Old Man’s Journey, Google Assistant, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend!
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Apple tells Chinese app makers to cut tips or pay up

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Apple wants to take its cut of the money Chinese app users send as tips to content creators.
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Apple has risked upsetting customers in China by revealing plans to take a percentage of donations that are sent to content creators on social media, via the “tip” function of local apps like WeChat.

Apple previously told developers to disable the feature, but it has since reconsidered and decided that this represents an opportunity to make some money. Since they are considered in-app purchases, Apple wants to take its usual 30 percent cut of payments.

The Loog is a retrotastic three-string guitar with its own app

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The Loog is the perfect beginner guitar, and looks awesome too.
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This is the Loog Pro, a three-string guitar suitable for kids, and also for awesome adults. The Pro, along with the new Loog Mini, are the sequels to existing Loogs, and bring a whole bunch of neat upgrades. Why are we writing about it here on Cult of Mac? Because it also comes with a free app to help you learn to play.

Tynker, rvlvr, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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iOS 10 bug lets you freeze any iPhone with 3 taps

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Watch out for this bug.
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A newly discovered bug in iOS 10 is wreaking havoc on iPhone owners by making Control Center more unstable than ever.

With just three taps, the bug allows anyone to crash an iPhone in seconds. Once the trick is executed, the only way to unfreeze an affected iPhone is with a hard reboot.

Here’s how to do the dirty:

Apple slashes commissions for App Store referrals

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There are small savings for some.
Apple is cut affiliates' pay.
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Android squeaks past Windows to become internet’s most popular OS

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Android rules the Internet.
Android rules the Internet.
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Windows can no longer claim the crown as the most popular operating system on the internet thanks to the rise of smartphones.

During the month of March, Microsoft finally saw its share of worldwide OS internet get eclipsed by Google’s Android operating system, marking the first time a mobile OS is more popular than the software powering PCs.

Total Android app revenue could surpass iOS this year

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The Apple brand is the big difference.
Numbers are tipping in Android's direction. Kind of.
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