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Instagram follower count just drop? Here's why!

Shortly after announcing that it had reached 300 million users last week, Instagram stated that it would be adding verified accounts and cracking down hard on spammers. Well it appears that the hammer has officially started coming down, and users are in an uproar over their lost followers.

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iPhone 6, 6 Plus now ship in as little as 1 business day

If you've somehow held off on picking up a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus so far, it looks like you still might be able to snag one before the holidays are over. Shipping times for both devices have improved dramatically to 1-3 days for the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 models, and just 1 business day for both lower capacity iPhone 6 Plus models — a far cry from initial delays.

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McDonald's trial uses beacons to guide passersby to McNuggets

McDonald's trial with beacons in Columbus, GA to guide customers to its stores is a success. The company announced that using Bluetooth LE and an app developed by beacons supplier Piper, it was able to increase sales of McNuggets by roughly 8 percent in the store. With the beacon technology, McDonald's was able to push out offers to customers and passersby to save on Passbook for later redemption.

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500px update adds built-in camera, Lightroom editor

500px has announced that its updated iOS app adds more capabilities for the mobile photographer. The update brings a number of new and notable features, including a built-in camera so you can snap shots directly within the app, a professional photo editor, import capabilities from Lightroom, and support for secure login thanks to 1Password integration.

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Undercover documentary finds Apple suppliers in violation of labor agreement

The BBC is set to air an undercover investigation into Apple's supply chain with findings that there were multiple violations of Apple's promises to protect workers. Titled Apple's Broken Promises, BBC Panorama explored both the Pegatron manufacturing facility as well as a tin mine in Indonesia. Apple has responded to the BBC documentary stating that it has done a lot and will continue to do more to maintain worker safety.

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Tim Cook makes 'generous' donation to Southern LGBT equality group

An LGBT equality group in the Southern U.S. has picked up an important backer today: Tim Cook. Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which runs the Project One America initiative that fights for LGBT equality in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi, announced today that the Apple CEO has made a "generous personal financial investment in the program."

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The Hit List 2 now syncs with Mac, available for $9.99 through December 31st

The Hit List 2 for iPhone is hot off the press and available at an introductory price of $9.99. The first major release of The Hit List since Karelia acquired the Potion Factory, this version brings along sync with the Mac app, task cards, task list shortcuts, and much more.

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iOS 8.2 beta 3 now available OTA for developers

Apple has just released iOS 8.2 Beta 3 as an OTA update for developers or anyone taking part in the iOS 8 beta program. This one has the usual round of "bug fixes and other improvements", but if you spot anything new be sure to drop a comment here and let us know.

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Verizon now lets you text Starbucks to your friends

Verizon is helping users give the gift of Starbucks this holiday season. Through the Verizon Messages app, users can send an Starbucks eGift card of $5, $10, or $15 to virtually anyone on any U.S. carrier. The cost of the card is billed to the senders account, and the recipient simply needs to scan the barcode at any Starbucks location, or add the gift to a Starbucks card.

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UK operators will invest £5 billion in infrastructure to solve network 'not-spots'

The UK government has managed to reach an agreement with local operators to work on the issue of nationwide 'not-spots': areas restricting access to basic mobile functions due to weak signal coverage. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest a guaranteed £5 billion to improve mobile infrastructure by 2017 with the aim to provide 90 per cent of the UK with both voice and text coverage.

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