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iOS 12 developer beta 2 is available for download right now

It’s been two weeks since Apple released the first beta of iOS 12, its most performance-focused iOS upgrade in years. The feedback has generally been excellent: The first iOS 12 beta is more stable and usable than any in recent memory, and there’s seemingly not a ton of bugs that need fixing.

But that’s not going to stop Apple from pushing forwards with its usual update cycle, so a brand-new software update, iOS 12 beta 2, has just been pushed live for developers. We’re still digging through to see if there are any significant changes, but if you’re already on the iOS 12 developer beta channel, you’re going to want to update right now.

iOS 12 developer beta 2 is currently available — as the name would suggest — to developers. If you have an Apple developer account, you can hit this link on your iPhone or iPad and you’ll download the developer profile, which will let you install the iOS 12 developer beta as an over-the-air update. If you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, you can visit the link on your PC or Mac, and use iTunes to manually update. If you don’t have a paid Apple developer account, you can also download iOS 12 beta profiles here.

Even though iOS 12 beta 1 was impressively stable, you have to remember that you’re still downloading test software. You shouldn’t put it on any device that you rely on day-to-day — and if you do, don’t complain if something vital decides to stop working at an inconvenient time. Anecdotal reports from forums already indicate that there’s problems with sending SMS texts and GPS location on some devices, in addition to the usual complaints about battery life.

With that out of the way, the only thing left to check is whether your device is compatible. As we already mentioned, Apple is making iOS 12 available to every device that can run iOS 11, which means iPhones all the way back to the iPhone 5S. Not sure if that includes you? The full list is below:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6th generation

 

7 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free right now

We’re big supporters of app developers and we believe people should be happy to pay the price of a cup of coffee for an app they might use all the time. That said, if a developer decides to give something away for free, you should jump at the chance to download it. Today’s roundup of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free includes seven premium apps that are all free downloads — but only for a limited time, so grab them while you can.

This post covers paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. BGR is not affiliated with any developers. There is no way to tell how long these apps will remain free. The sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. If you download the app anyway, you will be charged by Apple. Subscribe to our feed to be notified as soon as these posts are published, and you’ll avoid missing the sales we cover.

3D Solar System Explorer AR

Normally $0.99.

3D Solar System Explorer AR will let you experience Solar System with Sun and all the other planets wherever you are with your phone. Just launch the app to witness the beautiful planetary rotations of each planet in the orbit around the sun. It can help you learn, understand and remember better about the solar system.

In short, this app will let you manifest a full blown virtual solar system in thin air. The app is powered by latest augmented reality technology.

Features:
– Move up close to or farther to see each planet or sun closer or farther
– Try moving closer to earth to view orbiting moon and each continent up close and their spinning.
– See the rotation of moon around earth
– Works offline

Download 3D Solar System Explorer AR

myTranslator.io

Normally $4.99.

Just speak into your phone and it immediately replies in one of our 80 languages.

VOICE INPUT & OUTPUT
Speak instead of type. No training needed. Just start speaking and we recognise your voice, transform it into text and translate it into another language.

EDIT & SHARE
Tap our translation to edit and make changes, without having to speak again. Send translations to your friends via Email, SMS, Facebook or Twitter or simply copy a translation and use it in any App you like.

UNIVERSAL APP
This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.

Translations between the following languages are supported:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bengali, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Belgian (Dutch), Catalan, Chinese(Simplified), Chinese(Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English US, English UK, English AU, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, French CA, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese BR, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Spanish MX, Spanish US, Swahili, Swedish, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish

Languages & Dialects with Speech Recognition:

– Arabic
– English (United States)
– English (United Kingdom)
– English (Australia)
– Spanish (Spain)
– Spanish (United States)
– Spanish (Mexico)
– French (France)
– French (Canada)
– Croatian
– Catalan
– Hebrew
– Romanian
– Ukrainian
– Czech
– German
– Italian
– Japanese
– Finnish
– Greek
– Mandarin (China)
– Mandarin (Taiwan)
– Korean
– Dutch
– Norwegian
– Swedish
– Danish
– Portuguese (Portugal)
– Portuguese (Brazil)
– Polish
– Russian
– Indonesian
– Malay
– Romanian
– Slovak
– Vietnamese

This app requires an Internet connection.

Download myTranslator.io

aTimeLogger 2

Normally $4.99.

Track your time with single touch in aTimeLogger 2!

Spending only a few minutes a day on this app you will get daily, weekly and monthly statistics in the form of diagrams and graphs. Using this data you’ll be able to control and manage your time.

aTimeLogger 2 is the right solution for everyone:
– business people with an intensive daily routine;
– sportsmen who value every minute of their day;
– parents in order to control their children’s daily activities;
– everyone who is interested in what activities they spend their day on and those who want to control and optimize their time.

Application features:
– easy and intuitive interface
– iOS 8 widget for quick start/stop activities
– goals
– pause/resume activities
– groups
– simultaneous activities (enable them in Settings)
– many statistics available in form of graphs and pie charts
– reports in different formats (CSV and HTML)
– backup and restore
– a huge number of icons for activity types and ability to upload custom icons
– Apple Watch integration
– the best support 🙂

Download aTimeLogger 2

Clarity Wallpaper

Normally $0.99.

Create, explore and share elegant wallpapers.
Featured on App Store & recommended by sspai.com, ifanr.com…
Clarity Wallpaper is your ultimate wallpaper base in which you can:
– Turn your photos into perfect wallpapers within seconds with Clarity’s amazing wallpaper editor.
– Browse and save high quality wallpapers selected by Clarity or creative illustration works created by Clarity official. We’ve make sure these wallpapers perfectly fit your device. Some of them are so unique that you can not find them anywhere else.
– Share your own photography works or designs to Clarity Gallery, good wallpapers worth spreading.

Clarity takes wallpaper seriously and has an extremely high standard on aesthetic. We believe that not all beautiful images can be use as perfect wallpapers, only by selecting and tuning can reach the perfection. Let us do the job, and you can enjoy the beauty of wallpapers.

Clarity Wallpaper is free, but it offers in-app purchase and subscription. You can buy Clarity Pro to unlock all advanced editing tools, you can subscribe Clarity Magazine to get official wallpaper magazines twice a week, each issue includes more than 8 gorgeous photos, pictures or illustrations, allowing you to download them instantly while at the same time be entertained.

/ Clarity as a wallpaper editor
Keeps your lock screen time/date legible and home screen icons lucid. With Clarity, any photos can be a perfect wallpaper.
– Mask: Automatically mask your lock screen wallpaper with transparent gradient based on the color in this image.
– Blur: Add frosted glass effects to your home screen wallpapers based on your own tastes.
– Gradient: Get beautiful colored gradients from 200+ gradients, or create gradient wallpapers with any color you like.
– Frame: Highlight the important part of the image in a framed style, you can turn any portrait photo into wallpapers within seconds.

Download Clarity Wallpaper

Timer 7

Normally $0.99.

“Brilliant app, use it every day. Best timer I have found.” by Jackharper49

“I use Timer7 to take medications on a strict schedule. Timer7 makes setting and following multiple timers so simple!” – by A Kennedy

Timer7 is the most powerful and reliable timer on the App Store.

With a clear and easy-to-use interface, amazing features and reliability at its core, it really stands on its own among others.

FEATURES
* run up to 64 timers at the same time
* incredibly fast timer setup
* start / stop / resume with one tap
* easy to modify a running timer
* restart from lock-screen
* mark as favourite for instant access
* swipe to delete

* intelligent sound volume check
* alert length customization
play once / 30 seconds / until confirmed
* lock-screen nag repeat
play once / repeat every 60 seconds
* silent mode

* over 20 high-definition alert sounds
* dark and light theme with 6 tint colors
* vibration

Life is complicated enough, simplify it with Timer7!

Download Timer 7

Hotfoot – City Racer

Normally $0.99.

Get the rush of ultimate car driving experience through a lively city filled with cops, mafia thugs and yes awesome city traffic.
Play as the Hero “John” and conquer through “Valhini’s” mafia empire. With cops cars to outrun, high speed thug car chases, car racing against clock the fun never ends in HOTFOOT CITY RACER

MULTIPLE PLAY MODES

-Start through campaign mode and enter the life of John , a skilled car driver and his revenge against the mafia and save the day.
– Outrun cop cars and catch bad guys as you drift through the city’s traffic.
– Get the adrenaline rush of insane driving with simple to play controls in two endless modes and show off skills on global leaderboards

AWESOME CARS TO TUNE AND CUSTOMIZE

Drive and collect 14 awesome cars ranging from Tuners , American Muscle cars, Sports cars and uber fast Concept car.

SIMPLE DRIVING CONTROLS
Do crazy drifts at high speeds with simple Tap and Steer control.

CONSOLE QUALITY GRAPHICS
Get immersed in the high quality 3d graphics with the best performance for your device.

HAND CRAFTED LEVELS
Play through 30 levels in two different city setting of pure challenge and fun filled with wrecking cars, sweet escapes, outrunning cops and catching the bad guys in high speed thrilled chases.

Download Hotfoot – City Racer

Audio Notebook

Normally $4.99.

All-Day Audio Recorder, 2x Playback, and Wide-Screen Text Editor.

Audio Notebook is perfect for:
– Students: To record all your lectures, and take notes on all your classes,
– Professionals: For every meeting and interview,
– Everyone else: To capture your thoughts and ideas for all of life’s projects.

PRISTINE ALL-DAY RECORDING

Stop struggling to take notes while keeping up with discussions. Audio Notebook captures everything that is said, so you don’t have to worry about missing a thing.

Record through your whole day and take notes at the same time. Edit and add to your notes while recording or reviewing later. When you’re done, easily email your notes and recordings with a tap.

Leave your laptop behind. Stay on top of all your classes and meetings with just your iPad.

FAST 2x PLAYBACK

Reviews are a snap: Audio Notebook lets you breeze through recordings with up to 2x playback speed. Rewind by 5 seconds with just a tap, and capture every point with perfect recall.

EASY DATA ACCESS

It’s your data: Copy all your notes and audio to your Mac or PC with iTunes File Sharing at any time. This is great for extra backups or sharing with others. It even works wirelessly over WiFi.

COLORFUL ORGANIZATION

Color code your notes with multiple categories to find them easily and stay on top of all your projects.

WIDE-SCREEN EDITING WITH LARGE FONTS

Unlike Apps ported from the iPhone, Audio Notebook makes full use of the iPad’s larger screen. Notes take up the full screen width in landscape, and are presented with a large, legible font, so you don’t have to squint.

Pick between three beautiful fonts for your notes: Georgia, Helvetica Neue, or Courier.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO TAKE GREAT NOTES

Integrated Text Editor:
– Text notes with built-in Audio Recorder
– Works great in both landscape and portrait mode
– Large, legible font
– Copy & Paste
– Automatic spell check

Flexible Note Organizer:
– Multiple color-coded categories to stay organized
– Filter notes by category, to quickly find the one you want
– Sort by name or by date
– Customizable category names
– Share notes and recordings via Email

High Quality Audio Recorder:
– Variable play speed: 1x, 1.5x, or 2x
– Instant seek
– Quick skip by 5 second increments
– Unlimited audio recording time
– High quality MPEG-4 audio: An hour takes approximately 12MB
– Record and take notes simultaneously
– Pause and continue recording as many times as needed

Download Audio Notebook

Google Maps no longer lets you book Uber rides from within the app

Google is constantly adding new features and functionality to its array of mobile apps, which is why today’s news is so surprising. On Monday, Android Police was one of the first to notice that Google has updated its online documentation to clarify that the ability to request a ride via Uber within the app has been deactivated.

“You can no longer book Uber rides directly in Google Maps,” Google reveals on its support website. “But you can still look up the route in the Maps app and then request the ride from the Uber app.”

Neither Google nor Uber have offered any explanations as to why this change has taken place. Google hyped up the feature when it was first added last January, releasing YouTube videos showing users how to book a ride without ever leaving the app. While the feature was active, you wouldn’t even need to have the Uber app installed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUYJL1b7SKg

Until one of the companies decides to say something about the unexpected cancellation of the features, it’s anyone’s guess as to what happened. That said, the fact that users were able to use the Uber service without downloading the actual Uber app might not have sat right with the ride sharing company. Providing this is a permanent change, Uber may have just decided that it was tired of losing potential app users to Google Maps.

The fact that Uber integration is still available within the app makes it seem unlikely that Google was the impetus of this decision. You can no longer book a ride in Google Maps, but you can still look up a route in Maps and request a ride along that route in the Uber app. If Google was looking to cut ties with Uber, why not go all the way?

This app you’ve never heard of lets you watch shows and movies for free that aren’t even on Netflix

People often think that when it comes to streaming TV shows and movies online, there are only three options: pay for the good stuff, steal the good stuff, or stream the bad stuff. It’s true that all the best streaming services cost money, and oftentimes they’re worth it. If you want the broadest collection of movies and shows along with some of the best original content in the world, you subscribe to Netflix. If you want just-released movies with popular shows sprinkled in, you pay for a service like HBO Now. If you want it all and you have no regard for the people and companies that create all this great content, you steal it using any of the thousands of torrent services and pirating sites out there.

As it turns out, however, there’s a third option that most people aren’t aware of. It’s an app that lets you stream thousands of movies and TV shows to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device — and it’s completely free.

The app is called Tubi TV, and it’s a free download in the iOS App Store and in Google’s Play store on Android devices. We’ve known about the app for quite a while now, but a thread from this past weekend on Reddit reminded us that there are plenty of people out there who have no idea this app exists.

Tubi TV has a catalog of thousands of TV shows and movies from top studios like Paramount and Lionsgate. It’s all free, it’s all legal, and it’s packed with high-quality content. No, of course you’re not going to have access to brand new movies as soon as they hit DVD, but you’ll find tons of great recent movies and TV shows to choose from. There’s also a whole bunch of great content in the Tubi TV catalog that you won’t find anywhere on Netflix, so it’s a great way for cord cutters to supplement their streaming even if they do already subscribe to Netflix.

What’s the catch? There really isn’t one. Yes, you’ll have to sit through commercials from time to time, but that’s no different than watching basic cable TV. Actually, it is different — there are much fewer ads on Tubi TV than there are on cable channels. It’s a small price to pay for free access to all that content, so users don’t seem to mind.

Here’s the app’s full description from the App Store, followed by download links for iOS devices and Android devices.

Watch amazing movies and TV shows for free on your iPhone or iPad. No subscription fees, and no credit cards. Just thousands of hours of streaming video content from studios like Paramount, Lionsgate, MGM, and more.

Check out our variety of well-known titles and exclusive categories – including “Not On Netflix” and “Highly Rated On Rotten Tomatoes” – always free. You can find award-winning films and TV shows that span more than 40 genres from comedy, drama, family & kids, classics and horror, to niche favorites such as Korean dramas, anime and British TV. The videos have commercials, so you get everything for free legally and don’t have to spend a single cent.

Tubi Features

– Watch the biggest stars, movies and TV shows, completely free
– Discover amazing international hits and hidden gems
– Browse unique categories, including our “Not on Netflix” section
– Create and manage your own personal video queue
– Pick up watching where you left off
– Explore fresh anime, Korean dramas, telenovelas, reality shows and more
– Check out new videos added every week
– Sync your account between online devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Xbox and Amazon
– Cast to your TV with Chromecast and Airplay
– Stream on the web at tubitv.com

Download Tubi and free your entertainment today!

Download Tubi TV for iOS

Download Tubi TV for Android

Apple Maps is more broken than usual

Apple Maps has a reputation for being “broken,” in the sense that it will send you to a place far from where you want to go. But starting early this morning, Apple Maps has been broken in the sense that it isn’t working at all. The service appears to be completely down, and loading directions or searching for locations doesn’t appear to work on iPhones or iPads.

It appears that you can still load the map display, so if you want to hark back to the days before turn-by-turn directions were a thing, time to fire up that digital compass and get navigating.

Apple has confirmed the issue with a status change on its support site, although there’s no timeline for when the issue will be fixed, or what caused it. Users have been filing complaints on the Apple Support forums, and as per usual when any free online service goes down for longer than 10 seconds, everyone on Twitter is complaining. The Down Detector, a crowd-sourced service that highlights these kinds of issues, has confirmed that the problem is widespread and not limited to one geographic area.

Obviously, this is an excellent and logical time to do what you should have done years ago, and download the Google Maps app for free from the iOS or Android app stores, or just visit it in your browser via maps.google.com. Who knows — maybe you’ll try it and finally see how the rest of us have been living for the past decade.