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.

iOS beta users can no longer write App Store reviews

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In what will surely be met with a sigh of relief from developers, Apple has stopped people running beta versions of iOS from writing reviews of apps in the App Store.

Many of these reviews tend to be negative because developers have yet to optimize their apps to run the latest prerelease software version. As a result, apps run on a beta version of iOS are far more likely to crash, or feature bugs.

Square’s new app gives retailers real-time sales data

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Square's new Dashboard app lets business owners track and compare real-time sales.
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Square continues to add to its lineup of small business tools, especially for owners and managers who want an overall better grip on their businesses. It’s introducing a new Dashboard app that does just that: it lets owners track sales in real-time right from an iPhone. Still, the only requirement is a free Square account.

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: