App Store, Apple Music & other services hit by three-hour outage

Apple’s online services experienced multiple outages on Tuesday, with problems cropping up in Apple’s digital storefronts, Apple TV services, Apple Business Manager, and Apple School Manager.

Update: Outages have been resolved.

The Apple System Status page indicates that there are multiple issues with Apple’s various online services. The problems largely started at 8:23 A.M Eastern Time, and mostly center around Apple’s various storefronts.

According to the page, “Some users are affected” and may be “experiencing a problem” or “intermittent issues” with the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes Store, and the Mac App Store. Further problems are being endured with Apple TV and Apple TV Channels, with all six commencing at the same time and listed as “ongoing.”

The Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager were both listed as being an issue from 10:15 A.M Eastern Time, but were “resolved” by 11 A.M Eastern Time.

Read More

44% of Americans Plan to Apply for Store Credit Card This Holiday Season; Big Jump From 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A lot more Americans say they’re likely to apply for a store credit card this holiday season than did in either of the previous two years, according to a new report from CompareCards by LendingTree.

That’s despite the fact that more than half (56%) of people who say they’ve had a store credit card say they’ve regretted getting one.

Full report: https://www.comparecards.com/blog/2020-store-card-report/ 

Key findings:

  • Big jump in interest in store cards: 44% of Americans say they’re at least somewhat likely to apply for a store card during the holiday shopping season. That’s up from 32% in 2019 and 24% in 2018.
  • Store card APRs fall: The average APR for a new store credit card is 24.24%, down from 25.41% in 2019, thanks largely to Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.
  • More regrets: More than half (56%) of those who have had a
Read More

Antitrust investigation dubs App Store a monopoly, Microsoft adopts ‘app fairness’ rules, pandemic boosts Q3 app revenues

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

Loading...

Load Error

The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus.

In this series, we help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps, delivered on a weekly basis.

Apple declared monopoly by U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust

Apple was one of the four big tech companies the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust declared as having enjoyed

Read More

4 Tips for Taking Your Brick-and-Mortar Store to the Online Realm

This year has been rough for brick and mortar retailers. Data from Yelp shows that 60 percent of temporary business closures related to COVID-19 have now become permanent. Many big-name brands have filed for bankruptcy as they’ve seen retail sales dry up.



a man talking on a cell phone


© pixdeluxe | Getty Images


On the opposite end of the spectrum, ecommerce is thriving like never before. Statista reports that ecommerce site traffic in May and June of 2020 actually eclipsed the traffic levels of the 2019 holiday shopping season.

Loading...

Load Error

As brick and mortar stores continue to struggle with government restrictions and the public’s desire to avoid outings that could lead to COVID-19 exposure, the need to take businesses online has never been more urgent.

Even if you’re late to the online game, however, you can still make a successful transition.

1. Choose the right hosting platform

First things first: you have to claim a

Read More