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Apple WWDC 2012 Keynote Round-Up

Apple WWDC 2012 Keynote Round-Up

Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference 2012 has started off with a bang with no less than a brand new MacBook Pro 2012 line with Retina display, iOS 6, and several secret updates to hardware now live in the Apple Store online. This event has released a whole wave of updates in the Apple universe and to help you keep them all straight, we've got a guide which lies here below. This guide will show you what you'll be getting on your current-wave hardware for software upgrades and will also inform you on what it will mean to upgrade to the newest hardware this summer!

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Passbook app revealed at WWDC 2012

Passbook app revealed at WWDC 2012

The iPhone will soon be getting a much easier way to keep track of all of your mobile-based passes, be then movie passes, airplane tickets, or Apple store receipts, with an app called Passbook. This application will work with brands such as Target, Major League Baseball, United Airlines, Amtrak, Starbucks, and Fandango for movie tickets right out of the box. Apple made the application seem very possibly game-changing (or not?) with the following: "Is Apple answering a question no one asked with this one? Possibly. Or this will change you life."

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Massive App Store expansion hits WWDC 2012

Massive App Store expansion hits WWDC 2012

This week Tim Cook began at WWDC 2012 by speaking about how gigantic the iTunes App Store had become, ringing in the new season with no less than 400 million store accounts. This fact was blessed with a massive 650,000 apps on the App Store with a giant 225,000 of them made for the iPad specifically. Cook let the audience know that the 30 billionth download had been made recently from the App Store, this certainly giving the whole set of attendees a sense of confidence in the future of the ecosystem.

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Camera+ turns down Adobe, Google, and Twitter like a boss

Camera+ turns down Adobe, Google, and Twitter like a boss

This week the head of developer group tap tap tap John Casasanta created a news blast that let the world know his company's stance on being acquired by a larger company: "we're doing more than fine on our own." This announcement comes at a time with a lot of "ridiculousness", as he puts it, on the part of the industry as Facebook's acquisition of Instagram racked up the former $1 billion dollars. What tap tap tap maintains is that though it is tempting to get a vast sum of money in exchange for your services and/or your application on its own, the drawbacks far outweigh the positive outcomes.

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Flipboard for Android is a Galaxy S III exclusive

Flipboard for Android is a Galaxy S III exclusive

Samsung has fully unveiled the Galaxy S III here at the London event today, and one of the inclusions to its modified version of Ice Cream Sandwich is an exclusive version of Flipboard. It marks the first time that Flipboard will be making the jump to Android, previously having seen a home on iOS. Samsung say that they have an exclusive window on the app, so it won’t be hitting the Play Store or other handsets until a later date.

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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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