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Facebook App Blamed for Nuking iPhone Batteries

A former Apple, ahem, Genius, claims to have devoted "years" of his life to solving the issue of poor battery life on iOS devices, a problem that appeared to become more widespread with the arrival of iOS 7.1. His hypothesis? It's mostly Facebook's fault. Read More >>

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile Review: Edit RAW Photos on Your iPad, Sort Of

Adobe's Lightroom is a staple in the editing workflow of most photographers. The new, much-anticipated mobile version shows off a clever workaround for handling RAW files in a simple, if limited, interface. Read More >>

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The Week's Best Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone Apps

I'm a big fan of sarcasm; if it was possible to have super-human sarcastic abilities then that's what I'd get in a nuclear accident. The problem is that sarcasm relies on tone of voice more than anything, so it's impossible to denote sarcasm 100 per cent of the time. Sarcastic, or douchenozzle? You will never know. On an unrelated note, here's your weekly dose of mobile appery. Read More >>

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Entirely Fake Virus Shield App Charged £3 for... Nothing

Android app Virus Shield appeared from nowhere to become the #1 new paid download last week, but there was one problem -- it didn't do anything. The app claimed to protect phones with one click, but analysis of the code showed it was just a graphical trick that did nothing. Somehow, it was on a user review score of 4.7 when it was pulled. [Android Police] Read More >>

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From Sexting to Sacraments: How Mobile Apps are Taking on Religion

At this point, our entire lives could be boiled down into a series of apps. Schedules, diets, friends, family, play—it's all there in a set of brightly coloured, easy-to-digest icons that have come to define the way we see ourselves. And though it may be hard to reconcile, even religion is no more than a Google Play or App Store click away. The salvation of your eternal soul is now downloading. Read More >>

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An Always-Listening App That Alerts the Hearing Impaired to Alarms

In an ideal world, every audible alarm would include a visual indication that something was wrong, so that the hearing impaired would immediately be notified too. Until that happens, a cheap £0.69 app called Deafalarm could serve as a viable alternative—keeping an ear out for alarms and alerting the user through text and vibrating alerts. Read More >>

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Google Opinion Rewards App Gives You Play Store Credit in Exchange for Survey Answers

Google already knows basically everything there is to know about you anyway, so why not make a few quid off its data harvesting? The Google Opinion Rewards app is now available to UK Android users, letting you earn a few pence worth of Google Play Store credit (sent to your Google Wallet) for every quick marketing survey you complete for Google and its partners. [Google Play] Read More >>

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There's Finally an App That Lets You Escape Group Texts

When it comes to group texts, nothing is more infuriating than being trapped in an endless barrage vibrations signalling nothing more than "lol" or the occasional poop emoji. But until now, there was no convenient way to put an end to the madness without either A) blocking your friends or B) insulting them to the point that they cut off contact. GroupXiT fixes that. Read More >>

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Windows 8.1 is Getting Universal Apps That Work on Desktop, Mobile, and Xbox One (Updated)

It's a moment we've been waiting for for a long time. No, Microsoft's various operating systems are not merging quite yet, but they're about to get universal apps that work across all devices. Read More >>

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A Week Spent With Bro App in the Real World, With a Real Girl

You may have heard of Bro App, the Android app that purports to "automatically message your girlfriend sweet things so you can spend more time with the Bros"; or, put more succinctly, "undiluted fraternity douche in code form". Well, I spent a week using it on a real, live, girl. Things didn't go too well. Read More >>

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The Week's Best Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone Apps

Trains are uncomfortable and expensive contraptions, aren't they? This week I managed to nab myself a first class upgrade for £1.80 which I thought was great, but first class isn't all it's cracked up to be. The most disappointing thing was the free snack box in times gone by you would be given a mini picnic. This time there wasn't even any cheese! So here I am, grumpy and sans-cheese, writing up this weeks list: Read More >>

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Microsoft Appeal to Users' Honour as Office for iPad Loophole is Found

You may have noticed that an iPad version of Microsoft Office was released on Thursday, which was a massive improvement on the iPhone version since you can use basic features without a £100 Office 365 subscription. Well now it turns out that with a bit of fiddling you can access more than the basic features without a subscription. Get in! Read More >>

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Fanboys be Warned: Turns Out iOS Apps are Twice as Likely to Crash

There are a number of claims that Apple fanboys use to justify their fondness for a closed operating system. Something something regularity. Something something universal availability. Well I hate to break it to you, but it turns out iOS apps are twice as likely to crash compared to their Android counterparts. Read More >>

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March's Essential Apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

I thought February was a big month, then March came along and beat it into a pulp: We got a nice shiny £1 coin to distract us from the government's maniacal schemes; Chromecast finally got a UK launch, and UK editions of Kotaku and LifeHacker were unveiled. Read More >>

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Microsoft Office for iPad: Full Video Walkthrough and Hands On

After Office for iOS proved itself a pretty big disappointment to anyone who was hoping to actually do things with the app, the long-anticipated Office for iPad has finally hit the App Store. It's ok; you can let out a sigh of relief. This time, Microsoft got it right. Read More >>

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Microsoft Office Finally Comes to the iPad Today, and it's Free(mium)

It's coming up on a year(ish) since the original release of Microsoft Office for iOS, but in all that time there's been no iPad-specific version to be found. And now it's here as of noon today (PST), as a gift from Microsoft's new cloud-guru CEO Satya Nadella. Read More >>

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