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Google Play is Copying Apple’s App Store, and Why That’s a Good Thing

By on June 26, 2015 at 2:01 PM.

Google Play is Copying Apple’s App Store, and Why That’s a Good Thing

Since their inception, Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store have taken diametrically opposed positions when it comes to policing the content allowed into their respective online marketplaces. Whereas Apple, in natural fashion, reviews every single app submitted, Google has historically taken a more lax position, creating an open digital playground of sorts and opting to address issues after they arise as opposed to before.

Initially, this strategy helped position the Google Play store as a more accommodating and developer-friendly marketplace. All the more so given Apple’s penchant for rejecting apps for seemingly arbitrary and contradictory reasons.

Over time, though, Google has slowly but surely started to see the wisdom in Apple’s approach. While Google still takes a relatively hands-off approach to submitted apps, a recently updated version of its Google Play Developer Program Policies demonstrates that Google sees the merit in having stricter governing rules in place.

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Here’s How iOS 9’s Low Power Mode Affects Performance on the iPhone 6

By on June 26, 2015 at 10:44 AM.

Here’s How iOS 9’s Low Power Mode Affects Performance on the iPhone 6

One of the improvements in iOS 9 concerns battery life, as Apple plans to further increase it with help of a Low Power mode that can be enabled at any time by the user when their remaining charge gets too low. However, don’t be surprised if your iPhone 6 or any iOS 9-ready device takes a pretty big performance hit once Low Power mode is enaled. More →

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10 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps On Sale for Free for a Limited Time

10 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps On Sale for Free for a Limited Time

By on June 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM.

It’s our last list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free this week, and we’re making sure to close things out with a bang. Today’s list features 10 great paid iOS applications that are all on sale for free right now, but these sales could end at any time, so you’d better hurry.

There are also still a few nifty freebies in yesterday’s post if you’re quick! More →

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Windows 10: Forget Disks, Microsoft’s Next OS Might Be Sold on USB Drives

By on June 25, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Windows 10: Forget Disks, Microsoft’s Next OS Might Be Sold on USB Drives

Many current Windows 7 and Windows 8 computer owners will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 this summer free of charge after downloading the new operating system, but some users who aren’t eligible for the free update will have to purchase the new OS. According to a few leaked Windows 10 listings, Microsoft might be planning to ditch Windows disks for in-store sales and instead offer USB drives containing the necessary Windows 10 installation files. More →

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World’s Best Android Phone Gets a Sleek Material Design Makeover – Check Out the Screenshots

By on June 25, 2015 at 5:06 PM.

World’s Best Android Phone Gets a Sleek Material Design Makeover – Check Out the Screenshots

There is absolutely no question that TouchWiz is toned down on the Galaxy S6, but fans of a “pure” Android experience will always find Samsung’s custom user interface to be overbearing. Actually, maybe not always. Android fans looking for a unique take on Google’s sleek Material Design may find the latest hot Galaxy S6 theme to be impressive enough to warrant sticking with TouchWiz over Google’s own Google Now launcher. More →

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Best Free Android Apps

Amazon’s Free Android App of the Day is One of the Best Games Ever Created: Monument Valley

By on June 25, 2015 at 4:03 PM.

Amazon’s Free Android App of the Day is One of the Best Games Ever Created: Monument Valley

Amazon is best known for selling the widest possible range of products at prices that often undercut rivals by a fairly substantial margin. Of course, Amazon is much more than that now. The company’s streaming movie and TV service attached to Amazon Prime grows more competitive each day, and there are plenty of other areas Amazon dabbles in. Among the company’s offerings is the Amazon Appstore, which provides a third-party alternative to Google’s own Android app store.

And there’s one area where Amazon has Google beat: The company gives away one new app for free every single day of the year. More →

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Apple Wants Your Friends to Track Your Location Even When You’re Indoors

By on June 25, 2015 at 1:19 PM.

Apple Wants Your Friends to Track Your Location Even When You’re Indoors

Apple is continuously working to improve its Maps application and transform it into a better Google Maps alternative, and two newly discovered patents reveal the iPhone maker may have big mapping plans for the future of iOS devices. These plans might also help explain why Apple made the handy but previously optional Find My Friends app a default system application in iOS 9. More →

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Taylor Swift Says Yes to ‘1989’ on Apple Music

By on June 25, 2015 at 11:54 AM.

Taylor Swift Says Yes to ‘1989’ on Apple Music

In less than a week after beating Apple with a short public letter, Taylor Swift made up her mind about putting 1989 on Apple Music, making the announcement and explaining her choices via Twitter. The artist convinced during the weekend the iPhone maker to pay artists for songs streamed by Apple Music users during the free three-month trial, with Apple reacting swiftly – no pun intended – to her demands and immediately changing its music streaming service’s policy towards artists. More →

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8 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps You Can Download Free Today

8 Awesome Paid iPhone Apps You Can Download Free Today

By on June 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

This latest entry in our ongoing coverage of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free includes eight solid options that are all on sale for a limited time. As always, these sales could be over within a day or even within a few hours, so you’ll want to hurry if you see anything you like.

Of note, there are also a few extra freebies available still available in yesterday’s post, so click this link if you want even more paid iOS apps for free. More →

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22 Android Apps Worth Over $50 Are Free on Amazon for a Limited Time – Download Them Now

By on June 25, 2015 at 10:04 AM.

22 Android Apps Worth Over $50 Are Free on Amazon for a Limited Time – Download Them Now

The Amazon Appstore gives away one free app each day, and that’s why we told you it’s the one app every single Android user should have installed on his or her device. Think about it: even if you continue to use Google Play as your main source of apps and never purchase a single application from Amazon, you still have the opportunity to download 365 free apps each year. Why wouldn’t you install it?

Of course, Amazon supplements its daily app giveaways with special free app bundles, and the company is currently offering 22 Android apps worth more than $50 for free — but this sale ends soon. More →

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