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iWork for iCloud Beta now works for everyone

iWork for iCloud Beta now works for everyone

Apple surprisingly seems to be starting to open up some parts of its walled garden experience to those unfortunate enough to find themselves outside. Although it's not exactly the full Monty, which may never happen, of course, at least now some users on other platforms using other browsers will now be able to get a taste of Apple's iWork suite for the cloud, with a few caveats. And provided they agree to using beta version software that may or may not eat your homework.

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Battlefield Hardline beta 2015 starts February 3rd

Battlefield Hardline beta 2015 starts February 3rd

This morning Visceral Games announced that the next release of Battlefield Hardline will be in the form of a new Beta. Visceral Games suggests that "we consider this to be a real beta - we need your feedback on balance, economy, and to help identify and iron out the last remaining bugs." This beta will be open to all those who wish to participate on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. There won't be any cross-play action between PC and game consoles, but there may be cross-pollination between console generations.

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Apple shuttering TestFlight’s standalone service, moves it in-house

Apple shuttering TestFlight’s standalone service, moves it in-house

When Apple quietly acquired Burstly to better wrangle TestFlight into their App Store beta testing mix, it was seen as a positive move forward. Apple didn’t yet have an effective way to encourage more testing of their apps, meaning what you ended up with was largely imagined and realized in-house from the Developer(s). TestFlight provides a solid, known platform for Developers, but it’s shifting under their feet. Apple will now take TestFlight’s beta wholly in-house, shutting down it’s original platform altogether in February.

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Vessel Beta begins today: what is this “YouTube killer”?

Vessel Beta begins today: what is this “YouTube killer”?

This week the team at video-hosting company Vessel will begin their Beta. This Beta will be behind a line of users - a popular way to get people to get interested in your service these days - and eventually content will be behind a paywall. Videos on Vessel will be hosted for the public like YouTube or Vimeo, but there's a new concept onboard as well: a 72-hour exclusive window. For 72 hours before anyone else on the web is able to see, content creators will put their video up on Vessel for paying-only users.

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Apple’s latest iOS 8.2 beta mentions Apple Watch app

Apple’s latest iOS 8.2 beta mentions Apple Watch app

The Apple Watch is coming this year, and a big part of its functionality comes via the iPhone. To make sure you can use your Apple Watch on day one, Apple has seeded a beta build of iOS 8.2, which has Apple Watch pairing capabilities. In the Bluetooth pairing menu, mention of the Apple Watch App was discovered, suggesting an app would need to be used rather than the typical pairing method. We’re also left wondering when we’ll see this app, and if iOS 8.2 and the Apple Watch will launch on the same day.

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Evolve Xbox One Open Beta lands mid-January

Evolve Xbox One Open Beta lands mid-January

Eager would-be Evolve players who own an Xbox One will get an early chance to play the much-anticipated game, with an Xbox One Open Beta now on the schedule for January 15-19, 2015. Intended to allow 2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios an opportunity to stress-test their multiplayer servers, there'll be support for a limited number of monsters and hunters, though still far more than were playable during Evolve's first Big Alpha access earlier in the year. Those hoping to play on their PC or PlayStation 4, however, will have to temper their enthusiasm: there'll be a slight expansion of the Big Alpha for them, but nowhere near what Xbox One gamers will be getting.

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Magneto calendar shutting down December 23

Magneto calendar shutting down December 23

MAgneto, the interesting Calendar app that tried to do more than just feed you info, is shutting down. On December 23, the service will be no more, and will simply let your other calendars take over where Magneto left off. The team also notes they’ve already used Google and Exchange calendars to sync your info, so all meetings and appointments are already in place. Magneto is also offering a simple method for exporting your to-do items, if you were using it for that.

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Apple Watch is coming: iOS 8.2 & Xcode 6.2 betas out

Apple Watch is coming: iOS 8.2 & Xcode 6.2 betas out

The Apple Watch is on its way, that much we know. When it will actually drop is not clear yet, but a slew of beta rollouts today suggest it won’t be too long. Today, Apple has released the WatchKit Developer toolkit, which allows Developers to spend sleepless night staring at Xcode, hoping their app is worth our time. Apple also released an Xcode beta for Development of WatchKit, and is seeding a beta version of iOS 8.2 to Developers, and both are heavy with WatchKit.

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Overwatch: Blizzard’s online FPS detailed for Beta release

Overwatch: Blizzard’s online FPS detailed for Beta release

Details on Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch game have begun to spill. At Blizzcon 2014, the company showed the game being played in what appeared to be an early bit of in-game gameplay. This game will be online, it'll be multiplayer, and it'll be both first-persona and third-person action, based on what we've seen thus far. Blizzard describes this game as "team-based first person shooters in objective oriented skirmishes."

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