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Why I've stopped using Google apps on my iPhone 6 Plus

While compiling the list of apps on my iPhone 6 Plus I realized something — I'd listed not a single one from Google. It was something of a shock. Previously I'd had Gmail and Google Maps, Google+ and Hangouts, YouTube and Google Search. I'd even been using apps they'd acquired, like Snapseed. After setting up my iPhone 6 Plus as new, however, and downloading apps only as I needed them, after close to 3 weeks, I still hadn't needed a single Google app. So what happened?

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What's on Serenity's iPhone 6 right now!

When you live in a studio apartment, you tend to try and keep things minimal—no unnecessary tchotchkes, lots of shelves—to maintain some level of organization. But though I generally avoid hoarding tendencies in real life, it's, uh... quite the opposite for my iPhone 6.

I try a lot of apps, after all. And while the habit may have gotten its start because of my work, it's bloomed into a full-on "must have the latest and greatest app now" obsession. So it's probably good that my newest iPhone has a full 64GB of space—it's nice not to be constantly running close to that 32GB limit. Of course, owning a new phone also gave me a chance to reassess what exactly I wanted living on my primary Home screen.

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Week Calendar adds support for Dropbox attachements

Popular calendar app Week Calendar has added Dropbox attachements in its latest update. There are also a number of bug fixes and improvements.

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Things gains support for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, sharing extensions

Things by Cultured Code has been updated with support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The app also has new sharing options, a new tag view, and background refresh improvements.

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Pocket updated to support the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Pocket has just been updated for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Today's update puts Pocket at version 5.6.1 in the Apple App Store and introduces optimization for the newer iPhones.

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Microsoft OneDrive adds Touch ID, iPhone 6 and 6 plus support

Microsoft has updated its OneDrive app with a couple of small, but important features. OneDrive now supports Touch ID on devices running iOS 8.

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Yovo throws its hat into the private messaging ring

Yovo is a new messaging app that focuses on privacy. Yovo specializes in ephemeral messaging, so messages will disappear after you look at them and their timer expires. The app has a number of privacy-focused features for sharing pictures and messages.

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Backdrops for Chromecast can now show personal photos and more

An update to the Chromecast app for iOS will now let you activate a nice screensaver for your TV populated with all sorts of web content. Backdrops can include Google+ photos, curated artwork, news and lifestyle pictures, satellite imagery, and lots more. If you're looking for more information, just crack open the Google app and ask "What's on my Chromecast?" The Chromecast app itself will also have more information on what images are being shown.

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Top iPhone, iPad, and Mac deals for October 8

We're going to be subbing out our usual daily app round-up for something a little different. As a trial run, we're going to start rooting around the web to find you great discounts on iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps, accessories, and devices.

We'll keep showing sales that are ongoing after double-checking that they're still active and the price is the same, as well as updating the list with anything new that we find. Of course, if you spot any great deals, don't be shy - drop a tip in the comments!

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Square Order helps you get your favorite coffee faster

Square Order has hit version 2.0 with enhancements that make placing orders easier. The update includes a new design, two-tap ordering, arrival prediction, and more.

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