The fact that Apple has allowed users to install and use third-party keyboards is still sinking in for many of us, but when iOS 8 did finally land it’s probably safe to say that those wanting a new keyboard set off to find Swype keyboard for iOS 8 on the App Store.

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Google may be the author of the Android platform, but despite its ubiquitous software being a leader in the mobile industry, the Big G is still heavily invested in rival Apple’s iOS. A number of apps, including Gmail and GApps, already grace the iTunes Store, and today, the search giant has just rolled out a new News & Weather app for those rocking an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Details, screenshots, and that all-important download link can be found right after the leap!

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Earlier on, we told of how Apple’s work on patching the ‘date trick’ loophole will soon prevent fans of SNES and GBA emulators from installing them on iOS devices without a jailbreak, and while it has just been revealed that Popcorn Time for iOS can also be loaded on iPhone and iPad using a similar method, the torrent streamer will also be a jailbreak-only enterprise once iOS 8.1 arrives.

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Apple’s decision to allow third-party keyboards into iOS with its latest release took many by surprise, mainly because after all these years it was generally accepted that Apple simply didn’t want to give third parties access to everything its users typed, but that also meant that users of iPhones and iPads were going to miss out on some of the excellent keyboards and keyboard features that have been available to users of other platform devices for years.

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have both brought an abundance of new features to the table. Among them, Apple has squeezed in a new M8 motion coprocessor, an upgrade on last year’s M7, which adds a barometer alongside other notable tweaks. Now, a free new app lets you use the barometer to check atmospheric pressure, and although the app is pretty bare-bones at its current duration, it is the only one that currently doesn’t cost any money.

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Google is constantly improving its famed Gmail client, and with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus having recently been rolled out by Apple, the Gmail for iOS app has been given its customary update for optimization with the new display sizes. In true geek style, the release is numbered 3.1415926, or Pi, and we’ve got the rest of the details as well as the download link right here.

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Apple’s decision to launch a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone may have ruffled a few feathers and divided opinion right down the middle, but there’s one thing that’s for sure; the jumbo-sized iPhone 6 Plus will definitely appeal to those who love to create, edit and consume media on the move. The 5.5-inch Retina HD display of the iPhone 6 Plus makes watching high-definition videos, swiping through photograph galleries and just generally interacting with any visual content an absolute pleasure. For those individuals who love creating and sharing moving masterpieces, Adobe has just launched its Premiere Clip application for iPhone & iPad, designed and developed to make editing videos a much simpler and more enjoyable task.

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If you’re lamenting the loss of Launcher on iOS 8 following Apple’s rather disappointing decision to pull it from the App Store, then Quick-Tap widget could be right up your street.

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If you’re an iOS fan, there’s a good chance that you’ve either bought an iPhone 6, are planning to buy an iPhone 6, or are indeed saving your pennies for the imminent launch of the next-generation iPads due later this month. The point here being, of course, that spare change for apps and games might be a little hard to come by at this moment in time, and if you want to save a few bucks this weekend, we’ve got an assortment of six paid apps gone free.

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Earlier on the week, Popcorn Time, the so-called “Netflix of Torrents,” finally made its way to iOS, although given Apple’s rules on what can and what cannot pass through the App Store’s moderation process, its developers could only target the jailbreak community. Many iOS 7 users have held back on updating to iOS 8 in a move to preserve their jailbreaks, and so could take advantage of Popcorn Time’s introduction, but for the majority now running on the all-new iOS 8, the haven of free movies is out of bounds. There are, however, alternatives out there, and the one we’re featuring here today has the advantage of not requiring a jailbreak, so if you’re running stock software, this one may be for you.

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The introduction of Notification Center widgets with iOS 8 has brought a whole new dynamic to Apple’s mobile platform, and of all the areas of the ecosystem that have been opened up to third parties with the latest software updates, Notification Center widgets appear to be thriving the most during these early stages. We’ve already seen dozens of great widgets as developers seek to take advantage of what is a brand new category, and here, we feature one of our favorite widgets to have landed so far.

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Here are the top 10 best Notification Center widgets for iOS 8 which you should download and install on iPhone right away.

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Posting an update to any social network – or sending out a plain old IM – without an emoji is considered a minor sin these days. And while iOS does feature a brilliant built-in emoji keyboard to get things done, but Apple’s implementation does lack a few things which this new third-party iOS 8 keyboard swiftly fulfills.

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iOS 5 and iOS 6 introduced some social integration features which, among other things, allowed users to quickly post tweets and Facebook status updates right from the Notification Center using a simple tap. It was a convenient, effective way for users to get their 2 cents in without too much hassle, but with iOS 8, it’s not longer a feature. But with Apple having given third-party developers a license to develop third-party Notification Center widgets – something only previously available via jailbreak – the NC can now be filled up with useful shortcuts and functions, and one dev has naturally seized the opportunity to re-introduced those sorely-missed functions.

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Apple’s introduction of third-party keyboards with iOS 8 has been a real win for productivity and general functionality. Users can now call upon the powers of Fleksy, SwiftKey and Swype when typing emails, messages and creating documents, and in turn, get the job done considerably more quickly. The opening up of the keyboard aspect has also brought a new wave of fun typing experiences, with the likes of the Riffsy GIF Keyboard bringing those much-loved memes to iOS, but before Riffsy even hit the App Store last week, PopKey sold the idea to us with its equally entertaining effort. At the time, it wasn’t ready for end user consumption, but now, PopKey is ready for prime time, and below, you’ll find both details and download link.

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Tweetbot is among the most popular third-party Twitter clients for iPhone, and in line with Apple’s introduction of two new iPhones as well as the iOS 8 software, has just been updated with a host of new and exciting features.

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You can say what you will about Popcorn Time – and let’s face it, most of what could be uttered about so-called “Netflix for Torrents” has already been said – but one cannot argue that those behind it aren’t frequent with their updates. With versions of the app already spanning most of the major platforms including Windows, Mac and Android, it was confirmed late in August that an iOS edition was in the making. At the time, it was noted that Popcorn Time for iPhone and iPad would become available in a matter of days, but while today’s official roll-out is slightly later than we’d hoped, it does appear to be a nicely refined experience worthy of the wait.

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Some ten days after the official roll-out of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the official Facebook Messenger app has just been updated in compliance with both new handsets. The changelog doesn’t list anything else by way of changes, but given that app developers often squeeze in a couple of gratuitous bug fixes and performance enhancements without explicitly mentioning them, this is an update recommended for all using Facebook Messenger for iOS.

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iOS 8 has brought a considerable amount to the table in terms of features, many of which are specific to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With larger displays, there’s definitely something of a learning curve involved for those long-time iPhone users accustomed to much less real estate, and so to make it easier for smaller fingers and thumbs to reach all of the UI elements, Apple introduced a neat feature called Reachability. As suggested by the name, the implementation enables iOS 8 users on iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to reach the upper tiers of the interface with two light taps of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which pushes the entire UI downwards, and although your iOS 7-running device mightn’t necessitate such a feature, the jailbreak community has nonetheless obliged.

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The iTunes App Store is awash with camera apps, with perhaps tens of thousands now comprising the sizeable inventory. Some of them are great, but the vast majority are fairly average, with a number of developers apparently happy to clone features and hope for the best. But a new app for point-and-shooters has just rolled out for iPhone that seeks to offer a no-frills, raw camera experience that takes away the automated, mechanical nature of similar applications, and if you’re looking for a highly configurable app, this one may just pique your interest.

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