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Twitter wants your digits to log you in on every app

Twitter wants your digits to log you in on every app

Twitter is hoping to embed itself as the authenticating heart of every app and service, with a new way to use phone numbers rather than usernames or email addresses a key part of its new Fabric mobile platform for developers. Dubbed Digits, the system allows developers to inject Twitter into their apps and use it as an invisible sign-up system, tied to their cellphone number. However, Twitter Fabric faces an uphill battle trying to win mobile developers onto its side, after the short-message social platform so comprehensively yanked the rug out from under third-party Twitter apps.

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Inbox for Gmail hands-on: email’s next generation

Inbox for Gmail hands-on: email’s next generation

Google suggests with Inbox that they’re creating a new generation of email. It’s not meant to replace Gmail - yet - but it is made to turn your everyday un-modified email experience into a far more simple one. Instead of the face-melting masses of spam you’re used to, Inbox transforms your email experience into a manageable one. It includes your email and your notifications, and it's meant to revert you back to a time when email was reasonably manageable. And it looks nice, too.

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Inbox from Google re-imagines how we use email

Inbox from Google re-imagines how we use email

Google has re-imagined email. Today, the company is introducing Inbox, and app that takes email to a different level, and will have some interesting features for power users. Inbox is a bit like Google Now, Keep, and email rolled into one. You can set reminders, and even teach the app to create bundles of information — like bills and receipts (a financial bundle), or flights and train tickets (a travel bundle!). If you’re interested in giving it a shot, we’ll tell you how to get an invite below.

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Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google is pushing out a new version of Google Earth for Android that will boost the 3D navigation of the geographic app, as well as see updates to mapping data be pushed out to users more rapidly and thus cut down misdirections. The refresh sees Google change the 3D rendering engine for Google Earth on Android phones and tablets for the first time in over a decade, the company's mapping team points out, which should add up to smoother zooming, faster rendering, and less glitchy transitions.

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Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Galaxy S5 Plus revealed, but why?

Just as Samsung revealed a late-season upgrade to their Galaxy S4 with the "LTE-A" model last year, this year’s Galaxy S5 Plus has arrived. Here in 2014, this means an upgrade past the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 to a higher-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 2.5GHz clock speed, Krait 450 CPUs, and Adreno 420 GPUs. What’s all that mean to the lay person? It means it can process better, harder, faster, stronger. This device also works with LTE Cat. 6 instead of Cat. 4, meaning you can go faster once again - supposing you've got LTE Cat. 6 in your area, that is to say.

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The Mini Cooper just got a spanking

The Mini Cooper just got a spanking

BMW has been forced to change its fuel economy ratings for select 2014 Mini Cooper models, after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did some testing of its own and found the German firm had over-estimated exactly how frugal the distinctive car could be. The audit covered four 3-door versions of the Mini - the Cooper and Cooper S - and was started after the EPA spotted several road-load conditions in BMW's own testing didn't meets its standards. As a result, the mpg figures for the cars will drop by as many as 4 points.

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Apple Pay, Amazon Visa to work together (someday)

Apple Pay, Amazon Visa to work together (someday)

One thing you can bank on with Amazon (pun intended) is that they’ll do their own thing, in their own way, on their own time. You can also safely assume that if an outside interest doesn’t align with theirs, they’ll be sure to resist it. That was the case with Apple Pay, where an Amazon rewards Visa, issued by Apple Pay partner Chase, went unsupported at launch. The only reason it would have been missing from your digital wallet was Amazon, but they’re working on support. Maybe. Someday.

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Kinect Adapter for Windows makes Xbox One device a USB joint

Kinect Adapter for Windows makes Xbox One device a USB joint

The newest way Microsoft is making Kinect more accessible to the masses is with a device called the Kinect Adapter for Windows. This device allows the Xbox One Kinect to work with your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 device with a simple USB plug. You’ll need USB 3.0 - which your computer almost certainly has - but besides that it’s just a simple slot. Need a use for that camera that came with your Xbox One? Surprise! Now you have one!

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This is probably as close to inside the McLaren P1 GTR as you’ll get

This is probably as close to inside the McLaren P1 GTR as you’ll get

Owning a McLaren of any sort is something most people don't get to experience, so we'll forgive you for trying to achieve the feeling of sitting inside the bespoke track focused racer by checking out these brand new interior shots and making "vroom-vroom" noises. McLaren revealed the P1 GTR's swooping exterior and crazy 986HP engine back in August, but had kept the driver accommodations secret until today. Perhaps the best part is the distinctive steering wheel, inspired by the McLaren MP4-23 that won the F1 championship in 2008.

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SensoTRACK monitors biometric health through your ear

SensoTRACK monitors biometric health through your ear

If you’re part of the biometric sports monitoring device craze, you’re going to want to listen up. SensoTRACK is a wearable device you attach to your ear. You’ll be able to monitor 4 major vital signs at once, count steps, and check your body position. As Dr. Vahram Mouradian, Founder and CTO of Sensogram Technologies suggests, "SensoTRACK is designed to be more than a fitness gadget." You wanted to know absolutely everything about yourself while you jog or exercise in any way at all - you got it.

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