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Apple Continues To Showcase Its Own Apps In The App Store’s Top Charts.

It seems Apple is continuing to use the App Store’s “Top Charts” section to promote its own applications, by allowing apps like iMovie and those from its iWork suite to appear in the Top 10 Free apps on users’ iPhones.

JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced the release of an enhanced suite of mobile apps, including a new JetBlue app for iPad, aimed at bringing even more convenience to customers’ fingertips so they can sit back and enjoy their JetBlue experience. I’ve tested around 3,000 apps in the last 12 months, including apps in new categories like video webcasting and Apple Watch apps, and I’ve seen a surge in short-term vacation rental apps, plus increasingly minimalist graphics across all categories. Special for iPad’s large display, customers can browse through destination guides which feature rich content and imagery from many of JetBlue’s 93 destinations.

Has Apple effectively turned its App Store’s Top Charts section into a way to market its own software – stealing the top ranks from deserving developers in the process? Customers can also use their iPad to access JetBlue’s other iOS features, easily book travel and access functionality found on jetblue.com, including the Best Fare Finder calendar and a Hot Deals page. “Our handheld mobile app has focused on the customer’s travel journey, but with iPad’s large Retina screen and advanced features, we are opening up a whole new world of travel exploration and possibility,” Miller said. “The new iPad app helps our customers answer the question ‘Where do you want to go next?'” The mobile enhancements also bring new functionality to iPhone and Android. Right now, if you’re considering an Android smartphone, you have two options: a small-sized handset that doesn’t perform very well, or a large-sized handset with all the bells and whistles.

This simple two-dimensional infinite scrolling game puts you in control of a character skiing down an endless, never-repeating mountain while collecting runaway llamas, sliding along rooftops, somersaulting over chasms and, when you progress far enough, soaring like a bird above the snow. Regardless of the answer, the apps’ seemingly magical appearance then disappearance from the Top Charts over the course of a day calls into question the legitimacy and accuracy of Apple’s rankings system altogether. Seriously, it’s ridiculously difficult to get a small Android smartphone that will give you a great camera, excellent battery life, lag-free performance, and a vibrant high-def screen.

With this update, JetBlue for Apple Watch will gain several new features and alerts including flight status and TrueBlue updates delivered right to the watch face without needing to tap into the app. About JetBlue AirwaysJetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. Now, that’s a really good phone, but let’s not kid ourselves, it can’t match up to the iPhone 5s on multiple fronts: camera, battery life, and performance. Who knows.) Another firm, appFigures, pulled today’s ranking data for the iWork apps and found that neither Pages, Numbers or Keynote were ranking for anything other than the “Productivity” category on iPhone.

In fact, the Pages chart shows that Apple’s Microsoft Word competitor had actually dipped in its category over the past few days – which is not what you would expect from a supposedly Top 10 application. Originally designed around a vertical video format to match how you naturally hold a smartphone, Periscope is effectively a social network for watching and sharing short live videos.

No one knows exactly how Apple’s algorithm works, other than it takes into account some combination of downloads and velocity – or for Top Grossing applications, revenue. The biggest bottleneck you’ll find is in the RAM, which can prove to be insufficient if you’re a power user, especially while browsing several tabs or if you are doing something while having multiple Facebook Messenger conversations (that app really eats up your available resources!).

You may find yourself accidentally pressing “record” — though you do get a warning before you go “live,” to save you from potentially embarrassing moments. It’s also worth pointing out that the apps in question are odd in and of themselves because they are listed as paid applications, but are actually available for free to most users.

Apple announced some time ago that iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and iTunes U would be free for those who activated or purchased a device on or after September 1, 2013 running iOS 8. Apple has now decided that 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch are the two new device sizes they want to support, so third-party accessory makers will concentrate on making cases, speaker docks, and other devices for those sizes; not on the now-defunct 4-inch size. Though the app’s clear interface may remind you of the kind of simple image adjustments and filters you can achieve in other apps like Instagram, Enlight lets you apply complicated effects like adjusting the image color curves, fixing errors and reducing noise. Apple won’t explain how its algorithm works, of course, but when Apple’s own software appears one day at the very top of the App Store then disappears entirely the next day, you know that something that not entirely above-the-board is going on.

Pause works when you slowly move your finger around a phone’s screen in response to attractive, abstract graphics — the idea being that concentrating on such a simple task will calm your brain. Honorable mentions for great apps in 2015 go to Microsoft’s Outlook (free on iOS and Android), a user-friendly email app that’s far better than the clunky old desktop version of Outlook, and to the communication app Slack (free on Android, iOS and as a beta test version on Windows), which has helped many a business team improve their internal office communication and reduce email stresses. Aimed at getting all the forgotten photos out of your phone’s camera reel and back in front of your eyes, Storehouse helps put together albums of images and videos for your viewing pleasure.

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