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Apple starts rollout of iOS 8.3 public beta program

Apple starts rollout of iOS 8.3 public beta program

When OS X Yosemite was rolling out, Apple unleashed a public beta program to ease interested consumers into the new-look desktop OS. Via mobile, the aesthetic changes were made long ago in iOS 7, but features are coming at a rapid clip. To that, Apple is also seeding a public beta program for iOS today, starting with iOS 8.3. Still rolling out (read: if you visit the link below and it doesn’t show up, don’t worry), the beta gives just about anyone an early peek into what’s next.

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The Apple key: Leverage

The Apple key: Leverage

When the iPhone was released, the smartphone environment kicked into gear. When Apple released the iPad, tablets began to be produced in earnest. An entire industry is built around accessories made specifically for Apple products. Companies are built creating products that work on Apple products alone. Apple is one of the most successful companies in history - not just because they create products that sell well, but because those products can move the industry. Case in point at the time this article is set to be published: the Apple Watch.

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Equil Smartmarker transforms any surface into a smart surface

Equil Smartmarker transforms any surface into a smart surface

Everyone uses dry erase boards from schools to business presentations. Whiteboards are too ephemeral as the presenter always seems to be erasing the part we've just started reading. With Equil's smart technology, your whiteboard notes and drawings can last forever. Equil is adding to their line of smart pens with their new Smartmarker. Equil's Smartpen was designed for paper, but their Smartmarker can be used on any surface, especially whiteboards. Simply attach its magnetic base to the surface, and everything you write with the Smartmarker will be saved to its built-in memory.

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Nokia HERE Maps for iPhone is out: Here’s why you want it

Nokia HERE Maps for iPhone is out: Here’s why you want it

iPhone owners have another navigation app option today, with Nokia's HERE Maps for iOS landing in the App Store complete with full - and free - offline mapping support. The app, which has been available to Android users since a beta last October, allows those who might commonly be relying on Apple Maps or Google Maps to instead download entire countries-worth of navigation data to their iPhone, meaning even with data turned off while abroad they can still get around.

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Darkroom for iOS brings in ability to zoom and crop photos

Darkroom for iOS brings in ability to zoom and crop photos

Nearly one month old, Darkroom has made headway when it comes to easy photo editing on mobile devices. Their straightforward approach adds a wealth of easy to use tools that can bring some professional looking edits to the small(er) screen. Darkroom just got better, and has addressed one major issue many users had with it at launch. With version 1.1 of Darkroom, you can now zoom in on pictures to get a better idea of what your edit will look like to the discerning eye.

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Google Calendar for iPhone released with Material Design

Google Calendar for iPhone released with Material Design

Google has finally released its Google Calendar app for iPhone, bringing iOS in line with the Material Design version released for Android last month. The new app boasts far improved interconnectivity with Gmail, including smarter scheduling which can turn emails into new calendar events automatically. Google Calendar for iPhone also aims to streamline common settings, with auto-suggests for different fields like location, people, and title, as well as changing the overall UI so that, Google claims, it's easier to keep on top of a tricky schedule.

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Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

Apple Watch event rundown: everything we saw or heard

This week Apple's Spring event delivered final details for the release of the Apple Watch. Along with the final drop, the company revealed that they'd been working with HBO for an exclusive on web-only streaming content for their Apple TV. The service is called HBO NOW and it requires no cable subscription to get you HBO content. They'd also been working on a new MacBook line. This new MacBook is slim, light, and works with a keyboard that runs edge-to-edge - just like its display glass.

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Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

With the rise of personal action cameras and, soon, VR headsets, livestreaming is taking a huge leap forward. We already have a lot of such platforms available, serving different needs, like Twitch and, of course, YouTube. But what if you wanted something a bit simpler, but also something that is as easily accessible as, say, your tweets? That is exactly what Meerkat is trying to offer. Users can simply start live streaming footage from their iPhone or iPad and broadcast it to their Twitter followers and for the whole world.

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Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary is taking crowdsourcing to the streets, or more precisely, street views. Instead of relying on a single authority (cough, Google Street Views) to relay street level photos, Mapillary lets anyone upload photos of their environment. Mapillary uses the idea that locals can create better images of their surrounding environment than an automated car passing through a city. You can browse through hidden alleyways in Spain, or take a visual drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. You can also upload your own photos using your smartphone camera and their handy app.

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iOS 8.2 released for iPhone and iPad

iOS 8.2 released for iPhone and iPad

This afternoon Apple released iOS 8.2 for iPhone and iPad, readying the masses for the Apple Watch. While the Apple Watch itself won't be out until the 10th of April, this software is prepared for your smartphone or tablet right this minute. The first thing - and perhaps most important thing beyond Apple Watch for this update is that Health App has been improved in several ways - adding the ability to select the unit of measurement for body temperature, weight, height, distance, and blood glucose, for one thing - improving stability when dealing with large amounts of data for another.

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