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Opinion: Evernote chose the wrong free feature to mess with

08/04, 12:08pm

It had to happen but why change our favorite bit?

As of July 15, if you use the free version of Evernote you can no longer email into it: you can't forward an email to store in your Evernote account, you can't use any apps that save into Evernote via mail. As of July 27, Evernote has a new CEO, as the company's co-founder Phil Libin has stepped to the left to allow ex-Google manager Chris O'Neill to take the helm. The two things are (possibly) unrelated but they come from the same place: Evernote needs to make some cash.

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Hands On: Swipes 1.0 (OS X, iOS)

08/04, 10:43am

Minimalist, attractive To Do manager

You do need a To Do manager but does the world need another one? Swipes has been around longer than it seems from its name: alongside the new Swipes 1.0 for OS X there is Swipes 2.4 for iOS and it's been progressively developed over the last couple of years. Now it's come to the Mac and brings with it the same minimalist, visual, attractive system for entering tasks and staying on top of them.

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Hands On: Griffin Helo TC Chopper

08/03, 2:53pm

Lightweight iOS enabled Bluetooth helicopter is tons of fun on the cheap

One of the greatest things about smartphones and Bluetooth-enabled tablets is the sheer amount of crazy gadgets that go along with them. You can control lights, air conditioners, cameras and more, all from your iPhone or iPad -- but what about things that are designed for fun? What about Bluetooth-enabled toys? Today, we're here to tell you about one of the most fun gadgets we've had a chance to look at, Griffin's Helo TC Chopper.

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Taking Apple Music for a drive: the non-techie point of view

08/03, 9:30am

Tech mavens say Apple Music's implementation is bad. Does everyone?

We're a completely Mac and iOS household but it's my husband William who is the techie one. Look left a bit and there's me. Hello. I just want to use the stuff without understanding the innards. So MacNN asked me for a non-geek review of Apple Music.

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Pointers: Fix Waiting Apps (iOS)

08/03, 8:13am

Though not why it happens at the worst times

You may never have seen this, in which case you have a good day now. The rest of us have turned to our iPhones and found that an app we need urgently is greyed out for no clear reason. Or a whole folder is. Or the app does say Installing and you realise it must be an update as you installed this one months ago -- but then it keeps on saying Installing. Perhaps the very worst is when it just says Waiting. Surely, there can be no worse torture inflicted on a law-abiding iOS user than having an app say Waiting, in perpetuity.

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Hands On: Bee 1.0 (iOS)

07/31, 2:50pm

Snappy, fast email for casual users

The world seems to hate email, but it isn't going anywhere -- and those of us who like it are bemused at attempts to replace it. Microsoft Send didn't strike a chord with us but actually, maybe Bee 1.0 does. It's definitely got a place in adding convenience and speed to emails, though probably not if you're a heavy user of Apple's Mail, and definitely not if you're wedded to Gmail or Outlook.

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Hands On: Gif Me! Camera 1.11 (iPhone)

07/31, 8:25am

Quickly make GIFs straight from your iPhone with this user-friendly app

The Internet is obsessed with GIFs, if you haven't noticed, but we're pretty sure you have: and for good reason -- they're small, they're animated, and usually contain some of the funniest bits of things you'll see all day. If you've ever wanted to make your own GIFs, we've got a just the app for you to check out: Gif Me! Camera.

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Hands On: Angry Birds 2 2.0.1(iOS)

07/31, 7:45am

Angry Birds gets a proper sequel, but it falls short

At this point, we're sure that almost everyone who owns an iPhone or iPad has at least tried out an Angry Birds game, be it the original or one of the many sequels. It's hard to go a public place without coming across some sort of Angry Birds merchandise. Billionaire developers Rovio have finally made a proper sequel, Angry Birds 2, and we sat down and took a look at it to see how it holds up to the original.

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Dashlane offers password management for iPhone, Apple Watch

07/30, 4:12pm

First password manager to allow changing of passwords from Watch, company says

Dashlane, a password manager for OS X and iOS that MacNN recently reviewed, has announced that it has brought its Password Changer feature, which makes possible extensive password management on iOS devices, to the Apple Watch. The new 3.1 version for iOS includes the feature, and also offers notifications of a security breach on monitored websites, and improves Touch ID support.

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Yahoo Livetext brings audio-free video text chats to iOS, Android

07/29, 3:07pm

Yahoo claims lack of audio a feature, for context-free communications

Yahoo today announced Yahoo Livetext, a new app for one-to-one live video texting on iPhone and Android phones. Yahoo Livetext blends texting with the immediacy of live video -- but without the audio. The service allows chatters to watch each other on live video, while entering the responses back and forth. Yahoo calls the service "non-intrusive, quick and real-time -- yet also fleeting, just like real-life conversations."

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Livescribe rolls out new Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro edition

07/29, 10:00am

New release has more storage, better software than original release

Smartpen manufacturer Livescribe announced yesterday that it is now rolling out a new Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition. The Echo smartpen is an all-in-one device that digitizes notes written on paper, and records audio synchronized to handwriting using the built-in microphone. Following capture, the app and hardware combination transfers all of the notes and audio to a computer through USB.

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Pointers: Six tools for writing books

07/29, 9:38am

Replace that typewriter and make yourself an e-book

When you've done something once, you can fly through it the second time. Unless that second time is ages later, in which case you spend all your waking hours re-learning something you'd already sweated through. So entirely for you and not at all, not in the teeniest way for us the next time we write a book, here's what you need. It's what we recommend after a summer of working on this, followed up by one or two cases where your mileage may vary and anyway the alternatives are fun. Plus a few quick notes of lessons we learned, mistakes, and evidence -- actual evidence -- that all this works.

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Hands On: Learn Spanish with MosaLingua 7.0 (iOS)

07/29, 7:54am

Give yourself a refresher course with this simple Spanish language course

Language is one of those things that needs to be maintained and routinely brushed up on, and is especially true of a second language. How many of us took Spanish or French in high school, but haven't spoke a lick of it since then? If you're looking for a great way to refresh your memory, we suggest checking out something like Learn Spanish with MosaLingua.

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Hands On: NC Twitter Widget for Notification Center 1.1 (iOS)

07/28, 3:06pm

Just swipe to read the latest tweets

Twitter is a never-ending waterfall of news, totally random information and totally spurious comments: you can't keep up with everything, and everything changes from moment to moment too. NC Twitter Widget for Notification Center 1.1 can't stop the flow, but it can let you quickly see the latest few tweets before, just as quickly, letting you back into real life. It's an iOS 8 Notification Center item, which means you can see Twitter at any time by just swiping down from the top of your screen.

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Hands On: This is My Food 1.0.0 (iOS)

07/28, 2:01pm

Easy-to-use biology and nutrition app makes learning about food fun

Educational apps for kids over the age of five are often entirely centered around reading comprehension or mathematics, and often tend to gloss over the sciences. We think that is a real shame, because kids are naturally curious about the world around them and how it works. Urbn Pockets, however, saw this opportunity and decided they'd step in, with a biology- and nutrition-themed app called This is My Food.

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Hands On: Dashlane 3.0.3 (OS X, iOS)

07/28, 10:49am

Good, strong password manager

Ask anyone who uses a password manager app, and they will evangelize about it -- but they'll also make it sound as if there's only one. We're a little guilty of this ourselves: we've regarded 1Password as synonymous with password management. Yet there are really a handful of them, and Dashlane 3.0.3 has fans who will never look at anything else. They probably don't need to.

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Hands On: Lumo Deliveries 1.4.2 (iOS)

07/28, 7:49am

Manage your shipping empire and attempt to take over the world

Resource management games are a fairly broad genre. You've got the base builders and the simulation games, but every so often you've got games that are almost entirely about one single thing: aquiriing and reallocating resources. The most famous title we can think of is Cookie Clicker, but there are several other games in the genre. Today, we check out another game that fits this mold, Lumo Deliveries, to see how it stands against other more well known titles.

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Hands On: Stray Dog Simulator 1.1 (iOS)

07/28, 7:37am

Eat trash, get in fights, live the life of a stray dog in this strange but fun game

If you've never experienced the joy of playing a game that is utterly ridiculous, we're not sure if you have even really begun living. We've checked out a lot of silly games here, and they've earned a spot in our heart. Today we add another to our growing list, Gluten Free Games' Stray Dog Simulator, a game in which you live the life of a stray dog.

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Hands On: Busy Shapes 1.4.0 (iOS)

07/27, 1:40pm

Cute puzzle game helps kids understand color theory and spacial logic

There's something to be said for apps that cater to the preschool and elementary crowd. Years go, most developers avoided creating apps for younger kids, because most mainstream consoles and computers had far too many buttons for little fingers. Thanks to touchscreen devices, more developers are making the leap to engage a younger audience. We checked out Busy Shapes, a cute puzzler for the under-10 set.

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Pandora expands ad-based Sponsored Listening program

07/27, 10:03am

Advertising video must be consumed prior to one hour of uninterrupted listening

Streaming music purveyor Pandora today announced that its latest engagement-based advertising product, Sponsored Listening, is now available to all advertisers. The product gives Pandora users an hour of uninterrupted listening,following engagement with a brand's full video -- which can be up to four minutes long -- at the beginning of a listening session. This launch follows a beta period initiated in September 2014, during which Sponsored Listening received feedback from Pandora's listeners and produced a measurable return on investment for advertisers.

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Hands On: Adventure Time Puzzle Quest 1.3.498317 (iOS)

07/27, 9:30am

Match-3 mechanics combine with RPG elements in this Adventure Time-themed game

So you may have noticed this by now, but we've got some serious love for the match-three genre. We especially like games that combine match-three elements with other genres of gaming. You also may have noticed that we're pretty big fans of Adventure Time, too. Well, thanks to Cartoon Network and D3PA, both of our loves are combined in Adventure Time Puzzle Quest, a match-three roleplaying game (RPG) that takes you into the Land of Ooo.

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Apple, Nike agree to FuelBand suit settlement, Apple paying nothing

07/27, 8:32am

Suit alleged that Apple, Nike knew of FuelBand deficiencies, continued to sell

Apple and Nike have come to an agreement, potentially ending the class action suit against the pair over the Nike FuelBand. Suit BC509363 in the Superior Court of California accused Apple and Nike of misleading customers on the tracking capability and monitoring accuracy of the Nike FuelBand in marketing materials. The plaintiffs alleged specifically that the FuelBand failed to accurately determine calorie burn, overall activity level, and steps taken. Allegedly, Apple and Nike knew of the problems, and continued to sell the gadget well after determining the inadequacy of the sensors and software.

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Living With: Fallout Shelter (iOS)

07/27, 7:31am

One month into our post-apocolyptic adventure and we're already a bit bored.

When we first got our hands on Fallout Shelter last month, we were immediately addicted. This spunky little base builder was a well-designed way to pass the time as we wait for Fallout 4 to release. Originally, we'd touted the game as a perfect portable base-builder, with adequate challenges and plenty to do -- but as time went on, we've noticed that our opinion has changed a bit.

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Apple celebrates Disabilities Act's 25th, pushes LGBT equality bill

07/24, 12:57pm

Company continues long-standing campaign for equal rights for workers

Apple this week is highlighting two areas of protection from discrimination in two separate actions; the endorsement of a new legislation motion to include sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act, and a spotlight celebrating the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act by showcasing a collection of accessibility apps. The company was recently recognized for its leadership in tech accessibility by the National Federation for the Blind.

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Briefly: YouTube vertical video support, Spotlight Stories on iOS

07/24, 11:05am

YouTube app updated with improved vertical video support

YouTube has made a number of changes to its mobile apps, making it easier to view videos filmed vertically. The iOS and Android apps will now show vertical videos fullscreen when the device is held in portrait mode. The update also introduces the option to receive notifications when certain channels update, such as if a new video is posted, and alterations to the way it displays account information to the user. More video updates were also touted for inclusion in the future, including 3D videos.

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Honda launches 2016 Accord, company's first CarPlay vehicle

07/24, 9:43am

Android Auto, CarPlay standard in three models of Accord

Car manufacturer Honda has dispelled any confusion about its CarPlay launch plans. At its Mountain View, California research facility, the company revealed the new 2016 Accord, boasting support for both CarPlay and Android Auto. The new Accord is the first Honda vehicle to have CarPlay support, but the company says that it will have more vehicles in the 2016 line that supports the Apple connectivity standard.

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Meerkat adds streaming support for GoPro Hero3 cameras

07/24, 9:43am

GoPro cameras can stream live feed through Meerkat for iOS

Owners of some GoPro sports cameras are now able to broadcast a live stream online, after Meerkat added support for the imaging devices. Announced at VidCon this week, GoPro Hero3 cameras can now be connected to the app running on a nearby smartphone or tablet over Wi-Fi, giving Meerkat users an alternative way to capture footage to stream to their followers over the Internet.

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Hands On: Microsoft Send 1.2.4 (iOS)

07/24, 7:40am

When email just isn't curt enough

Microsoft Send 1.2.4 is more an experiment than an app: designed by the company's Garage team, it's an attempt to see what email would be like if you turn it into text messages. The answer is ... text messages. Maybe you like text messages, and for some reason can't send them to someone. If so, then Microsoft Send is for you.

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Invisible ads slowing down iPhones, Android

07/23, 6:01pm

Phantom adverts affecting data caps, defrauding advertisers

Over 5,000 fraudulent apps currently available for iOS and Android are displaying ads users cannot see, but which are causing problems, using up cellular data, and costing advertisers around $850 million per year, says online fraud research company Forensiq in a new report. The ads are not visible on screen, yet the volume of them contributes to an overal slowing down of iPhone or Android devices while stealing data from often-limited cellular data plans.

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Hands On: DropZap 3.6 (iOS)

07/23, 5:36pm

Quirky puzzle game requires careful move planning to progress

Puzzle games are ubiquitous. Whether on Steam or on console, or even in the App Store, there's simply just a plethora of games for you to sort through. In an effort to help you find a puzzle game you might enjoy, we actually check out quite a few. Our offering today is DropZap, a quirky puzzle game with match-3 influences.

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Hands On: To-Fu Fury 1.0 (iOS)

07/23, 1:40pm

Springy arcade puzzler has fun mechanics, falls a little short on execution

Easily the most booming game genre on the App Store is the humble arcade title. These simple, score-driven games are usually quick to pick up, but difficult to master. We've checked out a lot of arcade games here -- so if we weren't before, we're now becoming seasoned professionals when it comes to knowing what stands out above the rest. Today, we check out Amazon Game Studio's new-to-iOS arcade puzzle game, To-Fu Fury, to see how it stacks up against other games in the genre.

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Senator Franken, Consumer Watchdog call for App Store investigation

07/23, 10:16am

App Store fees, restrictive rules affecting music services draws ire from critics

The terms and fees Apple imposes on other music streaming services using the App Store has come under attack from more sources. US Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and advocacy group Consumer Watchdog have both written to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), urging them to investigate whether or not Apple is "engaging in anticompetitive behavior" with regards to Apple Music and its App Store policies.

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Hands On: Bean Boy 1.029 (iOS)

07/23, 7:57am

Reach for the stars in this strange, springy, vertical platformer

There's a type of game that we seem to run across every few years or so, a sub-genre of our beloved platformer. The games of which we speak are called vertical platformers, heavily muscle-memory based climbers, which means that through carefully-aimed, carefully-timed jumps, you attempt to climb as high as possible. Orisinal has a version of this game called The Amazing Dare Dozenon their website, and we've seen other versions on sites like Newgrounds. Today, we check out one iOS-based vertical platformer called Bean Boy.

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Microsoft Garage releases Send conversational email app on iOS

07/23, 6:35am

Microsoft Send turns work emails into IM-style conversation

Microsoft Garage, an experimental testing team, has released an app that aims to make email easier to deal with. Send, initially released for iOS as a free download, is a lightweight email client that tries to turn work-related emails into an instant messaging-style conversation that can be used for "brief, snappy conversations," instead of longer messages that do not encourage a response, or eat into the employee's working time.

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My Stupid Fault: iCloud vs local iPhone backups

07/22, 6:00pm

Allegedly the start of a new series

Yeah, right. "We should do an occasional column where we each admit to huge technology problems that were entirely our own doing," MacNN management said. "Maybe readers could learn from our mistakes, perhaps they can avoid doing similar things, and certainly we'll all have a good laugh," they said. "You go first."

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CudaLaunch gives iOS users VPN access through Barracuda NG firewalls

07/22, 11:49am

App available for both Android, iOS; allows access through enterprise firewall

Barracuda has today announced the release of CudaLaunch, an application for both iOS and Android devices that provides mobile workers secure and remote access to an organization's private cloud applications and networks through the widely-used Barracuda NG Firewall. The application is designed for both mobile workers and IT administrators, with end-user features for productivity, as well as management features for administrators.

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Apple pulls ability to post App Store reviews using iOS 9 beta

07/22, 8:23am

New pop-up notice warns iOS 9 beta users they cannot add App Store reviews

In a move likely to please app developers, users of the beta for iOS 9 are no longer able to add their reviews to the App Store. The latest build of the mobile operating system removed the ability to post the reviews, with a new pop-up window appearing on beta versions stating "This feature isn't available. You can't write reviews while using a prerelease version of iOS" whenever a user attempts it from a device with iOS 9 installed.

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Hands On: Alone 1.0.9 (iOS)

07/22, 7:14am

Race through space at breakneck speeds in this brutal endless side-scroller

What kid didn't grow up wanting to fly a rocket through the vast expances of space? We may have known a child or two who built cardboard rocket ships to pilot through alien landscapes, maybe after playing a little too much Commander Keen. If you're looking to relive the thrill and excitement of those days you dreamed about flying your spaceship through the cosmos, we're going to point you in the direction of Alone.

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Briefly: Starbucks makes NYT deal, BT tests 500Mbps broadband

07/22, 6:45am

Starbucks mobile app to offer more NYT articles early next year

Starbucks is expanding its rewards program to allow patrons increased access to the New York Times, on top of the 15 free pages already provided through the Starbucks Digital Network. Starting in the first half of 2016, My Starbucks Rewards members will be able to view the top news of the day from the publication, as well as a selection of other articles, via the Starbucks mobile app.

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FTC reportedly opens formal investigation into Apple App Store fees

07/21, 8:33pm

Transaction fee, rules for music streaming services in App Store under examination

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reportedly launched an investigation into how Apple treats other music streaming services in the App Store. Continuing from earlier reports that the FTC was merely making queries rather than performing a full investigation, the government agency has allegedly moved into an investigatory phase, looking into whether or not Apple is behaving anti-competitively with regards to the App Store's fees.

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Hands On: Screeny 1.5 (iOS)

07/21, 5:04pm

Could it be any more niche yet useful?

Clearly, not every app is for everyone. Usually you can see that an app is good, even if you know you'll never use it yourself. Just occasionally, though, you find one that makes you wonder if anyone at all would ever use it. This one we've found is Screeny 1.5 and the answer is yes. We would. We are now using it, and we're using it a lot, but all it does is find and remove screenshots from your iPhone and iPad.

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Technology in Recovery: Unconventional solutions

07/21, 4:22pm

What happens when there are more strokes than you thought?

A lot has happened since the last installment of Tech in Recovery, so please pardon the delay. The primary subject of the series, my wife, has suffered further mini-strokes, which led to a significant setback in both her treatment, and this series. So, absent of other data, for now, let's roll into the third installment of Technology in Recovery. This week, we're going to discuss some things that have been used in her therapy, as well as addressing a frequently-asked question -- what am I doing to stay sane?

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Hands On: Alphabear 01.01.00 (iOS)

07/21, 2:00pm

Adorable word puzzle game comes with tons of features and lots of fun

Whether you're a fan of Words with Friends, Bookworm, or Boggle, there's a lot of fun to be had playing word games. The juxtaposition of the challenge of finding words, and the relaxing low-stress gameplay, makes for a great way to pass the time and unwind after a long day. Today, we bring you Alphabear, a word puzzle that is so adorable you won't be able to stand it.

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Apple, IBM unveil another 10 enterprise apps

07/21, 1:19pm

MobileFirst for iOS partnership now offers 32 vertical apps

The partnership between Apple and IBM that targets the enterprise sector continues a steady stream of new app releases, with 10 more announced on Tuesday that brings the total of the year-old partnership to 32 apps for specific industries. The latest batch include apps designed for managers, business travelers, the mortgage industry, government inspectors, and field technicians and professionals, among others.

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Google to start shutting down Google+ Photos in August

07/21, 9:53am

Social network losing Photos app in favor of recently-launched service

Google is preparing to shut down the photo-sharing section of Google+, in favor of pushing users to the recently-launched Google Photos service. The search giant is warning that it will begin to shut down access to Google+ Photos within the social network from August 1, with users able to transition their existing Google+ Photos over to the new Google Photos from a prompt appearing on their Google+ account page, as well as within the Google+ Photos apps.

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Hands On: Tally 2 (iOS)

07/21, 8:23am

Not much counts against it

Usually when people say that it's hard to find an app in the App Store, they're complaining that search is a mess, there are so many similarly-named items, and generally the great stuff is lost in the weeds of the bad. Yet maybe we have to take some blame ourselves, too. For as much as we rave about Drafts 4, and as much as we wanted a counting app, we did not think to connect some dots and see if the same developer had what we need. Turns out, they did. Presenting Tally 2 version 2.1.2, from the makers of Drafts 4.

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Hands On: The Mesh 1.01 (iOS)

07/21, 7:30am

Jiggly math game offers fun, complex play

Number games have been popping up in abundance on the App Store for a while now, giving math junkies their daily fix of perplexing problems. If you're a self-proclaimed mathematician, or just someone who enjoys puzzles, we'd like to steer you in the direction of The Mesh, a hex-grid number game that we enjoyed.

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NFL updates on-demand video service, adds Apple TV support

07/20, 9:21pm

Game Pass will allow NFL games to be shown on Apple TV for first time

Fans of the NFL will soon be able to sign up for a new subscription that will provide access to on-demand video, as part of changes to the NFL Mobile app. The Game Pass, replacing the existing Game Rewind on-demand service, will provide access to all 65 preseason games and 256 regular season games via video streams, including live out-of-market feeds for preseason matches.

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Hands On: Kiwanuka 1.2 (iOS)

07/20, 2:14pm

Adorable puzzle game has you rescuing wizards in space

We love relaxing puzzle games around here. There's something to be said for puzzle games that you can enjoy at your own pace, without needing to worry about high scores, or a clock that winds down too fast. One such relaxed puzzle game is Kiwanuka, a game that was designed just for the fun of it.

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Spotify Discover Weekly creates two-hour playlist for each user

07/20, 12:46pm

Discover Weekly generates playlists every Monday based on user listening habits

Spotify will be providing its users personalized playlists on a regular basis, to try and combat the human-curated playlists offered by Apple Music and Google Play Music All Access. Discover Weekly aims to create a highly customized "mixtape" for each subscriber, based on the user's previous listening habits combined with songs listened to by other users with similar tastes in genres, artists, and songs.

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