneuver Apple's App Store

Forget the battle of the bands: A looming fight between streaming music provider Spotify and Apple's recently-launched Apple Music service has stirred up considerable curiosity among developers over an attempt to do an end-run around the App Store.

HBO Now may have over 850K subscribers, analyst says

While HBO isn't forthcoming about its subscriber numbers, particularly for its shiny new standalone service HBO Now, an online video industry analyst pegged the number of subscribers to the OTT variant at more than 850,000, "and the number could very well be around 1 million."

ACT: 32% of iOS developers weren't ranked in the App Store a year ago

Although it may somtimes feel like the charts never change, 32 percent of the top iOS developers were not even ranking in Apple's App Store a year ago, according to ACT/The App Association. The group's iOS App Economy Report spanned the top 400 apps across key categories in the App Store, offering insight on growing app categories and the state of developing.

Apple's efforts to promote indie devs via email could use an overhaul

I don't get a lot of email from Apple, and I'm perfectly fine with that. On the other hand, I probably pay more attention to messages from the company behind iOS than the many other firms that somehow managed to acquire my address. That means Apple has the potential to influence my behavior as a consumer, so when it chooses to use that power to help independent developers, I pay particular attention.