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Topic: iOS

Apple provides developers with new iOS 8.3 beta, adds fixes for CarPlay functionality

02/23/2015, 01:02 pm

The second beta of iOS 8.3 was released to developers on Monday, fixing a bug found in previous versions that could cause issues when connecting to a CarPlay-enabled vehicle infotainment unit.

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Google to buy Softcard, take on Apple Pay in new agreement with U.S. carriers

02/23/2015, 12:02 pm

Search giant Google is reportedly doubling down on its mobile payments strategy, agreeing on a new deal with major U.S. wireless providers to pre-install the Google Wallet app on Android handsets while acquiring the technology behind Softcard from those same carriers.

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Google launches new YouTube Kids app on Apple's iOS

02/23/2015, 10:02 am

Parents with young children now have a new option for tablet-based entertainment, as Google on Monday officially unveiled YouTube Kids, a new app for the video sharing site focused on enabling children to discover content for themselves.

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Apple CarPlay partner Toyota not planning to add support any time soon - report

02/22/2015, 11:02 pm

Despite being among the first automakers to sign on with Apple's CarPlay initiative, Japanese marque Toyota is reportedly planning to stick with its own in-house infotainment system for the foreseeable future.

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Rumor: Apple may open iOS pre-releases to average consumers in expanded public beta program [u]

02/20/2015, 10:02 am

After an apparently successful public beta program for OS X Yosemite, Apple is rumored to be considering an expansion of that initiative that would see forthcoming versions of its mobile operating system -- beginning with iOS 9 -- subjected to the same assessment.

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Makeovr Web app lets iPhone users create blank spaces on home screen

02/19/2015, 12:02 pm

If you've ever found yourself despairing over Apple's insistence that home screen icons be lined up neatly in rows, but can't -- or won't -- turn to jailbreak tweaks, a relatively new Web app called Makeovr has come to your rescue.

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IFTTT launches trio of new 'Do' apps alongside flagship app refresh

02/19/2015, 09:02 am

Internet mashup service IFTTT on Thursday announced the first three in a new series of "Do" apps -- Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note -- designed to help users create quick on-demand workflows.

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Samsung acquires LoopPay, gears up to take on Apple Pay

02/18/2015, 04:02 pm

Just over two months after word first broke that Samsung was considering an Apple Pay competitor, the South Korean conglomerate has reportedly acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay to bolster its efforts.

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NBC for iOS gains live streaming as Kayak, Snapchat and Yelp also see Apple updates

02/18/2015, 03:02 pm

A number of major iOS downloads saw updates on Wednesday, including the official NBC app, which now offers live streaming in select market. In addition, Kayak has gained a new "Hotel for Tonight" feature, Snapchat has added the ability to take a snap while listen to music, and Yelp now offers review translations for iPad.

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Marijuana dating app High There bubbles up onto the App Store

02/18/2015, 02:02 pm

iPhone owners finding it difficult to connect with their peers through the tetrahydrocannabinolic haze have a new option with High There, a Tinder-like matchmaking app that specializes in bringing together users with a penchant for bud.

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Apple Pay drives in-app purchases for Staples, fails to catch on in stores

02/17/2015, 09:02 pm

Apple Pay's in-app purchasing capability is often overshadowed by its physical iPhone-powered NFC counterpart, but for big-box office supply chain Staples, the feature has quickly become the most popular method of payment processed by the company's iOS app.

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Dropbox adds iOS 8 sharing extension, Google Play Music comes to iPad

02/17/2015, 03:02 pm

A pair of Silicon Valley heavyweights updated their popular iOS apps on Tuesday, with Dropbox allowing users to upload files via iOS 8's sharing menu and Google unveiling a redesigned, universal version of its Play Music app.

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Apple's iMessage, FaceTime, and OS X take starring roles in new episode of 'Modern Family'

02/17/2015, 09:02 am

A forthcoming episode of hit television comedy Modern Family puts Apple's iOS and OS X communication services -- notably iMessage and FaceTime -- front and center, with the production crew shooting footage exclusively on the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2.

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Microsoft adds iCloud save support to its Office suite for iOS

02/17/2015, 08:02 am

Users of Microsoft's mobile productivity suite for iOS have new storage and synchronization options for documents, following an update to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that adds support for Apple's iCloud.

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Apple Pay reportedly faces uphill battle in China as talks with UnionPay stall

02/17/2015, 12:02 am

According to a report late Monday, Apple is looking to expand Apple Pay operations into China, but the company may face an uphill battle as partnership talks with state-owned credit card operator UnionPay have stalled.

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For Apple's revamped photo experience to work, iCloud changes are needed

02/14/2015, 02:02 am

The impending release of Photos for OS X and the new iCloud Photo Library make Apple's commitment to the cloud more important than ever before. But the company's current iCloud storage options are confusing to the average user and remain a significant hurdle it must find a way to address.

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Apple now allowing marijuana-themed App Store downloads in 23 US states where drug is legal

02/13/2015, 08:02 am

America's stance on marijuana is changing, and so too are Apple's App Store policies, as the iPhone maker has begun giving the greenlight to cannabis-related apps, provided they are accessed from a state where the drug has been legalized.

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App Store reviewers rejecting games for depicting guns or violence in screenshots - report

02/12/2015, 08:02 pm

Apple may have altered its guidelines for marketing violent games in the App Store, as reviewers are reportedly rejecting some games that have guns or show human violence in their screenshots or app icons.

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Developers get new group options in Apple's TestFlight service

02/12/2015, 08:02 pm

Running split tests or assessing multiple variants of an application simultaneously has been made easier for iOS developers with Apple's announcement of new TestFlight functionality that lets beta testers be divided into groups.

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Apple increases size limit of App Store downloads to 4GB

02/12/2015, 02:02 pm

Apple on Thursday announced that the size limit of application packages submitted through iTunes Connect can now be as large as 4 gigabytes, doubling the previous 2-gigabyte restriction.

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