Pocket Casts goes free with optional ‘Plus’ subscription

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Pocket Casts, one of the best third-party podcast apps on iOS, is now available for free.

It won’t cost you anything to download the app anymore, and you’ll get to enjoy some of its best features — like cross-platform syncing and the dark theme — for absolutely nothing.

An optional Pocket Casts Plus subscription, priced at just $0.99 a month, gets you even more.

Fortnite update adds new Party Hub, Split View support on iPad

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Chatting with friends couldn't be easier.
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Fortnite’s brand new Party Hub makes it easier than ever for mobile players to stay in touch with friends.

You can use it to chat to other players both inside and outside of the game. It will tell you which of your friends are online and let you start a party before jumping into a match on any platform.

Microsoft bakes the best of Wunderlist into new To Do app

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The brand new To Do app is available now across all platforms.
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Microsoft’s fancy new To Do app has arrived and is available now across all platforms. The big overhaul brings the best of Wunderlist and combines it with an improved design.

You’ll find more customization options, like the ability to set different backgrounds for each of your lists, and a new dark mode.

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Apple apps no longer dominate App Store search results.
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US orders Apple to identify users of rifle scope app

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Justice officials have their sights set on a lot of private data.
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The Department of Justice has ordered Apple and Google to turn over names, phone numbers and IP addresses for users of a gun scope app that allows gun owners to calibrate scopes and capture video.

Data privacy activists say the government’s ask would set a “dangerous precedent,” giving officials access to data on thousands of innocent people.

Babies run amok in latest Dr. Mario World update

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Dr. Mario landed on iOS this summer.
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Dr. Mario World, the latest Nintendo title to land in the App Store, just got a new update — adding 4 new doctors and 20 additional stages.

New doctors include Doctors Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, and Baby Daisy. While I’d quibble about the realism of someone being able to complete a 7-year+ medical course while remaining a baby, I don’t think that’s entirely the point.

Security researchers are flooding the market with iOS exploits

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Here's how much you can make selling certain exploit chains.
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One of the biggest buyers of iOS zero-day exploits says the market is flooded with new iPhone bugs due to weakened security components in Safari and iMessage.

Zerodium, which pays $2 million for iOS exploits, recently announced it’s increasing its payout for Android exploits to $2.5 million. iOS used to be the most locked-down mobile operating system, but the company says Android’s security has improved with every new OS release while iOS has been slacking, leading to a glut of new exploits.

Gmail for iOS can now prevent remote image tracking

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You'll need to enable it manually — and you should.
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The official Gmail app on iOS can now prevent tracking via external images.

A new update to the app brings the ability to disable automatic image loading. This makes it harder for message senders to establish whether you actually opened an email.

Brand new Lego Star Wars Battles hits iOS next year

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Unlike any other Lego Star Wars game.
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In a galaxy not so far away (our galaxy, actually) a brand new Star Wars game is on its way to iOS.

Lego Star Wars Battles is a brand new deck-building strategy game that will feature content from all nine of the Star Wars movies — including all your favorite characters and locations.