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iOS 8.3 now available, fixes a ton of bugs and issues

iOS 8.3 now available, fixes a ton of bugs and issues

Having been in beta for what seems like forever, Apple has released iOS 8.3. In many regards, iOS 8.3 closely mirrors the OS X fixes behind the scenes, with WiFi and Bluetooth fixes inbound. In fact, this update is absolutely ripe with little tweaks and fixes — a pleasant side effect of Apple’s new iOS beta program, no doubt. Much of the ‘fixing’ seems to hit Safari, but Apple has also improved app launching, Messages, and Control Center. the full changelog is below.

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Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

Launcher for iOS returns as mysteriously as it left

It is understandable, at least to some, that Apple exercises strict control over its App Store. After all, that is how malware and low quality apps are quickly weeded out. Sometimes, however, Apple's own rules are quite obscure and mysterious, causing no small amount of anguish, or even monetary loss, for developers. That seems to be the case for Greg Gardner, developer of the once popular Launcher app for iOS 8, whose app was pulled from the App Store with very little explanation and has quite fortunately returned, but again with little explanation.

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Gmail for iOS makes life easier with quick actions, sharing

Gmail for iOS makes life easier with quick actions, sharing

iOS 8 has introduced a lot of new features that add convenience and speed to the platform, but not all apps have immediately taken advantage of those. Some are just starting to catch up to go with the times. Google has just pushed out a few updates to its apps on iOS, but most notable perhaps is Gmail. In the latest 4.0 version of the app, Google has added three new features that let you handle your email or create one right then and there, without batting an eyelash.

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VLC for iOS returns for some

VLC for iOS returns for some

It seems that VLC developers are making good their promise to bring their popular but ill-fated on iOS video player back to Apple's fold. That said, not everyone is getting it just yet and those that have are reporting some issues here and there. Developers VideoLAN have acknowledge the partial rollout of the app on iOS but also notes that it's still in a testing phase, hence the limited availability. It still bodes well for one of the most popular media players around.

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iOS 8.3 has wireless CarPlay, and 8.4 may have iTunes streaming

iOS 8.3 has wireless CarPlay, and 8.4 may have iTunes streaming

Earlier today, we heard an interesting rumor about iOS 9, which is said to offer up stability solutions rather than more features for us to play with. We’re a long way off from iOS 9, though, which leaves plenty of time to actually get us more features built into iOS for our iPhones and iPads. With iOS 8.3 already in testing and packing in some CarPlay functionality, it seems iOS 8.4 just might bring us that iTunes streaming service we've long been looking forward to.

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iOS 9 said to focus on bug fixes and performance

iOS 9 said to focus on bug fixes and performance

Apple’s release of iOS 7 laid the groundwork for a new aesthetic across handheld devices. With iOS 8, there were a lot of new tricks Apple let loose, with Continuity, Handoff, and other satellite offerings like Family Share giving us reason to make our iPads and iPhones go-to devices. Now, a new rumor suggests iOS 9 will get some under-the-hood improvements, and become a lot less fussy. Now that we’ve got a pretty, useful operating system, it seems Apple wants to make it more reliable.

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Twitter says it lost 4M users because of iOS 8 rollout

Twitter says it lost 4M users because of iOS 8 rollout

As a part of Twitter's quarterly earnings announcement earlier this week, the social network's CEO Dick Costolo and CFO Anthony Noto commented about how Apple's release of iOS 8 in 2014 led to a loss of 4 million active users. The information was related to Twitter's user growth, and as the number of active users per month is seen as an important benchmark for social networks, it was noted that the 288 million users Twitter was reporting could have been 292 million if not for the issues with iOS 8.

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Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

iOS 8 brought a lot of fancy new stuff to the iPhone, some of which seem like a good idea for any mobile platform. But rather than gnash their teeth in envy, Android users can still get some of those benefits on their smartphones as well. No, we won't be theming Android to make it look like Apple's smartphone. There are a lot of those already out there. What we will do here is to take a look at some of those nice features and show how Android lovers can them too.

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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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Chipotle ‘very interested’ in implementing Apple Pay

Chipotle ‘very interested’ in implementing Apple Pay

You can use Apple Pay in a lot of locations, with Walgreens, Whole Foods, and McDonald’s all comprising the bulk of sales. There are still a large number of places you can’t use Apple Pay, unfortunately. Partners of competing platforms like CurrentC notwithstanding, plenty of stores and restaurants don’t accept the mobile payment method Apple bought forth with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, if they accept any at all. That is likely to change in 2015, and at least one major restaurant chain is very interested in Apple Pay.

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