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Skype updated for iOS 7, improved accessibility

Skype has been promising some big updates over the next little while, including chat sync, but today they're starting off with a fresh, new, iOS 7-themed makeover for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPhone that's definitely cleaner, flatter, and more-content centric. They've also improved accessibility, which is fantastic to hear. According to Jonathan Watson on the Skype blog, those improvements include:

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Capo 3 music transcription Mac app adds auto chord and beat detection, more

Supermegaultragroovy has announced the release of Capo 3, a new version of their transcription software to help musicians learn songs in their iTunes library.

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500px updated with edge to edge design, better gestures, and new features for iPad

500px for iOS lets you browse and explore all kinds of photos from all over the world right on your iPhone and iPad. Version 2.2 has added some improvements that let the interface itself get out of the way more so you can focus on the photos themselves, including an edge to edge design.

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Evernote opens up two-step verification for all

Earlier this year, Evernote introduced two-step authentication to its wildly popular note taking platform, and now it's available to all users. Initially the added security measure was only available to Evernote Premium and Business subscribers, but over the weekend it was rolled out to everyone else.

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App Picks of the Week: Reaper, 60 Minutes, BillGuard and Gunner Z

This week's roundup of hot apps that we've found include some games, an information app based on one of the longest-running news programs on television, and a handy consumer protection tool.

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Skype to add synchronized messaging, battery conservation in coming months

Microsoft's Mark Gillett - the vice president responsible for Skype - describes improvements coming to the popular communication service in the coming months. Those changes include synchronized chat messages, improvements to battery management on mobile devices and more.

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RealNetworks unveils RealPlayer Cloud

RealNetworks has launched RealPlayer Cloud, which is billed as the first integrated video player and cloud service. You can save, watch, and share videos across multiple devices.

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Redesigning Vesper, Party Monster, and WeddingDJ for iOS 7

As exciting as iOS 7 is all on its own, what's even more exciting is what developers are, and will be, doing with it. A few cases in point: Vesper, Party Monster, and WeddingDJ. First, Dave Wiskus has an incredibly in-depth look at the design process and thinking behind Vesper 007. From the Vesper blog:

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Apple introduces volume purchase program for Mac App Store

Apple's volume purchasing program which currently lets developers offer discounts to businesses and educational institutions who buy large amounts of their apps, is being extended to the Mac. Apple sent out the following note to developers enrolled in the Mac program:

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Apple reportedly acquires personal assistant app Cue

Apple has reportedly acquired Cue, a personal assistant app. The Cue service has been shut down, and the app pulled from the App Store. Cue worked much like Google Now, displaying context-aware information about a user's day from email, calendar appointments, reminders, and others. Cue could hook in to Google, iCloud, Dropbox, Evernote, and others to find what it needed. Apple was cagey in their comments to CNET:

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