Apple pulls a Game Boy emulator for App Store violations, but says game emulators are allowed | TechCrunch

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First launched on Sunday, iGBA was an ad-supported copy of the open source project GBA4iOS that offered a Game Boy game emulator for iOS. The new app worked as described, allowing users to download both Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color ROMs from the web and then open them in the app to play. However, the app was submitted to the App Store without the permission of GBA4iOS developer Riley Testut, who also developed the AltStore and Delta, a Nintendo emulator and popular successor to GBA4iOS.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/04/15/apple-pulls-a-game-boy-emulator-for-app-store-violations-but-says-game-emulators-are-allowed/

Spotify tests video courses to teach everything from music production to Excel

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Starting with a rollout in the U.K., Spotify is testing the waters for an online education offering of freemium video courses. Produced in partnership with third parties like the BBC and Skillshare, at least two lessons will be free, with the cost of a total course ranging from £20 to £80 on average. The prices will be the same, regardless of whether you are a basic or premium user, at least for now.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/03/25/spotify-courses-learning/

Apple slams DOJ case as misguided attempt to turn iPhone into Android

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In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Apple said: This lawsuit threatens who we are and the principles that set Apple products apart in fiercely competitive markets. If successful, it would hinder our ability to create the kind of technology people expect from Apple—where hardware, software, and services intersect. It would also set a dangerous precedent, empowering government to take a heavy hand in designing people’s technology. We believe this lawsuit is wrong on the facts and the law, and we will vigorously defend against it.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/03/21/apple-slams-doj-case-as-misguided-attempt-to-turn-iphone-into-android/

LinkedIn plans to add gaming to its platform

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TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that LinkedIn is working on a new games experience. It will be doing so by tapping into the same wave of puzzle-mania that helped simple games like Wordle find viral success and millions of players. Three early efforts are games called “Queens”, “Inference” and “Crossclimb.”

https://techcrunch.com/2024/03/16/linkedin-wants-to-add-gaming-to-its-platform/

Pinterest rolls out its ‘body type ranges’ tool to the US | TechCrunch

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Pinterest announced today that its tool for filtering searches by different body types has officially rolled out to users in the U.S. The platform started experimenting with the feature last year and is currently testing it in Canada. To use the feature, users can type into the search bar and select the “Body Types” option to see four different body types at the top of the results page. If a user selects the same option twice, the body type selection can be saved to their device.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/03/11/pinterest-rolls-out-its-body-type-ranges-tool-to-the-us

Anonymous social apps face another reckoning as UNC System to ban Yik Yik, Fizz, Sidechat & Whisper

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University of North Carolina (UNC) System President Peter Hans announced a plan to block the use of popular anonymous social apps on campus, including Yik Yak, Fizz, Whisper and Sidechat. The ban would impact the 16 universities, like UNC Chapel Hill, NCSU, UNC Charlotte, and others, as well as one public residential high school that comprises the UNC system.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/03/07/anonymous-social-apps-face-another-reckoning-as-unc-system-to-ban-yik-yik-fizz-sidechat-whisper/

Bored? Go play this hidden game in your Instagram DMs | TechCrunch

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To access the hidden game, all you have to do is open up a DM chat, send an emoji, and then click on it. After that, you will be transported to a yellow screen with a paddle and emoji of your choosing. The emoji will move faster as the game progresses and the background color will get darker.

https://techcrunch.com/2024/03/07/bored-go-play-this-hidden-game-in-your-instagram-dms/