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Apple sees record $1.1B in App Store sales over holiday period

Apple sees record $1.1B in App Store sales over holiday period

The holiday season is usually a big time for tech and gadget companies each year, but with smartphones ever becoming the most important device in our lives, app marketplaces are also seeing big customer turnouts. The iOS App Store is one such example, with Apple revealing that the close of 2015 was the "biggest ever" holiday season for the digital store, with users spending a record $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases over the two weeks ending January 3rd.

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Selfie App has Microsoft cashing in on keywords

Selfie App has Microsoft cashing in on keywords

Microsoft knows you want to download an app that's made just for taking selfies. Microsoft knows good and well that when you want this app, you'll be searching for the word "selfie" - the function, not necessarily the title of the app. As such, they've titled their newest app "Microsoft Selfie." You'll find it popping up closer and closer to the top of your app search lists for Selfie apps over the next few weeks.

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Live Studio turns videos into Live Photos

Live Studio turns videos into Live Photos

When Apple rolled out their latest batch of phones, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, they came with a new feature. One that could actually take photos, and animate them. It's quite revolutionary, as nothing had ever done this before. Well, if you somehow managed to make gifs and videos before Live Photos existed, then you can now turn these into Live Photos now.

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Nintendo Miitomo is chat app disguised as a game with microtransactions

Nintendo Miitomo is chat app disguised as a game with microtransactions

A few more details about Miitomo, Nintendo's first smartphone game developed in partnership with Japan's DeNA, have been revealed in a new Wall Street Journal interview with the latter's CEO, Isao Moriyasu. We've previously heard that the title is expected for release in March 2016, but Moriyasu has now added that Miitomo will have a focus on players communicating with each other, and the first in-app purchases will be for additional clothing items for their characters.

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Tap My Katamari brings the quirky game series to iOS, Android

Tap My Katamari brings the quirky game series to iOS, Android

The Katamari Damacy series' heyday has long since passed, with the sequels of the original PlayStation 2 title taking the game's premise of rolling up anything and everything with a big sticky ball about as far as it could go. However, Bandai Namco has revealed that a new version is in the works, this time as a smartphone game for both iOS and Android called Tap My Katamari.

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Littlstar brings 360-degree videos to the Apple TV

Littlstar brings 360-degree videos to the Apple TV

360-degree videos have become a big thing this year, whether it's through a virtual reality headset or via watching a specially-formatted YouTube video on a smartphone inside Google Cardboard, the clips are appearing in more and more places. Now they're finally coming to the TV screen, thanks to a new Apple TV app from Littlstar, a streaming video service similar to Vimeo and YouTube, but with a focus on 360-degree and VR videos.

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Facebook live streaming rolls out to verified Pages

Facebook live streaming rolls out to verified Pages

Facebook Live, the social network's take on Periscope's live streaming service, is now becoming available to verified Pages following its debut for celebrities and other influencers. Among those gaining access to the new feature are sports teams, media companies, and businesses. In other words, brands. Facebook notes that live streaming via the feature is still limited to the iOS app.

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Adobe Post debuts on iOS for social media graphics creation

Adobe Post debuts on iOS for social media graphics creation

One of the lasting trends among social media apps for smartphones is the photo sharing service, such as Instagram and all its clones. But a growing sub-genre of that are apps like Over, LetterGlow, and Cover, which let users add graphics and stylized text overtop their images before sharing them on their favorite social networks to gain likes and hearts. Now Adobe has stepped up to the plate with its own take for iOS, dubbed Post.

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BADLAND 2 released with neat 3D Touch features for iPhone 6S

BADLAND 2 released with neat 3D Touch features for iPhone 6S

Both the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus will benefit from the many new 3D touch-specific features included with the release of BADLANDS 2. This game has been released this week, for iOS only (for now), and utilizes the 3D touch abilities of both of Apple's newest smartphones. Inside you'll find the ability to fly across the screen and stay aloft by pressing and releasing (but not all the way) in a manner similar to, but not the same as, the first version of this title.

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Reddit finally making an official Android app, begins beta sign-ups

Reddit finally making an official Android app, begins beta sign-ups

Reddit has had an official client app on iOS for some time now, following its acquisition of Alien Blue in late 2014, but Android users have been stuck resorting to third-party apps or the mobile version of the website. Thankfully that situation is coming to an end soon. The company has announced that it's now working on an official Reddit app for Android, and it's already allowing users to sign up for beta testing via online survey.

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BBC iPlayer app finally lands on Apple TV

BBC iPlayer app finally lands on Apple TV

Just over six weeks after the debut of the new Apple TV, the BBC has kept their word about their streaming video app coming the set-top box. The BBC's iPlayer is now available on the new Apple TV in the UK, bringing live and on-demand video content from the national broadcaster. The anticipation for iPlayer has been high, as the app has been notably missing from previous Apple TV models for some time.

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How to take Android screenshots in Marshmallow

How to take Android screenshots in Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow's newest update to Google Now on Tap has introduced a new way to take screenshots. Now more integral to the Android experience, Nexus and non-Nexus devices alike will be able to and encouraged to take screenshots using the Google Now on Tap system. This makes the process a little less confusing for those of you that do not own a device made by Google with the most basic vanilla Android experience.

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