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Microsoft reportedly to merge Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into single offering

Microsoft reportedly to merge Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into single offering

Microsoft will reportedly merge its Windows Store and Windows Phone Store into a unified app store, something that has been anticipated for a while now. While details are sparse, the sources who provided the information say it was made in an announcement to Microsoft employees earlier today by Microsoft's operating systems group's head Terry Myserson.

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Android KitKat teased with updates for Hangouts, Gmail, Search

Android KitKat teased with updates for Hangouts, Gmail, Search

This week the teams behind several of Google's key apps for Android have ushered in updates that tie the family together closer, ushering in an environment ripe for a new operating system iteration. That new version is, of course, Android 4.4 KitKat, and considering Google has been ushering in the press on the subject so readily over the past couple of weeks, there's little doubt that this system is far from ready for prime-time. This weeks' app updates include Gmail for Android, Hangouts for Android, and Google Now - through Google Search, of course.

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Old versions of iOS can now download compatible apps

Old versions of iOS can now download compatible apps

It's not uncommon at all for some people to be running a version of their smartphone operating system that is very old. Apple doesn't have as big a problem with users running old versions of the operating system that other companies, but a number of users don't bother updating their OS to the latest version. Not having the latest version of the operating system used to mean you could be unable to download some applications available on the App Store.

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iPhone 5s 64-Bit app submissions opened by Apple

iPhone 5s 64-Bit app submissions opened by Apple

This week those responsible for holding the keys to the gates of Apple's mobile app store have taken the lock off of submissions for 64-bit apps. Developers will be able to create and submit 64-bit apps for iOS 7 only for the time being. In the near future, Apple will be sending out availability for both 32-bit and 64-bit development for both iOS 7 and iOS 6 in a single app binary.

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GTA V iPhone app breaks the fourth wall

GTA V iPhone app breaks the fourth wall

In the last several Grand Theft Auto video games, working with the gamer behind the control stick to allow them a new level of control and freedom in the in-game environment. Here with Grand Theft Auto v (aka GTA 5), the folks at Rockstar Games have taken things to a whole new level of playing with the mind of the player. Here you've got an app for the iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) that essentially replaces your homescreen in favor of a display that your in-game character might have.

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Bump acquired by Google: “magic” media transfers included

Bump acquired by Google: “magic” media transfers included

This week the folks at Bump have announced that they'll be moving to Google, the latter coming having acquired the former in a deal that'll bring new technology to Android and Chrome (more than likely). The app Bump currently works with Android and iOS devices to provide data transfer from one device o another with a rather unique means of attachment: smashing one's device against a desktop computer's spacebar. Being acquired by Google means that this - and similar - technology will be integrated into Google's services as a standard.

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iOS devices now coming with iWork suite free

iOS devices now coming with iWork suite free

Live on stage Apple is set to announce their new iPhone 5S as well as launch iOS 7 to the world. While we're still waiting for the exciting news, Tim Cook is quickly talking about iWork. Which just so happens to be one of the most popular and best-selling mobile productivity apps to date. Focusing more and more on mobile, it's about to get a lot better, and free.

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Ford Sync Applink Mobile app catalog and Applink 2.0 jump over the pond

Ford Sync Applink Mobile app catalog and Applink 2.0 jump over the pond

Ford has announced something that European fans of the Ford vehicles will appreciate. The Ford Sync AppLink Catalog is headed to Europe. The official announcement was made during IFA 2013 with the initial launch in six different languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Mandarin. The new catalog of apps allows smartphone owners to discover Sync AppLink compatible applications.

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Dryft virtual keyboard wants to be Swype for tablets

Dryft virtual keyboard wants to be Swype for tablets

If you're familiar with the Swype keyboard for smartphones and prefer that virtual keyboard to the one that came with your device, and you also use a tablet you might interested in Dryft. The original co-founder of Swype and its inventor, Randy Marsden, has unveiled his latest invention aiming to change tablet typing just as he did with smartphone typing using Swype.

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