Apple flipped the switch today and made the OS X Yosemite beta available for free to those who aren’t enrolled in the company’s Developer Program. And like any other beta release, things didn’t go as smoothly for some users.

If you’re of the generation that used MSN Messenger through your teenage years, then you’ll no doubt be familiar with the various fanciful, often hideous emoticons and images that came as a standard part of the conversation. Nowadays, things have been tidied up somewhat when it comes to instant messaging, although numerous app makers have tried to revert us to the glory days of endless possibilities in this regard, and at a time when many of us have become a little tired by the overuse of emojis at seemingly every opportunity, one app lets you turn any image into a conversation prop.

Some good things in life are truly free, or, at least, they tend to become free from time to time. From the Sims 2 Ultimate Collection to paid iPhone and iPad apps that go free, we’re always on the lookout for such deals. And bringing you paid apps that don’t cost a dime has become our pretty much the most regular feature, and today’s no exception either. Our findings today include 7 apps for the iOS platform, and you can catch them all right after the jump.

The manufacturing process of the iPhone 6, which, according to reports, has just begun, has enabled us to check out some key hardware components in respect to the upcoming Apple smartphone. The fact that such vital information pertaining to the device is now out in the public domain has also sparked a series of knockoffs, and while we’ve seen some pretty good ones so far, the fully-functional iPhone 6 clone you’ll see below is really quite something.

With the iPhone being such an iconic product in popular culture as well as the tech industry, the talk show hosts regularly latch onto it. In fact, Jimmy Kimmel regularly sets about mocking those with less than a clue about what’s next out of Cupertino, and with the iPhone 6 well and truly on the horizon, fellow chat show host Conan O’Brien has taken a rather humorous swipe at the upcoming handset.

Here, we regularly come across free stuff, and when we find a deal that’s worth your time downloading, we feel compelled to share it with you. Today, it has come to our attention that The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection can be had for free, and below, you can check the specifics of this week-long promotion.

We’ll readily admit to not being the most stylish group of people around, but if you don’t suffer from the same inability to dress yourself properly and also happen to like your music, then you’re going to want to check out this rather cool hoodie.

As promised, Apple has just taken the wraps off the OS X 10.10 Yosemite Public Beta, allowing non-developers to try out the as-yet unfinished Mac software. Details on how you can get involved in this limited beta trial are below.

Apple’s iOS is popular for many reasons, but one of the particularly enticing aspects of the Cupertino’s mobile operating system is that it’s incredibly easy to use. With that said, even the most experienced iPhone, iPad or iPod touch user probably doesn’t know everything there is to know about iOS, and as such, you might just learn something from the neat compilation of tips provided below.

Ever since, and even before Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy S5, rumors pertaining to yet another high-end smartphone line have been rife. There’s talk of a feature-rich Galaxy S5 ‘Prime’, which is being accompanied by further reports of a Galaxy Alpha, and although it’s hard to determine whether these are two separate entities or indeed, one in the same, some new, high-quality photographic evidence of the latter has just emerged. Details, as well as those images, can be seen below.

Gaming doesn’t get more mobile than the folks at Gameloft. The company has been making mobile games for what seems like forever, and with the arrival of high-end smartphones and tablets, it has become the go-to place for highly realistic, highly fun games.

As the iPhone 6′s announcement and release are drawing closer by the day, rumors have very much centered around screen sizes and the hardware that will encase Apple’s bespoke internals. Today though, the aptly named ‘The Information’ has published a report that brings the news back to a story that simply will not die.

As you know by now, iOS 8 beta 4 download links are live for iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4S, iPad 2 and over, iPod touch 5G on Apple’s Dev Center. Apple unveiled iOS 8 to the world for the first time at WWDC 2014. iOS 8 brings a ton of new features to supported devices. More information on the features new in iOS 8 can be found here.

When the rumor mill around any Apple product grows, you get confused as to what to believe and what not. In all such cases, there are always some sources that remain more credible than others. And a latest report from a very credible source suggests that Apple’s fall plans might include not just OS X Yosemite, the iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6, but also a new Mac lineup, including the rumored 12-inch MacBook.

With the 2014 Comic Con upon us, there’s a lot to look forward to for geeks around the globe. As self-proclaimed geeks, we’re mighty excited as well. However, our daily routine, remains largely unchanged with respect to one key element – our goal of bringing you a daily dose of paid apps for free over at the iTunes App Store. Today, we have 6 such titles for you, including one that will find great appeal with comic book fans. Continue past the break to explore them all.

iOS 8 is certain to grace our iPhones, iPads and iPod touches this fall, and the new operating system is just around the corner from the looks of it. Thanks to Apple’s extensive beta testing period, all the bugs in the upcoming software are being ironed out (hypothetically, at least), while some others merit the incremental releases that we see in the form of decimal point updates.

Having spent months tracking the progress of the iPhone 6 on pure speculation alone, the apparent commencement of the manufacturing process has enabled us to check out some real leaks of the device’s hardware. From the umpteen outer shell leaks to the showcasing of several internal components, the pile of solid evidence has been piling up almost by the hour, and adding to this sizeable load, we now have some high-quality shots of the Touch ID sensor, SIM trays, and a few other bits and pieces.

Apple’s iPhone 6 has been the hottest topic in tech circles by some margin this year, and although we’ve long since suspected that it’ll arrive in September following an announcement earlier that month, a new report backed by reliable sources seems to further corroborate this notion.

Although the practice of taking selfies – as well as the word “selfie” – have been knocking about for quite a while now, it’s only fairly recently that popular culture has adopted it. As with any craze sweeping the digital world, app developers have sought to capitalize on the heightened interest in the selfie by developing an abundance of apps for this very purpose, and although many are rather gimmicky and scarcely enhance the functionality of the front-facing shooter, a new iPad offering looks to buck this trend.

Apple regularly rolls out freebies across its range of content stores, and in an apparent attempt to promote iTunes First Play, an upcoming album by a very popular artist is already available to stream for free.

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