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Misfit will soon let you control your Nest and more right from your wrist

Misfit has announced that a number of integrations are coming to their Flash and Shine fitness monitors. These new integrations and will allow you to control several apps and pieces of smart hardware, such as connected home appliances, from your wrist. Integrations include the ability to start and stop a Spotify playlist with just a double tap on the Flash, for instance, or connect with your Nest Smart Thermostat to control the temperature with your device's sleep tracker or alarms.

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How to add your Cree Connected bulb to a Hue hub

The folks at Cree dropped the first bulb in their new Connected line this week at Home Depot, and if you're looking for cheaper bulbs to add to your connected home these are the way to go. Rather than bind themselves to a single kind of connecte hub, Cree Connected bulbs work with any ZigBee hub. You wouldn't know that by looking at the box, however, since the only instructions included are to connect to the Wink hub. While Wink is a decent way to go if you've already decided to go that route, those of us with the Philips Hue hub running multiple rooms of bulbs are probably going to want to keep using the Hue apps to control those bulbs. The Cree Connected bulbs won't automatically connect to the Hue hub out of the box, but through the manual add feature in the Hue app you can add the Cree bulbs with no problem.

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Apple Q1 2015 results coming 4:30pm ET, call at 5pm ET — be here!

If you're interested in AAPL the stock as much as you are Apple the company, then this is your reminder that Q1 2015 earnings will be announced at 1:30pm PT, 4:30pm ET this afternoon with the usual conference call to follow at 2pm PT. iMore will be providing our usual color and commentary before, during, and after.

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There are now even vending machines that accept Apple Pay

Apple Pay support is expanding yet again, this time to nearly 200,000 self-service machines (i.e. vending machines) across the United States. The machines, run by USA Technologies, have all been remotely updated to support the contactless payment system Apple introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Apple takes top smartphone vendor spot in China thanks to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple was apparently the number one smartphone smartphone vendor in China for the first time during Q4 2014, measured by units shipped. Apple seems to have beat out the likes of Xiaomi, Samsung, and Huawei to come out on top. Apple's success in China was primarily due to the release of the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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'BADASS' surveillance program let British, Canadian governments spy on smartphones

More information about government surveillance has come to light, and it seems that the British and Canadian governments apparently used special software filters to acquire sensitive smartphone user data from the servers of a number of advertising and analytics companies. The program, called BADASS, gathered unencrypted data sent to the companies from iPhones and other devices. The data collected by these companies can give whoever is looking at it a lot of information about individual users.

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T-Mobile taps Kim Kardashian to lead its Super Bowl commercial

Breaking from its new modus operandi of "uncarrier," T-Mobile apparently has gone the somewhat predictable route for its 2015 Super Bowl commercial, tapping often-controversial, always sensation model, host, and reality-show star Kim Kardashian to talk about selfies for 30 seconds of your life you'll never get back.

#Uncarrier.

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Twitter is rolling out an update to introduce group messaging and video support

Twitter has today announced two new features coming to the micro-blogging service. Group messaging and video upload support will be rolling out in an update for official apps on both iOS and Android.

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Foxconn plans to cut its huge workforce due to higher labor costs [Update: No, it won't]

Update: Foxconn has now told CNET that Reuters' story is "completely inaccurate and totally without foundation", adding, "As we continue to increase the application of automation in our operations, the magnitude of our employee recruitment is expected to decrease in the years ahead, but we have no plans to reduce our workforce numbers now or anytime in the future."

Original story: Foxconn, the main manufacturing partner for Apple, will reduce its huge workforce in the face of higher labor costs and lower revenues. The move comes even as Apple is expecting to reveal high sales for its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus later today, both of which are made at Foxconn factories.

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Facebook and Instagram currently offline [Update: Restored]

Update: Both Facebook and Instagram are back online.

Facebook and Instagram, the popular social network and it's photo-centric sub-division, are currently offline. If you've been trying to check your feeds and you've been getting errors, don't worry — it's them, not you.

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