Amazon and Apple call a truce in app store battle

Amazon and Apple have brought an end to two years of legal wrangling over the term ‘app store’. The internecine lawsuit has been abandoned by both parties after talks. Apple had been suing Amazon after the online retailer launched its own, Android-based ‘appstore’ in 2011. Steve Jobs argued at the time that the move was a deliberate attempt to trade…

Google tests Apple’s patience with Chrome for iOS API

Google is pushing the boundaries of Apple’s iOS regulations, after it revealed a new Chrome API for Cupertino’s mobile operating system. The new software allows devs to tweak apps so that users can access Chrome for iOS when web browsing in-app. What’s more, users with Chrome installed will be able to open pages directly in Google’s browser when following links….

Google’s WhatsApp deal: why the Big G needs the messaging marvel

WhatsApp has been the subject of plenty of interest from tech’s biggest players for some time. But news over the weekend of a potential $1 billion buyout by Google raises the prospect of the Big G finally having a proper mobile messaging big-hitter to compete with BBM and Apple iMessage. While WhatsApp is said to be demanding a bigger fee,…

WhatsApp refutes rumours of takeoever bid from Google

Reports that WhatsApp is a takeover target for Google have been rubbished by an executive at the messaging software maker, marking the second occasion that it has been moved to play down speculation that the search giant is sniffing around. Neeraj Arora, business development head of WhatAppn, told AllThingsD that there is no substance to claims that the firm and…

iPhone games giveaway: Infinity Blade 2, Tiny Wings & Badland now free on App Store

Some of the iOS platform’s finest games are up for grabs for free today, as part of a giveaway that’s thought to mark the fifth anniversary of the App Store. Heading the field of freebies is the graphically gorgeous Infinity Blade 2, which marries ostensibly simple Fruit Ninja-style slashing with RPG game mechanics. Nestling just behind that is the cutesy…