Google has stealthily released a new app onto the iOS App Store, with Ivy being the latest to appear on Apple’s platform. The app, free to download and curiously missing from Google’s own Play Store for Android, Ivy is an experimental big number calculator that may look like something from the 1980s but certainly shouldn’t be confused with a cheap calculator emulator.

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It’s difficult to believe that Star Wars, one of the most iconic franchises ever to exist, has been in our lives since 1977, spanning a total of six movies so far, with more to come, and it hasn’t had an official native mobile app presence – until now. After acquiring Lucasfilm for approximately $4.05 billion back in 2012, Disney has now launched an official mobile app for iPhone and Android that acts as a mobile centric gateway to everything Star Wars.

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Microsoft has continued the development of its iOS and Android Xbox Music apps with yet another new version being pushed out to both the App Store and Google Play Store for respective device owners. The app and underlying service, which will shortly undergo a full rebrand to become Groove, is following in the footsteps of the Windows desktop version that benefitted from the addition of the same new features back in March.

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Facebook’s continued investment of resources and the procuring of the best engineering talent across the globe has meant that it’s been able to not only position itself at the forefront of social networking, but also branch out in other areas via the acquisition of startups and other companies. As part of that continued development into its core business, it has invested effort into improving one of the most important key areas of the site – the constantly evolving News Feed.

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In this day and age it seems many of us live our lives on Facebook, not only using it as our digital rolodex but also keeping a running tally of who our friends are and what they are up to. That’s all well and good, but while Facebook tells you when someone wants to be your friend it is much more coy when someone goes the other way, and wants to unfriend you.

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Sometimes you would be surprised what people will do when they have a jailbroken iPhone. Some changes to iOS, via some super cool tweaks it has to be said, make the experience better for a variety of reasons whether they be functional or aesthetic. WatchNotifications, a jailbreak tweak costing a dollar and available to download from the Cydia store, falls firmly in the latter category.

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Here’s how to quickly send SMS, iMessage or WhatsApp message system-wide from anywhere on your iPhone.

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If you find yourself wondering what might be happening in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos if the fifth season Game of Thrones hadn’t come to an end, then maybe it’s time to look for alternate entertainment elsewhere. Sure, you could flick through endless hours of boxsets looking for something as epic as GoT. Or, alternatively, you could head on directly over to the iOS App Store and download ‘Game of Quotes,’ an epic third-party keyboard app for iPhone and iPad that lets you text your friends quotes from HBO’s iconic series.

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With today being the famous 4th of July and Will Smith fighting aliens and such, we thought it might be a good time to check out some premium iOS apps and games that would have cost you a pretty penny normally, but are inexplicably currently available for the bargaintastic price of absolutely nothing. You do like bargains, don’t you?

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The Musixmatch Lyrics Finder app probably doesn’t need any real introduction. Music lovers from all across the world have regularly been utilizing the power of the app to enjoy synced lyrics with whatever song they happen to be listening to at that time from within their music library. Well, if you didn’t already know, Musixmatch Lyrics Finder app also has a native iOS widget available as part of its arsenal of tools that allows synced lyrics to be viewed directly from within Notification Center.

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It’s that time again, where both Apple and Google choose an app to be made free for 7 days, with the app then returning to its previous price once the offer is over. Over the months and years we have seen some truly excellent apps represented as part of Apple’s free App of the Week, with Google putting its food into the water just recently. Both Google and Apple have announced the apps that they chose for their respective app store offers this week, with both likely to prove popular.

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Everyone loves a freebie. It doesn’t matter if you’re rolling in cash and can afford to splash out on luxuries, or if you’re at the opposite end of the scale and need to stringently monitor outgoings in order to get through the month. The idea of getting something for free is a song that we can all sing and dance along to. It’s an especially nice feeling when the app that’s being offered for free once had a $4.99 price tag attached to it, which is exactly the case right now as Apple is dishing up the Green Kitchen cooking app as a free download via its own Apple Store app.

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Multitasking on iOS in its current state is mundane at best, but with iOS 9, Apple is lifting the bar a little higher on the iPad, bringing true multitasking to the fore when the firmware goes live for the general public this fall. The problem with Apple’s feature is that it is exclusive to iPads only, this is where a new jailbreak tweak called Mirmir comes in.

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The port of the VLC media player app to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has stood the test of time to prove itself as one of the most popular media type apps on the iOS App Store, and the recent update will only serve to increase that popularity. Version 2.6.0, which should be showing as an immediate update via the App Store is a significant improvement over the previous version and shows that continued development of the platform is on the cards.

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Here’s a list of iOS 8.4 compatible jailbreak tweaks and apps available on Cydia. The list is updated regularly, so check back for updates from time to time.

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A lot of popular tweaks make fair and extensive use of Ryan Petrich’s Activator package, which is currently now available on the developer’s own repo in Cydia, updated in beta form for iOS 8.4.

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The popular jailbreak tweak Springtomize 3 has just been updated with full support for iOS 8.4, and it is immediately available to download right now from the Cydia store.

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Well known jailbreak tweak MyWi 8 has just been updated for iOS 8.3. Now up to version 8.03.02, it is still one of the most popular Cydia packages around.

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Viber, the popular instant messaging app for iPhone has today been updated with full support for the iPad, making the app much more useful as a cross-platform messaging solution. With plenty of competition to be found in the space, not having an iPad app was a glaring omission on Viber’s part. Not any longer, with Viber now amongst the long list of apps that have both iPhone and iPad support in a single binary. If you already have Viber on your iPhone, the new update also brings support for the iPad as well.

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odysseusOTA lets you downgrade iPhone 4s, iPad 2 to iOS 6.1.3 firmware without SHSH blobs from any latest version of iOS.

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