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Fotograf review; an easy, powerful iOS photo editor

Fotograf review; an easy, powerful iOS photo editor

I gushed about CameraBag 2 for OS X, and for good reason. It’s powerful, easy to use, and one of the best desktop photo editors around. The same team responsible for that desktop app also have a mobile photo editing app in Fotograf. Silly name, but Fotograf wants to be taken seriously in a competitive, crowded space. With apps like VSCO Cam, Snapseed, and Enlight looming large, Fotograf wants to be your mobile photo editing app of choice. Can the Nevercenter team replicate their solid desktop efforts via mobile?

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Pixelmator update brings new repair tool, Force Touch support

Pixelmator update brings new repair tool, Force Touch support

If you don’t want a full Photoshop client for your Mac, Pixelmator is as good as it gets. The app does a solid job of bringing you the core of what Photoshop does, and has just been updated to bring you the best of what a Mac has to offer. With the update, those with Force Touch trackpads will notice touch sensitivity now plays a big role. Additionally, a new repair tool — two years in the making — is now available.

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Apple now rejects Apple Watch apps that ‘just’ tell time

Apple now rejects Apple Watch apps that ‘just’ tell time

The App Store is ripe with apps that support the Apple Watch. Plenty more exist in the backlog, as many Developers note it’s taking longer than usual to see their apps feed through the bottleneck of Apple’s app review process. Today, Apple’s app review guidelines have changed, and the most notable difference affects Apple Watch apps. In the ‘User Interface’ section, Apple now says any Watch app that aims to do little more than tell time will be rejected outright.

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The Apple Watch can now help you tune a guitar

The Apple Watch can now help you tune a guitar

IK Multimedia have a slew of iOS apps and peripherals aimed at musicians, and their latest app update might be their best yet. With the latest iteration of UltraTuner, IK rolled in support for the Apple Watch. The app is aimed for those who play guitar and want to use their iPhone to help them fine-tune the instrument. Paired with an Apple Watch, musicians can now see where they’re at with a simple glance to their wrist, where IK offers two different views.

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Livescribe+ ‘Preview Edition’ now available for Android

Livescribe+ ‘Preview Edition’ now available for Android

At CES this year, Livescribe was ready for us with their Livescribe 3. The company also had a (very beta) working model of their Android app, which will take full advantage of everything their new pen had to offer. Starting today, anyone can check that app out for themselves, as Livescribe is making their Livescribe+ app available via Google Play. Available for download, Livescribe is saddling the app with a ‘Preview Edition’ name, meaning it’s still technically in beta form.

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WhatsApp voice calling comes to iOS (sort of)

WhatsApp voice calling comes to iOS (sort of)

WhatsApp has turned on voice calling for iOS, a feature many iPhone users have waited patiently for since Android got the feature last month. Calling is free to use, even if your contacts are in different parts of the world. It’s also a clever way to sidestep your included voice minutes, if you’re not on an unlimited voice calling plan. The iOS update also brings in share extensions, a camera button for chats, and the ability to edit contacts within WhatsApp.

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Quip adds Chat Rooms to take on Slack

Quip adds Chat Rooms to take on Slack

Mobile-first productivity app Quip is entering the chat age. While you could always carry a discussion within the confines of a document, Quip has updated their service to roll in Chat Rooms, which takes the conversation outside of your documents or folders. It’s an interesting move for Quip, which likely sees a bit of an opportunity as other services like Slack snipe users with their enterprise-first approach to chat. The update is rolling out soon to Quip’s Android and iOS apps.

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DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan isn’t new; it was launched in 2013. At the time, the app was a clever way to watch your data usage, but there were also a lot of people on legacy unlimited plans, or not using much data. With smartphone media consumption at a high point, and carriers edging us away from those precious unlimited data plans, DataMan is still as relevant as it ever was. In fact, you might need DataMan more now than you did when it was launched.

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YouTube ends support for older apps on iOS, Apple TV, Google TV

YouTube ends support for older apps on iOS, Apple TV, Google TV

Have older tech? YouTube wants you to upgrade. In a blog post today, the YouTube team is announcing they’ll no longer support “certain older” apps. It likely won’t affect most users, and the mobile website will continue to work — but you should be aware, especially if you’re using some dated hardware (some of which is just plain obsolete). YouTube isn’t being picky, either. Everything from Apple TV to gaming consoles are affected. Even Google TV (which is apparently still a thing) is going to need an update!

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Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Last week, Google updated Chrome to version 42 (beta). In that update, there was a small (possibly overlooked) feature that brings push notifications to your phone for websites than enable the feature. The update is part of Google’s Fizz initiative, which aims to bridge the wide gap between native mobile apps and web apps for mobile. That same update is creating a bit of buzz, but also confusing the matter of apps a bit, as push notifications for mobile websites are now available — just like native apps.

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