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Shazam takes away Spotify support in certain countries, in favor of Deezer

Shazam released an update the other week on both iOS and Android, introducing Deezer support for finding songs tagged while out and about. What wasn't made clear was that Shazam would in fact be pulling Spotify support, which is also a popular destination for locating, purchasing and enjoying content. Counties affected include the UK, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

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Calendars 5 goes free for two days

Calendars 5, the smart calendar and task manager from Readdle, is available for free for the next two days on the App Store. The regular price is $6.99.

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Facebook's Snapchat competitor 'Slingshot' might launch as early as this month

After a spurned attempt to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion last year, Facebook is gearing up to launch its own ephemeral messaging app, internally codenamed "Slingshot". The app, which is said to have a "simple and speedy user interface" (not unlike Snapchat) is designed to take on Snapchat with short video and photo messages that disappear after one viewing. The app has reportedly been in the works for several months, and might launch as early as this month.

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Best apps of the week: Swarm, Thomas Was Alone, Afilter, Hyper Square, and AskForTask

It's another week and another batch of great new apps and games for iPhone and iPad. We've got a healthy mix of games, including one very well-respected indie title, some photography, and a bit of social stuff. Ready to load up on the best iOS titles of the last 7 days? Dive in!

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iTunes 11.2.1 review

iTunes 11.2 arrived on Thursday along with Apple's release of a new version of Mavericks (10.9.3). The new version of iTunes has some changes that will be welcome for podcast listeners, along with other enhancements and improvements designed to improve performance and reliability. The initial release also created a bizarre problem involving iCloud's Find My Mac feature and the local /Users folder. On balance iTunes 11.2.1 is an adequate improvements, but iTunes itself is a mess.

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Apple releases iTunes 11.2.1, fixes hidden /Users directory bug

Apple has pushed out iTunes 11.2.1, a bug fix update to yesterday's iTunes 11.2.0 release that, for some people, caused their /Users directory to become hidden. If you had the problem, check out Software Update or the link below and get with the downloading.

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OS Experience for jailbreak brings Mission Control to the iPad

OS Experience is a new jailbreak utility available for iPad that not only offers multiple windows — a feature only rumored for iOS 8 — but adds multiple desktops in the same way Mission Control does on the Mac.

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Word Lens developer snapped up by Google

Google has purchased Quest Visual, the company behind Word Lens, an app that translates text in the world using the iPhone's camera. The technology from Word Lens is expected to be incorporated into Google Translate. The Word Lens language packs will be made free during the transition to Google, according to the Quest Visual website:

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Apple being sued because someone forgot to turn off iMessage when they switched to Android

A scorned ex-iPhone user is suing Apple over lost text messages that she is not able to receive after switching from an iOS device to a smartphone on another platform. Apple's iMessage service doesn't de-activate the iMessage service when a user switches to a non-Apple phone. In this case, messages do not get delivered and the service thinks that the message should be routed as an iMessage rather than a traditional SMS or MMS, meaning that switchers away from Apple would not receive messages from their iOS counterparts.

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Official Titanfall Companion app from EA lands on iOS

EA has launched a batch of official apps for Titanfall, the popular next-gen first person shooter (FPS) game. The companion app – available on Android, iOS, Windows 8 and Windows Phone – keeps players up-to-date with everything Titanfall when not at the gamepad and enjoying the destructive power of their titan.

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