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Top 7 TV/movie/entertainment apps for iPhone, iPad and Android

We recently covered Five of the best iPhone, iPad and Android fitness apps, touching on everything from walking to pumping iron to flexing your synapses, so it’s time for a well-deserved rest.

Here we’re lying on the couch with the top seven apps in the TV/movie/general entertainment field, and the good news is: they’re all free! (Well, sort of.)

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  5 days ago

What happened this week? The 0-10 Oakland Raiders beat the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs; that was pretty weird. We won’t dwell too much on Scotland vs. England in the soccerball; that was just a friendly.

In mobile (that is, after all, why we’re here), Nokia surprised us with an Android Lollipop tablet, the N1, and Finnish startup Jolla secured over $1m in three days for its own take on the tablet thing.

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Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Gorilla Glass 4: drop your phone from 1m and the screen (probably) won’t smash

Lewis Curdie  6 days ago

Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 is found in a multitude of phones, from the wallet-friendly Motorola Moto G, to high-end flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One M8.

The inevitable Gorilla Glass 4 has been officially announced, and needless to say it’s “dramatically improved” with the headline feature being its ability to laugh off 1m drops on rough surfaces. Er, most of the time.

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How to create a freemium mobile game, by South Park

This ties in quite nicely with not only How to access US South Park Studios from your UK Android smartphone or tablet, but also No more ‘Free’ games on the App Store, but you can still ‘Get’ them. Nice work, me.

I speak of South Park’s tongue-in-cheek guide (though it is remarkably accurate) for building the perfect money-grabbing freemium mobile game.

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No more ‘Free’ apps on the App Store, but you can still ‘Get’ them

The Google Play Store recently bowed to pressure from angry customers and the European Commission over the use of the word ‘Free’ in relation to gratis apps that offer – or sometimes demand – in-app purchases in order to unlock content, or perhaps to progress in a game. "Freemium" apps, for short.

In a similar move, App Store apps that are free to download are no longer listed as ‘Free’, with the button now labelled ‘Get’.

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Five of the best iPhone, iPad and Android fitness apps

Smartphones aren’t just great for lying on the couch playing Angry Birds while eating cake and Toblerone (guilty); they’re also great fitness trackers and motivational tools.

Here we’re looking at five of the best fitness apps for your iPhone and/or iPad and/or Android device, covering everything from walking to running to pumping iron to having a baby.

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iPhone 7 specs: DSLR-level camera?

iPhone 7 specs: DSLR-level camera?

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 18 at 12:00

We’re partly relaying this news since it’s genuinely quite interesting, but partly on account of the ridiculousness of discussing a phone that’s in all likelihood some 10 months away from release. Yep, it’s the iPhone 7! Or perhaps that should be iPhone 6S, hmm.

In any case, the story goes that the next iPhone will mark a massive leap in Apple smartphone camera tech – the biggest leap ever.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 15 at 13:00

Right, what happened this week? Ah, Scotland beat the Republic of Ireland in the soccerball; that was pretty good. In mobile, we met the first Microsoft Lumia device, the Lumia 535. Who-kia?

In other news, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is coming to the UK after all, despite being initially dismissed as a “limited edition” niche device for Koreans.

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DigiTimes: Team Cook geared up to sell 30-40 million Apple Watches

Ah, DigiTimes. It’s been too long, old friend! But you’ll forgive us for adding some delicious salt to our morning coffee, given your hit-and-miss track record.

Here the DigiMen are saying Apple has ordered a whopping 30-40 million units of the yet-to-be-released Apple Watch. That’s a lot of Apple Watches.

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Cortana for iOS and Android? ‘Yeah’ says Microsoft

Cortana for iOS and Android? ‘Yeah’ says Microsoft

Lewis Curdie  Nov. 14 at 14:00

We’re still not entirely sure about the logic here, but it sounds like it’s a done deal regardless. What am I rambling on about? Cortana for iOS and Android!

There wasn’t much doubt that it was happening, to be fair, but Microsoft has given us the closest thing we’ve had to an official confirmation to date: “Yeah.”

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