Apple's app approval process is justifiably infamous; wildly finicky, infuriatingly arbitrary, impossible to decipher a coherent set of rules. And yet, a multi-billion dollar business. And yet, dozens of new apps approved every day.
While none should be seen as a replacement for YouTube, anyone with Apple TV should have at least have one of these free video discovery apps downloaded to their AirPlay-enabled iDevice. I enjoy them all.
The recent revelations that some iPhone and Android apps are uploading and storing users' phone address books without permission not only violates the privacy of the person using the phone but, potentially, everyone in that person's address book.
One might expect software developers to recoil from the notion of a single gatekeeper skimming 30 percent of their revenue, but the developers we canvassed were unanimous in their praise for the Mac App Store.