Apple to remove crap and abandoned apps from the App Store 


We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines, or are outdated.

You will be asked to submit an update within 30 days to keep your app on the App Store. If you are unable to make the changes within this time frame, your app will be removed from the App Store until you submit an update and it is approved. Please note that apps that crash on launch will be removed immediately.

Apple sent an email to all developers today about App Store Improvements to encourage quality apps. If your app no longer complies with changes to guidelines or is buggy you’ll have 30 days to update it.

They additionally announced app names will now be limited to 50 characters to stop spammy names.

The Mac app Transmission gets hit with malware again 


Just five months after Transmission was infected with the first “ransomware” ever found on the Mac, the popular BitTorrent client is again at the center of newly uncovered OS X malware.

Mac Rumors report that Transmission has been infected for the second time this yer, likely through a vulnerability on their web server. If you’re worried you may be infected you can follow the steps in the Mac Rumors article.

It appears they’re currently migrating everything over to GitHub pages, likely in an effort to avoid their servers being exploited again.

Catch them all without catching yourself out… 


The [Pokemon] Go terms do include an opt-out provision for people who don’t want to give up their rights. However, you must opt out within 30 days of first agreeing to the Terms of Service.Luckily, many Pokémon Go users have only downloaded and activated the app in the last week, meaning they are still within that timeframe.

To Opt Out: Send an email ASAP (before the 30 days have passed) to with “Arbitration Opt-out Notice” in the subject line and a clear declaration that you are opting out of the arbitration clause in the Pokémon Go terms of service.

This means any legal dispute can’t be held in a courtroom… Good tip from the Consumerist – you’ve got 30 days from signing up to send that email.

Your license to use React.js can be revoked if you compete with Facebook 


If you are using or considering using React in a project you might want to consult a lawyer. Because of the patent clause you are not allowed to do anything that constitutes as competing with Facebook. If you do take legal actions or in other ways challenge Facebook, your license to use React is immediately revoked.

With Facebook having so many products already, and constantly acquiring more, it’d be hard to start a new product on React.js without risking that your license for it being revoked – even if they weren’t a competitor before you started.  In reality I doubt it’s a problem, but what a clause!

In iOS 10 Apple now treat the lock screen like an app 


One of the biggest changes found in iOS 10 will be one of the first things you see upon installing the update. Indeed, the Lock screen in iOS 10 has received what amounts to an overhaul and a rethinking of its functionality.

iOS 10 Lock Screen

In iOS 10 slide to unlock is no more. You now simply press the home button to unlock the device. This now makes the lock screen like any other app – as simply clicking the home button quits the current app and always takes you to the home screen of app icons.

With Touch ID being so fast on newer iPhone models, the simple act of tapping the home button will unlock and open the home screen. If you’ve got a passcode then it’ll not feel so smooth – you’ll still be taken to another screen to put that in.

If you’ve not got a test device with iOS 10, 9to5Mac has a hands-on video with the new lock screen.