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TestFlight is currently down; beta apps in holding pattern

TestFlight is currently down; beta apps in holding pattern

Developers trying to seed beta versions of their apps on iOS might be hitting a brick wall this morning. It seems TestFlight, Apple’s (now) in-house app seeding program is experiencing disruption. Developers are complaining en masse on Twitter, and Apple has not yet addressed the issue, but it seems to be server related. I’ve tested it for myself, and hey — it’s down on the Development side. It doesn’t seem to affect users who may have apps waiting for them in the TestFlight app.

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T-Mobile brings BlackBerry Classic back for Uncarrier 9.0 ambitions

T-Mobile brings BlackBerry Classic back for Uncarrier 9.0 ambitions

The BlackBerry Classic is coming to T-Mobile. Let that sink in for a minute. You’re either really excited (because you’re a BlackBerry holdout), or a bit confused. Considering the history BlackBerry and T-Mobile have had of late, we’re with you on ‘confused’. Late last year, the two sides weren’t seeing eye-to-eye, with T-Mobile CEO John Legere likening BlackBerry to MySpace (ouch). BlackBerry CEO John Chen suggested BlackBerry faithful seek other carriers. Now, they’re all playing nice again.

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Musk: Tesla isn’t losing engineers to Apple (it’s the opposite!)

Musk: Tesla isn’t losing engineers to Apple (it’s the opposite!)

Earlier this year, rumors surfaced Apple was working on some sort of automotive project. Some believed it was an autonomous car; others felt it was more CarPlay related than anything else. While those rumors have (mostly) subsided, the idea is still there. Part of the rumor mill involved Tesla losing bunches of engineers to Apple, conjuring tales of a troubled Tesla. Speaking after Tesla’s earnings report yesterday, CEO Elon Musk said his company hasn’t lost many employees to Apple at all. In fact, they’re the ones taking Apple employees away from Cupertino.

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Jink 2.0 update merges messaging and mapping seamlessly

Jink 2.0 update merges messaging and mapping seamlessly

Last year, we told you about Jink, a messaging app that kept things in a container. With Jink, you can share your location, and even chat, all in a private space; if you want to stop sharing your location or end the chat, it’s done, and the other party is no longer linked to you. With their recent update, available today, Jink is growing past its semi-anonymous beginnings and blossoming into a well-rounded platform. With Jink 2.0, messaging merges with mapping.

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Apple Watch may soon be available for in-store pickup

Apple Watch may soon be available for in-store pickup

When the Apple Watch became available for purchase, those who stayed up late or woke up really early were among the lucky ones to snag one for a quick delivery. As minutes ticked away, so did the delivery timeframe. First Apple Watch delivery shipped into June, and it now seems to be settled into a July delivery for those who’ve ordered. A new report details Apple may soon allow hopeful Apple Watch wearers to pick theirs up in-store rather than have it delivered.

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Google I/O 2015: Android M and a sock-disturbing wearable

Google I/O 2015: Android M and a sock-disturbing wearable

Now that the Google I/O schedule is here, a lot is being made of little tidbits of info found in the session descriptions. That’s exactly what they’re there for; to get bloggers speculating and fans excited. As we find more breadcrumbs on the way to Google I/O later this month, two early curiosities pop out. First, there’s a single mention of ‘Android M’ in an Android at Work breakout session. Second, a wearable that will “literally” blow our socks off.

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Roku announces Sharp as partner, Insignia TVs coming this month

Roku announces Sharp as partner, Insignia TVs coming this month

Roku may have unleashed two new streaming boxes for us, but that doesn’t mean they’re ditching integrated TV. Today, Sharp and Roku have announced a new lineup of Roku-ready TVs, which will hit Best Buy stores in the US and Canada exclusively. There will initially be two models — at 43 or 50 inches, both TVs will have a 1080p resolution and 60Hz refresh rate (native). Sharp’s Roku TVs will also come with the Netflix Recommended branding, much like the Insignia Roku TVs the company says are also coming this month.

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Google I/O schedule, sessions now live

Google I/O schedule, sessions now live

With Google I/O just around the corner, Developers around the globe are anxiously anticipating what Google has in store for us all. The Google I/O website was just updated, so we’re now getting a chance to see what Google has planned. It’s also the time we use to get a sneak peek at what sessions are available, hoping to extrapolate some nuggets of info. While the sessions may not be completely fleshed out, we’re getting a good idea of what’s going to happen later this month at Moscone West.

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Manfrotto Klyp+ now available for iPhone 6

Manfrotto Klyp+ now available for iPhone 6

Manfrotto’s Klyp+ for the iPhone 5S is pretty neat. Combining a case, lenes, and lighting, the system makes for a small studio for on-the-go shooting. Keeping current with our taste in smartphones, Manfrotto is now introducing an improved Klyp+ system for the iPhone 6. You’ll have all the same functionality as before, but the scheme has been redesigned a bit. We now our choice in case colors (white, red, or black), and new lenses to round out Klyp+ as more of a photography platform than an accessory bundle.

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Pixelmator, the darling of iPad photo editing, is coming to iPhone

Pixelmator, the darling of iPad photo editing, is coming to iPhone

There are plenty of good photo editing apps for iPhone, that much is certain. People love VSCO Cam, and Snapseed is still going strong. A new favorite, Fotograf, has taken over my photo editing on the small screen. There are still those times when a simple editor just won’t cut it; you need more than filters. Pixelmator, a favorite of ours for iPad, will soon become available for iPhone as well. To celebrate, the Pixelmator crew is discounting the app by 50%, bringing the price down to $4.99.

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Apple Watch is the best smartwatch around, says Consumer Report

Apple Watch is the best smartwatch around, says Consumer Report

The smartwatch market is saturated with good wrist-wear, but which is best? That’s always going to be a matter of preference, but Consumer Reports is typically a good barometer for which item in a category is ‘best’. Recently, Consumer Reports stacked the top 11 smartwatches up (maybe literally, I don’t know) to see which belonged at the top of the heap. Hate it or love it, the Apple Watch is the best on test for Consumer Reports, with the Apple Watch (steel) taking top honors.

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Oculus Rift will be available to consumers in early 2016

Oculus Rift will be available to consumers in early 2016

The Oculus Rift has been a VR dream come true for some, but a bit of a nightmare for the anxious. While virtual reality is one of the cooler things we’ve seen in technology of late, we still don’t know when Oculus — who are leading the charge — will actually come forth with a headset we can buy. Now we do. The company has finally announced Q1 2016 is their launch timeframe — but that’s all we really get from today’s announcement.

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