Google I/O iPhone app is perfect for switch-hitting coders

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I/O on iPhone.
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If you’re an iPhone user who loves Google, or you just like to keep up with the competition, then you’ll be pleased to know there’s now an official iPhone app for next week’s Google I/O conference.

You can use it to keep track of events, navigate your way around if you’re going to be there, and to watch the keynote and sessions live if you’ve been following from home.

Moog’s new iPad synth app is a knob-twiddler’s dream

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It's the 1970s all over again!
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If you’re a fan of classic synth music (and, let’s be honest, who isn’t?), you may want to check out Moog’s latest iOS release, which astonishingly recreates the company’s iconic 1973 Model 15 modular synth inside an iPad app.

Considering that a genuine Model 15 will set you back $10,000, and Moog’s app is just $30, that’s a whopping $9,970 discount!

This app’s sole purpose is to snag you free stuff

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Finagle just exists to get you free stuff.
Finagle just exists to get you free stuff.
Photo: David Repas

Developer David Repas just wants to give you some free stuff with no obligation on your part.

“I’m just one guy trying to create a company around giving stuff away,” he tells Cult of Android. “I’m not into people tracking, annoying users or any of that funny business.”

The app, Finagle, is the simplest we’ve seen. Download it for iOS or Android, add in your email and mobile number and boom, you’re set. Simply look at the latest giveaway (Repas is offering a Pebble Time smartwatch currently) and you’re entered a random drawing to win.

Getting free stuff is never this easy. What’s the catch?

Phew! Instagram update restores log out button

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You're not trapped in the same account forever after all.
Photo: Photo: Stephen Smith/Cult of Mac

Head into the App Store and get the latest Instagram update because it solves a huge problem: You can finally log out of your account. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be a breakthrough new feature, but it is now if you’ve been severely confused about how to escape lately.

Letterboxd app turns movie tracking into a social network

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A great way to track your movie watching.
Photo: Letterboxd

If you’re a movie fan, you may well have visited the website Letterboxd at some point — giving you a fun way of tracking your movie-watching, built around a neat social network premise.

Today Letterboxd finally got around to launching its official mobile app, bringing the service to iPhones everywhere. Trust us, if you’re a cinema lover, this is a “must download!”

Nifty app uses Morse code to send Apple Watch messages

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Who would've thought a dot and a dash could solve all your messaging problems?
Photo: Patryk Laurent

Although there are ways of messaging people with the Apple Watch — either with Siri dictation, or using pre-written responses and emojis — as far as I know, no-one has yet come up with the perfect method for typing and sending messages from the device itself, without needing to whip out your iPhone to help do so.

That’s exactly the problem Patryk Laurent, cognitive scientist working at the Brain Corporation in San Diego — and an avid Apple Watch fan — has set out out to solve. His solution is a nifty homemade app, which allows users to input their messages using Morse code.

Yes, it’s every bit as geeky and awesome as it sounds.

Controversial app that let you ‘buy’ people shuts down

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Boom! You've been owned, Stolen!
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Stolen!, the app that let you buy and sell Twitter users in a fictional exchange, has been taken off the App Store by its developers due to privacy concerns.

“The app is no longer available in the App Store,” the Stolen! team tweeted Thursday afternoon. “We’ve heard everyone’s concerns and have decided the best thing to do is to shut down.”

Weed app gets you a legal prescription in minutes

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EazeMD makes medical marijuana just a chat away.
EazeMD makes medical marijuana just a chat away.
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It’s about time, really. We already can order pizzas, send images of our rashes to medical doctors, and get groceries delivered via the magic of our iPhones. Now, with a new app called EazeMD, you can get your legal medical marijuana this way, too.

Eaze MD promises California smartphone users the ability to connect with a doctor for a prescription for medical marijuana, and then follow that up with a delivery within 20 minutes or less.

How’s that for the new app economy?

Popular messaging app blocked in Iran after creator refuses to turn spy

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Lotf Allah Mosque, Iran.
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The maker of Telegram, a popular messaging app, has had his creation blocked in Iran on the grounds that he refused to help authorities to spy on their own citizens.

Creator Pavel Durov said that Iran’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology asked him to provide them with “spying and censorship tools” for the service. When he refused, Telegram was quickly given the boot.