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Apple iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and OS X Sierra 10.12.1 betas appear at once

Apple iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and OS X Sierra 10.12.1 betas appear at once

Developers were excited all around the world this week as Apple tossed five new betas out for the devs to dig into. The betas include macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta (build 16B2327e), iOS 10.1 beta (build 14B55c), watchOS 3.1 beta (build 14S452), tvOS 10.0.1 beta (build 14U54), and Xcode 8.1 beta (build 8T29o). For now, Apple isn't giving up much detail on any of these betas leaving it to the developers to climb in and tinker.

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Battlefield 1 open beta now live on Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Battlefield 1 open beta now live on Xbox One, PS4, and PC

The time has come at last: Battlefield 1 has gone into open beta for everyone, so if you didn't sign up for Battlefield Insider to get early access to the beta, now is your chance to check out the game ahead of its October 21 release. Unlike the Titanfall 2 open beta that EA just held, this test is available across all three platforms - Xbox One, PS4, and PC - meaning no one gets left out in the cold.

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Battlefield 1 open beta arrives August 31

Battlefield 1 open beta arrives August 31

The Battlefield 1 open beta will launch on August 31 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC gamers, EA and studio DICE have announced. The open beta will present gamers with Sinai Desert, a new map, as well as the Rush and Conquest modes. Anyone who signs up before August 21 as a Battlefield Insider will also have the possibility of getting early access to the beta. As well, players will get an early look at the open beta gameplay on August 16 via a scheduled broadcast on Twitch.

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Another Halo Wars 2 beta will hit Xbox One, PC in 2017

Another Halo Wars 2 beta will hit Xbox One, PC in 2017

The Xbox One's open beta for Halo Wars 2, the second real-time strategy game set in the Halo universe, was held back in June, and developer 343 Industries has revealed details on what their main takeaways from the experience were, along with some of the things they'll be changing as a result of player feedback. The biggest surprise, however, was the announcement that a second beta will be released in early 2017 for both of the game's platforms, Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends enters open beta on PC

The Elder Scrolls: Legends enters open beta on PC

QuakeCon 2016 is officially underway, and Bethesda has kicked it off by making a pretty big announcement. The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Bethesda's effort to capture some of the massive audience drawn in by Hearthstone, has entered open beta on PC. The game was previously available as part of an invite-only closed beta, but now Bethesda has opened the floodgates, letting everyone who's interested have an early look at the game.

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WhatsApp beta update brings voicemail and call back options

WhatsApp beta update brings voicemail and call back options

WhatsApp is bringing even more features for its users, and those taking part in its Android beta testing can get access to the newest ones as of today. Chief among the new features being tested is voicemail, a welcomed addition considering how many people have replaced their phone's voice and texting services with feature-rich dedicated apps like WhatsApp.

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Sony plans to end Xperia Beta Program soon

Sony plans to end Xperia Beta Program soon

Earlier this year, Sony launched its Xperia Beta Program in order to test its then-upcoming Marshmallow release. It has been a handful of months since and now Sony Mobile has confirmed it is shutting down the beta program, the reasons for which aren’t clear. The company will be pushing out new firmware for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 soon, and all present beta program members will get this firmware automatically.

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iOS 10 public beta rolls out to Apple Beta Software testers

iOS 10 public beta rolls out to Apple Beta Software testers

Hot on the heels of the release of the macOS Sierra public beta, Apple is giving the same treatment to iOS 10. The company has announced that the long-awaited public beta of iOS 10 is now available to download to those who are part of the Apple Beta Software Program. iOS 10 has been the domain of developers for about a month now, but that's all changing today as the operating system has been deemed stable enough to roll out to regular consumers eager for an early look.

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iOS 10 beta hints at ‘dark mode’ option

iOS 10 beta hints at ‘dark mode’ option

While the iOS 10 portion of Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote presentation introduced a number of new apps and improvements, we already know there are tons of features to be included that weren't discussed on stage. Now that developers have had a day or two dig into the first beta release of the mobile OS, a few of these previously unmentioned features and options are starting to get discovered. The first big find? The debut of a "dark mode" for iOS.

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You can play Titanfall 2 “Beta” sooner than October

You can play Titanfall 2 “Beta” sooner than October

The release of Titanfall 2 will take place on the 28th of October, 2016. Before then, the folks at Respawn Entertainment and EA Games are launching the same sort of test they launched before the full drop of the game (the original Titanfall). That is a sort of Beta test, as you might want to call it, more properly termed a "Multiplayer Technical Test." While the final game will have a single-player mode in addition to the multiplayer mode Titanfall is known for, this will be a stress test of sorts - testing out the weight before the weight drops.

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Halo Wars 2 leak reveals open beta coming at E3

Halo Wars 2 leak reveals open beta coming at E3

E3 2016 officially kicks off tomorrow, and Microsoft's big press conference is scheduled for Monday, June 13th. While we now know that a PC port of Halo 5 won't be among their announcements, it seems an open beta for the upcoming Halo Wars 2 will be. A listing for the game turned up on the Xbox Store (surely by mistake) on the Xbox One, revealing that the beta will be available from June 13th to June 20th.

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Pokemon GO Beta begins today in USA

Pokemon GO Beta begins today in USA

Today the Pokemon Company have opened the floodgates - just a TINY bit - for US Beta Testers of the augmented reality game Pokemon GO. This game will allow gamers around the world to find and collect and battle Pokemon as they appear in the real (augmented) world. This is a sort of Mixed Reality game in that part is played on the phone, part in augmented reality, and eventually part in virtual reality. We've yet to see the last of these, but the first begins today!

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