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Apple's App Store takes a day off as search feature falls apart

Apple users are reporting widespread problems with the App Store today that are hiding search results for popular apps. Trying to find the official app for major brands does not display the correct results. Apple has confirmed the problem.

Apple launches CareKit app platform to help you track your health

Apple has begun to roll out CareKit, a platform for health apps designed to make it simpler for app developers to build care products on iOS. CareKit connects patients with doctors, providing medication and treatment advice directly from a smartphone.

Build your own video game? Now you can in full retro 8-bit style

The award-winning app designers studio Tinybop announced Infinite Arcade, a new video game construction set in full 8-bit style, to allow smartphone users build their own arcade games.

Chromebooks to get millions of new apps from Android's Play Store

Google currently maintains two distinct operating systems, Android and Chrome OS. The company may be planning to tie the two together more closely than ever before though, letting the millions of Android apps run natively on Chromebook PCs.

Apple may let developers pay for better App Store search rankings

Apple may be planning to radically change the way apps are promoted in the App Store. The company is said to be investigating how it could offer paid search result placements to developers, giving app creators more exposure in exchange for cash.

Google may adopt Apple's programming language as Android default

Google could be planning to adopt Apple's open-source Swift programming language for use in building Android apps. Doing so would be a huge task requiring the rewrite of many existing code libraries but would free Google from its ongoing issues with Java.

Apple may soon let you hide those annoying stock iPhone apps

Apple bundles a set of stock apps with every new iPhone out the box. Many of the apps are far from useful for every owner though, cluttering up the home screen and using storage space. Apple may finally be close to letting you remove them though.

Chrome app launcher being killed off as Google simplifies browser

Google has announced it will remove the app launcher from Windows, Mac and Linux versions of its popular Chrome web browser. The company is making the change to streamline the browsing experience as few people actively use the feature.

Emergency Android update fixes critical exploit bug

Google has rushed out a critical Android security update that fixes a bug that could allow attackers to compromise a phone using a malicious app in the Google Play Store. The fix will not be available on the majority of Android handsets though.

Former Windows-exclusive HERE Maps abandoning Windows 10

HERE Maps, the popular mapping, navigation and transit service, has announced it will discontinue its apps on Windows devices on June 30. The company's services have been on Windows Phone since the beginning and were formerly exclusive.

Apple confirms that closing your iPhone apps won't save you power

Apple has answered a question that iPhone owners like to ask a lot. Over the years, people have provided arguments and counterarguments for whether closing background apps save battery. Apple's answer is simple though, leaving little room to negotiate.

Google announces first Android N preview, includes multi-window

In a break from tradition, Google has launched the first developer preview of Android N, the next version of Android to be released this year. For the first time, it includes true split-screen multi-window support alongside other new features.

Top 10 smartphone features that could be about to change

Smartphones are one of the most quickly evolving areas of technology. With launches every year that make existing flagships obsolete overnight, it can be hard to keep track of the industry. Here's a list of the top 10 ways that smartphones are changing.

Windows 10 a closed 'walled garden', claims veteran game dev

Tim Sweeney, CEO of games giant Epic Games, has written a scathing attack on Microsoft's apparent plans to make the Windows 10 Store the de facto place to buy new PC games. Sweeny called on the industry to "fight" what he sees as monopolisation.

Windows 10 'Redstone' update to converge platforms this June

Microsoft plans to release a major update for Windows 10 later this year that will be comparable in size to the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8. According to a new report, the feature-filled release, dubbed "Redstone," will be launched in June.

Microsoft scraps its plan to make Android apps work on Windows

Microsoft has officially announced that its ambitious quest to get Android apps running on Windows has failed and development has been discontinued. The project is believed to have run into issues months ago, possibly including legal problems.

Microsoft to let Xbox gamers write Office docs from their console

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has reportedly confirmed that the Xbox One will soon be able to run Windows 10 Universal Apps, further blurring the line between games machine and full-blown computer. The console will also support mice and keyboards.

Canonical and Meizu launch the most powerful Ubuntu phone ever

Pre-orders are now open on the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition, the most powerful smartphone ever to run the mobile version of the popular Linux operating system. Ubuntu may hold a tiny share of the smartphone market but has strong fan support.

Cyanogen wants to eradicate apps, replace them with system 'mods'

Cyanogen, makers of the CyanogenMod Android version, have announced an ambition plan to move smartphones away from apps and towards contextually aware experiences built into phones.

Microsoft apps doing better than ever on Android

Microsoft has revealed that a significant number of manufacturers of devices running Android now bundle its productivity software out of the box, a major win for the software giant looking to get its services onto every platform.

Apple CEO Tim Cook teases new products and more Android apps

Tim Cook hinted at the existence of new Apple products and a plan to make the company's services available on other platforms during an employee "Town Hall" meeting at Apple's Cupertino headquarters this week.

Poncho releases weather alarm app you can wake up to

Software app Poncho realized that people were already using their app to wake up to weather reports. Now the creative minds behind the app have added an actual alarm to the mix.

Smart keyboard SwiftKey is now owned by Microsoft

Microsoft has confirmed it has bought SwiftKey, an award-winning and very popular custom keyboard for Android and iOS devices. The company plans to integrate SwiftKey's predictive technologies into its own Word Flow keyboard.

Report: Smartphone fitness apps inaccurate and unreliable

A study has warned that fitness tracking apps for smartphones may not be as accurate as users believe. Some of the most popular apps were found to be inconsistent and incorrect in their reporting when compared to a traditional pedometer.

Windows 10's app store is so broken that developers are quitting

Microsoft's Windows Store has a major problem and recently it's become so serious that developers are threatening to quit the platform entirely. As the company calls on app creators to write for Windows 10, it is refusing to acknowledge the issue.

Microsoft to release SIM card for contract-free LTE access

Microsoft is currently developing its own SIM cards that will allow Windows 10 devices to access LTE networks without purchasing a long-term contract.

Apple's App Store made $1.1 billion in the past two weeks

Apple has announced its App Store experienced a "record-breaking" holiday in which customers spent over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases in just two weeks. $144 million was spent on January 1 alone, breaking records for traffic and purchases.

Apple's list of the top 25 iOS apps of 2015 has something for all

Apple has released its list of the top 25 iOS apps this year, shortly after Google detailed its favourite Android apps. Ranging from favourite social networks and photography tools to productivity helpers, Apple has also picked something for everyone.

Google's best Android apps this year cover work and play

Google has published its list of the best Android apps of 2015, including titles ranging from popular games to productivity staples. All the apps command very positive store ratings and most are free.

Facebook kills Creative Labs, pulls apps from stores

Facebook has quietly closed down its Creative Labs group designed to give potential ideas for standalone apps a breathing space within the company. Apps released by Creative Labs have failed to become popular, forcing Facebook to reconsider.
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