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Play Music gets Material Design update, iPad version for iOS

Play Music gets Material Design update, iPad version for iOS

Today, Google has rolled out a fairly significant update to their Play Music app for iOS. The app has been refreshingly redesigned, and will now have a Material Design interface that keeps it more closely aligned with their other recent app updates for both iOS and Android. The overall navigation isn’t changing, but the ‘currently playing’ screen is a lot cleaner and more modern. Fans of the larger screen will also love this update, as it’s the first time Play Music has a proper iPad app.

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Google continues clean-up, pulls Sparrow from App Store

Google continues clean-up, pulls Sparrow from App Store

When it comes to email apps for your smartphone or tablet, the list of options is exhaustive. Google recently made a big splash with Inbox, which aims to make your email more contextual to-do than messaging platform. After buying Sparrow, Google did what they typically do in an acquisition setting, and put the skids on incoming updates. With the service languishing of late as an also-ran that proved a reliable standard for modern email apps to gauge themselves against, it’s now been pulled from the App Store for iOs and OS X.

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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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Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

Pebble updates with Android Wear, Google Fit

This week Pebble is taking on Google's wearable universe by updating with PlexFit and Android Wear notifications. To gain access to Google Fit - a Google-made and Google-handled fitness system for Android devices - Pebble now works with the PlexFit app. To take on Android Wear, Pebble's latest update integrates Android Wear notifications right at the source. This Android Wear system has been in Beta for several weeks and is now being released to the public in the latest Pebble Android app update.

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Short for iOS brings articles you can read in under 10 minutes

Short for iOS brings articles you can read in under 10 minutes

Throughout your day, you probably find yourself with time to spare. Not a lot of time, but enough to make standing there doing nothing slightly awkward. A new app, Short, might just change that for you. Rather than waste time with a game or social media, Short finds content you might like to read, which can be filtered to suit the time you have available. Though it’s iOS-only, Short is free to download and use, offers no in-app purchases, and has both an iPhone and iPad version available.

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Nike+ Fuel app now connects with iOS Health, band no longer needed

Nike+ Fuel app now connects with iOS Health, band no longer needed

A significant update was released yesterday for the Nike+ Fuel app for iOS. Most notably, the app now features HealthKit integration, meaning data from Nike's FuelBand wearable can be shared with the iPhone's new Health app. But also important is that a FuelBand is no longer required at all, as users can instead rely on the health and movement tracking sensors built-in to the iPhone 6 and 5S. Since the app itself remains free, there's now no purchase required to use Nike's movement tracker.

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Tim Cook talks security, Apple Pay hits national parks

Tim Cook talks security, Apple Pay hits national parks

According to Tim Cook, Apple has been working with the United States government to get Apple Pay working in national parks across the nation. Starting in September, you'll be able to work with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to pay your way in to national parks - and probably pay for hotdogs, too. News of this update comes from Tim Cook speaking at a White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. This should go a long way to proving to companies of all sorts that Apple Pay is here to stay.

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August Connect and August Smart Lock review

August Connect and August Smart Lock review

Your connected home is only complete if it’s secure, and that starts at the front door. Though several cameras and motion sensors plan to tell you if something is going on, there’s no better first step for security than a locked door. There’s also nothing cooler than locking and unlocking your home from a phone, and the peace of mind you get from checking in on your front door from anywhere is comforting. Beautiful enough to reside in the Apple Store, we wanted to know if August was just a pretty face, or a home automation must-have.

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App Store, TestFlight changes mean better apps on the horizon

App Store, TestFlight changes mean better apps on the horizon

Your iOS apps are about to get better. Changes made today by Apple are good news for Developers, as the size of apps that can be fronted to the App Store have doubled. Instead of 2GB apps, Developers can now submit 4GB apps for distribution, giving them a lot more room to perform in those rounded squares on your screen. Additionally, Apple has rolled out a change to TestFlight that could prove useful for Developers, especially if they have apps that need some dedicated attention.

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Darkroom for iOS may just be the best photo editor around

Darkroom for iOS may just be the best photo editor around

Editing photos on iOS isn’t difficult, and iOS 8 brought some native tweaks to make editing your pictures much easier. Still, some want more, or at least something different. There are plenty of apps out there that can deliver really solid photo editing, but the latest, Darkroom, might just be the best yet. It’s a little bit Photoshop, a lot customizable, and free (with an in-app purchase available). Darkroom even lets you create your own custom filters, should you always find yourself going a particular direction with your edits.

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