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Apple reportedly purchased startup Ottocat to bolster App Store search functionality

04/06/2015, 06:04 pm

A report on Monday claims Apple quietly acquired startup Ottocat to bolster App Store search functionality, specifically pertaining to the store's "Explore" feature that surfaces titles for users browsing app categories.

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Apple Maps showing TripAdvisor, Booking.com reviews in search results

04/05/2015, 11:04 pm

In what appears to be a recent update to Apple's in-house mapping service, hotel reviews pulled from TripAdvisor and Booking.com are showing up in local search results alongside data sourced from Yelp.

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Microsoft debuts Office Lens for iPhone, OmniFocus 2 goes universal on iOS

04/02/2015, 05:04 pm

Microsoft on Thursday released a new scanning app for the iPhone, Office Lens, while Omni Group's OmniFocus 2 has become a universal title on iOS, eliminating the need for separate iPhone and iPad downloads of the professional task manager.

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Twitter's Periscope tackles interface and bug issues, Waze gets speed boosts, traffic bar

04/02/2015, 01:04 pm

Twitter today released its first update to Periscope, solving a variety of early glitches and interface issues, while Google upgraded its Waze navigation app to be faster and offer several new features, such as a traffic bar.

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First look: Adobe Slate for iPad is an easy-to-use tool for creating compelling visual stories

04/02/2015, 09:04 am

Building on a growing base of mobile creativity app offerings, Adobe on Thursday launched Slate, an iPad-only tool that lets users construct and publish online visually striking presentations, newsletters, reports and more.

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TweetDeck for Mac gets catch-up update, Facebook debuts Riff video app for iPhone

04/01/2015, 02:04 pm

Twitter today released its first major TweetDeck for Mac update since August, bringing support for features like Teams and group messages, while Facebook launched Riff, an app for shooting and sharing collaborative videos.

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Apple and IBM unveil 8 new MobileFirst iOS apps, new healthcare and industrial products categories

04/01/2015, 02:04 am

As part of mobile applications and services initiative MobileFirst, Apple and IBM on Tuesday released eight new iOS apps serving various enterprises, adding new services for the healthcare and industrial products segments.

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Smartphone users becoming more discerning about the apps they use, Gartner says

03/31/2015, 01:03 pm

Six years into the current incarnation of the mobile app marketplace, a recent survey suggests that while smartphone owners have not lost their appetite for new apps, developers hoping to make it into users' everyday rotation have a higher bar to reach.

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Apple begins accepting non-iPhone trade-ins in the US, Europe

03/30/2015, 10:03 am

Consumers looking to make the switch from an Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone device to an iPhone can now bring their old handset directly to Apple, where they could trade it in to receive credit toward the purchase of a new iPhone.

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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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