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iOS beta users can no longer leave App Store reviews

iOS beta users can no longer leave App Store reviews

Apple just implemented a small, but important change to its App Store policies that is likely to have app developers crying out with joy. Simply put, users with devices running pre-release versions of the iOS software, such as the recent versions of the iOS 9 beta, can no longer leave reviews for apps. This may seem harsh, or anti-consumer, but it's actually to protect developers' apps from having their reputation trashed by negative reviews based on bugs and crashes — things to expect from a beta anyway.

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iPad sales drop below Mac – is the tablet dying?

iPad sales drop below Mac – is the tablet dying?

This afternoon Apple's earnings call for their fiscal Q3 2015 suggested that sales of the iPad continue to fall. What's odd about this particular reveal is the fact that revenue is beginning to be quite obviously lower than the Mac. Where this past quarter was the first quarter in several years that iPad revenue was lower than the Mac, it was by less than a couple hundred million dollars. Now the difference is by nearly $1.5 billion. Meanwhile UNITS of the iPad continue to outsell the Mac, for what its worth.

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NFL Game Pass brings games to Apple TV, Xbox and more

NFL Game Pass brings games to Apple TV, Xbox and more

The NFL has offered a subscription streaming service for a while, but it has been limited in both availability and what it offers. That will be changing with NFL Game Pass, a new service that updates its previous offering to include support for additional devices like Apple TV and gaming consoles. Game Pass will, for the most part, be replacing Game Rewind, and it’ll bring on-demand streaming of past regular season games. Unfortunately, live streaming options will still be limited.

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BEAT DA BEAT hits Android, iOS: one bullet for every note

BEAT DA BEAT hits Android, iOS: one bullet for every note

Previously greenlit on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux, BEAT DA BEAT will be released for Android and iOS in August. Created by the folks at Nekki in Moscow, this game takes the music of some heavy dubstep musical artists and creates a bullet-hell genre game that dances to the beat. BEAT DA BEAT has flying enemies jamming lasers down your phone while they appear, blast, and shine to the music. "Absolutely everything - enemy's actions, moves, shooting - is build on the base of the song that is currently playing."

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Photofast MemoriesCable backs up iOS devices as you charge

Photofast MemoriesCable backs up iOS devices as you charge

If you have lots of data on your iOS device like photos, music, or eBooks that you want to backup there are already a few ways to do that. You can have the iPhone back up the content to the cloud. If we learned anything from the rash of leaked celebrity nudes earlier this year, we learned that your cloud content is only as safe as your password. The alternative might be to back up your content locally using a new cable from Photofast called the MemoriesCable.

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Yahoo Livetext ‘video messenger’ app arrives for iOS

Yahoo Livetext ‘video messenger’ app arrives for iOS

Yahoo is apparently close to formally introducing a replacement for its messaging app, as it recently released a new app on the Hong Kong App Store called “Yahoo Livetext”, a mobile offering described as a video messenger. Livetext has a twist with its messaging feature. Rather than swapping media-less texts or snapping selfies, Livetext is “live video texting" — it presents live video of your friend texting, but with the audio stripped away due to it being inconvenient in many situations. This is said to offer more natural conversations, allowing two people to see each other as they talk.

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Pocket for iOS updated with text-to-speech feature

Pocket for iOS updated with text-to-speech feature

Pocket, the wonderful app that lets users save articles and other content for reading later on, has updated its iOS app with a text to speed feature. With this feature, busy users can have their saved articles read to them while they do other things the same as an audio book. It's a handy feature, one that makes it easier to work through one's saved articles while driving to or from work or while doing other things that require your attention to be (mostly) elsewhere.

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OneNote apps updated: iOS goes universal, Android gets easier page moving

OneNote apps updated: iOS goes universal, Android gets easier page moving

Microsoft has just announced updates for its mobile OneNote apps for both iOS and Android, each available now in their respective app stores. On the iOS side, the iPhone and iPad versions have been merged into a single, universal app. This means iPhone users can simply download the update, while iPad owners will need to delete their current app, and install the new unified version. For Android, one of the most requested features has finally been addressed: the ability to move and copy pages with ease.

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iPhone bug has Siri calling emergency services if asked to charge battery

iPhone bug has Siri calling emergency services if asked to charge battery

Apple's voice assistant Siri does a lot of things iPhone users ask her to do; maybe not always perfectly, but at least their somewhat related to the request. However, it has recently been discovered that asking the device to charge the battery triggers the software to start calling emergency services. It's not clear if this is a bug — though most likely it is — or exactly why this happens. Perhaps part of an unannounced security feature? Either way, it's something to aware of, and avoid if possible.

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Misfit Flash Link revealed as wearable do-anything button

Misfit Flash Link revealed as wearable do-anything button

Misfit reveals "Flash Link", a wearable fitness-tracking device that comes with a built-in button that interacts with your smart devices. Like the Misfit Shine, this new Misfit Flash Link can track your movements as it's attached to your body with any number of accessories - as a watch, as a necklace, or attached to your belt-loop. This new hardware also acts as a do-anything button that, when pressed, is able to do a wide array of tasks on your smartphone or tablet.

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Google Nearby is here to help send stuff more easily

Google Nearby is here to help send stuff more easily

The great irony of mobile devices is that while it eased the work of sending files or messages half way across the world, sharing the same to someone standing right next to you is actually more difficult. As early as June last year, there was word that Google would have a new service that resolve that problem. Dubbed "Nearby", it was a feature that iPhone and iPad users have long been familiar with thanks to AirDrop. Now Google has fully unveiled the new API, confirming those rumors and adding a few welcome details as well.

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TiVo’s iOS app to now support AirPlay streaming to Apple TV

TiVo’s iOS app to now support AirPlay streaming to Apple TV

TiVo is finally giving iOS users the option of using the AirPlay mirroring feature to stream content to an Apple TV. Before now, the TiVo iOS app could be used to watch recorded content, but there was no way to then beam it to a TV screen. Now, any content that can be watched on the iOS app can be streamed to an Apple TV on the same WiFi network. This new capability comes via an app update that should be hitting the iOS App Store anytime now.

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