Apps

App Store now highlighting "Pay once & play" games with no in-app purchases

The iPad and iPhone App Store now has a section featuring games that you pay for upfront and then play without ever paying again. It's called "Play once & play," and it's a freemium hater's dream: dozens of excellent games from big studios and independent developers, all free of in-app purchases. You pay anywhere from $0.99 for Almightree: The Last Dreamer or Epic Eric to to $19.99 for Dragon Quest VIII, and and everything in between including Minecraft and the truly-bizarre Goat Simulator.

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ESPN app gets revamped with full support for iPad and iPhone 6

The ESPN Sportscenter app for the iPhone and iPad got a major revamp today, as the cable TV network has updated it with not just a new design but a new name; it's now called just the ESPN app. The new design includes full support for the larger screens for not just the iPad but also for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Kindle Unlimited expands to Canada for $9.99

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription books service is expanding to Canada for $9.99/month. The service, which offers a library of more than 750,000 books from which to read previously launched in the United States and the United Kingdom at comparable pricing.

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Latest Subway Surfers update lands the team in Hawaii

As part of the Subway Surfers World Tour, the gang have travelled to Hawaii in the game's latest release. Players are tasked with surfing the new tracks, avoiding obstacles including massive mountains and rivers of lava. Simply put, it's going to be a blast.

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You'll now be able to discover new apps via Pinterest

Apple has announced that it is bringing the App Store to Pinterest, which allows users to discover the latest apps available on the platform. Apps are arranged based on the category, with Apple stating that it will be pinning new content live from this week's New York Fashion Week.

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Skype Qik now lets you directly share videos between apps

If you've toyed around with Skype Qik, Microsoft's video messaging app that it launched on iOS last October, you'll be happy to know that the app got an update today that makes sharing those videos a bit easier. As of version 1.4, you can share videos to other apps or social networks directly from Qik without having to save them to the camera roll.

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Your Starbucks card can now be reloaded with Apple Pay

Users of the Starbucks app now have an additional option when it comes to reloading their digital Starbucks card: Apple Pay. Starbucks previously support credit and debit cards as well as PayPal accounts. But both depended on storing your information in the app. Apple Pay, obviously, doesn't do that, instead generating a unique one-time-use card number for each transaction.

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Best Valentine's Day apps for couples

Trying to plan something special and unique for Valentine's Day can be harder than it sounds. Luckily, there are tons of apps available in the App Store that can make your job just a little easier. From sending flowers to making dinner reservations and everything in-between, these are the best iPhone apps to make Valentine's Day 2015 one that you and your special someone will remember for years to come.

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Yelp buys Eat24 to make ordering takeout on your phone easier

The online reviews company Yelp has acquired the popular restaurant ordering and takeout app Eat24, which has apps for both the iPhone and iPad. Yelp paid a total of $134 million for the company, with $75 million in cash and the rest in Yelp stock. Eat24, which allows users to order food from over 30,000 restaurants in 1,500 US cities and have those meals delivered, became a transaction partner with Yelp in 2013.

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Alfred Remote gives you a remote launchbar for your Mac

Since my early Mac-using days, I've been an avid shortcuts user — keyboard commands, QuickKeys, launchbars, you name it. I probably use my keyboard more than my trackpad for navigating through programs and windows, though I've grown to love the multitouch gestures for swiping screens on my 11-inch Air.

Given that I'm also multitasking with my iPhone almost all the time, it makes a crazy amount of sense that a launcher utility like Alfred would take advantage of that second screen to create a remote control. Enter Alfred Remote: The app uses local sharing with the Alfred app to turn your iPhone into a launchbar for your Mac.

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