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Skype Qik now lets you directly share videos between apps

If you've toyed around with Skype Qik, Microsoft's video messaging app that it launched on iOS last October, you'll be happy to know that the app got an update today that makes sharing those videos a bit easier. As of version 1.4, you can share videos to other apps or social networks directly from Qik without having to save them to the camera roll.

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Your Starbucks card can now be reloaded with Apple Pay

Users of the Starbucks app now have an additional option when it comes to reloading their digital Starbucks card: Apple Pay. Starbucks previously support credit and debit cards as well as PayPal accounts. But both depended on storing your information in the app. Apple Pay, obviously, doesn't do that, instead generating a unique one-time-use card number for each transaction.

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Best Valentine's Day apps for couples

Trying to plan something special and unique for Valentine's Day can be harder than it sounds. Luckily, there are tons of apps available in the App Store that can make your job just a little easier. From sending flowers to making dinner reservations and everything in-between, these are the best iPhone apps to make Valentine's Day 2015 one that you and your special someone will remember for years to come.

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Yelp buys Eat24 to make ordering takeout on your phone easier

The online reviews company Yelp has acquired the popular restaurant ordering and takeout app Eat24, which has apps for both the iPhone and iPad. Yelp paid a total of $134 million for the company, with $75 million in cash and the rest in Yelp stock. Eat24, which allows users to order food from over 30,000 restaurants in 1,500 US cities and have those meals delivered, became a transaction partner with Yelp in 2013.

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Alfred Remote gives you a remote launchbar for your Mac

Since my early Mac-using days, I've been an avid shortcuts user — keyboard commands, QuickKeys, launchbars, you name it. I probably use my keyboard more than my trackpad for navigating through programs and windows, though I've grown to love the multitouch gestures for swiping screens on my 11-inch Air.

Given that I'm also multitasking with my iPhone almost all the time, it makes a crazy amount of sense that a launcher utility like Alfred would take advantage of that second screen to create a remote control. Enter Alfred Remote: The app uses local sharing with the Alfred app to turn your iPhone into a launchbar for your Mac.

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Skype for iPhone update makes saving numbers and placing calls even faster

Microsoft is rolling out an update for its iPhone version of Skype today that will offer users some improvements to its dialer. The 5.10 version will also enable users to launch Skype calls and chats from other mobile apps or mobile websites.

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Sling TV adds AMC, opens its doors for everyone to try out the Internet TV service

Sling TV, the Internet-based TV service that was first announced by Dish at CES 2015, is now available for anyone to access following an invite-only beta testing period. Dish has also announced that AMC has been added to its list of networks that can be accessed with its basic fee of $20 a month.

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Outlook for the iPhone and iPad adds advanced settings and more

Microsoft's Outlook email app for iPhone and iPad has received its first update since launching in late January. The new 1.0.2 version adds new options for group emails, advanced settings so you can tinker with system folders, and more.

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Best note apps for iPhone

What note taking app for iPhone do you use?

The iPhone comes with a built-in Notes app. It syncs with iCloud and has been slowly adding formatting options, if not features, over the years. It's still really basic, however, so if you need more from your notes, you're going to need to turn to the App Store. There you'll find a host of different note-taking apps, each with its own area of focus. Whether you need to take notes in class, in meetings, around the house, or while on the go, there's sure to be something there for you to like. Here some of the best iPhone apps available when it comes to note taking.

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PhotoSweeper hits version 2.0, clearing out duplicate photos never looked so good

PhotoSweeper has just been bumped to version 2.0, introducing a new UI and some notable improvements. PhotoSweeper is an app built for people who capture hundreds of photos on their iPhone and/or actual cameras. The app helps you clean up unwanted duplicate photos from your Mac, saving yourself time from hunting down and manually clearing everything out.

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