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Comcast reported to be considering their own mobile service provider business

Comcast may branch out from cable and landline internet, moving into the wireless service arena in the future. According to a report out of The Information, Comcast has been looking into the idea of creating a nationwide wireless phone network that relies primarily on Wifi with back-up service leased from already-established cellular carriers.

Instead of having to pursue purchasing large blocks of wireless spectrum and rights to traditional cellular towers, Comcast would leverage its currently-available network of Wifi hotspots to provide the majority of traffic for phones. Its Wifi network is growing with installations of public access points — over a million across various markets — in large cities and special residential routers that Comcast provides with a publicly-available signal in over eight million homes. But it naturally wouldn't be able to cover the entire country comprehensively — that's where other carriers come in.

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For game maker Aspyr, Mac App Store presents unique challenges

When Steve Jobs introduced the Mac App Store in 2011, he said that Apple wasn't trying to compete with other app download services. While that may be true — Apple doesn't enforce any sort of exclusivity requirement — the Mac App Store has evolved to present some unique challenges to app publishers. Case in point: Long time Mac publisher Aspyr, which plans to mix things up a bit in 2014.

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New and updated apps: Smash Hit, Square Cahs, Medium, and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we've got a game, an app to send and receive payments, a blog reader, and more.

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Best social apps for power networkers: IFTTT, Buffer, Drafts, and more!

Looking for the best iPhone apps to really up your social networking? Whether you're simply out to engage with more people or if its your job to manage social media for a company large or small, seeing who unfollowed you on Twitter, monitoring user engagement on Facebook, scheduling and automating posting and cross-posting, can be incredibly valuable. Luckily there are a lot of apps on the App Store that can help you out. But which ones are the very best?

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Apple says iOS 7 is now installed on 87% of devices

Apple has updated their iOS version distribution, and it’s looking solid as ever. Six months after its launch, iOS 7 is on 87% of iPhones and iPads, while iOS 6 has 11% share, and 2% of users are running anything earlier. This is in stark contrast to Android’s latest version, KitKat 4.4, which has only wrangled 5.3% of its userbase.

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Adobe Lightroom launches on iPad, available through Creative Cloud

Adobe has today launched a mobile version of its Lightroom photo-editing suite on iPad. The Adobe Lightroom Mobile app, which works in tandem with iPad, is included as part of the company's Creative Cloud subscription suite, prices for which start at $9.99 per month. Like its desktop counterpart, the app is designed to enable professional-quality photo editing on-the-go, with realtime sync for your Lightroom collections through Creative Cloud.

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The Mac App Store and the trouble with sandboxing

I've written before about some of the limitations that Apple imposes on game developers who want to sell their games through the Mac App Store. The problem isn't limited to games — Apple's rules for how Mac App Store apps work keep lots of different apps from being distributed.

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Write the code. Change the World Wide Developers Conference.

By the time I finish writing this the WWDC 2014 lotto will be all but over and developers, designers, and interested parties the world over will find out if they have the opportunity to pay somewhere between one and two thousand dollars for a ticket. That's a marked difference from last year when pre-announced tickets sold out in seconds and years previous when no one knew when tickets would go on sale. You'd think the idea of leaving a ticket up to chance would be stressful, but not having to set bots and alarms and hope for the best has been well received. It's been seen as more egalitarian and, importantly, more human. It's a huge difference in how Apple handles the engineering and space constraints of WWDC, and it's not the only difference this year.

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New and updated apps: Candy Crush Saga, Amazon Instant Video, iTranslate, and more!

Every day loads of new and updated apps make their way into the App Store. While it's impossible to keep up with all of them, it is possible to let you guys know of any important updates as well as keep you informed of awesome new apps. Today we've got all new levels for Candy Crush fans, an updated to Amazon Instant Video, and more!

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Best calendar apps for iPad: Fantastical 2, Sunrise, Calendars 5, and more!

Looking for the best iPad apps to help you get your calendaring done faster and better? Sure, the iPad comes with Apple's own Calendar app and it'll suit some people just fine. If you want something different, however, whether it's a different focus, different interface, or different features, the App Store has a lot of alternative calendar apps available. But which ones are the very best?

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