Invisible ads could be crippling your smartphone

Some of the apps available on Apple Watch.
Thousands of apps on iOS and Android run invisible ads you didn't know about.
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“What you don’t know won’t hurt you” is a common phrase that unfortunately does not apply to the apps on your phone. It turns out that thousands of apps on Android and iOS secretly have ads in them that you can’t see, and they very well might be what’s causing a number of problems that plague smartphones today.

Apple and IBM reveal 10 new enterprise apps for iOS and Apple Watch

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IBM has 10 new enterprise apps for iOS users
IBM has 10 new enterprise apps for iOS users.
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Apple and IBM have been collaborating on creating an excellent suite of apps for the iPhone and iPad over the past year, but starting today, IBM’s MobileFirst apps are adding support for Apple Watch.

The Apple and IBM partnership revealed today that it’s created 10 more apps that cover everything from managing employee shifts to helping government inspectors get all the data necessary while out in the field.

Take a tour of the new apps below:

Twitter working to repair relationships with devs

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Twitter managed to create a swarm of disgruntled developers over the past few years. It worked tirelessly to break down many of the third-party apps that made the social network successful. Now, as Twitter discovers what it really is as a service, it’s working to repair relationships with developers and elevate the platform. This ought to be a win-win for everyone.

Week’s best apps: Star Wars, Newsify and more

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Apps of the Week

'Appy weekend everyone.

As usual, that means we're counting down the top apps you may have missed from the previous 7 days -- everything from an update to a truly excellent game to a fantastic way to keep up to date with your Apple Watch.

Without further ado, then, here are this week’s awesome apps!

Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Star Wars

A long time ago (well, three days ago) in an App Store far, far away, Disney finally dropped its official Star Wars app ahead of the release of this winter’s Episode VII movie. Bringing you all the breaking news and interactive features you can shake a lightsaber at, the app will let you know the second a new trailer drops or any other big announcement is made.

On top of that, the app lets you unlock 3D characters for a special Augmented Reality camera feature, take and share a Star Wars selfie, and so much more.

Download it you probably should.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Photo: Disney

Alto's Adventure

Superb endless runner Alto’s Adventure is one of the year’s best games, and the 1.1 upgrade makes it even better — giving you a way to spend all those coins you’ve earned by buying helmets to protect you from crashes, chasm rescue kits, llama stampede horns, and much more.

If you’re already getting good-to-great at this atmospheric iOS game, this well-timed upgrade is just the thing to keep you enjoying the game’s snowy landscapes throughout the summer months.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Photo: Snowman

Newsify

News at a glance is something we can get on board with for the Apple Watch, and this Watch-friendly update of the free Reeder rival has now incorporated that into its lineup. Giving you the chance to check out the headline, source and main image of a variety of relevant news stories and then either read the best ones or mark them for later reading, the app is a great way to stay up to date while on the move.

The accompanying iPhone app’s not bad, either.

Available on: iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Photo: Ben Alexander

Facebook

For as long as we’ve been using Facebook, it’s been almost impossible to control your News Feed, with Facebook’s algorithms determining which stories you’re exposed to each day.

That changed with the new Facebook update which lets users tweak their preferences to select which pages and friends do and don’t appear at the top of their News Feed every time they log in.

Great move, Mark Zuckerberg!

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store

Photo: Facebook

Daygram

Given that most of us spend a bit of time sitting on the bus, subway or just lounging on the sofa each day, our omnipresent iPhones are pretty much the perfect tool for keeping a diary. Daygram is a great diary tool, encouraging you to keep track of your thoughts using a simple tap-based UI.

Not only is it great practice to write every day, but it’s also possible to gain some fascinating insights into your life just by virtue of writing down your thoughts. Recommended!

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $1.99

Download: App Store

Photo: Eui Hyung Jung

Heroes: Reborn prequel debuts as iOS exclusive

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Phoebe channels the darkness in the new Heroes: Reborn prequel.
Phoebe channels the darkness in the new Heroes: Reborn prequel.
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Excited about the new Heroes: Reborn series coming back to television? Want to relive highlights from the original Heroes series in preparation for the reboot set to air this fall?

How about an entire prequel series that explains how the world has changed since Heroes? You’re in luck, then, as NBC has created a digital series that does just that: Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters.

If you want to see it, though, you’ll need to download the Heroes: Reborn app, which is only on iOS.