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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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Apple to kill off Newsstand in favor of a Flipboard-style newsreader

Rest in peaces, Newsstand.

Rest in pieces, Newsstand.

Apple is going to kill off its Newsstand app for iOS and replace it with a Flipboard-style news reader, according to a new report. The new service will be free, and it is expected to feature sample content from partners like The New York Times, ESPN, and Conde Nast.

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Tune into the WWDC live-steam on Android and Windows

You don't need an Apple device to enjoy WWDC.

You don’t need an Apple device to enjoy WWDC.

Apple officially only streams its WWDC keynote to its own platforms and devices — iOS, OS X, and Apple TV. But you can easily tune in on Windows PCs and tablets, Android smartphones, and other devices.

So if you don’t have an Apple device handy, but you still want to watch WWDC, here’s how.

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Apple hopes to secure 100 million subscribers with new music streaming service

Apple has big ambitions for its new music streaming service.

Apple has big ambitions for its new music streaming service.

Apple is expected to announce its long-awaited music streaming service during the WWDC keynote later today, and despite tough competition from the likes of Spotify, the company has incredibly ambitious plans to sign up 100 million subscribers.

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App Store vs. Google Play: What’s hot and what’s not?

It's that time of the week again! Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

It’s that time of the week again! Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

When you’re choosing between Android and iOS, you also have to choose between the App Store and Google Play; apps are so important to us these days that they must come into consideration when we’re buying new mobile devices.

Friday-Night-Fights-bug-2Android has caught up with and even overtaken the App Store in sheer number of apps, but Apple’s marketplace continues to rake in lots more revenue. But which offers better titles, a greater user experience, and more features?

In this week’s Friday Night Fight with Cult of Android versus Cult of Mac, we pit the App Store against Google Play to find out which is the best mobile marketplace.

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Most Apple Watch bands now shipping in just one day

Now's the time to order your new Watch band.

Now’s the time to order your new Watch band.

Already bored of the band that came with your Apple Watch? Now’s the time to get a new one, because almost every band available from the Apple Online Store is now shipping in just one business day.

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Apple invites you to return your Beats Pill XL before it catches fire

Have one of these? Take it back to Apple.

Have one of these? Take it back to Apple.

Beats Pill XL owners should return their speakers for a refund because the batteries could overheat and pose a fire safety risk. Apple recalled the product Wednesday, saying people who return the potentially dangerous Bluetooth speakers will receive a full refund of $325 as an Apple Store gift card or electronic payment.

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Oops! Apple Store gaffe may have spilled the iPhone 6c early

Notice anything different?

Notice anything different?

Is Apple preparing to deliver a refreshed iPhone 5c? A product image on its own online store shows what could be a new iPhone 6c sitting atop the new Lightning iPhone dock. The device carries the same plastic back we’re already familiar with, as well as a Touch ID sensor.

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Got ‘Android’ in your screenshot? You’ll find an app rejection in your inbox

Squint hard enough and you should see it.

Squint hard enough and you should see it.

An iOS developer claims the latest version of their app has been rejected by Apple solely because a screenshot dared to mention the forbidden word “Android.”

It’s hardly noticeable — you’ll need to squint to see it — but Apple allegedly wants it gone just in case it reminds iPhone and iPad users that other platforms are available.

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Microsoft leaks its brand new chat app for iPhone

Flow will work alongside Microsoft Outlook.

Flow will work alongside Microsoft Outlook.

Microsoft has inadvertently leaked plans to release a new chat app for iPhone called Flow, which will allow users to have “rapid email conversations.” The service will be a part of Outlook, but it will focus on quick communication with “no subject lines, salutations, or signatures.”

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Apple brings Force Touch to 15-inch MacBook Pro, adds cheaper 5K iMac

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Apple launched a number of new Macs through the Apple Online Store today, including a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Force Touch and a more-affordable 5K iMac. They all boast faster Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, as expected, and they’re shipping in just one business day.

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