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It’s the end of the week, and what better way to cap it off than with a bunch of apps just gone free over at the App Store? Below, we’ve a list of 8 in total, so fire up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device and let’s get up and running.

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Along with the many, many enjoyable new titles that manifest themselves over at the different app stores on a daily basis, developers have sought to appeal to nostalgic gamers with a series of remakes, spin-offs and ports of those older, yet still much-loved classics. The King of Fighters ’98 is one such title, and in case you hadn’t already guessed, has just been released for those rocking an iOS on an Android device. Details, as well as the information on where you can download the game, can be seen below.

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Android 4.4 harbors a neat little feature within its make-up that allows you to speed your device up in just a couple of small steps. It works for the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and the brand new LG G3, as well as the Galaxy Note 3, Nexus 5 and essentially any other handset or tablet running on the latest major release of Google’s software. Below, we’ve got the step-by-step tutorial, so be sure to join us right after the fold for the low-down.

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We see all manner of video clips whereby some of our favorite gadgets are destroyed or otherwise irreparably harmed. Sometimes, there’s a practical reason for the destructive behavior, such as to test the robustness of a particular product in a given situation. However, it’s frequently the case that these coveted devices are trashed purely for entertainment, and the perverse pleasure of the on-looking tech world. Case in point, a new video demonstrating what happened when an iPhone 5s was run over by a train. Yes, you read that right – a train. Below, you can catch the video, and we’re pretty sure that you won’t want to miss this one.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Those looking to catch an early glimpse of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the next major installment of Apple’s desktop and notebook operating system, have been able to check out some of the changes by means of the Developer Preview releases. Since WWDC, the Developer Previews have enabled registered devs to test the new software for bugs, compatibility and new features, but even in the run-up to this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, we knew that Apple would be allowing anybody with an Apple ID to try out Yosemite before the end user release this fall. The OS X Beta Seed program, which Apple introduced to allow ordinary folk to get a flavor of what’s next, is about to come into effect thanks to the first Yosemite beta, which will land tomorrow.

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Microsoft made a lot of changes with Windows 8, and a large portion of its user base did not agree with, well.. a large portion of them. But as the world begins to settle down and adjust to the predominantly tiled appearance of the user interface, one element that many desktop users have never gotten over is the Start menu, or lack of it, and the post-BUILD news that it would be making a dramatic return was met with a collective sigh of relief. Now, some new ‘Windows 9′ screenshots have emerged, and as well as offering an insight into what’s from the software giant’s flagship OS, also gives us another look at that Start menu we all love so well.

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Apple prides itself on the security of its iOS mobile operating system, and aside from the occasional hiccup that besets all software at one point or another, this tends to be the case. However, one jailbreak expert has done some serious digging into the guts of iOS and discovered that while the software is pretty safe from the continued threat of hacks and attacks from malware makers, there are certain loopholes within the iOS make-up that make it potentially easy for Apple and government agencies to covertly get hold of your personal data.

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It’s been a busy day for software-in-progress over at Apple today, and as well as rolling out OS X Yosemite 10.10 Developer Preview 4 and iOS 8 Beta 4, the Cupertino giant has also made iTunes 12 Beta available as part of Yosemite. As well as some serious design tweaks, there are also quite a few new features packed into this release, and as ever, you can check the details – as well as some first-hand screenshots – right here.

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The MacBook range is iconic for a number of reasons, but the most differentiator between an Apple-made notebook and that of a rivaling brand is the famous, glowing logo on the rear of the case. For quite a while, iOS device users have wondered if something similar would ever grace the likes of the iPhone or iPad, and with the rumor mill currently awash with reports regarding the next-gen Apple smartphone, a new leak suggests that we may finally be getting our wish of an backlit logo with the iPhone 6.

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