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Spotify woke the Apple dragon: Here’s the result

Spotify woke the Apple dragon: Here’s the result

If Spotify thought it could put Apple on blast publicly for being "anti-competitive" and get away with it, the streaming music service was sorely mistaken. Having felt the brunt of Spotify's scathing critique about the cut the App Store takes for subscriptions like that of Spotify Premium, Apple has now responded with its own accusations that the rival service is expecting "unfair and unreasonable" preferential treatment.

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Facebook Messenger rolls out improvements to chat bots

Facebook Messenger rolls out improvements to chat bots

Back in April, Facebook announced it was opening up its Messenger service with an API and tools to create chat bots. While it's still not clear just how useful mobile users are finding these bots, it's obvious that developers think they are loved — or at least love making them — as there's now over 11,000 bots available on the platform. With that much saturation, Facebook needs to be on the ball about making sure bots are organized and easy to use. Thankfully an update with that in mind has been released.

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Spotify cries foul again over Apple’s anti-competitive ploy

Spotify cries foul again over Apple’s anti-competitive ploy

Apple has been known to exercise an iron hand when it comes to apps in its iTunes Store, sometimes rejecting updates or even entire apps based on what some claim to be whimsical or downright anti-competitive rules. That is the picture that Spotify is painting in a letter addressed to Apple's general counsel over Apple's recent rejection of an update to Spotify's iOS app. According to the music streaming giant, Apple cites "business model rules" as the reason for the rejection. Which is just another way of saying that it wants Spotify to reinstate in-app billing via iTunes, which would require Spotify to fork over 30% of subscription fees to Apple.

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iPhone 7 detailed in black looks gorgeous

iPhone 7 detailed in black looks gorgeous

A set of iPhone 7 images have surfaced with the device coming in a deep (matte) black. These images come from Martin Hajek, an extremely skilled illustrator and 3D model-maker. He's known for taking specifications and blueprints from case-makers before the launch of products (especially Apple products) and turning them into 3D models that look so extremely realistic, it's difficult to tell the difference between what's real and what's not. These images show a rendering of the iPhone 7 (as we know it through leaks and rumors today) and the iPhone 6 or 6s.

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Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Today is the first day I'm able to speak in public about my experience with Pokemon GO. It's been about a week and a half since I first started playing in the Field Test - very similar to the Beta most people were playing (likely identical) - and it's time to let loose. This game is fantastic. Not in the same way a visually spectacular game like Fallout 4 or DOOM are fantastic, but in a new way. A way that's not like any game I've played before. Pokemon GO is a real game-changer.

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iPhone 7 Space Grey to be transformed into something darker

iPhone 7 Space Grey to be transformed into something darker

A new color for the iPhone will likely be introduced this year to match that of the Apple Watch tone with no companion. As it has been in the past, so too shall it be in the future: Apple's many device lines will match. Today's tip suggests that the color "Space Gray" will no longer be in operation with the iPhone 7, instead being updated or "transformed" into a darker tone, something like Space Black.

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BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

Following the announcement of BitTorrent Now, a new ad-supported streaming music and video service, an accompanying mobile app has been released, giving users access to content while on the go. BitTorrent Now isn't aiming to compete with the likes of Spotify or Apple Music, but instead will distribute content from independent artists and filmmakers who sign up for the platform. The Android app is available now on Google Play, while iOS and Apple TV versions are "coming soon."

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This iPhone 7 fake runs Android

This iPhone 7 fake runs Android

This morning we caught a glimpse of a device that, at first glance, looks an awful lot like a new iPhone 7 Pro. Of course Apple hasn't confirmed that device's existence, and we've not yet seen any REAL photos of said device. But this one - something about it screamed "this is actually a photo." And indeed it was. Straight from leakster Sonny Dickson came a device that's actual real metal with a (fake) Apple logo and everything - but it's still a fake. Don't be fooled.

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Apple iOS 10 kernel is unencrypted for performance says Apple

Apple iOS 10 kernel is unencrypted for performance says Apple

Apple recently showed off a preview version of iOS 10 at a developers conference and as developers are wont to do they immediately hacked into the code to see what they could find inside. Many of them were very surprised to find that Apple had left the kernel of the OS unencrypted. Some were surprised enough that they assumed Apple had made a mistake.

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I hope this is the next iPhone (after the iPhone 7, that is)

I hope this is the next iPhone (after the iPhone 7, that is)

Today we have a peek at the next iPhone - a concept for a device that may be Apple's vision for the iPhone 7's next-of-kin. There's word that the iPhone 7 wont be a miracle of engineering and mind-blowing madness - that it won't be the major upgrade this 2-year cycle Apple always works with would have us expect. This is not the iPhone we were expecting, or hoping for. Instead, the big change in smartphone action, I hope, will be coming in 2017. This device will be the real brain-blaster.

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Yahoo Radar app wants you to chat with a virtual travel guide

Yahoo Radar app wants you to chat with a virtual travel guide

Given its financial and corporate woes, you might think that Yahoo is done doing mobile app experiments that end up getting swept under the rug. Ever the contrarian, the former Internet giant has launched a new app, for now iOS only, with a bent towards helping users plan for their next big trip. Curiously called "Radar", the app is advertised to harness Yahoo's "expertise in search, communications and content" to help you pack the right things and visit the right sights, all in a style that would make you feel like talking to a chatbot.

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Mobcrush game livestreaming fully launches for mobile

Mobcrush game livestreaming fully launches for mobile

Livestreaming games has become the hottest trend, not to mention lucrative business, in the gaming industry. But mostly due to hardware and platform limitations, that activity has mostly been limited to PCs and consoles. Mobile gaming, however, has started to also become serious, and again lucrative, business. So it only stands that it, too, should start having livestreaming services and hubs. Answering that call, Mobcrush has finally released its mobile, desktop, and browser apps in an quest to create what could be Twitch.tv for mobile gaming.

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