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Instagram adds bunch of new editing tools

Instagram 6.0 has hit the App Store today, bringing with it some new photo editing features. The features include the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and warmth. In addition, you can now selectively add filters to your photos, controlling the intensity of the change. The new features can be found when adding a filter by selecting the new wrench icon.

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Microsoft's Bing is the search engine of choice in Yosemite's new Spotlight

Apple's keynote for the 2014 WWDC event is history but there are still some interesting news bits that are slowly being discovered from the massive two hour briefing. One of them was officially confirmed by Microsoft as it stated the updated Spotlight feature in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 will have its web searches powered by Bing.

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iOS apps can now "facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies"

A new section in the App Store guidelines suggests that virtual currencies like Bitcoin may very well be supported in the future on iOS. Previously Apple had placed a ban on those sorts of apps, but section 11.17 shows there's been some easing up.

"Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions."

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Apple Design Award 2014 winners: Monument Valley, Sky Guide, Threes and more!

Apple on Monday afternoon announced the winners of its annual Apple Design Awards (ADAs), applications for iOS and OS X that "raise the bar in design, technology and innovation." The awards were given out at WWDC 2014. This year's group of ADA winners includes popular games Threes and Monument Valley, the astronomy app Night Sky, journal app Day One and others. In total, twelve apps were inducted into the ADAs, including two student winners.

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SceneKit and CloudKit to offer casual game developers enhanced toolsets

Another tidbit out of WWDC is SceneKit, an extension of the SpriteKit developer framework introduced for casual game developers last year. SceneKit promises to offer similar automated physics to casual games, only for 3D settings. It has its own physics engine, particle system, and supports scripted actions. As before, there are per-pixel physics employed, inverse kinematics, and a new framework called CloudKit to help developers work with server data in an easier way.

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SwiftKey keyboard will be coming to iOS 8

One of the major new features in iOS 8 just announced at WWDC 2014 is support for third-party keyboards and SwiftKey will be one of them. We've just received word from SwiftKey that in fact...they've already started:

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TestFlight to enable App Store beta testing

We've got more news coming from WWDC! TestFlight, a popular means of testing iOS apps before they hit primetime in the App Store, will be rolled out as a free service to developers shortly. Developers will be able to seamlessly invite users to try out apps and rollout updates.

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Best run tracking apps for iPhone: RunKeeper, Map My Run, iSmoothRun, and more!

Whether you're going for a personal best, trying to improve your pace, or training for your next 5K, these are the best running apps for iPhone

Looking for the best iPhone apps to help you track your runs? Run tracking apps for iPhone can help you log all of your miles, attain all of your goals, and much more. Whether you're getting ready to run your first 5K or your third marathon, odds are there's a running app in the App Store to suit your needs. The best part? None of them require extra accessories like a fitness tracker — they simply use GPS or motion data from your iPhone. But which ones are the absolute best?

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Spotify now lets you take your entire music collection offline

Spotify has updated their app to version 1.2, giving users the ability to take their whole Spotify music collection offline should they desire to do so. With just a single button press, you can now download every song under Your Music.

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Reeder 2 for Mac review

Popular RSS app Reeder has finally released the long awaited Reeder 2 update for the Mac. Since the first version of Reeder was dependent upon Google Reader, which has long been discontinued, the service had to be reworked to incorporate other RSS services. The iOS version was updated a while back but the Mac app provided a different kind of challenge, according to Reeder's developer, Silvio Rizzi. A year later and Reeder 2 has finally landed. So was it worth the excruciatingly long wait?

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