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Apple announces best iPad and Mac apps of the year

Apple Best of 2016

Apple today released its Best of 2016 selections for the App Store, iTunes and iBooks. The number of categories has grown this year to include the Apple TV and Watch App Stores. Apple's editors chose SketchBook Motion and Severed as the best iPad app and game of the year. Severed taking the Best iPad honors reveals the lack of iPad apps being released to the App Store since it is technically a universal release. iPhone honors went to the photo editing app Prisma and Clash Royale, for Best App and Game of 2016.

Apple adds universal search to AMC and Hallmark on Apple TV

Universal search and Single Sign-On are the two biggest improvements that have made Apple TV the device that Apple has always promised it would be. A Reddit user recently discovered that Apple has added a Single Sign-On section to the App Store in the fifth iOS 10.2 beta. The "Find More Apps" tab not only provides a list of Single Sign-On supported apps for users, but it also suggests Apple is ready to launch the new feature in the first public version of iOS 10.2.

Sketching and painting iPad app, Procreate, updated with PSD support and more

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The sketching app for the iPad, Procreate, has been updated to version 3.2 on the Apple App Store. The update adds several new features, such as the ability to import Photoshop PSD files. Procreate users can also now live stream their drawing sessions through their favorite streaming service, screen capture their creations and export them, and utilize industry standard keyboard shortcuts.

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New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Apocalyptic Zombie Action and more

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Apple this week announced their annual holiday shutdown of iTunes Connect will take place between December 23 and December 27. This means there will be no new apps uploaded to the App Store during the Christmas weekend. Here is the official announcement from Apple:

"The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available."

Netflix adds offline viewing option to mobile app

Netflix has added the ability to download select movies and series for offline viewing to its iOS and Android apps. iPhone and iPad users worldwide will soon be able to download movies and television series to watch while on the go or in places without an internet connection.

Netflix said customers have requested to ability to watch shows and movies "while on airplanes and other places where internet is expensive or limited."

Apple announces annual App Store shutdown for the holidays

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Apple has officially announced its annual shutdown of iTunes Connect. The service, which allows developers to add apps and app updates to the App Store, will be down from December 23 to December 27. Apple made the announcement on Tuesday via their developer portal:

"The busiest season on the App Store is almost here. Make sure your apps are up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance. Other iTunes Connect and developer account features will remain available."

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Black Friday deals and more

It was a slow week for App Store releases due to Thanksgiving, but there are a lot of apps on sale for Black Friday. Some App Store discounts include LIMBO ($1.99), Riptide GP: Renegade ($0.99), Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions ($3.99) and Don't Starve: Pocket Edition. You can see even more Black Friday App Store deals at Touch Arcade.

Don't forget to sign up for the Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition beta. Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition will make its debut at Amazon's Champion of Fire eSports tournament on December 2nd. You can learn more about the event and how to watch live here.

New 3-second video crashing iOS devices

There's a new malicious video being circulated that will crash your iPad and iPhone. Like the Unicode of Death message bug that was crashing devices last year, a new .mp4 video will freeze your iPad or iPhone when it is played in Safari. EverythingApplePro highlighted the glitchy video in a YouTube video posted on Monday. You can watch the explanation video posted above. Don't worry it won't crash your device.

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Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition looking for beta testers

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Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition is set to be revealed at Amazon's Champions of Fire eSports tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 2. Little is known about the game, but it is supposed to be Halfbrick's "first step into the casual PVP / e-sport scene," according to Touch Arcade. Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition also "promises to deliver the fastest, juiciest PVP experience on mobile."

New iOS Games and Apps of the Week: Neon Chrome and more

Neon Chrome

The well-reviewed dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome is finally available on the App Store. Neon Chrome is a top-down shooter with endless replay value. The object of the game is to take down the Overseer by blasting through 5 chapters, each with multiple levels. The game features RPG-elements, such as the ability to increase your health, attack, luck and energy by earning credits. You can also discover cybernetic enhancements to enhance your skills while playing the game.

Neon Chrome is available on the App Store for $4.99, and on Steam for $14.99.

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