Apple purchases Burstly, TestFlight beta testing suite

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Apple has purchased Burstly, a company that produces the TestFlight beta testing suite. TestFlight is used by developers and beta-testers alike to distribute apps before they see a full release on the App Store. This is, by far, Burstly’s most popular service, though they also have mobile ad and analytic software. (more…)

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iOS 6.1 Might Be Less Than a Week Away

iOS-6-1-logoMuch of the iOS community is awaiting the next incremental revision of Apple’s mobile operating system, version 6.1. Developers have had their hands on beta builds of the update since early November, but we’re now on beta 4 and going on February — a release has not up to this point been anywhere in sight.

That is, until early this morning. Famous iPhone hacker Stefan Esser, better known as “i0n1c” has made a good point via his twitter feed. The tweet reads as follows:

This isn’t exactly new or astonishing information, but it does remind us of one thing: Apple will be releasing a new build of iOS in 6 days or less. That release could potentially be iOS 6.1 Beta 5, or a final, official release of iOS 6.1. Only time will tell. Follow after the break for quick overview of known 6.1 features. (more…)

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Ryan Petrich Reveals Hidden Topography Setting In Google Maps

Cydia IconAs we all know, the native Google Maps application was recently released following its departure in the iOS 6 update. Today, iDownloadBlog is reporting that the app includes a hidden feature — topography.

Early feedback shows the app may be superior to the Android version, even though both versions of the app offer the same basic set of features.  While the Android version offers more features such as Wikipedia  integration and other Google services, the iOS version offers a more clean and intuitive experience.

Both may be useful apps, but the more recent iOS version seems to have one feature that has yet to be publicly announced. (more…)

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Apple Seeds iOS 6.1 Beta 3 to Developers

Apple is rolling out iOS 6.1 beta 3 to developers this morning, with the official change log noting just “bug fixes and improvements.” Developers can obtain the update by navigating to the developer portal, or simply doing an OTA update on any compatible device.

Earlier beta releases to the upcoming 6.1 software update included changes to iOS 6.1 Map Kit , changes to Siri, and minor updates to Safari and Passbook. So far, there have been no drastic changes to be aware of in iOS 6.1, but if we stumble upon any interesting tidbits as a part of the latest build, we’ll be sure to let you know.

 

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First iOS 6.1 Beta Seeded to Developers

Shortly after the public release of iOS 6.0.1 this morning, Apple has provided developers with access to an early build of its forthcoming iOS 6.1 software update, featuring improvements to the Maps framework, minor changes to Passbook boarding passes, and Mobile Safari tweaks. Also released this afternoon is a developer preview version of the upcoming XCode 4.6.

Apple has detailed the changes to iOS 6.1 Map Kit:

The Map Kit framework now lets you programmatically search for map-based addresses and points of interest. The MKLocalSearch class initiates a search for map-based content using a natural language string. In other words, you can enter placename information or portions of an address and have Map Kit return search results that match the information you provide. For example, searching for the string “coffee” would return the location of local coffee bars along with information about each one.

The update is compatible with all devices that currently run iOS 6, and while the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini are not mentioned in the list of software available for download, I wouldn’t be surprised if those versions are coming soon — probably after those devices have officially launched. As is the case with any software releases from Apple, feel free to leave a comment if you find something interesting.

[9to5Mac]

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Steam Mobile Now Open to All

Last week, Valve released a Steam Mobile app as a companion to the desktop app for Android and iPhone users. Sadly, the release was a closed beta and users were quite disgruntled because they couldn’t access their accounts or do anything through the app. But we have some great news for you today: Valve has opened up the Steam Mobile service to all users — no more closed off beta testing. It only took them five days to polish the app a bit and release it publicly — which is pretty fast, considering how long betas usually take to debug. Hopefully it doesn’t have a lot of bugs or anything, but it’s up to you to try it out and report them, so head over to the App Store to download your copy free here.

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