iOS devs can now create public beta links through TestFlight

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Apple's TestFlight is used to beta test apps before they're ready for prime time.
Expect easier access to iOS app betas.
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It’s now easier than ever for iOS developers to distribute beta versions of their apps.

Apple is allowing them to share public URLs, which allow for quick enrollment when opened on an iPhone or iPad, through TestFlight. Developers no longer need an email address for every tester.

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Apple really wants developers to use subscriptions.
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You can now run Windows 95 as an app on your Mac

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Windows 95 Mac app
It's easier than ever.
Photo: Felix Rieseberg

Take a trip down memory lane by loading up Windows 95 on your Mac. Play classic Solitaire and Minesweeper, and soak up the experience once enjoyed by nearly 70 percent of computer owners in the late ’90s.

It’s easier than ever, thanks to a new app built by Slack developer Felix Rieseberg.

Microsoft confirms plan to kill Office Sway app for iOS

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Bid goodbye to Office Sway for iOS.
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Microsoft has confirmed plans to discontinue its Office Sway app for iOS.

The service will no longer work on iPhone and iPad as of December 17, 2018. Sway will be removed from the App Store two months earlier. You will still be able to access the service through your web browser, however.

Apple’s free Schoolwork app is ready for the classroom

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Students and teachers can start using Schoolwork today.
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Apple’s free Schoolwork app, which lets students and teachers collaborate on school assignments, is available now.

Schoolwork makes it easy to create assignments, take advantage of third-party apps for learning, and view student progress. It will work alongside the Classroom app to provide teachers around the world with the tools they need to “enhance the learning experience.”

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Apple's trial solution just won't work for some developers.
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At WWDC 2018, Apple will show us the future of iOS and its other platforms.
At WWDC 2018, Apple will show us the future of iOS and its other platforms.
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Netflix on iOS now lets you enjoy previews

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Netflix previews will help you hunt down the perfect show.
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Netflix has added a new feature to its iOS app, allowing users to watch a 30-second video trailer of content they are interested in.

The company began testing the feature in early March, but is now rolling it out to all users. The video previews are viewable in portrait mode, which ensures that they do not interrupt your browsing experience by having to constantly change the orientation of your device.

Apple warns macOS users that it will drop support for 32-bit apps

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A macOS update adds support for Messages in iCloud.
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Apple has begun issuing notifications to macOS users that confirm plans to drop support for 32-bit applications.

“This app needs to be updated by its developer to improve compatibility,” reads the warning users will see when they load a 32-bit app for the first time in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4. This is the final version of macOS that will allow 32-bit apps to be opened “without compromise.”