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TestFlight is currently down; beta apps in holding pattern

TestFlight is currently down; beta apps in holding pattern

Developers trying to seed beta versions of their apps on iOS might be hitting a brick wall this morning. It seems TestFlight, Apple’s (now) in-house app seeding program is experiencing disruption. Developers are complaining en masse on Twitter, and Apple has not yet addressed the issue, but it seems to be server related. I’ve tested it for myself, and hey — it’s down on the Development side. It doesn’t seem to affect users who may have apps waiting for them in the TestFlight app.

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Jink 2.0 update merges messaging and mapping seamlessly

Jink 2.0 update merges messaging and mapping seamlessly

Last year, we told you about Jink, a messaging app that kept things in a container. With Jink, you can share your location, and even chat, all in a private space; if you want to stop sharing your location or end the chat, it’s done, and the other party is no longer linked to you. With their recent update, available today, Jink is growing past its semi-anonymous beginnings and blossoming into a well-rounded platform. With Jink 2.0, messaging merges with mapping.

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Snapchat update brings Discover clips feature

Snapchat update brings Discover clips feature

Today Snapchat released updates for its iOS and Android apps, bringing both to version 9.7.0. There are a couple new features, but the most notable of the two aims to make users more aware of (or, perhaps, more inclined to use) Discover, the discovery feature the app added in the relatively recent past. Though the feature has been around since January, statistics show that it isn't being utilized very often...something Snapchat is apparently hoping to change with this newest update.

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Pixelmator, the darling of iPad photo editing, is coming to iPhone

Pixelmator, the darling of iPad photo editing, is coming to iPhone

There are plenty of good photo editing apps for iPhone, that much is certain. People love VSCO Cam, and Snapseed is still going strong. A new favorite, Fotograf, has taken over my photo editing on the small screen. There are still those times when a simple editor just won’t cut it; you need more than filters. Pixelmator, a favorite of ours for iPad, will soon become available for iPhone as well. To celebrate, the Pixelmator crew is discounting the app by 50%, bringing the price down to $4.99.

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Google tipped to let Android devs place app variants on Play Store

Google tipped to let Android devs place app variants on Play Store

Google I/O 2015 is almost upon us, so of course we're bound to hear a lot about what's expected to land at Google's annual developer conference. Among those expected bits and pieces, which includes Android Pay, for example, one particular rumored announcement is causing some app developers to take serious note. According to developers who have been briefed on the matter, Google will use I/O 2015 as a launchpad to reveal it latest tool to help developers maximize and monetize their apps, what the industry calls A/B testing.

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VW Apple Watch app will tell you where your teen driver goes

VW Apple Watch app will tell you where your teen driver goes

Volkswagen just updated their iOS app to add features your teen driver will not be pleased with. Via their Car-Net app (and service), the Apple Watch will tell parents where their teen driver is going and how fast they’re traveling. Looks like the days of ‘studying at a friend’s house’ are coming to a close. The Car-Net app is available for “select trims of 2014 and later Beetle, CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat and Tiguan models and on all trims of 2015 and later Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and e-Golf models.”

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Swarm adds stickers, bringing Mayorship back ‘soon’

Swarm adds stickers, bringing Mayorship back ‘soon’

Last year, Foursquare split itself in two. The actual Foursquare app would soon see itself battling the likes of Yelp, and is now being leaned on by social service like Twitter to provide better context on your location. Swarm would handle the rest; check-ins, more or less. In the divide-and-conquer strategy, Swarm lost much of what many users liked about the original Foursquare. To help bring Swarm back to center, Foursquare is adding a few of those features back.

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Google acquires Timeful for smart scheduling features

Google acquires Timeful for smart scheduling features

In an effort to better automate your schedule, Google has acquired Timeful. The service, as-is, takes your schedule and finds time for those things you need to do — but don’t quite have scheduled. Exercising, calling your credit card company about a charge; those are sometimes tasks that you do when you can find time. Timeful simply finds that time for you. Timeful’s app, currently iOS-only, is still available for download and use, but the team says their energy will be focussed on Google projects moving forward.

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MyFitnessPal now has a ‘premium’ paid tier

MyFitnessPal now has a ‘premium’ paid tier

MyFitnessPal is taking a stab at monetization, unveiling a new ‘Premium’ tier of service. For $9.99/month or $49.99/year user will get more granular knowledge on food analysis, improved customer support, and an ad-free experience. There are even personalization options for those who would like to set daily goals, which can also be adjusted based on your daily exercise level. Premium members will also get access to exclusive content and food analysis based on nutritional information you might be tracking.

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Meerkat adds ‘mobbing’, Facebook integration

Meerkat adds ‘mobbing’, Facebook integration

Live-streaming service Meerkat, which recently made a foray into Android, hasn’t forgotten iOS. Over the weekend, Meerkat updated their iOS app to roll in a few new features, which will help it (and you) find a new audience. Meerkat users will now be discoverable via Facebook, as support for the social service means your Meerkatting sessions will now be shared as a post on Facebook, just as they are on Twitter. A new feature known a ‘mobbing’ could make some users stars.

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