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Saturday October 31

Cute puzzler Haunt the House: Terrortown will get...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

It’s Halloween, you’re a ghost, and all you want to do is rest in peace. But there are people nosing about your local haunting grounds—which include a spooky old mansion, a ghost town, and a carnival-themed runaway train.

What’s a ghost to do? You can’t scare these people away directly—you’re a ghost, and they can’t see you swooping through the air. But you can possess objects and scare them indirectly. And, of course, as the terror-level in the atmosphere becomes tenser, your abilities grow in power. Haunt the House: Terrortown is a creative...

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DJI Osmo review: A hand-held stabilized camera...

Thanks to the rise of small action cameras, camera stabilizers (aka gimbals) are becoming more portable than ever. Amazon has plenty of these coming from random Chinese brands, but most are either poorly designed, or only a partial solution to your...

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Vodafone says 1,827 customers' bank details...

In what's been a big week for corporate security following the TalkTalk hack, Vodafone has confirmed that it has also been the target of a malicious attack. In a statement today, the company said that between midnight on October 28th and midday on...

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Apple's investments in infrastructure, tooling...

After spending $11.2 billion across fiscal 2015 on capital expenditures, Apple anticipates that it will ramp up its investments in manufacturing, data centers, facility and retail infrastructure to $15 billion over the next year.

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Life with my robot secretary

By Mark Wilson

This article originally appeared on Fast Company and is reprinted with permission.

I'm not important enough to have what the rich and powerful call "people." Most of us aren't. The average personal assistant is paid about $31,000 a...

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∞ The Beatles: A 5 minute drum chronology

This is phenomenal. Note that this was filmed in 4K, so ratchet the video settings up if you have gear that will support it.

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∞ Happy Halloween

Some Halloween links to spread the Halloween spirit. Have a great Halloween and be sure to save some candy for us!

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Chrome OS Is Dead, Long Live Chrome OS?

Google reportedly is two years into a plan to consolidate the Chrome operating system and Android and plans to roll out a combined OS in 2017. Chromebooks running the Chrome OS have gained adoption as entry-level computers for students and as a low-cost option for a growing number of corporate customers. "Chrome OS isn't being killed," said a source familiar with the company's strategy. It has awesome momentum and we're still pursuing Chromebook partnerships, for example, and doing better than ever in U.S. schools."

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Nissan unleashes its autonomous car prototype in...

Nissan has begun testing its Leaf-based autonomous car prototype, not on private property, but on Japanese inner city roads and highways. To be exact, the automaker wants to put its "Piloted Drive" mode (part of its Intelligent Driving System) to t...

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The week in Apple news: Apple TV now available,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Oct. 30, 2015.

The new Apple TV made its debut on Friday. You can go to the Apple Store to buy one, or you can go to Best Buy. Be sure to follow our advice on the six things you need to do first with your new Apple TV. While you’re waiting for your Apple TV to set up, you can catch up on all the important Apple-related headlines here in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information on a story.


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Medicine-covered nanoparticles could help stroke...

Doctors have been working for years on using tiny nanoparticles covered in clot busting drugs to clear blocked vessels in stroke victims. The only problem is that when a vessel is completely blocked, a lack of blood flow in the affected area is a p...

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This week on AppleInsider: Q4 triumph, Apple TV...

The last week of October was (relatively) upbeat for Apple, with blockbuster quarterly results, the launch of a redesigned Apple TV, and plans to bring Apple Pay to new countries.

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Price Guides: How our new partner Citi can help you...

AppleInsider is proud to announce that it has partnered with Citi, which offers a Double Cash Card that financially-responsible Price Guide shoppers can use to get cash back twice on their future Apple product purchases this holiday shopping season, further?sweeting deals that are often already offered at unbeatable prices.

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Friday October 30

​Uber shuts down in three German cities amid driver...

Surprise: Uber has having trouble in Germany, again. No, the company isn't facing another nationwide ban, but the trouble does seem to stem from a previous court decision -- apparently Uber is just having a hard time finding drivers. "For many pros...

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Find life on Mars and kill it in 'The...

Miss the character decision-driven science fiction epic of Mass Effect, but wish it had a little more of a melee focus? Pay attention to Techromancer -- it could be the spiritual successor you've been looking for. The game's developer, Spiders, doe...

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Hacking Team offers encryption breaking tools to law...

Mere months after having more than 400 GB of confidential information stolen from its servers, spyware vendor Hacking Team has announced that it has resumed operations with a suite of digital tools to help law enforcement agencies get around pesky...

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Apple throws support behind Houston equal rights...

Apple on Friday issued a statement in support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, also known as Proposition 1 or HERO, a ballot item that seeks to end multiple forms of discrimination in the Texas city.

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Amazon to deliver 'Call of Duty' at...

Grabbing a physical copy of a new game on day one usually means either braving an in-store midnight event or waiting through the day for a package delivery. In the case of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Amazon has an alternative: midnight delivery stra...

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New Apple TV incompatible with Apple's own...

As shipments of Apple's latest and greatest Apple TV reach eager customers, some may be disappointed to find Apple's Remote app for iOS and watchOS incompatible with the new model, meaning all tvOS navigation and text entry must be conducted via the included Siri Remote and onscreen keyboard.

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Custom iPhone case picks of the week: El Dia de Los...

In keeping with our Halloween theme today, here are a few spooky, scary, and otherwise great Redbubble cases and skins to protect and customize your Apple gear.

Day of the Dead  - You Haz Key

Tomorrow through November 2, Mexico and many parts of the USA celebrate Día de Muertos (or El Dia de Los Muertos), the Day of the Dead. This incredible iPhone case by artist Jimiyo caught my attention immediately. It's too late to buy it for this year, but my iPhone will be wearing this next year. On $21.04 in "snap" style or $25.25 for the extra rugged "tough" version for every iPhone since the iPhone 4.

El Dia de Los Muertos Mermaid

And what could be more charming than a beautiful mermaid ... who is dead? This whimsical, bright, and morbid iPhone case by Spanish artist...

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Majority of Google Play reviews for Apple's...

Google has struggled to attract a fraction of iOS' top-tier commercial app development for its own Android platform. The abusive language allowed in Google Play--for reviews of products the reviewer hasn't even downloaded--highlight another reason why so few developers take Android seriously as a platform.

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The first 10 Apple TV games you should play

Apple's own console

The new Apple TV looks pretty similar to the previous version, and does most of the same things—but now it’s a game console, too. With the App Store included, now you can download a bunch of games, including iOS favorites and ports from the Mac and dedicated home consoles. And in many cases, if you already bought a game for the iPhone and iPad and it’s compatible with Apple TV, you’ll have it there free of charge. 

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These Mac, iPod, & Beats products are losing...

As it does regularly with older products, Apple is about to move a bunch of Macs, iPods, and accessories to obsolete status, meaning the products will no longer be eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels. So if you happen to have one of these products and need a hardware repair of some kind, you’ll have until early December to do so at an Apple Store or authorized service provider. 

The Macs getting the axe this time around include:

  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009...
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AWT News Update: October 30, 2015

This frightening image captured by Hal Sherman on Periscope...

Mullets and black cats and news, oh my!

It's the last AWT News Update before Halloween, which means it's time for costumes and black cats (on the video) and some frighteningly good news:

  • The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a delivery date
  • New iMacs (and one older model) have a new 10-bit graphics driver
  • Apple opens two security-related open source libraries to developers

The text version is below, while the video (seriously, dude - mullets and black cats!) is here.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is...

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Marketcircle: Helping small businesses grow

Thanks to Marketcircle for sponsoring The Loop this week. Marketcircle, helping small businesses grow with amazing Mac, iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad apps. Marketcircle is a Mac-based software company in Toronto that develops award-winning apps to help you save time, stay organized, and work happier. Serving the Apple/Mac community for over 10 years, Marketcircle’s Daylite and Billings Pro can take your business to new heights.

Billings Pro is a time tracking and invoicing app that helps freelancers and small businesses create beautiful and professional invoices in as little as 60 seconds. With less time managing invoices, you have more time to focus on clients and do the work you love...

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Apple TV apps come flooding out; here’s some of the...

With the fourth generation Apple TV generally available today — look for our review next week — apps are being released in droves for the revamped set-top box. Here’s a roundup of some of the ones we’ve run across.

MacPaw has unleashed three tvOS apps. Open the World is a countries and capitals quiz game. You jump through the toughest questions and see how well you know the whole world, not just your country. 

Opti is an Apple TV app that has exercises for relaxing and training your eyes. GIFtv is a gif reel app with background music from iTunes’ popular.

Harmonix Music Systems and Tilting Point have teamed up for Beat Sports. It’s a $9.99 collection of music-infused mini-games inspired by familiar sports like tennis, volleyball and golf.

Ubisoft’s Rayman Adventures...

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Rumor: Apple to release iPad Pro on November 11th

November looks to be the month where Apple releases its big gun.

Apple has been teasing the launch of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and sources have indicated that the tablet will launch on November 11th, or Veterans Day. There’s no word yet on whether the company will open up preorders a week early, like it did for the latest iPhones and Apple TVs.

The iPad Pro starts at US$799 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, then hits US$949 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model, and tops out at US$1,079 for an 128GB version with both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. The Apple Pencil, which is Apple’s version of a pressure-sensitive stylus, and the Smart Keyboard will be sold separately, for US$99 and US$169,...

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Apple promo offers $50 savings on Apple Watch with...

Apple is conducting a very limited promotional offer at select Apple Store locations in California and Massachusetts that nets customers $50 off the price of an Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport model when purchased with a new iPhone.

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MIT Media Lab celebrates 30 with Martha Stewart,...

MIT's Media Lab celebrated its 30th anniversary with tech visionaries including Marvin Minsky, Alan Kay and Danny Hillis.

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Select Apple Stores offering $50 discount on iPhone...

Apple seems to be trialling small discounts on Apple Watches purchased with iPhones in certain stores. Through a store-only deal running today through November 15th, Apple is knocking $50 off the price of Apple Watches and Apple Watch Sports when bought with new iPhones, MacRumors notes. Not only is the promo not available online but it’s also being offered in select stores in just two states: California and Massachusetts.

Shoppers in other markets may not be missing out on much, however, as 9to5Toys has seen better deals from resellers previously including $80 off without the required iPhone...

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BackBox Takes Its Security Tools Seriously

BackBox Linux 4.4 is a great Linux distro for IT and other techies who want to do their own penetration tests and security assessments. The latest version, released this month, is an Ubuntu 14.04.3-based distribution that is speedy and simple to use. It is a fully functional Linux distro that comes well stocked with standard software. It runs a desktop environment based on the Xfce window manager, which makes it standard and uncomplicated to use.

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T-Mobile Rumored to Roll Out Unlimited Video

Rumors that T-Mobile plans to introduce an unlimited data plan for streaming video services circulated Thursday following a Twitter post from journalist Evan Blass, who tweets under the handle @evleaks. The company would allow unlimited high-speed data to be used to watch select streaming from services such as Netflix and HBO under its "Uncarrier 10" campaign, he suggested. The Uncarrier 10 press event will be held Nov.10 in Los Angeles.

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Last Call: Save $79 instantly on Apple's new 21...

Exclusive coupons from Apple authorized resellers Adorama and MacMall that offer AppleInsider readers instant $79 discounts on every new iMac, iMac 4K and iMac 5K configuration will expire at 11:59 on Oct 31st and will not return.

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How to control your TV volume with the new Apple TV...

The vastly improved Siri Remote that ships with the fourth-generation Apple TV includes dedicated volume buttons, which can be programmed to control volume levels on TVs and receivers, even via legacy infrared line-of-sight.

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Facebook changes 'real names' policy to...

Starting in December, you will be able to change your Facebook name to match whatever identity you want—if you have a good enough reason.

On Friday, BuzzFeed reported that Facebook will soon start making changes to how it enforces its “real names” policy. Facebook users who want to use a name other than their legal name will be able to provide context and additional details as to why. Secondly, Facebook users who are reporting a profile name they believe to be fake will have to provide their reasoning. These changes will take effect in December, according to a letter Facebook released today in response to criticism by a coalition of civil rights groups.

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Google Migrates Project Loon to Indonesia

Project Loon, part of Google's parent company, Alphabet, on Wednesday announced that it has signed agreements with three mobile network operators in Indonesia -- Indosat, Telkomse, and XL Axiata -- to begin tests of its balloon-powered Internet service in 2016. Only about one in three of Indonesia's 250 million residents is connected to the Internet. Project Loon will transmit signals from areas connected to an Internet ground station across several balloons in the stratosphere and back down to areas without access.

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Notable apps and app updates for October 30, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS and Mac OS X, especially selected to enhance your Halloween weekend!

iOS Apps and Updates

Want to pick up some scary apps before Halloween? This first pick will give you nightmares -- The Walking Dead: Road to Survival (free with in-app purchases) is based on the hit TV series and  asks you to make life and death decisions -- stay & fight the walkers or run away. It's a popular app on the App Store, and you'll be having fun for weeks delivering headshots to the walkers or using an axe (bloody, no less) for defense. 

The little ones in the household might have nightmares if you give them The Walking Dead to play, so why...

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Rumor pegs Nov. 11 launch date for Apple's iPad...

Apple is targeting a Nov. 11 launch date for the iPad Pro, including its Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, a report said on Friday.

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How-To: Make Apple TV screenshots and video captures...

At some point in the future, creating pixel-sharp screenshots, UI videos, and game recordings from your Apple TV may be as easy as hitting a button or two on the Siri Remote, but right now, the only obvious technique is a workaround. Thankfully, the workaround doesn’t require the use of Apple’s Xcode or another developer tool — all you’ll need is OS X’s built-in app QuickTime Player and a USB-C cable of your choice

The process is the same for screenshots and videos. Load QuickTime Player on your Mac using Spotlight or the Applications folder. Connect your Apple TV — still plugged into the wall and your HDTV — to your Mac using the...

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Google’s new ‘Who’s Down’ app shows which of your...

Google has just quietly released a new app on the App Store called “Who’s Down”. As you might be able to tell from its name, the app will apparently — once there are people who are actually using it — let you see which of your friends are free to hang out. Currently, the app is invite-only, so the only things we know about its functionality are from the app’s App Store screenshots…

As you can see in the images below, the app’s main functionality seems to be a quick-to-access toggle switch, letting your friends know if you’re free. Sliding the switch makes you available for three hours, and lets you pick from a list of popular activities to say you’re down for (although it seems likely that one particular thing that people are commonly “down to” do...

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iPad Pro's rumored release date is Nov. 11

Apple has been teasing the November launch of the iPad Pro and its accessories, the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, since September, but hasn’t officially narrowed down that release window. Rumor has it that Nov. 11 is the big day when the Pro goes on sale online and in stores.

According to 9to5Mac, which is usually accurate when it comes to Apple’s product launch announcements, Apple is gearing up to sell its 12.9-inch tablet on Veterans Day. No word yet on whether the company will open up preorders a week early, like it did for the latest iPhones and Apple TVs.


The Apple Pencil will retail for $99 and is sold separately from the iPad Pro.

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Report: iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil...

Enlarge / The iPad Pro and its Smart Keyboard. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

According to a report by the usually reliable 9to5Mac, Apple's new iPad Pro is slated to go on sale on Wednesday, November 11. The tablet (as well as its Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories) will supposedly be available both on Apple's online store and in retail stores, so this appears to be the actual launch day and not just a pre-order date.

The new iPad looks a lot like an iPad Air 2, but it has a larger 12.9-inch 2732×2048 screen, a new Apple A9X SoC, and 4GB of RAM. Between the better specs, the larger screen, and the...

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Game controller support is already better on Apple...

Right out of the box, the new fourth-generation Apple TV offers much clearer, simpler, and broader support for dedicated physical game controllers than the iPhone or iPad, even though the latter devices have featured gamepad connectivity for years.

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Apple plans to start selling the iPad Pro on...

Apple plans to start selling the 12.9-inch iPad Pro on Wednesday, November 11th via both its physical retail and online stores, according to multiple sources. Apple previously only said that the large tablet would become available during the month of November, a couple of months after the introduction in early September. The iPad Pro’s marquee accessories, the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, will also become available for purchase on November 11th. The iPad Pro starts at $799 and comes in both 32GB and 128GB configurations with WiFi only. An LTE-compatible version comes exclusively in the 128GB configuration and costs upwards of $1000. We reported earlier this week that Apple’s support staff is scheduled to complete...

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Apple opens cryptographic libraries to developers in...

Apple has opened its Security Framework and Common Crypto libraries to developers, hoping to foster tighter levels of security in third-party apps.

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Apple voices support for Houston’s Equal Rights...

Continuing its efforts in supporting various equal rights campaigns in recent years,  Apple has voiced its support for a new equal rights bill in Houston through a statement issued by the Human Rights Campaign organization. Business Houston Journal reports that the organization issued the statement below on Apple’s behalf in support of the bill known as Proposition 1, or Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), ahead of voting on the bill ending October 30.


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First look: Fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri...

After being unveiled in September, the revamped Apple TV today made its way into consumers' living rooms, along with the all-new Siri Remote with voice input and touchpad. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the brand new set-top box.

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Amazon follows through on threat, yanking all Apple...

Following through on a threat made earlier this month, Amazon has pulled all Apple TV hardware from its online stores, regardless of whether it was being sold by Amazon directly or third-party vendors in Amazon’s Marketplace. The removal coincides with today’s official release of the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple’s first model to launch with an App Store full of third-party apps.

Amazon notified third-party merchants that it planned to remove both Apple TVs and...

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New 4K & 5K iMacs support 10-bit screen color...

Apple's latest Retina iMacs support 10-bit screen color, something that may be especially useful for professional photo and video editors in the future, reports said on Friday.

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New Apple TV hits store shelves as first wave of...

Apple opened up preorders for the fourth-generation Apple TV on Monday, but didn’t say when the 32GB and 64GB models would be available to buy in-store. It’s unclear why the company didn’t announce a date, given that they probably want to sell a lot of products, but now it’s official: New Apple TVs are on Apple Store shelves starting right now.

Before venturing down to your local Apple Store to snag a new Apple TV, check inventory online to make sure your efforts don’t go to waste. You can select Personal Pickup to see which store has the device in stock, then reserve one and prepay for it so you can get in and out quickly.


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∞ Apple TV Hands On: This Changes Everything

I went to Cupertino to meet with the Apple TV team yesterday, and to pick up a unit to try out for myself. What struck me about the new model was Apple’s attention to detail—this is the most “Apple” Apple TV the company has ever released. [...]

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9to5Toys Last Call: 21″ iMac (newest version) $950,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

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Video suggests Nexus 6P bends easier than iPhone 6...

There’s nothing like a little controversy when a new smartphone is launched to get people debating online. Remember ‘#scratchgate’ when the iPhone 5’s slate blue anodized finished scratched off really easily? Or last year’s iPhone 6 Plus, which some said bent really easily? Put those two hashtag-gates together and you apparently have the latest flagship Android phone. The Nexus 6P is the newest pure Android phone from Google, and is about to come under some new scrutiny from prospective buyers thanks to a video from Jerry Rig Everything on YouTube


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Apple Music Diary: Really appreciating it while my...

After a rough start and a mixed early experience, I did finally press the button on Apple Music – a decision I’m grateful for at present as my main Mac is away for repair. This diary piece is as much about that experience as Apple Music, but I will get to music, I promise …

I love a large screen on a laptop, so have stuck doggedly to my 17-inch MacBook Pro, despite the fact that it’s now four years old. It’s a maxed-out late-2011 machine that has been very heavily upgraded over the years, with 16GB RAM and 2TB of SSD storage, and consequently still offers decent...

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Fourth-gen Apple TV now available for in-store...

The new Apple TV is available for in-store pickup on Friday not only at Apple Stores, but also for some Best Buy shoppers, who previously didn't expect to have any pickups until next week.

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Clear my weekend; Alto's Adventure comes to...

In case you haven't noticed, I haven't exactly been jumping at the opportunity to spend even more of my hard-earned cash on one of the new 4th-generation Apple TVs. I just don't watch that much TV. But one announcement is making my resolve quickly fade away -- Alto's Adventure ($2.99) is now available on the big screen. 

Anyone who's played this snowboarding side-scroller with beautiful graphics and sound knows how addictive it is. Now your levels will transfer straight to the Apple TV version thanks to iCloud syncing. 

The iOS app also got a bump to version 1.2, adding support for Apple TV syncing, MFi Game Controller support, the option to move the pause button to the right side of the screen, volume sliders in the settings menu, and the all-important choice of whether or not to use helmet or chasm rescues after crashing (this will make sense to you if you play...

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Apple’s latest Android app is already getting...

Apple can’t catch a break on Android. When Apple released its first app on Google’s platform last month called Move to iOS, Android fans were quick to negatively rate the app that only existed to help people switch from Android to iPhone. To date, Move to iOS has roughly 30,000 1 star reviews to only 10,000 5 star reviews with not much happening in the middle.

Now Apple has its second Android app on the Google Play Store called Beats Pill+. It’s a companion app to Apple’s new portable Bluetooth speaker with the same name, allowing both Android and iPhone users to pair two...

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The 10 best Apple TV apps to grab on day one (and...

After years of waiting, the Apple TV finally has its own App Store, and it’s already populated with a surprisingly large number of worthwhile apps and games. We’ve been testing them and looking to see what’s hot and not for day one Apple TV buyers, including some titles compatible with third-party Apple-authorized game controllers.

Here are 10 of our top early picks, plus some honorable mentions that you may want to grab anyway despite some early issues. There are even several games that support...

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The subtle ways in which Pulp Fiction visually...

I am a huge fan of both. Amazing how many of these shots are strikingly similar. I just can’t imagine this is coincidence.

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Roundup of best Apple TV apps and games

Got an Apple TV on its way? Spend a few minutes and Christian Zibreg, writing for iDownloadBlog, will give you a tour of some of the best Apple TV apps and games you can look forward to downloading.

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Adobe Photoshop Fix & Mix get iOS 9 multitasking...

Adobe has updated its two main Photoshop apps for iOS, Fix and Mix, with full support for iOS 9's multitasking features, as well as the upcoming iPad Pro.

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Everything you need to know about Apple TV and game...

Serenity Caldwell does her usual awesome job laying out the details. There’s one bit in particular I found interesting, about how Apple not allowing games to require a controller. Read on.

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The animated biography of Steve Jobs

This was just lovely. Watch the video below, then take a trip over to the home page to read through the time line.

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Amazon pulls Google Chromcast, Apple TV units from...

If this proves anything, it’s don’t sell a product that directly competes with Amazon’s interests.

Following through on its promises to halt sales of set-top streaming devices competing with its own Fire TV lineup, Amazon on Thursday removed all Apple TV and Google Chromecast products from its online store.

In an effort to boost both its Prime Video subscriptions as well as sales of its Fire TV set top box and Fire TV Stick units, has pulled both the Chromecast and the Apple TV from its shelves.

“It’s important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer...

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Bluetooth not working or unreliable? Here’s the fix

Another of those tips that you should bookmark and pass along. You never know when you’ll need it. In my post, there’s a TL;DR version.

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Apple TV and cord cutting

Hayley Tsukayama, writing for The Washington Post:

The new Apple TV, which launched this week, offers a tantalizing breakthrough: It has the potential to be the only set-top box you will need.

Interesting read, plus a video that lays out some cord cutting options.

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Fourth-generation Apple TV now available in assorted...

The fourth-generation Apple TV has begun to arrive in the cases of some pre-orders.

For those of you looking to put your mitts on it in person, today’s your lucky day.

Apple Store and Best Buy locations have begun selling the new fourth-generation Apple TV in the U.S. and first wave launch countries. Apple is also offering Personal Pickup in the U.S., while Best Buy is allowing customers who pre-ordered for in-store pickup to pick up their set-top boxes starting this morning as the stores open up for the day.

Best Buy, which began accepting pre-orders on Monday, had originally listed November 4th as the first date it would be on...

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Apple has sold more than $1.7B in Apple Watches, and...

There are a lot of interesting tidbits in Apple’s 10-K, including patent filings, dependencies, and lots of discussion of risks in the marketplace. But if you don’t feel like digging through all the cruft, Chris O’Brien, writing for Venture Beat, did a nice job of laying out some of the highlights.

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Apple's smartphone share in Japan fell 7.2...

Apple's share of smartphone shipments in Japan fell 7.2 percentage points YoY to 50 percent in the first halfof 2015 (that’s April to September), or 6.31 million units, according to a report by MM Research Institute (as noted by, a global investment newswire.

New mid-priced smartphones from Sony, Sharp and Fujitsu ate into Apple's share of the shipments, according to the research group. Sony had an 18.6 percent share of shipments in H1, the second-highest among brands. Sharp was in third place with 14.3 percent and Fujitsu had 9.3 percent. Samsung was fifth with 6.1 percent, the report said.

Smartphone will account for 75.6 percent of cell phone shipments in Japan this year, according to MM.

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Apple and the hidden challenge standing in the way...

Most of what you read about Apple’s rumored web TV service (where Apple provides both the set top box and the content) revolves around the complexities of acquiring rights. But there’s another, subtler issue that is just as critical.

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AppleInsider podcast talks AAPL earnings, Android...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil, Mikey, and Victor discuss Apple's earnings call, Apple TV, and Nvidia deep learning artificial intelligence. Neil has tips about Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9, and we talk about Aaron Sorkin's "Steve Jobs" and its low-performing box office numbers.

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Video game pioneer betting on the Apple Watch as the...

Video game pioneer Larry DeMar believes that the Apple Watch is the ideal platform for slot machine gaming if and when other U.S. states legalize online gambling. DeMar created the popular arcade machine game Defender, and now works on slot-machine games for casinos.

At present, online gaming for real money is legal only in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware – and the App Store bans gambling apps. But DeMar thinks that will change, reports the Chicago Tribune.

He wants to be ready if more states legalize online gaming, something he and his brother – Steven DeMar, LED Gaming’s director of business development – believe is inevitable...

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ChargeCard, ChargeKey make it easy to charge your...

When you first see the $29 Nomad ChargeCard, you'll probably wonder what the heck it is. It's flat, black, and credit card-sized with an odd-looking prong that snaps out. Unusual, yes, but useful, as it's an ultra-thin iPhone Lightning cable.

It's designed to fit into a wallet or passport carrier just like a credit card, so you'll always have a charging/sync cable on hand. You can use the ChargeCard to charge any iPhone or iPad with a Lightning connector from any USB port. 

There's also the $24.95 Nomad ChargeKey. It performs the same function as the ChargeCard, but comes in a form factor built for connecting to a key chain. Both are made of rubber and plastic, and are slightly bendable,...

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Apple’s artificial intelligence work is being hurt...

Apple’s famed obsession with secrecy in its product development process is hampering its work in the field of artificial intelligence, say academics working in the field. Bloomberg reports that AI experts believe that lack of two-way sharing of information slows development.

“Apple is off the scale in terms of secrecy,” says Richard Zemel, a professor in the computer science department at the University of Toronto. “They’re completely out of the loop.”

Apple Maps was cited as an example of what can go wrong when AI teams within Apple are cut off from other work being...

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The New Apple TV: TidBITS Answers Your Questions

Curious about the new fourth-generation Apple TV or have one on the way? “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers answers your questions.


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How to open and close the Notification Center in iOS...

The Notification Center provides iOS 9 users with a way to easily access all notifications―text messages, missed calls, calendar alerts, app alerts and more, compiling ‘em all in a single place. Also, in iOS 9, the iPad’s Notification Center has been split into two columns to take better advantage of its larger screen (especially that of the upcoming iPad Pro).

To open the Notification Center, put a finger atop the iPhone/iPad screen and pull down. Think of it like pulling down a window shade. To close the Notification Center, drag the handle at the bottom of its window up — or press the Home button.

When you open an app for the first time, it will ask if you’d like to receive notifications from it (assuming it supports the Notification Center). Go to Settings > Notifications to select if the app will notify you. You’re provided with several choices as to how the app will notify you.

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You can buy the Apple TV from today in Apple Stores...

Apple has confirmed our report that the Apple TV is available in its retail stores from this morning, with Best Buy, MacMall and Target also having limited stock available for pickup starting today.

Apple has sent an email to some customers promoting the 4th-generation Apple TV as ‘the future of television,’ highlighting apps, Siri remote and the new user interface. Apple’s email contains links to both the online store and retail store-...

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If Pages is too limiting for your print projects,...

For the past couple of years, Chronos’ PrintLife has offered a reasonable alternative to Apple’s own Pages when it comes to designing print. However, version 3.0 sports a completely redesigned the user interface which makes the software even easier to use (and it was pretty darn easy to start with).

PrintLife can help you jump start a variety of printing projects such as greeting cards, collages, labels, letterhead, gift tags, contact summaries, certificates, photo pages, CD labels, raffle tickets, fax covers, activity lists, flyers, postcards, jewel cases, file folder tabs, invoices, activity summaries, invitations, posters, envelopes, name badges, contact lists, and menus. It packs an artwork collection that’s over 7.6 GB and includes 145 kits (called “iScrapKits”) containing over 5,100 graphics. All of the artwork has a resolution of 300 dpi.

So what’s new with PrintLife 3’s interface? The Smart Inspector has been replaced with dedicated inspectors in a sidebar for...

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Thursday October 29

Apple Usurps Oracle As the Biggest Threat To PC...

AmiMoJo writes: According to data from Secunia, Apple's software for Windows is now the biggest threat to PC security, surpassing previous long term champion Java. Among U.S. users, some 61 percent of computers detected running QuickTime did not have the latest version. With iTunes, 47 percent of the installations were outdated versions. There were 18 vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime 7 at the time of the study. Oracle has now fallen/risen to 2nd place, followed by Adobe. All three vendors bundle automatic updater utilities with their software, but users seem to be declining new versions. Update fatigue, perhaps?


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Video games are pretty lazy in their portrayal of...

It's reported that one in three troops returning home from war are being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress symptoms. If you look at video games, those numbers are probably exponentially higher considering the events characters endure while savin...

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Apple launches new Beats Pill+ apps for iOS and...

Apple on Thursday issued its first ever synchronized iOS and Android app release in a remote control and setup app for its Beats Pill+, the first Bluetooth speaker to come out of Beats since the company was acquired by Apple in 2014.

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Adobe updates Photoshop Mix & Fix w/ iOS 9 Split...

Adobe today has rolled out updates to a pair of its iOS apps, adding support for features introduced in the latest version of Apple’s operating system. Adobe Photoshop Fix and Adobe Photoshop Mix have both been updated this evening, the former being bumped to version 1.1 and the latter to version 2.1.

The changelogs for both updates are identical. Adobe has added support for iOS 9 multitasking to Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Mix. This means that both apps now support iOS 9’s Split View multitasking feature, allowing users to use Adobe’s apps on one half of their display and another app on the other half.

The updates also both add iPad Pro support. With...

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Apple ceases iOS 9.0.2 code signing after iOS 9.1...

Following the release of iOS 9.0.2 last week, Apple on Thursday stopped signing code for iOS 9.1 on compatible devices, prohibiting users from downgrading to the older operating system version.

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Google to fold Chrome OS, Android together into new...

After two years of exploration work, Google is said to be "folding" its web-based Chrome OS into its mobile Android platform, creating a single operating system strategy that it expects to unveil in 2017.

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Following release of iOS 9.1, Apple no longer...

A little more than a week after it released iOS 9.1 to the public, Apple today has stopped signing iOS 9.0.2. This means that users are no longer able to downgrade from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2, which was initially released almost exactly a month ago.

For Apple, it’s normal for the company to stop signing an older version of iOS when it releases an update to the public. In Apple’s eyes, any bugs that were present in iOS 9.0.2 have since been fixed with iOS 9.1, making it the more stable and secure option for the average user.

Of course, the more likely reason for Apple to stop singing iOS 9.0.2 is to block the...

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Apple TV Reviews: Kinda Buggy, Kinda Great

The latest version of Apple's streaming media set-top box, expected to hit U.S. retail stores on Friday, has gathered a bundle of mixed early reviews. Some reviewers saw great potential in the $149 diminutive black box designed to pump movies, TV shows, games and apps from the Internet to a television set. Others found plenty to criticize. "Functionally, it's the biggest change we've seen to Apple TV since its introduction," Ross Rubin, principal analyst with Reticle Research.

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New Apple TV supports 3DTV content, games already in...

It appears Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV is capable of displaying 3DTV content on compatible sets, as a third-party developer on Thursday released one of the first 3DTV-enabled titles to hit the new tvOS App Store.

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AWT News Update: October 29, 2015

Stories from both sides of the pond on today's AWT News Update!

  • Apple has petitioned the Supreme Court to have the 2013 guilty verdict on antitrust and conspiracy charges heard (did you catch the visual joke in the thumbnail photo for this post? The Supremes? Get it? Never mind...)
  • iPad Pro is coming soon! Training for AppleCare support staff is underway and will finish by November 6.
  • BBC has confirmed that iPlayer will be available "soon" for the new Apple TV
  • Siri will be coming to Apple Music on Apple TV in early 2016

The text version is back today (see below) and here's video of the podcast recording!

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Spigen's Thin Fit..., two new crystal-clear cases, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a plethora of options from More, Caseology, OtterBox, and more. Read on!

Bianca Mosca

Handcrafted in France, the Alligator (iPhone 6/6s; $395) features real gator leather straight from the source: Louisiana. You can pick between a number of colors and patterns.

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Amazon yanks Apple TV and Chromecast from digital...

Making good on promises to halt sales of set-top streaming devices competing with its own Fire TV lineup, Amazon on Thursday removed all Apple TV and Google Chromecast products from its online store.

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Apple releases its second Android app for managing...

Apple has published a new app for controlling and managing its Beats Pill+ speaker. Notably, this cross-platform release is the second Android app the company has released, following up on the Move to iOS app.

The app includes features that allow multiple users take control of the music playing from one speaker, or use two speakers to achieve a higher volume level than one speaker can output. Dual speakers can also be put into a stereo mode that uses one speaker as the left channel and the other as the right channel.

Unlike Move...

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Apple's secrecy hampering AI development,...

Apple's intense levels of secrecy are preventing the company from making real leaps in the quality of its artificial intelligence, a report said on Thursday.

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Apple has apparently sold almost $1.7 billion of...

In examining Apple’s annual SEC filing, the folks at VentureBeat found that the Apple Watch, which didn’t go on sale in the U.S. until April 10, still accounted for more than 100 percent of the year-over-year growth in net sales of “Other Products.” 

Other Products -- which includes, among other things, the Apple TV and the iPod -- grew from $8.379 billion in 2014 to $10.067 billion in 2015. That means Apple has sold at least $1.688 billion worth of Apple Watches, notes VentureBeat. However, as the statement implies, the actual figure is higher in a category that was dragged down by falling iPod sales. 

“If that pace can be maintained, it’s reasonable to think Apple Watch could be at least a $5 billion business in this current fiscal year,” VentureBeat adds.


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Fly to the edge of space on a balloon with a bar

World View hopes to have commercial flights ready for 2017.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta to public testers

Two days after Apple seeded the first OS X 10.11.2 beta to developers for testing, the company on Thursday issued a build to consumers taking part in the public beta program.

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First look: SteelSeries Nimbus wireless controller...

Online buyers of the new fourth generation Apple TV get a "personalized" recommendation to also buy the SteelSeries Nimbus, a wireless video game controller designed to enhance gameplay on the new device with physical joysticks, a D-pad and buttons. Although it won't be required for standard play on any games, it is needed for multiplayer gaming.

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Apple wants the Supreme Court to dismiss ebook...

Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the company conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, reports Reuters. The Cupertino, California-based company wants the high court to review a June ruling that favored the U.S. Department of Justice, and found the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws.

Reuters reports that Apple, in its petition, said the June decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York contradicted Supreme Court precedent and would "chill innovation and risk taking.” "The Second Circuit's decision will harm competition and the national economy," Apple wrote.

If upheld, the decision would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement with 33 state attorneys general and consumers that was contingent on the company's...

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Apple begins delivering 4th-gen Apple TV, launches...

The first online orders of the new Apple TV are beginning to reach customers, just as Apple is officially launching the device's App Store and seeding the finished version of tvOS.

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AmpliTube 4 for Mac

AmpliTube 4 is a guitar and bass tone studio for Mac/PC that works as a standalone application and as a plug-in for your favorite DAW. AmpliTube recreates the entire guitar/bass signal chain from instrument to recording device, and does so in a very realistic and intuitive way. But it also does it in ways you never dreamed possible.

AmpliTube has been around for years and is one of the best amp software packages on the market. I’m looking forward to trying this out.

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Apple TV apps now appearing in tvOS search as first...

The first Apple TV shipments have started rolling out to customers in preparation for the device’s launch later this week. As seen in the screenshot above, users are now seeing their shipment statuses updated on Apple’s website.

At the same time, Apple has now enabled users with pre-release hardware to search for and find tvOS apps, though the platform’s dedicated App Store has yet to officially launch…

As you can see in the tweet below, app search is now fully functional despite the current lack of an actual store from which to install them. Search is powered by Siri and the...

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The best Photoshop alternative on iPad
Instagram and Lightroom are great and all, but sometimes people need to get extra creative with their image editing.Like, Photoshop creative. If you're one of these people, take a look at our pick for the best mobile Photoshop experience on iPad... | Read more »
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A new update for The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land was released last week, making it the perfect time for you to head back to your base and take out some walkers. Here’s the lowdown on what’s new to the game, and how to take advantage. [Read more] | Read more »
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We've all been there. One second, we're riding high on a crazed goat, and the next, we've been tossed off it like someone who's no good at goat ridin'. [Read more] | Read more »
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Just in time for Rocky fans who can’t wait to see CREED, the latest movie, we have the official tie-in game,Real Boxing 2 CREED. It builds on the success of its predecessor and there’s lots to take in so we at 148apps thought we’d run you through... | Read more »
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CoinOp Heroes 2 justlaunched and, like all clickers, it's dangerously addictive stuff. You have to furiously tap your screen to defeat wave after wave of foes and earn an insane amount of cash to spend on character upgrades and an army of minions... | Read more »
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Dr. Panda Firefighters 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: FIGHT FIRES AND SAVE THE DAY!Work together with Dr. Panda and his firefighting team to rescue his trapped... | Read more »
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Puddle + 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Puddle is back in a new "+" edition featuring enhanced graphics, new videos and Apple TV support ! No IAP and No Ads. Dive into Puddle... | Read more »
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Football Manager Mobile 2016 7.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $8.99, Version: 7.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Football Manager Mobile 2016 is designed to be played on the move and is the quickest way to manage your... | Read more »

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