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Many different casual gaming formats have thrived amid the rise of the App Store and Google Play, and among the multitude of physics-based puzzlers and platform titles, the endless runner has been rather dominant. The Temple Run series has been one of the most successful to date, and thanks to Apple, one of the more popular installments is free for a very limited time. More details, as well as that all-important download link, can be seen after the break.

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Full iOS 8.2 changelog has been leaked which details what’s new in the upcoming update for iPhone and iPad. More details can be found right here.

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You can now download PlayBox HD app for iPhone, iPad from the App Store. It offers free streaming of movies and TV shows without jailbreak. More details and download link can be found here.

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Apple TV 4 features and release date time frame has been revealed in a new and detailed report. More details can be found right here.

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Apple is expected to offer the tech world a closer look at its upcoming smartwatch during next week’s ‘Spring forward’ event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and has already begun preparations for said gathering by placing a series of banners and other effects at the venue. The building has played host to several major product announcements in the past, so it seems fitting that it should be chosen for the launch of a product that could possibly take the market by storm, and below, you can check the developments of the Yerba Buena as March 9th draws ever closer.

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The headlines, as far as Apple’s notebook range is concerned, have all been pointing towards the slick and compact 12-inch MacBook Air, which will supposedly feature a significant redesign. Having continued to elude us, it’s expected to be announced at next week’s special media event, at which point Apple will almost certainly offer specifics on the Apple Watch. But the blogosphere, as it so often does, has thrown us a curve-ball, with newly-leaked specs pointing to a refresh of the current 13-inch model.

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The way that apps and games are distributed and consumed has shifted greatly in the past decade, with the likes of the App Store and Google Play permitting anybody with a little knowledge to create, share, and potentially forge a living from making apps. Those looking to create apps, games and experiences on Microsoft’s Xbox One will be pleased to learn that the software giant has finally launched an SDK to select testers, with view to a broader roll-out for interested devs in the coming months.

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Apple’s mobile software is always evolving, with hundreds of changes and improvements being applied to each numbered update. Back in 2013, iOS 7 caused a bit of a stir upon launch due to its heavily-revised aesthetics, and the lack of skeuomorphism left many long-time users feeling as though the rug had been pulled from beneath them. Accompanying the all-new look, Apple also introduced a series of animations and effects, many of which also managed to rub some users up the wrong way, and as a new comparison clip with iOS 8 and iOS 3 shows, the fanciful animated elements may have somewhat hindered the responsiveness of the platform in many key areas.

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Here’s what to expect from the 2015 Apple ‘Spring forward’ special media event on March 9th. More details can be found right here.

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If you’ve had access to a digital device over the past few days, you’ll no doubt have caught the furor surrounding that dress – or The Dress, as the Internet is calling it – and specifically, what color it was supposed to be. Some said blue and black, while others defiantly maintained that it was, in fact, white and gold. The meme, which originated on Tumblr, seemed to explode into life, and while a few days have passed since it first went viral, the debate continues to rage on. As a very appropriate sign of the times in which we live, the snap of the dress has been made into a phone case, with two different color configurations allowing owners to pick their poison, so whether you’re “#WhiteAndGold” or “#BlackAndBlue,” you can now, quite literally, dress your iPhone in the gown that threatened to break the Internet.

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Microsoft’s reputation in the software game took a bit of a self-inflicted beating back when Windows 8 launched, and since then, the software giant has been busily reminding consumers of why its flagship OS has commanded such a huge market share over the past few decades. Windows 10 is shaping up promisingly, with the Xbox maker looking to integrate its multiple platforms, products and devices under a more unified, cohesive umbrella. The new Spartan browser, which will eventually replace Internet Explorer, is at the heart of these efforts, and as we’ve already learned, will harness the power of the digital voice assistant Cortana. Now, we get to see the fruits of this endeavor in action, and as you’ll fathom from the clip below, Spartan looks a clean, fluid and functional experience even at its current beta standing.

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Hackers and security experts make a living from sourcing bugs and vulnerabilities with our everyday software, but while the aim of the game is to find and patch these bugs as swiftly as possible, some lie dormant for many years before being discovered. Case in point: a long-standing flaw affecting both Google and Apple software has just been highlighted, leaving users vulnerable to attack when visiting a number of apparently secure websites including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov.

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The battle for supremacy in the smartphone arena continues to rage, and with this week’s Mobile World Congress, we’ve seen a number of high-profile announcements from some of the major players in the industry. Among them is Samsung, which has announced the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge as it looks to recover from a torrid 2014, and we’re just now learning that amid the poor sales general and lack of enthusiasm towards the many smartphones that Sammy launched last year, bitter rival Apple also overtook it as the world’s foremost smartphone manufacturer in the final quarter.

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Pebble has just taken the wraps off a new smartwatch that looks conspicuously similar to the Apple Watch, in an attempt, one suspects, to reel in potential consumers that may be swayed by the Mac maker’s high-end finishes. After unleashing the Pebble Time only days ago, the Pebble Time Steel is essentially a redressed version, featuring a slick, metallic finish along with a premium-looking leather and steel strap.

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USB flash drives are fairly cheap, and nowadays, you can pick one up online with capacities exceeding 100GB for next to nothing. In fact, 128GB thumb drives are fairly commonplace, and effortlessly convenient since files can be moved around without the need for hard drives or cloud storage, which requires a decent Internet connection when we’re talking about the hundreds of gigabytes. Today, SanDisk has launched a variant of its existing flash drive that not only offers 128GB for an enticing sub-$150 price point, but it also packs its own Lightning connector that brings Apple’s iPhone and iPad into play.

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Cydia Substrate alternative Substitute for jailbreak store iMods is now available as Alpha download. More details can be found right here.

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Sony’s Mobile World Congress hasn’t been as busy as Samsung’s or HTC’s, which both just took the wraps off their respective flagship handsets for 2015. But alongside the Xperia Z4 Tablet, a powerful slate boasting an eye-catching display, the Japanese firm has also unleashed a new handset in the form of the Xperia M4 Aqua. While not as grandiose as the aforementioned efforts of rivals, the M4 is a waterproof, mid-range device that packs quite a punch, and with a design that looks every bit as slick as some of its top-tier Xperia Z3, it may well hit the sweet spot with the consumer market.

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This week’s Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest events in the annual tech calendar, and having already spawned the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, Sony has also been busily making a few announcements of its own. Unlike the aforementioned, the Japanese company’s most important mobile reveal isn’t smartphone-related, but a tablet boasting a 2K display that it describes as the “world’s brightest.” Take a closer look at the all-new Xperia Z4 Tablet after the fold!

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This time last year at the Mobile World Congress, Nokia – in the process of being acquired by Microsoft – unveiled a trio of smartphones built upon a forked, Windows Phone-esque version of Android. That little enterprise went down like a lead balloon, and was scrapped but a few months later, but with this year’s MWC well underway in Barcelona, the software company has taken the wraps off a couple more devices that it hopes will entice users away from the likes of Android and iOS. The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are both fairly cheap, and what’s more, offer a year’s worth of Office 365 completely free. Check both of these devices out after the break!

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Apple’s decision to open certain segments of its mobile platform up to developers with iOS 8 was much lauded by the tech community, and from a day-to-day standpoint, the introduction of third-party keyboard support has been something of a godsend. The likes of SwiftKey, Fleksy and Swype have undoubtedly made our lives a great deal easier, but even these long-standing utilities don’t solve all of our issues and gripes with typing on a mobile device. Having to re-type the same phrases and words can prove tiresome, and even though AutoFill comes to our rescue at times, there are instances whereby we just repeat ourselves time and again. Luckily, though, there’s an app for that.

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