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Tumblr updates make it more of a blogging platform

Tumblr updates make it more of a blogging platform

After teasing an update to users last night, Tumblr has made changes that could make the service much more than GIFs and fun pictures of weird stuff. Editing features for text are finally being added, suggesting Yahoo is taking Tumblr seriously in the wake of their new Creatrs announcement. The new features will also bring in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get window when creating a post on Tumblr, so there are no surprises once you hit publish.

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Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

App Annie released their year-in-review for 2014 today, and among all the charts and figures, one stood out. Navigating the ins and outs of Android and iOS is intriguing, with Android commanding the lion’s share of market percentage. Even with that, iOS users are time and again shown to use their devices more often; shopping more, browsing with greater frequency, and spending more. According to App Annie, Google Play’s download numbers have outpaced the App Store in a big way, but spending trends the opposite direction.

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Apple crushes it in China

Apple crushes it in China

Perhaps you expected that Apple's last seven quarters in China were going to be an indicator of a less-than-stellar holiday quarter reported this week? Analysts like Ben Bajarin suggested earlier this month that Apple's China iPhone sales would be monstrous, and could very well overtake sales in the USA - as it turns out, this wasn't very far off the mark. With $16,144,000,000 in profit in Greater China this quarter alone, year-over-year change was a whopping 157%, and Apple boosted sales in China quarter-to-quarter by 70%.

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Apple rolls out iOS 8.1.3, requires less open memory for updates

Apple rolls out iOS 8.1.3, requires less open memory for updates

Apple has just released iOS 8.1.3, their third iteration on the release of iOS 8. After a series of errors surrounding iOS 8 upgrades, this one fixes some minor problems. We’ll now need less space to update an iPhone or iPad device over the air, and iOS 8.1.3 fixes an issue where Spotlight failed to display app results. Thankfully, Apple also fixed their frustrating multitasking gestures bug on iPad (five-finger pinch to close, among others). The update is rolling out now.

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Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

OS X Yosemite brought with it a new Spotlight; one that’s a bit smarter, more contextual, and exceedingly more useful than its predecessor. It’s not quite the one-stop monster some want, though, and for that there’s Alfred. The Spotlight replacement app takes what Spotlight does and gives it a Red Bull. With some configuration, you can set up keyboard shortcuts for just about any task or series of tasks. Now, Alfred is coming to iOS, and wants to be your second-screen taskmaster.

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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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Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

There's a new Need for Speed game coming to your iOS and/or Android devices this week, one that'll charge for gas. It's a "wait or pay" sort of game, as many in-app purchase-toting games today are. You can also pay to customize the look of your car or give it a nice boost in abilities. But don't forget your precious gas. The gas that you'd have to put in your car if you were really racing, and sponsored by automotive companies, and therefor wouldn't have to pay for anyway.

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1Password gets even better, now has easier login creation

1Password gets even better, now has easier login creation

For the security-conscious among us, 1Password has proven itself an indispensable tool. The app — available for iOS, Android, Windows, and OS X — both manages and generates secure passwords for you, and their new TouchID features are promising. An update, rolling out for iOS users today, brings in the ability to generate one-time passwords as well as some new features for their app extension. Sync is also improving , as is 1Password’s language support, in what the AgileBits team calls their ‘awesomesauce’ update.

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Funny or Die Weather app offers a joke with the temperature

Funny or Die Weather app offers a joke with the temperature

Funny or Die, the comedy website co-founded by Will Farrell, has just launched a new iOS app in a category that's a bit unexpected. Funny or Die Weather is, as the name implies, primarily a weather app, but this one offers up a joke in the website's typical style alongside the temperature forecast. But the app itself is no joke, it sources its weather information from Weather Underground, features a simple, clean look that fits in with iOS 8's design, and best of all, it's completely free.

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New iOS app WhiteAlbum sends photos you’ve taken, but never seen

New iOS app WhiteAlbum sends photos you’ve taken, but never seen

Point, click, swipe, approve, and possibly repeat; that’s smartphone photography in a nutshell. You snap a picture, make sure it’s good enough, then move along unless you want to re-take it. It’s instant gratification, and oddly satisfying. Perhaps equally as satisfying is not knowing if your shot was good or not. We got a glimpse of that with the Polaroid Cube and HTC Re, where you shots weren’t immediately viewable. Taking that idea one step further is an app called WhiteAlbum, where you only see your shots once they’ve been mailed to you.

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