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Amazon App Store now on Google Play (sort of)

Amazon App Store now on Google Play (sort of)

Google might not be pleased when they realize the implications of Amazon's newest app update. Instead of Amazon relying on you to head to their webpage to download the Amazon App Store app, you've only to download the Amazon App from Google Play. The big deal here is not that Google forbids apps outside their own store - they certainly do not. The big deal here is App Updates. Google forbids that apps that come from the Google Play app store be updated through any other means than the Google Play app store itself.

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Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps

Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps

Apple has announced their TestFlight Beta program, which allows Developers to seed beta builds of their apps to users, is now live. Registered Apple Developers can now distribute up to 1,000 copies of their app to testers, using the iTunes Connect portal to email invites. It’s a pretty new scheme for Apple, but falls directly in line with their prior beta work with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. With TestFlight, those Developers and companies that aren’t Apple can now do exactly the same.

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Apple Q4 2014: App Store downloads top 85 million

Apple Q4 2014: App Store downloads top 85 million

Sales are great, but we really like to know about device use. You can sell as many devices as you like, but if nobody uses them, it’s a short-term gain. Apple is great on both ends of that spectrum, and have announced their total App Store downloads, and they’re pretty surprising. Compared to this time last year, cumulative apps sold has a nearly 50% increase. That’s pretty significant for a single year, considering the App stores have been around for years.

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iPhone and Mac way up, iPad down in Q4 2014

iPhone and Mac way up, iPad down in Q4 2014

In releasing their quarterly earnings, Apple also made available their device sales figures. As you might have guessed, iPhone sales were up over last quarter on the heels of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. They were also up over last year, showing a solid trajectory. The rest of Apple’s product lineup did equally well as a whole, but iPad sales continue to slide. That trend may only continue in the face of the iPhone 6 Plus, which will naturally eat at iPad mini sales.

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Tumblr app Yosemite exclusive: but why?

Tumblr app Yosemite exclusive: but why?

The team behind Tumblr’s success are very, very smart. They know good and well what it takes to run the hype machine and keep it running full-speed. Because of this, they’ve decided to release a Tumblr desktop app today. They’ve decided to release this app for OS X Yosemite exclusively. That’s OS X 10.10 only. They’ve done this because they know there’ll be massive amounts of people looking for new an exciting ways to use their brand new operating system this afternoon.

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Apple App Store outage – you’re not alone

Apple App Store outage – you’re not alone

Yes, the App Store has been down and out for a bit this morning and you’re not the only one to experience this oddity. Starting in the evening of October 2nd, 2014, the App Store for both of Apple’s main platforms, iOS and OS X, were sporadically out to dinner - then breakfast.

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HealthKit apps start trickling into the App Store

HealthKit apps start trickling into the App Store

With iOS 8, the promise of HealthKit apps left us wanting. Not ready for primetime, HealthKit — and the Health app loaded on your phone — were useless. iOS 8.0.1 fixed HealthKit, but broke other, more necessary items. Now that iOS 8.0.2 is out, we’re starting to see HealthKit apps trickle into the App Store.

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New app makes iPhone camera more like a DSLR

New app makes iPhone camera more like a DSLR

Part of the knock on mobile photography is the lack of controls. Unlike a DSLR, the ability to control things like exposure are typically lost on a smartphone. With increased third-party integration in iOS 8, a new app aims to bring you some of the controls you want on a DSLR, but on your iPhone.

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