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Microsoft’s Project Spark enters public beta on Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s Project Spark enters public beta on Windows 8.1

Project Spark was announced for the Xbox One back in June. The game is described as being one that offers "an endless adventure where everything is customizable." Project Spark will allow users to play what other creators have built and also build for others. Basically, the users are the creators and the players. And there is a bit of good news for those who may have been waiting to get hands-on with Project Spark.

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Google Chrome Beta browser gets noisy tab indicators, other changes

Google Chrome Beta browser gets noisy tab indicators, other changes

The newest Chrome Beta browser build has a new feature that indicates which tab or tabs are playing music or other audio. That way, when you're browsing with multiple tabs open and suddenly hear some guy blabbing about a fabulous new way to make money on the Internet, you can see at a glance which tab it's coming from and shoot it down (or proceed to take him up on his unmissable offer.) This, among other handy little additions to Chrome 32.

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Google Chrome and Chromebooks score Supervised Users beta feature

Google Chrome and Chromebooks score Supervised Users beta feature

Chrome and Chromebooks are on the cusp of having parental controls, with Google unveiling a new feature called "Supervised Users" today. The functionality gives parents and others the ability to limit Chrome with things like SafeSearch filtering, website blocking, and more. The feature is currently available to those in the beta channel.

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iWork for iCloud beta testing now open for public

iWork for iCloud beta testing now open for public

Though initially only available to developers, the iWork for iCloud beta is now open to the public. Following the first developer beta, several other non-developers were invited to test out the service in July. Now, anybody who currently has an Apple ID can login at iCloud.com to test out iWork's functionality on the cloud before it launches sometime this fall.

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iOS 7 beta 6 arrives ahead of schedule, available now

iOS 7 beta 6 arrives ahead of schedule, available now

The latest beta installment of iOS 7 before the Gold Master version begins heading out, beta 6, was rumored to become available some time next week, according to sources who spoke to BGR. In a surprise change of events, however, the sixth installment has just been released by Apple, bringing with it 13.5MBs' worth of improvements and bug fixes.

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iOS 7 beta 6 reportedly arriving next week as last build before GM

iOS 7 beta 6 reportedly arriving next week as last build before GM

It seems like the iOS 7 beta period is coming to a close. We've seen five betas already, each of which have come with improvements and new features, and it seems that Apple is happy enough to send out one more beta before shipping the Gold Master version to carriers and partners, which is expected to take place on September 5.

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Apple TV beta brings iTunes music buying functionality

Apple TV beta brings iTunes music buying functionality

On Monday, Apple TV beta software was made available, and within it are signs that the company will be restoring iTunes music purchases to its set-top media box. While present users can only buy TV shows and movies via Apple TV, with the feature found in the latest beta release, those same users will be able to browse, preview, and buy songs and albums as well.

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Google Babel project aims for real-time translation in phone calls

Google Babel project aims for real-time translation in phone calls

Remember Google Babel? It was the rumored name of what is now called the rebranded Google+ Hangouts. However, Project Babel still exists, and it deals with language translation. Google is working to turn phones into "universal translators" of sorts, so when you talk into the phone in one language, the person you're calling will hear a real-time translation in their native language.

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FEAR Online official, beta sign-ups happening now

FEAR Online official, beta sign-ups happening now

The popular horror-themed first-person shooter series FEAR is back, and this time it's going free-to-play. Aeria Games has announced FEAR Online, an online, free-to-play approach of Monolith's horror FPS series. FEAR Online will take the singleplayer aspect of the game and turn it into an online multiplayer experience.

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Apple Developer portal breach credited to security researcher

Apple Developer portal breach credited to security researcher

If you've been wondering why Apple's Developer portal was down for a few days, blame it on a security breach. Apple announced yesterday that their dev center was hacked into, but no personal information was accessed, thankfully. So who's behind the intrusion? A security researcher is taking the credit.

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iWork iCloud public beta rolling out today: here’s what you’ll get

iWork iCloud public beta rolling out today: here’s what you’ll get

What was once a private beta meant only for developers is now trickling out into the public. For those who signed up to be invited to the public beta of iWork for iCloud should be getting them now. Apple originally unveiled the new cloud-based office suite at WWDC last month, and now the software is ready for a public chewing as the company looks to get feedback before an official launch.

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iOS 7 beta 3 reportedly arriving July 8

iOS 7 beta 3 reportedly arriving July 8

We've already seen two betas of iOS 7 that have arrived for developers, the second of which came with significant improvements as far as bugfixes are concerned. The second beta only came out earlier this week, but it's always nice to think ahead, right? That's why we're gearing up for the release date of the third beta for iOS 7, which is said to land on July 8.

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