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This week on The CultCast: super-sized drones, app-controlled robot bartenders, smart coffee mugs and the coolest of gadgets from CES 2016. Plus, don’t miss our picks for the absolutely, positively, you-should-install-them-today, most essential Mac and iOS apps. Our thanks to Harry’s for supporting this episode. Harry’s super-sharp, German-made razors ship free right to your door […]

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“Aggressive” Apple To Control 49.8% Of In-Car Infotainment Systems By 2018

Google’s algorithmically-driven cars may be partially designed to give commuters more time to surf the Internet (using Google, natch!), but if a new report from ABI Research is anything to go by, it’s Apple who have the real early adopter…Read more ›

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Apple Highlights Top 25 All-Time Free & Paid Apps On iOS

With the countdown to 50 billion App Store downloads now underway, Apple has begun highlighting the “top 25 all-time” free and paid apps on iOS. The Cupertino company did a similar thing in the run up to 25 billion downloads last year, and for 10 billion downloads in January 2011.

Some of the apps included in the list are no surprise, with the likes of Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Skype topping the free chart, and Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Doodle Jump topping the paid chart.

Apple has broken the charts down into iPhone and iPad and highlighted 25 free and 25 paid apps for each device. There are six Apple apps in the paid charts, and five from Rovio — most of which are Angry Birds games, as you might expect.

Facebook continues to be the most downloaded free iOS app of all time on iPhone, while Skype holds that title on the iPad. You can view the charts below:



  1. Pages
  2. Angry Birds HD
  3. Angry Birds Seasons HD
  4. Where’s My Water
  5. Fruit Ninja HD
  6. Angry Birds Space HD
  7. GarageBand
  8. Words With Friends HD
  9. Cut the Rope HD
  10. Keynote
  11. Numbers
  12. Angry Birds Star Wars HD
  13. GoodReader for iPad
  14. SCRABBLE HD for iPad
  15. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  16. Plants Vs Zombies HD
  17. Notability
  18. MONOPOLY for iPad
  19. Quickoffice Pro HD
  20. Star Walk HD
  21. Draw Something
  22. iMovie
  23. iPhoto
  24. Where’s My Perry?
  25. Bad Piggies HD


  1. Skype for iPad
  2. The Weather Channel for iPad
  3. Netflix
  4. Angry Birds HD Free
  5. Kindle
  6. Facebook
  7. Pandora Radio
  8. Calculator for iPad Free
  9. Fruit Ninja HD Free
  10. Words With Friends HD Free
  11. Google Earth
  12. ABC Player
  13. Calculator Pro for iPad Free
  14. Temple Run
  15. YouTube
  16. eBay for iPad
  17. CNN App for iPad
  18. Dropbox
  19. Adobe Reader
  20. Twitter
  21. Solitaire
  22. NYTimes for iPad
  23. Temple Run 2
  24. Hulu Plus
  25. Draw Something Free



  1. Angry Birds
  2. Fruit Ninja
  3. Doodle Jump
  4. Cut the Rope
  5. Angry Birds Seasons
  6. WhatsApp Messenger
  7. Camera+
  8. Words with Friends
  9. Tiny Wings
  10. Angry Birds Space
  11. Pocket God
  12. Plants vs Zombies
  13. THE GAME OF LIFE Classic Edition
  14. The Moron Test
  15. Where’s My Water?
  16. Draw Something
  18. Angry Birds Star Wars
  19. MotionX GPS Drive
  20. Skee-Ball
  22. UNO
  23. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  24. Color Splash
  25. The Sims 3


  1. Facebook
  2. Pandora Radio
  3. Instagram
  4. YouTube
  5. Skype
  6. Words With Friends Free
  7. The Weather Channel
  8. Twitter
  9. Temple Run
  10. Google Search
  11. Netflix
  12. Shazam
  13. Angry Birds Free
  14. Draw Something Free
  15. Flashlight
  16. Facebook Messenger
  17. Google Earth
  18. Fruit Ninja Free
  19. iHeartRadio
  20. Movies by Flixster
  21. Bump
  22. eBay
  23. PAC-MAN Lite
  24. Groupon
  25. Google Maps

You can access the lists on both Mac and iOS devices by clicking the source link below.

Source: App Store

Via: MacStories

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BMWs, Minis Get Glympse One-Touch Location-Broadcast Feature


Glympse is a clever — and potentially lifesaving — feature that we’d love to see in more smartphone-connected cars.

It started out as a free app that can broadcast the user’s location to selected contacts, Facebook friends or Twitter followers. But it’s become a valuable tool for drivers of smartphone-connected Fords and Merecedes-Benzes, allowing them to broadcast their location without taking their hands off the steering wheel.

Now BMW and Mini have partnered with Glympse, raising the marque total to four.

Studies have shown, time and time again, that it’s enormously risky to mess around with a phone’s screen while driving — so it’s disappointing this technology can so far only be found under four badges (and remember, Mini is part of BMW).

As we noted in January’s post about Glympse partnering with Ford, the tech works best on Android phones: The user simply has to press a multi-function button on the steering wheel to access the Glympse app. There’s a bit more bother with iOS, because the Glympse app must be the last-accessed app in order to use it from the steering wheel.

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