The App Store is full of great apps, but even though we’re happy to pony up the cash for some of the very best experiences, it’s always nicer when they’re free. As usual, we’ve got a nice assortment of apps and games ready for you to download for your iOS device, so fire up the App Store app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and join us after the break.

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In the world of hardware virtualization, Parallels is arguably the biggest player on the Mac. Being able to use a Mac computer full time but still dabble in Windows when needed can be a pretty powerful thing, especially if you develop apps for Microsoft’s platform, or just need to use an app that doesn’t yet have a Mac version. As much as Apple wouldn’t like to admit it, sometimes you just need to use Windows for some things.

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Apple released the sixth Developer Preview of its latest desktop OS just yesterday. Named after the famous National Park in California, the OS promises to introduce a number of powerful new features, an overhauled, modern looking user-interface and a vast array of additional improvements that should satisfy even the most difficult to please desktop user. In addition to those amendments, the latest Developer Preview of OS X Yosemite also introduces four new stunning wallpapers that not only perfectly show off the beauty of the Yosemite National Park, but also promise to introduce visual delight to our desktops.

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Right on schedule, Apple has released the sixth Developer Preview of OS X Yosemite and is now available for immediate download. More details, and where to download it from can be found right here.

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Intel’s new fanless, ultra-slim 14nm Broadwell processors should be ready for action later on this fall, with the chip maker having today released a few additional details. The run-down of some newly-unveiled tech specs can be seen after the fold.

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One of the best ways to show consumers how much better your product is than a rival’s is to compare your great invention with that of your adversary. Apple is one of the longest-standing nemeses of Microsoft, and in an attempt to showcase the Surface Pro 3′s credentials, has used the MacBook Air as fodder.

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Not so long ago, it became apparent that Apple would be rolling out a Family Sharing feature for its customers, allowing families and groups of people to share certain apps even if they’re operating under different Apple IDs. It makes a great deal of practical sense, as well as saving money on the part of the consumer, and although it won’t apply to every single app residing over at the Cupertino’s Store, Apple has divulged a few more details on the subject.

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Apple has just made available a new version of iTunes for Mac OS X and Windows, with bug fixes the order of the day. More details on what’s new and where to download it from can be found right here.

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The touch-based environment has risen to prominence over the past few years, with many skeptics and naysayers having been won over in the process. As well as the increase in the number of smartphones, tablets and other touch-enabled gadgets sold every year, we’ve also seen efforts to bring gestures to our regular computers and notebooks. Some have focused on air gestures, allowing users to swipe using simple hand signals, while others, like the $75 offering seen below, have sought to turn everyday surfaces into touch panels.

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After a handful of Developer Previews, Apple recently unleashed the first Beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. In a change from the usual schedule, though, the beta was open to the general public, allowing anybody with an Apple ID to indulge, and as we close in on that eventual end user release scheduled for the fall, the Cupertino tech giant has just rolled out the 5th Developer Preview of Yosemite. Details, as ever, can be seen after the leap.

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The owners and developers behind the popular XBMC software have announced a name change that will see the software rebranded as ‘Kodi’. The name change has been a long time coming in fairness, with the outgoing title suggesting to users that the powerful software is capable of being installed and invoked on Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles. That may have been true once upon a time, but XBMC hasn’t been capable of running on an Xbox since the original hardware release, with no compatibility being offered with Microsoft’s 360 or One offerings. The rebrand will see the software welcome in its third name change in the last 12 years and should also provide some much-needed clarity on the Xbox compatibility issues.

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According to reports, Apple has just rolled out its upgraded Content Delivery Network, or CDN, and to us, this equates to faster and more efficient downloads from the company’s servers. With speeds into the terabits per second, it’s quite a substantial bump, and although we tend to focus mainly on the products and software that Apple churns out, this is a more than welcome improvement to the back-end.

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Shazam is just a great service. The days of sitting there for hours trying to remember a song your heard earlier, or pestering a friend to see if they know the title / artist, or even Googling fragments of the lyrics – yes, we’ve all been there – are long gone. The music recognition app works its magic in seconds, retaining information on tracks that it tags, and more recently, has broadened its horizons to incorporate TV shows and advertisements. Today, after having had the iOS / Android apps out for a good couple of years now, a Mac version has just been released, and the inconspicuous app is not only useful for those occasions when you don’t want to have to reach for your mobile device, but its always-on nature means you certainly won’t miss a thing.

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Sometimes you read something and then have to make sure that it’s not April 1st, but alas, today is not April Fools Day and unfortunately, this report from Reuters appears to be far from a joke. If it is indeed accurate, the Russian government has apparently asked Apple to hand over the source code for both iOS and the OS X in a bid to try and make sure that neither can be used to spy on it.

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In the coming weeks, some parts of the United States will be offering what has become known as a ‘tax-free weekend’ during which select products can be bought without having to pay tax on them. That sounds like the kind of thing that we could get behind, and Apple is trying to make sure that those living in the right state are able to take advantage of the situation by, you guessed it, buying some shiny new Apple gear.

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Does that iPad Air just not cut it for you? Do you really, and we mean really need more power than an iPad can afford or simply need to use so-called real apps? Is money no object in the pursuit of something that Apple is unwilling to offer?

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Keeping in line with a number of rumors that surfaced over the weekend, Apple has today announced a relatively important refresh to its MacBook Pro range of computers. The update to the MacBook Pro with Retina display line of machines had been widely anticipated, and although the amendments don’t come as a great surprise, they do mean that those looking to purchase one of Apple’s portable Mac computers will ultimately benefit from a more powerful experience along with a reduced financial outlay.

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When it was announced that Intel was giving its Haswell line of CPUs a speed bump very recently, the smart money immediately went on those chips finding their way into Apple’s MacBook Pro and, if this leaked photograph is to be believed, that’s exactly what is going to happen.

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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.

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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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