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Apple rejects iPhone app that tracks military drone strikes


Apple has a reputation for sometimes banning apps for reasons that confound developers. The latest App Store rejection story comes from Wired, which talked to developer Josh Begley about his Drones+ app.

Drones+ is a simple, but informative app that alerts you when the US military executes a strategic strike using a drone. The information is pulled from a publicly available database maintained by the UK's Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Each strike is logged in the app and marked by a pushpin on a map. Clicking on a pushpin will bring up media reports about the strike.

Begley has submitted his app twice this summer to the App Store and was rejected both times. The first time Apple said his app was "not useful or entertaining enough," while the second rejection said the content was "objectionable."

Begley is now at an impasse and told Wired that, "If the content is found to be objectionable, and it's literally just an aggregation of news, I don't know how to change that." He may pass on the iOS App Store and port his app to Android, which would be a crying shame.

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