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Meerkat works around Twitter social graph, Vine gets 720P update, and Instapaper adds 'speed reading'

03/27/2015, 05:03 pm

A trio of popular media apps received updates Friday, with live broadcasting app Meerkat gaining upgrades to compete with Twitter's Periscope, while Vine moves to 720p video and Instapaper adds Instant Sync and Twitter "textshots."

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Apple concept would require users to input health data to keep using their iPhone

03/26/2015, 09:03 am

Apple has explored presenting iPhone users with non-dismissable notifications, such as requiring personal health data to be entered before resuming normal use of their device, in a concept that could help break bad habits.

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Yelp adds outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs & more to direct booking options

03/25/2015, 01:03 pm

Yelp this week introduced five new business categories users can transact with via its website and mobile apps, including outdoor activities, florists, nightclubs, spas and salons, and even legal advisors.

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iOS 8.3 allows users to turn off password requirement for free App Store downloads

03/24/2015, 03:03 pm

Apple's pre-release betas of iOS 8.3 include an option to disable password entry when downloading free applications from the App Store, removing a potential inconvenience for users.

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Apple releases new iOS 8.3 betas for both developer and public testing

03/24/2015, 01:03 pm

The fourth beta of iOS 8.3 was issued to developers on Tuesday, while members of the public iOS beta program were given their second build of the forthcoming software update.

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Twitter experiments with autoplay video ads on iPhone and iPad apps

03/23/2015, 07:03 pm

Twitter on Monday initiated an ad engagement test through its iOS apps that will cause sponsored video ads to automatically play on select iPhone and iPad devices in the U.S.

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Apple's new Apple Pay acceptance decal kits raise customer awareness at participating merchants

03/23/2015, 05:03 pm

Apple recently activated a program allowing merchants to order Apple Pay decal kits to dress up shop windows and registers, which raises customer awareness of where Apple's payment service is accepted.

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Apple devices account for over 25% of visits to U.S. government websites

03/20/2015, 01:03 pm

More than one quarter of the visitors to U.S. government websites in the last three months have come by way of a Mac or iOS device, according to federal analytics data, underscoring just how much Apple has inserted itself into the lives of average Americans.

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Google brings beta Places API to iOS, promises better location sharing

03/20/2015, 09:03 am

Google on Thursday launched a beta Places API for iOS, which should allow future apps with location sharing to use actual place names, instead of latitude and longitude.

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Insiders detail beginnings of Apple's ResearchKit health data framework

03/20/2015, 12:03 am

After a surprise debut earlier in March, Apple's open source ResearchKit framework is being hailed by some as the future of distributed medical research. Dr. Stephen Friend, who worked on the project and now serves as a medical technology advisor at Apple, paints a picture of the tool's early days.

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Fully-functional Launcher returns to App Store, Pixelmator for iPad gets watercolors

03/19/2015, 10:03 am

Popular shortcut app Launcher has been allowed back into the iOS App Store with all of its original features, while Pixelmator for iPad has been updated with a large assortment of improvements, including watercolor tools.

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Study: 6% of iPhone 6 owners have used touchless Apple Pay in stores, 85% have not

03/18/2015, 10:03 pm

According to market research firm InfoScout, some six percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have used Apple Pay to make a touchless transaction, while 85 percent have yet to try the service.

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Apple iOS 8 distribution hits 77% as Google's Android remains bifurcated

03/18/2015, 08:03 pm

Earlier this week, Apple released fresh statistics regarding iOS 8 distribution, showing 77 percent of devices run the latest version of its most recent operating system.

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Vine gains offline viewing mode, Camera+ gets widget support in latest updates

03/18/2015, 06:03 pm

Twitter's Vine app got an update on Wednesday that brings background video caching support for offline viewing, while popular photo app Camera+ now sports full iPhone 6 and 6 Plus optimization and a quick access Notification Center widget.

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New 'IP Box' tool bypasses 10-try limit for PINs on older iOS versions, automates brute force attacks

03/18/2015, 09:03 am

A relatively new $300 device could allow attackers to crack the PIN codes on out-of-date iPhones or iPads, taking advantage of a flaw in iOS versions older than 8.1.1 that allows unlimited attempts at PIN entry, even when users enable Apple's 10-try limit.

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Credit unions again lead latest round of 39 Apple Pay additions

03/17/2015, 07:03 pm

Apple Pay momentum continues to propel the nascent payments system forward, and Apple on Tuesday announced the addition of 39 participating financial institutions, 27 of which are credit unions.

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Hundreds of iOS apps vulnerable to HTTPS-based FREAK attack

03/17/2015, 06:03 pm

A report on Tuesday points out that a recent SSL/TLS vulnerability dubbed "FREAK" is not restricted to Web browsers and can affect mobile apps, leaving hundreds of iOS apps open to potential man-in-the-middle attacks.

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MacID Touch ID login for Mac free for limited time, Airbnb and Target iPhone apps updated

03/17/2015, 08:03 am

The Touch ID-based cross-platform Mac unlocking tool MacID has been updated to version 1.1, temporarily going free for a limited window, while Airbnb has added new conditional rules to its iPhone app, and Target has updated its iPhone shopping with new Store Search and customization options.

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Nintendo to bring games and IP to smartphones with DeNA partnership

03/17/2015, 07:03 am

Video game giant Nintendo on Tuesday announced its classic characters, as well as some new faces, will make their way to "smart devices" through a partnership with mobile app developer DeNA.

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Apple Inc drives CarPlay adoption deep into the auto industry, including China [u]

03/13/2015, 07:03 pm

Apple now lists every major carmaker as a "committed partner" for CarPlay, including every company that produces more than a million cars per year--with the notable exception of China's state owned, "big four" vehicle producers (and those manufacturers largely sell models in joint ventures with Apple's CarPlay partners).

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