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10 hours ago

Facebook Messenger adds free video calling for the US and 17 more countries

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Facebook Messenger adds free video calling for the US and 17 more countries

Facebook has announced a new update to its Facebook Messenger app that adds support for free video calls for the US and 17 other countries.

This new feature means that Facebook Messenger could be a competitor in the VoIP video market to apps such as Skype and Viber, among others.

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10 hours ago

Apple releases new OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers and AppleSeed testers

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Apple releases new OS X 10.10.4 beta to developers and AppleSeed testers

Apple has released the second developer beta, and first AppleSeed Beta of OS X 10.10.4

Apple notes that OS X 10.10.4 "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac". Apart from that, there are no specifics about exactly what is to be found in this release.

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11 hours ago

Chalkboard Pinball Creator lets you build the pinball machine of your dreams

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Chalkboard Pinball Creator lets you build the pinball machine of your dreams

Chalkboard Pinball Creator for iPhone and iPad lets you build and play in your own virtual pinball machines.

Chalkboard Pinball Creator is the latest title from Pangea Software, developer of iOS titles such as Enigmo. With Chalkboard Pinball Creator, you can build any virtual pinball machine you can imagine. You're given a chalkboard, on which you can sketch whatever kind of machine you'd like. Add bumpers, obstacles, and more to your course.

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11 hours ago

Instagram adds emoji support for hashtags, along with three new filters

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Instagram adds emoji support for hashtags, along with three new filters

Instagram is allowing emojis to work within hashtags as part of its latest update, along with adding three new filters for the popular photo sharing app.

Emojis can now be added to Instagram posts via hashtags, and users can tap on them in captions. Users can also search for them on the Explore page.

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12 hours ago

Apple releases new beta of iOS 8.4 to developers, AppleSeed testers

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Apple releases new beta of iOS 8.4 to developers, AppleSeed testers

Apple has released a new beta version of iOS 8.4 to developers. They have also released the first version of the beta for their AppleSeed testers.

The latest beta of iOS 8.4 can be downloaded from Apple's iOS Developer Center, as well as over the air on devices running the previous beta.

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14 hours ago

New report estimates 376,000 Apple Watch deliveries in the U.S. so far

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New report estimates 376,000 Apple Watch deliveries in the U.S. so far

While the the Apple Watch recently began shipping to customers, apparently only a small number of people have received their orders.

It seems that only about 20% of U.S. Apple Watch orders have been delivered to customers so far. A new report, which estimates 1.7 million U.S. pre-orders for the watch, is claiming that only 376,000 of those orders have arrived on doorsteps.

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14 hours ago

Save 54% today on this iPhone 6 Plus hard case with kickstand

Save 54% today on this iPhone 6 Plus hard case with kickstand

Made of a durable, textured polycarbonate, the Amzer SnapOn cover shields your iPhone 6 Plus from impacts while providing a built-in kickstand for convenient viewing on the fly. There's complete access to the functions of the device while worn, too. Get yours in black or white today for only $6.95

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15 hours ago

How to view goal metrics in Workout for Apple Watch

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How to view goal metrics in Workout for Apple Watch

The Workout app for Apple Watch lets you log workouts quickly and easily.

By default, you'll see a large ring on the screen of your Apple Watch during a workout. It gives you a general idea of how much progress you've made during your exercising period. While it's a good indicator, if you prefer more specific data — what Apple calls "goal metrics" — you can get those too. So, if you want to see total elapsed time, distance, or calories burned while you work out, all you need to do is adjust a few settings.

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15 hours ago

Siri 'third generation' architecture includes Apache Mesos and, yes, JARVIS

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Siri 'third generation' architecture includes Apache Mesos and, yes, JARVIS

During a recent meet-up, a slide showed that Apple considered Siri to be on its third generation architecture.

Like any major online service, Siri is constantly being updated behind the scenes to improve stability, scalability, and performance. This presentation is specific called out Apache Mesos as helping with all of that, as well as efficiency and latency, and the ability to more easily build out additional services. The Mesosphere blog:

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15 hours ago

Final Apple Q2 2015 earning estimates

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Final Apple Q2 2015 earning estimates

Apple reports its second quarter earnings at 1:30pm PT, 4:30pm ET today.

The numbers for AAPL will certainly be big, the real questions is how big? Everything from iPhone to iPad to Mac sales, revenue from services like iTunes and the App Store, and profits from Apple Retail and Online will determine that. (It's early for the Apple Watch and Apple has said the company won't be breaking those numbers out anyway, at least not yet.) As usual, analysts professional and amateur alike have made their predictions.

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15 hours ago

Discover credit card members in the US will be able to use Apple Pay starting this fall

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Discover credit card members in the US will be able to use Apple Pay starting this fall

The Discover credit card company has reached an agreement with Apple that will allow members in the US to start using Apple Pay this fall.

Discover said back in September they were "in discussions" to support Apple Pay but they were not among the launch partners when the payment service launched in October.

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16 hours ago

Flying the Apple Watch skies

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Flying the Apple Watch skies

I've been wanting to try travel with the Apple Watch since the company first introduced it. This weekend, I had the chance.

The iPhone has been my frequent travel companion for a while now. I do almost everything with it. So, I was curious to see how different (if at all) traveling with the Apple Watch would be. I've long believed the Apple Watch's killer feature would be convenience. But reality doesn't always live up to our beliefs, especially when it comes to travel. So, with that in mind, on my flight home yesterday I decided to put the Apple Watch to the test.

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18 hours ago

How to view your step count on Apple Watch

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How to view your step count on Apple Watch

Although the Apple Watch prefers to track calories rather than steps, you can still get your count.

If you're coming from a conventional fitness tracker, that might be confusing at first. How many calories you burned or how many minutes of brisk activity you engaged in might not correlate with the steps you've gotten used to. Luckily, Apple Watch will still tell you your steps, you've just got to know where to look. And once you do, making the transition to calories can be much easier!

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19 hours ago

The difference between Apple and Samsung industrial design

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The difference between Apple and Samsung industrial design

"Paint the back of the fence", has been referenced time and again, "because you'll know."

It's a quote from the late Steve Jobs' father intended to help instill pride in craft. Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design, has spoken numerous times about the importance and inevitability of great design as well, about the care and consideration it takes, and how people notice it even when they don't notice themselves noticing it.

Recently there was a brouhaha about a Qualcomm sticker junking up the Samsung Galaxy S6 on Verizon. You don't see a sticker like that on the iPhone 6 or any other iPhone, of course, because Apple cares more about the look of their product than the licensing fees or other considerations refusing it entails. Same with Intel Inside stickers on the Mac.

But when I looked at the picture of Samsung's product, it wasn't the sticker that bothered me so much. That, I assume, can be peeled off. It was something else I saw that bothered me, and something I can now never un-see.

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21 hours ago

EE announces Q1 2015 earnings, closes quarter with 9.3 million 4G customers

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EE announces Q1 2015 earnings, closes quarter with 9.3 million 4G customers

UK mobile operator EE today announced the company's financial results for Q1 2015. EE remains Europe's largest 4G operator, but aims to increase 4G user base to 14 million by year end.

UK mobile operator EE today announced the company's financial results for Q1 2015. EE remains Europe's largest 4G operator, but aims to increase 4G user base to 14 million by year end.

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