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LiftMaster's MyQ app will work with Nest to help with energy use

Garage door maker LiftMaster has announced a new partnership with Google subsidiary Nest that will enable the company's MyQ app to work with the thermostat so it can better regulate heating and cooling use in the home.

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New and updated apps: Shazam, Fitbit, Amazon Music and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got new music apps, travel tools, workout stuff and more!

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Photo editing tool Fotor makes in-app-purchases free for a limited time

With an update to version 4.5.1, photo editing tool Fotor is making all of its in-app-purchases free until June 27th. Fotor allows you to resize, crop, rotate and add effects to your photos easily. The app comes with a host of features, like the ability to create collages, add frames and borders, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and add text and stickers to images along with depth-of-field effects.

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Facebook's Slingshot app is now available worldwide

After launching exclusively in the US earlier this month, Facebook's Snapchat competitor service Slingshot is now available globally.

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App Store policies, in-app video ads, and Occam's razor

There's been some consternation recently about Apple rejecting apps that contain video ads encouraging people to watch them or share them in exchange for in-app rewards. No doubt it's worrisome to the advertising agencies and developers involved in those apps, but some of the theories as to what exactly was happening tended towards the overly complex, and in some cases, conspiratorial. Tim Cook famously said that, when it comes to Apple hardware plans, looking at one piece of supply chain data didn't allow for the drawing of any meaningful conclusions. Likewise, looking at ad network complaints and developer reactions doesn't necessarily allow for any useful insight into App Store policies. So, what exactly has been going on?

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New and updated apps: Lenka, Assassin's Creed: Pirates, Twitter and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got Twitter client updates, a cool new black and white photography app, games and more!

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iWork for iCloud now remembers your last-used document settings and more!

The latest round of updates to iWork for iCloud have now begun rolling out to users and there's plenty of welcomed changes and improvements happening across the board. Some of the improvements apply to the service all around while others hit on key improvements for Pages for iCloud, Numbers for iCloud and Keynote for iCloud. First up, the apps specifically. According to The Loop

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Best sleep apps for iPhone: Sleep Cycle, Noisli, Recharge, and more!

From tracking sleep to white noise makers and smart alarms, these are the very best sleep apps for iPhone!

Looking for the best iPhone apps to help you get a great night's sleep? We all know that getting enough rest is extremely important to our overall health. Whether you just need some help getting to sleep or you want to track your activity to see why you're so tired the next day, there are tons of apps available in the App Store that can help. Most of them don't require the use of an additional fitness tracker either. But which apps for iPhone are the absolute best at tracking and helping you get the best night's sleep possible?

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Apple adds MLB.com At Bat to CarPlay app list

Apple has revealed that MLB.com At Bat has been officially added to the list of apps that will be supported in the company's upcoming CarPlay vehicle technology system.

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Mailbox fixes Auto-swipe, but is it less janky for you?

Dropbox's Mailbox app has been updated so that the auto-swipe feature launched earlier this year is way less janky. Though highly useful in many other respects, Mailbox has had a lot of issues with Auto-Swipe, which is supposed to learn your gestures and automate actions accordingly, but ended up being a little too liberal with its rule creation. Now you can swipe and hold to manually create auto-swipe actions. There are also new auto-swipe suggestions in the e-mail view. Miscellaneous improvements have been added across the board, including improvements to how attachments are handled.

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