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EA recants on Rock Band

EA recants on Rock Band

Though earlier this week hundreds of owners of the iOS app Rock Band were sent a message with a death notice on it for months end, EA games now says nay. This message we're speaking about said quite specifically that on May 31, the game Rock Band would "no longer be playable on your device" - now Electronic Arts is saying that the message itself was a complete error. Speculation for this chain of events includes EA reacting to backlash from their own announcement as the gaming world was certainly not happy at the news once it dropped this week.

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Hands-on with iHeartRadio’s iPad 3 update

Hands-on with iHeartRadio’s iPad 3 update

Right on the heels of one of their biggest competitors (and best buddy Spotify), Clear Channel have updated their iPad app for iHeartRadio. This upgrade to the streaming radio application has you working with deeper Facebook integration than ever before, support for the high-resolution Retina display of Apple's iPad 3 with much better looking radio station graphics as well as user interface graphics, and Custom Stations. These Custom Stations are made up of the users own collected interests and a catalog of over 14 million songs from over 400,000 artists.

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You don’t actually own your apps

You don’t actually own your apps

Today the folks at Electronic Arts have sent out a message to all iOS users of the app Rock Band saying they'll not be able to play the game at all after May 31st. This not only proves EA is as The Consumerist said it was in their last annual awards show: the Worst Company in America, it shows the fragility of the app universe as a whole. What EA has revealed to millions of unsuspecting app downloaders around the world is this: when you pay for an application in the mobile world, you don't actually own the app itself, you just own the license for the app - and your ownership is not indefinite.

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Spotify for iPad arrives fashionably late

Spotify for iPad arrives fashionably late

It's time to party with the Spotify app for iPad, this being one of the last giant platforms for the application in its mobile form and certainly a beast of a battleground for the big green streaming music group. You've got several new elements coming your way for any iPad, but of course this application has been fine-tuned for the iPad 3, starting with Retina-quality graphics.

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Skype 4.0 update hits iOS

Skype 4.0 update hits iOS

One of the most popular video chat applications on earth has been updated to version 4.0 for the iPhone and iPad, it here having several stability and user interface tweaks as it hits the airwaves. This application is a totally free download, as always, and works with your device's front-facing camera to allow you to video chat back and forth between mobile devices, desktop, and more. This application requires that you be running iOS version 4.3 or later as well - so update and update!

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Mac App Store hits 10,000 Apps: here’s the best

Mac App Store hits 10,000 Apps: here’s the best

As the Mac App Store passed 1 year in business earlier this year, so too has the store this month passed the 10,000 applications - with some surprising entries sitting at the top of the charts this week. Some unsurprising entries into each of the three "top" lists on the Mac App Store are Apple-made apps OS X Lion, iPhoto, and Keynote. You'll find several apps you may have never heard of before today as well, especially in the "Top Free" section of the store. This digital app store is distributed with all Mac OS X installs, and takes cues from the iTunes App Store on how the software business is evolving to a click-and-download model as fast as you can say environmentalism.

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Apple dumps Android from Chomp app engine

Apple dumps Android from Chomp app engine

Apple has slashed Android support from its Chomp app discovery engine acquisition, excising Google's open-source OS and making the service iOS-only ahead of a tipped App Store revolution. Bought back in February, Chomp uses a custom algorithm to organize and recommend mobile apps by their functionality; until now, it has offered suggestions for iOS and Android, but the latter option has now been removed.

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Wii U with Android tipped for launch

Wii U with Android tipped for launch

Today Nintendo's next gaming console Wii U has been tipped to be running Android applications right out of the box. This situation is not unfounded, as Android apps have been integrated into other systems, sort of, in the past, but this time it could be much more simple than what we've seen before. Where before we've seen systems such as BlackBerry attempt to integrate Android by making the process to port apps over to their system appear relatively easy, this time Nintendo may be building Android into their system, for real, to work right alongside their own user interface and software.

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Apple Design Awards 2012 nominations open

Apple Design Awards 2012 nominations open

Apple has begun accepting nominations for the 2012 Apple Design Awards for well-designed, state of the art, and innovative apps. The awards have been based on different criteria every year since Apple began the tradition back in 1996. This year the nominees are limited to apps distributed through the App Store or the Mac App Store.

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Scalado Album Hands-on with Android

Scalado Album Hands-on with Android

This week we got the opportunity to take an early look at Scalado, and album app made for Android to work on what the developers behind the app thinks is an incomplete photo environment on the whole with the basic build of Android. What you get here is the ability to work with a lot of the features afforded to you on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and more with album separations between everything from dates to locations.

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