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Tech Giant Apple Removes ‘Illegal’ Apps from App Store in China

Apple in 2017 announced it would invest nearly $500 million in China to build two new R&D centres in Shanghai and Suzhou

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Apple has reportedly removed 25,000 gambling apps from its App Store in China that flouted the local Internet policies.

In a statement given to The Wall Street Journal on Monday, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said “gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China”.

“We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store,” Apple added.

The company, which recently touched the $1-trillion mark, reacted after China’s state broadcaster CCTV, accused the tech giant of not doing enough to screen out gambling and other illegal apps.

“Apple established its own rules for allowing apps on to its store but did not respect them itself, resulting in a proliferation of fake lottery apps and gambling apps,” the Financial Times reported, quoting a CCTV statement.

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In September 2016, Apple opened its first China R&D centre in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park, often referred to as “China’s Silicon Valley”. Pixabay

Apple last year removed apps for virtual private network (VPN) services in China, used to circumvent Beijing’s censorship tools as well as hundreds of other apps, including Skype.

Amid heightened trade tensions between the US and China, tech giant Apple in July joined hands with its suppliers to launch a $300 million clean energy fund in China.

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The “China Clean Energy Fund” will invest in and develop clean-energy projects totalling more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy in China, the equivalent of powering nearly 1 million homes, Apple said in a statement.

Apple in 2017 announced it would invest nearly $500 million in China to build two new R&D centres in Shanghai and Suzhou.

In September 2016, Apple opened its first China R&D centre in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park, often referred to as “China’s Silicon Valley”. (IANS)

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Apple Responds to Disappearing iTunes Movie Purchase Issue

Apple is constantly working with content providers to expand the iTunes Store catalogue and to make more items available in more countries

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Apple responds to movies disappearing from iTunes library. Flickr Commons

Apple has responded to a tweet by a user who complained about the disappearance of purchased movies from the iTunes library.

The tweet by Anders G da Silva — who recently relocated from Australia to Canada — said three movies he had purchased from iTunes had been removed from his account and he was unable to play or re-download them, Apple Insider reported on Sunday.

“After reviewing the case I have noticed that the content provider has removed these movies from the Canadian Store. Hence these movies are not available in the Canada iTunes Store at this time,” a Senior Advisor from Customer Care Support at iTunes Store tweeted in reply to da Silva.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

Apple Support acknowledged that the movies were gone and attempted to rectify the issue by providing rental credits to rent a movie priced up to $5.99, far off the value of the missing films, the report added.

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“If you change your country setting, some movies may not be available to re-download from the movie store if the version you purchased isn’t also available in the new country. If needed, you can change your country setting back to your prior country to re-download those movies,” a CNET report quoted an Apple spokesperson as saying.

“Apple is constantly working with content providers to expand the iTunes Store catalogue and to make more items available in more countries,” said Apple Support. (IANS)

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