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Rovio launches Flappy Bird-inspired RETRY worldwide

Rovio, makers of the Angry Birds series of games, has today launched its Flappy Bird-inspired arcade style game RETRY around the globe. After soft-launching the game in Canada, Finland and Poland, the Finnish games maker has taken RETRY global and it is insanely difficult (as the name might suggest). RETRY, released under Rovio’s experimental LVL 11…

Some Apple Pay customers being charged twice for purchases

Apple Pay launched with iOS 8.1 on Monday and many users have been happy using the new mobile payment service on their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in retail stores, However, it has come to light that some Apple Pay users are being charged twice for single transactions. Angry users took to Reddit to after finding double charges on their bank statements and…

iPad Air 2 review roundup: Evolutionary changes in a beautiful package

The embargo lifted last night and tech blogs the world over began publishing their iPad Air 2 reviews. Thoughts on Apple’s newest flagship tablet were generally positive with many praising the new anti-relective screen, the device’s thinner form factor, the inclusion of Touch ID and the speed increase over last year’s model. iPad Air 2 features a profile…

Apple Pay demos show how easy the payment service is to use in the real world

Apple’s new mobile payment service, Apple Pay, launched with iOS 8.1 yesterday. Now that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users have had chance to test out the service in the real world for almost 24 hours, a number of initial test videos and first impressions have made their way on to the ‘net. Below are TechCrunch’s Kyle Russell’s thoughts on his first uses of…

Apple to developers: Apps must be built for iOS 8, 64-bit

While some Apple followers were busy following their quarterly financial report, developers were seeing some other news. In a short news post to the Developer Portal, Apple gave a deadline for future app submissions to support 64-bit architectures and be built against the iOS 8 SDK. Starting February 1, 2015, Apple is requiring that all apps…

Apple acquired 20 companies in 2014, 7 in fiscal Q4

Apple acquired 20 companies across 2014, the company revealed during its Q4 earnings call. CEO Tim Cook also revealed that seven of these purchases were made during the the fourth quarter. Of the 20 companies acquired, some are known but many remain unknown. Obviously, Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats was the company’s largest of the year (and…

Tim Cook teases “upcoming Beats plans”

During this evening’s earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at the company’s future plans for Beats now that Apple owns the accessory company and streaming music service. While remaining coy about the topic, Cook stated, “The Beats transition closed in July, with some upcoming Beats plans to be shared in the future.” Apple announced its purchase…

Apple will not disclose Apple Watch sales numbers

During the company’s earnings call, Apple announced that it was going to make some changes to the way it breaks down product sales in future. Instead of detailing individual unit sales for Apple TV, iPods and the upcoming Apple Watch, the company will group these devices into one “Other” category. While this represents a drastic demise for the iPod, once…