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iTunes Festival added to Apple TV, iOS app updated with refreshed interface

The annual iTunes Festival is almost upon us, and in readiness Apple has pushed out an update to the official app for iPhone and iPad as well as adding the official channel to the Apple TV. Both come alongside the final headline act added to the lineup; Katy Perry on the final night of the festival.

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Google Maps for iOS gets Waze incident reports

People using Google Maps for iOS should notice a new traffic feature starting today, with real-time incident reports arriving via Waze. When Waze users report road closures, accidents, construction, and other traffic events, they will appear in the Google Maps app like any other incident report.

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Fight your way through Greek mythology in Godfire: Rise of Prometheus, coming to iOS in 2014

The developers of Real Boxing, Vivid Games, are back with the announcement at Gamescom of their latest title, Godfire: Rise of Prometheus. Inspired by Greek mythology and based on the Unreal 3 Engine, Godfire is set to offer console quality graphics with its own blend of third-person combat-adventure gaming.

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The best free and paid text editors for the Mac

Word processors like Microsoft Word and Apple's own Pages software are just dandy if you want to write a college paper or fax a cover sheet, but their focus is on page layout and text formatting. Text editors are an entirely different story. Text editors are much more helpful if you're editing code, creating web pages, doing text transformation or other things that a word processor is just overkill for. Here's a roundup of the best ones you can get for your Mac at the moment.

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YouTube 2.0 for iOS brings picture-in-picture video and better playlist support

The YouTube app for both iPhone and iPad has just been updated to version 2.0 and brings with it the ability to watch videos while searching at the same time. You can compare it to looking at a guide on a TV while viewing what's currently playing on TV. The update also supports searching playlists and a play all option to play all the videos in the selected playlist.

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EA reveals, not surprisingly, the freemium future of FIFA Mobile

EA has today announced yet another of their premium mobile titles will be heading down the freemium route. The next release of FIFA Mobile – or, FIFA 14 as it'll likely be known as its console equivalent – was the topic of discussion during EA's Gamescom press conference in Germany.

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Hype 2.0 for Mac and Hype Reflect for iOS: HTML5 Interactive design tools come of age!

When Steve Jobs wrote Thoughts on Flash, and predicted a grim end to the then-reigning king of internet interactivity, I agreed with him. And I was working, in part, as a Flash animator at the time, doing dynamic web elements for corporate sites. It was a patch, something that fixed a gap in functionality, but something that, as the gap narrowed, needed to be replaced. Video, at least the DRM-free kind, was easy to see a Flash-free future for. The kind of stuff I was doing, however, the stuff that used timelines and transformations, was harder to see. Then came tools like Hype. And now, Hype 2.0 for Mac and its companion app, Hype Reflect for iOS.

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First Plants vs. Zombies 2 update announced, going to the Far Future

PopCap has announced that Plants vs. Zombies 2 will soon receive a major content update called Far Future. No other details were released during their Gamescom press conference, but presumably, players will take the fight to the zombies in the future. The far future.

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Mailbox users; link your Dropbox account for an extra 1GB free storage!

Here's a handy tip for Mailbox users to get some extra, totally free, storage in their Dropbox accounts. Mailbox was acquired by Dropbox not too long after it launched, and has since seen updates to add integration for Dropbox attachments. Now though, it seems the Dropbox connection goes a little further, as noticed by The Next Web:

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Apple urges iTunes affiliates to hurry up and transition to the new PHG program before Oct. 1

Apple's got a brand new affiliate partner in PHG and they're telling everyone within email distance to hurry up and change before the old Linkshare and DGM links go dead on October 1, 2013.

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