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Glympse and Kik team up to help friends share their location

Popular location-tracking service Glympse is announcing a partnership today with Kik Messenger that will bring offer time-limited location sharing between friends. Now you can share your location or request that a friend share their location using Glympse straight from a Kik conversation, found right from inside the app.

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Battery-less Philips Hue Tap switch taps in for US availability

US customers can now buy the Philips Hue Tap switch from the Apple Store to easily control their Philips Hue lights. Previously the Hue Tap was only available in Europe, which makes sense as Philips is a Dutch company. The switch has no batteries and is powered through kinetics simply by pushing the buttons. Yep, buttons — there are four three smaller round affairs and one big button that comprises most of the face.

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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, a new ebook rental service for $9.99 a month

Amazon has today announced a new ebook rental service called Kindle Unlimited. The new service enables consumers to choose from over 600,000 books, listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible and more for just $9.99 a month. Think of it as a music streaming package, but for books with Amazon.

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Europe wants Apple to get serious about hidden costs of freemium apps

The European Commission is criticizing Apple for not doing enough to inform customers about the true costs of free apps that come with in-app purchases. The Commission wants Apple to make the real cost of these games apparent to customers before they download an app. Apple has yet to make a committment to address the issue. There are a number of protections that the European Commission are asking app distributers to put in place, according to the BBC:

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Former Apple exec and board member Bill Campbell relives his years at the company

After spending 17 years with Apple as an executive and then board member, Bill Campbell has stepped aside to make room for incoming board member Susan Wagner. Campbell has seen and been involved in so much over the years, and talking to Fortune today he relived some of the great moments of his tenure.

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BlackRock's Susan Wagner brings M&A experience to Apple's board

Apple had announced today that its longest serving board member, Bill Campbell, has retired after 17 years of service and to replace his seat will be BlackRock co-founder Susan Wagner. Of note is the fact that Apple highlighted Wagner's experience with M&A, or mergers and acquisitions, to her seat on the board. Though it's still too early to tell if Apple will be aggressively acquiring more companies after its $3 billion purchase of Beats, Wagner could help Cook and company do so if needed.

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Mikey Digital's new Lightning support brings robust audio recordings to iPhone 5s

Blue Microphones has updated its popular Mikey Digital microphone for the iPad and iPhone to add native Lightning port support, bringing the option for high quality audio recording for newer devices like the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini. Though the iPhone has a built-in microphone, Mikey Digital from Blue Microphones brings cleaner stereo recording without the distortion of using a compact mic on a phone.

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Cabin is a battery case and MagSafe charger for your iPhone

Cabin is a new battery case for your iPhone that easily attaches itself to your phone using magnets. The 2200mAh battery attaches to the bottom of your device by use of the magnetic MicroAdapter that plugs into the Lightning port on your phone. The aluminum back of the Cabin serves to protect your device. The Cabin's MagAdapter attaches to your Lightning cable so that you can charge your device without MicroAdapter.

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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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