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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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Apple pulls ‘Launcher’ from App store sans explanation

Apple pulls ‘Launcher’ from App store sans explanation

When announced, Launcher was hotly anticipated. It represented the first time that iOS users would get the opportunity to actually launch things quickly, and from the notification screen, without having to open an app before hand. After a week or so in the App Store, Apple has unceremoniously yanked it.

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Adaptxt might be the iOS 8 keyboard you’re looking for

Adaptxt might be the iOS 8 keyboard you’re looking for

If you’ve been on the hunt for a new iPhone keyboard, this one might be your best bet. Adaptxt is now available for iOS, and brings with it just about everything you’d want in a keyboard. Not only do you get a good keyboard, you can swipe, and customize it in a deeper way than any other keyboard around.

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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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Oculus Platform: Steam software store for Virtual Reality

Oculus Platform: Steam software store for Virtual Reality

Back when Jason Holtman left Valve, got hired by Microsoft, left Microsoft and went to Oculus (in early June), one major project was in the works. That project has turned up now, and its headed up by Holtman: creating a Virtual Reality Marketplace. Oculus will start this project in the public with the Oculus Platform, ready for action soon on web browsers, apps for iOS, Android, and Windows, and on Virtual Reality devices.

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iWatch SDK already at Facebook & more say insiders

iWatch SDK already at Facebook & more say insiders

Apple has already given a small group of select developers access to its iWatch SDK, insiders claim, with Facebook said to be among those potentially readying demo software for the wearable. The decision to distribute the development kit under a tight NDA is believed to have been made so that Apple can demonstrate the sort of third-party functionality its much-rumored wearable will have at its event on Tuesday, September 9th.

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