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If you're a celebrity with a verified Facebook page, Mentions is your new favorite app

Facebook has introduced Mentions, a new app that makes it easier for public figures on Facebook to connect with their followers and fans. Facebook Mentions lets these figures see what's trending related to them, interact with their fans, and more.

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Latest Unreal Engine update adds support for iOS 8 Metal

Epic Games has released version 4.3 of it's Unreal game engine, with this version adding support for Metal, Apple's new low-level application programming interface (API) coming with iOS 8. You'll need compile your code with the Xcode 6 beta, and Metal is not enabled by default, though this is easily done through your game's Project Settings.

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Three UK to provide free Wi-Fi on London Underground

Three UK has announced that it is partnering with Virgin Media to provide its customers with free access to Virgin's Wi-Fi network on the London Underground. Other carriers like EE, Vodafone and O2 have already made similar deals in the past.

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Apple launches iTunes Pass in the U.S., UK, Australia and more

Following the initial launch in Japan, Apple has now begun to push its new iTunes Pass out to a more global audience. Initially we've been able to verify that the U.S. and the UK are now seeing it, but there are reports from all around the world such as Australia, Spain, Germany, Canada and the Netherlands that are also seeing iTunes Pass availability.

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Environment the focus of Apple's presentation at education conference

Apple VP of Environmental Initiative Lisa Jackson gave a talk at the Distinguished Educator Conference to highlight some of the clean energy strides that the company published last week in its environmental report and reiterate Apple's commitment to going green. Noting that its data centers now operate on 100 percent renewable energy, Jackson says that the company won't be slowing down its commitment to the environment any time and points out how its products are helping consumers be greener in the process.

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DirecTV NFL SundayTicket.TV on iPhone, iPad, Mac requires no satellite dish

In a bold move supporting cord cutters, satellite provider DirecTV is allowing users to stream NFL Sunday Ticket games to their personal devices without requiring a satellite dish in the process. Streaming will work on compatible Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad, Macs and PCs, as well as Microsoft's Xbox gaming console depending on the package you sign up for.

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Apple agrees to pay $450 million to resolve ebook price fixing case

Apple has agreed to pay a total of $450 million to resolve its long running court battle with U.S. federal and state governments, which claimed that the company conspired to fix prices for ebooks that it published on the iPhone and iPad alongside five major book publishers.

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iCloud emails are now encrypted from prying eyes while in transit

Apple has quietly implemented in-transit encryption for iCloud emails. Emails sent to or from an @icloud.com or @me.com address are now encrypted. Previously Apple only encrypted emails sent between iCloud addresses. The encryption will help to secure emails moving between servers from snooping, particularly on the part of the government.

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Apple partners up to sell more iPhones in exploding Vietnamese market

Apple's sales expansion plans hinge on Asia, and while China gets most of the attention, Vietnam is also a target for selling more iPhones. Along with the rest of the smartphone market, Apple seems to have hit a market saturation point in North American and Eastern Europe. But growth of the smartphone market in Asia is exploding right now, and will likely continue to be so for a while. In Vietnam, Apple has partnered with electronics retailer FPT's F.Studio stores to sell the iPhone direct to consumers.

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FiftyThree starts selling the Pencil stylus for iPad in Europe from today

FiftyThree, the makers of the Bluetooth-connected iPad stylus Pencil, has commenced sales in the UK, Germany and France from today. Previously, the only way to get your hands on the product was to order directly from the US, likely being hit by import fees and the like. Finally, the company has listened to feedback and the general cries for help and has launched sales in respective markets within Europe.

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