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Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps

Apple unleashes TestFlight beta for Devs, gives users early access to apps

Apple has announced their TestFlight Beta program, which allows Developers to seed beta builds of their apps to users, is now live. Registered Apple Developers can now distribute up to 1,000 copies of their app to testers, using the iTunes Connect portal to email invites. It’s a pretty new scheme for Apple, but falls directly in line with their prior beta work with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. With TestFlight, those Developers and companies that aren’t Apple can now do exactly the same.

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HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

What once was only a Nokia joint in HERE maps comes now to Samsung smartphones, then to Android devices in general. Back in the day Nokia purchased Navteq, then they created their own HERE mapping division, then they became one of the most radical map-making groups outside of Google. Now they’ve gone bigger than they’ve ever been before. With a newfound freedom beyond Windows Phone devices, the Android spread can begin. You device can more than likely run this mapping software right this minute.

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Windows Insider Program has over 1 million users

Windows Insider Program has over 1 million users

Windows 10 might have thrown us for a loop in naming, but it won’t sneak p on us again. The Windows Insider Program allows for anyone interested (and qualified, really) to test out the software in its beta form, and contribute their ideas along the way to a final release sometime next year. If you thought Windows was nearly dead, news that over one million people are involved in the Windows Insider Program might change your mind just a little bit.

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OS X Yosemite now on second ‘Golden Master’

OS X Yosemite now on second ‘Golden Master’

Os X Yosemite is coming, likely later this month when Apple is said to be holding their iPad/iMac event. Having been announced earlier this year at WWDC, Yosemite promises to bridge the mobile/desktop experience nicely. Today, a second Golden Master edition of the beta software has been issued, signaling a public release is imminent.

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Windows 10 permissions have some users worried

Windows 10 permissions have some users worried

As was recently highlighted in London, people don’t really worry much about their privacy. With the Microsoft 10 preview, the privacy policy has some calling foul. Still in beta, the system logs just about everything you do.

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PlayStation Now arrives on PS3 in Open Beta form

PlayStation Now arrives on PS3 in Open Beta form

At the end of July, Sony opened the doors to the open beta of PlayStation Now for PS4 owners. Now that same privilege is also available for the PlayStation 3 faithful, giving them access to as much as 150 PS3 titles without having to worry about discs or downloads, provided, of course, your Internet connection can handle it.

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Chrome Beta updates: profile switching, 64-bit on Mac

Chrome Beta updates: profile switching, 64-bit on Mac

Google's Chrome team is on a roll this week. Just after rolling out the stable version of 64-bit Chrome for Windows, they are doing the same for Mac users, though this time still in Beta form. But beta users, on Mac or otherwise, are all in a for treat as Google announced a new "Guest Mode" feature for the browser.

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Pillars of Eternity backer beta: bringing new to old school

Pillars of Eternity backer beta: bringing new to old school

Obsidian Entertainment, best known for its Black Isle Studios heritage and its work on hit titles like Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2, and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II, is inching closer to delivering its Kickstarter promise. It has just kicked off the backer beta testing phase for Pillars of Eternity, a game that gives a nod to Black Isle's hit classics but at the same time introduces things that are totally new.

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OS X Yosemite public beta 2 out, Apple still taking sign-ups

OS X Yosemite public beta 2 out, Apple still taking sign-ups

If you’re anxious to try out Apple’s new OS X Yosemite, you might be in luck. The company recently rolled out a second version of their desktop OS, which did what any good beta iteration does in tidying up the loose ends and squashing bugs. If you’ve yet to give it a shot, now might be the time; there are still sign-up spots available.

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Elementary OS released to Public Beta for your Mac or PC

Elementary OS released to Public Beta for your Mac or PC

Those of you that enjoy changing the theme for your smartphone on a daily basis will appreciate what the folks behind Elementary OS are trying to do. They’re not trying to be your "Monday" theme, but your next operating system - and they’re trying to do it with Linux tied to an aesthetic that’s a cross between Chrome OS and Apple’s OS X.

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iOS 8 Beta 5 arrives with slew of bug fixes

iOS 8 Beta 5 arrives with slew of bug fixes

As expected, Apple has released the next iOS 8 beta update, bringing a roster of changes to developers who are using the newest software. The update -- build number 12A4345d -- mostly revolves around fixing a bunch of bugs (though, of course, not all of them).

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Twitter feature shows tweets from accounts your friends follow

Twitter feature shows tweets from accounts your friends follow

You’re probably not into all the same things your friends are, which is why you don’t follow the same accounts on Twitter. It seems the micro-blogging service forgot that, and is testing a new feature that would put posts from accounts your friends follow in your feed. It’s an interesting program, but one that goes a step too far for many.

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