Weather Network app claims it can tell you when it is going to rain

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Back to the Future Part II weather network app
The Weather Network's latest app update might make this a reality.
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We’re not quite through 2015 yet, so app developers still have time to make the prophecies foretold by director Robert Zemeckis’ documentary Back to the Future: Part II come true. And to that end, The Weather Network’s latest app update uses radar and algorithms to predict when, exactly, it is going to start and stop raining.

The new feature, appropriately called “Rain Start Stop,” claims to give you a few hours to finalize the details on your outdoor activities.

Instagram is about to hit you with ads whether you Like them or not

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Get ready to see this stuff all the time.
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Are you tired of your Instagram feed being low on sponsored posts from companies trying to sell you things? If so, here comes the best news you’ve ever heard.

The company has opened up its advertising code to make it easier than ever for partners to get ads all up in the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app.

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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Apple Music could put a serious hurt on your iPhone battery

Harsh terms, but probably not illegal.
Please, please, please let my charge last all day.
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We’ve had a couple days to check out Apple Music, Apple’s song-streaming platform that launched Tuesday. It comes loaded with 30 million songs that you can listen to on demand with a quick search or a request to Siri.

But all that choice and tech power may come at a price, as some users are reporting that the new Music app is killing their iPhone’s battery life.

Top 3 iPad apps that let you get real work done

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Though our iPads can be great for relaxation, sometimes it’s crucial to use these mobile workhorses for business. Luckily, when there is a lot being asked of you and deadlines are to be met, there are applications that can help save the day.

In today’s video, we reveal our top three must-have applications that will help you get your work done more efficiently. Take care of your documents, get your to-do lists organized and more with these functional apps.

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