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Technology Apple now allows apps to send ads as push notifications

02:55  05 march  2020
02:55  05 march  2020 Source:   cnet.com

Android devices stop alerting users to completed app updates

  Android devices stop alerting users to completed app updates Swiping away unwanted alerts and notifications is part and parcel of smartphone ownership, but it seems that Google is trying to mitigate some of the annoyance. According to a number of reports, the Play Store notification that usually pops up after an app has been updated has stopped appearing. As Android Policereports, users first noticed the missing notifications in early November. Then followed a period of back-and-forth when some users would receive the notifications, then they wouldn't, then they came back, and so on, leading some to believe there was a bug at hand.

Apps available at the Apple App Store can now send ads and other promotions as push notifications , as long as the user authorizes them. The updated guidlines, announced Wednesday, means that users who choose to opt in will see ads show up on their Apple devices alongside text

An Apple Developer Program membership: To send push notifications , you need a push notification certificate for your App ID, which requires a PushNotifications : You’ll use this utility app to send notifications to a test device. To install it, follow the instructions under How to install.

Apps available at the Apple App Store can now send ads and other promotions as push notifications, as long as the user authorizes them. The updated guidelines, announced Wednesday, mean that users who choose to opt in will see ads show up on their Apple devices alongside text messages and breaking news alerts.

a close up of a screen of a cell phone: Apple issued new guidelines about what apps on its App Store can and can't do. Angela Lang/CNET © Provided by CNET Apple issued new guidelines about what apps on its App Store can and can't do. Angela Lang/CNET a close up of a cell phone: Apple issued new guidelines about what apps on its App Store can and can't do. © Angela Lang/CNET

Apple issued new guidelines about what apps on its App Store can and can't do.

Apple also announced Wednesday that apps categorized as "dating" or "fortune telling" would be rejected "unless they provide a unique, high-quality experience."

App developers will be required to use Apple's official API to gather customers' reviews and ratings of their apps. This means they will no longer be able to ask users leading questions with custom review prompts.

"Use the provided API to prompt users to review your app; this functionality allows customers to provide an App Store rating and review without the inconvenience of leaving your app, and we will disallow custom review prompts," Apple said in its guidelines.

Apple Music's web player is out of beta .
Apple Music’s web player is no longer in beta, Mac Rumorsreports. The browser-based version, which Apple introduced last fall, is now available at music.apple.com. This makes Apple Music essentially platform agnostic. You’ll no longer need to have iTunes or the Music app to stream your Apple Music playlists. Now, you can log in on devices running Windows 10, Linux and Chrome OS. In the web version, you’ll find features similar to those in the Mac version of the Music app, like “For You,” “Browse” and “Radio” sections, as well as playlists and recommendations. You’ll also find Apple Music Replays, which curate your favorite songs from every year you’ve subscribed to Apple Music.

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