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Apple Acquires Book Recommendation Startup BookLamp

Apple confirmed on Friday (via Re/Code) that it had acquired BookLamp, a startup based in Idaho, United States that provided a book recommendation service.

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BookLamp’s closure notice on its site

The Silicon Valley giant issued the following statement, which it typically gives when it acquires smaller companies: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans”.

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Free ‘App of the Week': Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Rooftop Run

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 4.3 or later.

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#1 App in 80 countries! You can play as Leo, Donnie, Raph, Mikey, or unlockable characters April and Casey Jones in this action packed combat runner with vehicle mode! Run, jump, fight and drive through New York’s endless cityscape as you rid it from the Foot Clan, Kraang, Dimension X and Baxter Stockman.

Collect energy orbs to unlock exclusive weapons, gear, and boosts that will keep you one step ahead of the Kraang ship. One-touch controls combine with ninja moves and shell shocking battles for an epic gaming experience. BOOYAKASHA!

Download it for free here.

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Free ‘Single of the Week': The Common Linnets – Calm After The Storm

This week’s free Single of the Week on the iTunes Store is “Calm After The Storm” by Dutch band The Common Linnets.

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Growing up in small cities in The Netherlands, IIse DeLange and Willem Bijkerk loved country sounds – so much so that Bijkerk adopted the stage name Waylon after outlaw country star Waylon Jennings. Recorded in Nashville, the debut album by The Common Linnets features the single “Calm After The Storm”, a soothing and folksy song showcasing their breathy, homespun harmonies. The catchy tune won The Common Linnets second place in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Download it for free here.

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Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta via Mac App Store

Apple on Thursday released the public beta of OS X Yosemite via its Mac App Store, allowing non-developers to test-drive the software for the first time.

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The OS X Beta Program lets you test-drive pre-release versions of OS X Yosemite and provide feedback to help make it even better. Experience the new look of OS X, and try some of the new features and apps like the new Today view, Spotlight, Safari, and Messages.

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OS X Yosemite Public Beta Reportedly Coming Later This Month

More than a month after announcing OS X Yosemite at its annual developers conference, Apple will reportedly release the first public beta of the software later this month, according to 9to5Mac.

Apple is planning to release a publicly available beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite later this month, according to sources briefed on the plans. This release will mark the first time Apple has released a public beta of a new OS X version in over a decade.

According to the site’s sources, Apple has chosen to release the beta at this time to give itself time to polish the software for consumers’ use. To-date, Apple has released three developer previews of Yosemite, with the fourth reportedly coming later today.

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Free ‘Single of the Week': 陳惠婷 – 荊棘的冠冕

This week’s free Single of the Week on the iTunes Store is “荊棘的冠冕” by Taiwanese singer 陳惠婷 (Hui Ting Chen).

Singer, songwriter, producer and keyboardist Hui Ting Chen first came to attention as one third of Taiwan’s acclaimed indie rockers Tizzy Bac. “Crown of Thorns” introduces Chen’s solo ambitions with a coy stylistic evolution. The gentle, cascading electronic production is rounded out by winsome synth lines before the song blossoms with layered instruments and a driving, deliriously catchy chorus.

Download it for free here.

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Free ‘App of the Week': Cinamatic

Hipstamatic’s Cinamatic is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7.1 or later.

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Cinamatic is the best way to create beautiful short films. Record multiple short clips that transform into amazing short motion pictures. Your Cinamatic videos can be shared straight to Instagram, Vine, or Facebook.

• Shoot 3 to 15 second films
• Choose from an amazing set of video filters
• Instantly post videos to Instagram, Vine, or Facebook
• Get even more filters from the shop

Download it for free here.

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Apple and IBM Announce Landmark Deal To Transform Enterprise Mobility

Apple on Tuesday announced a partnership with fellow tech giant IBM to revolutionise enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps tailored specifically for the iPhone and iPad.

The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change—grounded in four core capabilities:

  • a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad;
  • unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
  • new AppleCare® service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise;  and
  • new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

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Free ‘Single of the Week': Kris Kuan – 安靜的張揚

This week’s free Single of the Week on the iTunes Store is “安靜的張揚” by Taiwanese singer Kris Kuan.

Taiwanese chanteuse Kris Kuan first gained notice when she appeared on a reality TV singing competition at the age of 15. After taking time away from the spotlight to complete her university studies, she returns with a compelling piano-driven pop track, “安靜的張揚”. Opening with dark chords and dramatic, echoing drums, the tune blossoms with layered instrumentation, a bold lead guitar and a heavy backbeat. When the song reaches the buoyant chorus, Kuan delivers it with shining confidence.

Download it for free here.

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Free ‘App of the Week': Assassin’s Creed Pirates

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Pirates is the App Store’s free ‘App of the Week’. The app is available for free for one week and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 7.0 or later.

Become one of the most feared pirates of the Caribbean in this exclusive Assassin’s Creed adventure on smartphones and tablets!

Play as Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious captain, a pirate eager to take on the fiercest of enemies…

Break all the rules, challenge empires and make your own fortune!

Download it for free here.