New Apple TV coming in September with full App Store, report says

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We are finally going to see the long-rumored update to Apple’s set-top box this fall, reports BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski. The well-connected journalist says sources have informed him that the company plans to introduce a new Apple TV in September.

Pacszkowski says to expect a slimmer chassis and new internals, anchored around Apple’s A8 processor. He also says the remote has been “drastically improved” with a built-in touchpad for input, and there will be a native App Store and developer kit.... Read the rest of this post here


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Fan-made ‘GTA V’ interactive map app puts Rockstar’s to shame

Grand Theft Auto V really seems like the gift that keeps on giving. The latest present? An unofficial map app (Android, iOS and web) that's been updated with collectibles locations from the current-gen releases like Peyote plants that let you play as sharks, eagles and more -- yes, flying around as a bird of prey is bizarre as it sounds. The differences between this and the official app are pretty major, too. As VG24/7 reports, you can add personal notes to the map, track your collectibles progress and even switch between atlas and satellite views of the terrain. Future plans include making streets searchable by name. Interested? Hit the source links below to grab it for your device of choice.

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Source: Google Play, iTunes, GTA 5 Map

YouTube app updated with support for fullscreen vertical videos

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Google’s YouTube updated its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 10.28. The update brings about two major enhancements: support for fullscreen playback of vertical videos and push notifications.

The former is fairly significant. Users can now view vertically-filmed videos in fullscreen when in portrait mode—a big improvement over previous versions, which would shrink content between two black bars.... Read the rest of this post here


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Pebble Time update helps you see your watch outdoors

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Wish your Pebble Time smartwatch was easier to read in bright sunlight, or didn't shake so violently that everyone can tell when you have new messages? Your wishes have been answered. Pebble is trotting out a firmware update for the Time (and Time Steel, when it ships) that lets you tweak the intensities of both the backlight and the vibration motor, so you won't have to squint outdoors or apologize for noises. You can also go for a larger font size, in case your vision isn't what it used to be.

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Twitch on Android can stream ‘Hearthstone’ while you play

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Twitch loves Android. Following its persistent player that debuted on Google's mobile OS this past April, the game-broadcasting outfit's premiering a pop-out player window on the platform. Once popped, you can adjust the size at will and when you're done, go back to the app to find the next broadcast to jump into. The implications of such, as noted on the Twitch blog, are that you could effectively watch someone play Hearthstone while you play a game of it yourself. Yo dawg.

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Apple issues supplemental El Capitan update fixing unexpected crashes in 32-bit apps

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After seeding OS X El Capitan beta 3 to developers Wednesday, and less than 24 hours after it’s made the third beta available for testing to the members of the Apple Beta Software Program, the Cupertino firm has now released a small update to El Capitan beta 3 which fixes specific crashes related to 32-bit applications.... Read the rest of this post here


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SoundCloud update adds more functionality to playlists and new ‘related tracks’ feature

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SoundCloud updated its iOS client this morning, bringing the app to version 3.10.1. The company says the update “significantly upgrades the listening experience,” bringing about more functionality for playlists, the ability to shuffle your Likes, and a new ‘related tracks’ feature.

With the new playlist capabilities, you can now shuffle and edit your playlist within the mobile app. When SoundCloud redesigned its iPhone app last summer, it removed these and several other features, and it has since been re-adding them through a series of iterative updates.... Read the rest of this post here


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A first look at iOS 9: Little changes add up to something big

Apple's still pretty new to this whole public beta thing, but that didn't stop it from dropping two consumer previews today. We've already taken a closer look at Apple's latest desktop OS, so it's high time we dug a little deeper into what it's like using an early version of iOS 9. Spoiler alert: It's pretty damned solid.

Before we go any further, though, keep this in mind: As stable as the iOS 9 beta seems right now, it's still not ideal for use as a daily driver. If you're itching to taste the future, you might want to use a spare, sacrificial iDevice just in case. I'm testing this build on an iPad Air 2, which has a few tweaks that won't show up on the iPhone, so I'll flag those when the time is right. Ready? Let's go.%Gallery-slideshow303862%

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Your pals can broadcast during your Meerkat streams, if you let them

To let viewers feel like they're part of the action, Meerkat announced a new feature that lets you ask for some crowd participation. The video-streaming app now has a Cameo tool that'll allow broadcasters to hand the reins over to viewers for up to a minute. "It's a simple yet powerful way to create a deeper human connection with people?-?going from 'broadcasting to' towards 'broadcasting with,'" the company said in a blog post. The ability to highjack streams popped up back in March and was quickly nixed. Now, it's an actual feature, which makes me wonder if someone flipped the switch a little early.

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Source: Meerkat (Medium)

SoundCloud iOS update makes it easier to find new music

SoundCloud has been keen on adding new features regularly to make its version of music streaming more useful for listeners. With an update today, the company's iOS app received a handful of tools that'll make it a bit easier to find new tracks and keep your favorites organized. When you find a song you like, selecting the "Play related tracks" option from the menu will serve up some related suggestions. For that collection of songs you've liked, or playlists you've created, there's a new shuffle option to change things up a bit. Finally, when the time comes to edit those playlists, you can now add or remove tracks from inside the app. You'll no longer need to venture over to a browser to do a bit of organizing. The new tools are available now for iOS users, but, unfortunately, there's no word on when the Android faithful will get access.

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Source: SoundCloud, iTunes