Milestone: Windows Phone Store reaches 300,000 apps

It may have taken Microsoft longer than Apple or Google, but its Windows Phone Store now has more than 300,000 apps. WPCentral first noticed that the company just recently updated its “By The Numbers” page to reflect the milestone. “Hundreds more are added every day,” Microsoft added. It’s notable in part because the store had 100,000 apps… Read More


Amazon sets the stage for device launch by bragging it now has 240,000 apps

Amazon’s PR machine has officially kicked into high gear as the company begins building interest ahead of its Wednesday press conference. This morning’s press release from the Seattle retail giant announced that its Appstore now has more than 240,000 apps and games, or triple the selection over the past year. The milestone itself is not particularly noteworthy, but app… Read More

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iTunes bug delays new tipping app from Starbucks

Coffee drinkers will have at least a few more hours before they can start tipping their Starbucks barista from their iPhone. Seattle’s mega coffee chain promised the new app would go live in iTunes on Wednesday, but more than 24 hours later, the release has yet to arrive. Update: At around 10:45 a.m., some people started noticing… Read More


Report: Apple’s iOS App Store hits 950,000 apps

Apple announced in its last quarterly statement that the iOS App Store had reached 900,000 apps, and now it looks like it may hit 1 million apps within the next couple months. Appsfire, a company that specializes in user acquisition for iPhone and iPad apps, tweeted today that the App Store has hit 950,000 apps,… Read More


App of the Week: ‘StatSmack’ is perfect for March Madness

Sure, you love your college basketball team, but how well do you argue against rival fans? StatSheet’s College Basketball “StatSmack” might just come in handy this time of year. It’s a free app for iPhone and Android. Just enter your favorite team, and the name of another team, and the app returns a list of statistical… Read More


Apple and Amazon still fighting over ‘app store’ name

Remember this one? Amazon this week filed court papers disputing Apple’s allegation that its use of the phrase “Amazon Appstore” constitutes false advertising. The Seattle company asked a federal judge to reject Apple’s claim as part of a broader trademark dispute between the two companies over the “app store” phrase. Yes, these two are still… Read More


After bending to Apple, adult ‘app market’ MiKandi awaits outcome of trademark fight

Microsoft and aren’t the only companies hoping to see Apple stumble in its attempt to trademark the phrase “app store.” Seattle-based, which operates an adult app store for Android devices, was forced to start using the phrase “app market” in its tag line after Apple served the company with cease-and-desist papers earlier this year over… Read More


Amazon wins first round vs. Apple in ‘app store’ fight’s “Appstore” for Android can keep its name, at least for now, after a federal judge denied Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against Amazon in the battle over Apple’s attempt to claim exclusive rights to the “app store” phrase. “Apple has not established that its ‘App Store’ mark is famous, in the sense of being… Read More


Latest on ‘App Store’ battle: Will the reality distortion field extend to the courts?

The nuances of trademark law, or any law for that matter, can sometimes lead to statements that seem strange to the outside world. But even by that standard, this line from Apple’s latest filing in its “app store” dispute with is pretty remarkable. “Apple denies that, based on their common meaning, the words ‘app store’… Read More


Sneak peek: Is this Microsoft’s Windows 8 App Store?

Microsoft’s early planning documents for Windows 8, the next version of the PC operating system, suggested that the company was creating its own Windows App Store — a central place to find, buy, download, update and manage software. The concept will be familiar to mobile phone and Mac users, and it clearly has some major… Read More


Microsoft uses Amazon to bolster Apple ‘App Store’ fight

Microsoft’s fight against Apple’s attempt to trademark the phrase “App Store” took on new significance last week when Apple sued over its use of the phrase — and tried to get the MiKandi adult “app store” to stop using it, as well. Those developments mean Microsoft is no longer waging this battle just for… Read More


Weekend Reading: Apple vs., the full text

Who needs a novel when there are juicy court filings to read? When the news broke this week that Apple had filed a trademark suit against Amazon over the “App Store” phrase, the actual text of the complaint wasn’t yet publicly available in the online court records. But it is now, and it offers some… Read More


Trademark or not, Apple lays claim to “the” App Store

We’ve been keeping a close eye on a dispute between Microsoft and Apple over the iPhone/iPad maker’s attempt to trademark the term “App Store” for its exclusive use. So it was fascinating to see this new commercial today, part of the broader “If You Don’t Have an iPhone” campaign. “If you don’t have an iPhone,… Read More