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Apple preps transit directions for iOS 9 and uses robots to map interiors

Apple preps transit directions for iOS 9 and uses robots to map interiors

Apple has some new ideas in the works for improving its Maps in iOS 9. First, Apple quietly acquired GPS company Coherent Navigation and it's precision--within centimeters--GPS technology. Furthermore, Apple is continuing its deal to use TomTom's mapping information, and now Apple will be adding transit directions to the mix. Whether you're looking for bus, subway, or train directions, Apple will be able to direct you through your commute.

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Researchers design new Tor client resistant to NSA attacks

Researchers design new Tor client resistant to NSA attacks

Internet anonymity has become difficult to procure as the NSA is doing everything in its power to keep tabs on Internet activity. One way that people have been protecting their anonymity is by using the anonymizing network, Tor. It was popularly used to access dark web sites like Silk Road, but it can also be used for good. For example, people in certain countries without free speech protections could be jailed or worse for disparaging online claims against the government; Tor provides a way to prevent those users' web activity from being tracked. As it turns out, Tor isn't as safe from the prying eyes of big government surveillance as we once thought.

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Adobe retires Photoshop Touch, teases Rigel retouching app

Adobe retires Photoshop Touch, teases Rigel retouching app

With Adobe's eventual move to the cloud, it is no surprise that it wants to set anchor on mobile as well. After all, it's cloud storage and services would make exchanging files between mobile and desktop a breeze. Although it hasn't exactly made a splash about them, Adobe has quite the portfolio of mobile apps, which it is now showing off in its "mobile presence report card". Sadly, and almost ironically, it is also bidding goodbye to one of the stalwarts of that team: Photoshop Touch.

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Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Considering the mess it found itself in over the iCloud fiasco, Apple could not but help hunker down on its security measures. Aside from data encryption and Touch ID, which is advertised to be both secure and convenient, Cupertino has also started enabling stronger two-factor authentication across its services. It's exactly these latter two features that have now just landed on the iOS app for the Apple Store in order to make sure that even physical purchases are just as secure as digital ones.

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Google Project Fi to send out all invites by mid-summer

Google Project Fi to send out all invites by mid-summer

If you've been quite anxious to get your hands on Google's latest crazy experiment, you might just have to practice some extra restraint. Although Project Fi invitations have already started to go out to some lucky few, not everyone who has put in a request has had their prayers answered. At least not yet. Google claims that the reception has been quite hot and its doing everything it can to ensure that it offers quality over quantity. As such, it might not get to all those request until later next month.

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Xbox on Windows 10 preview brings avatars and friends

Xbox on Windows 10 preview brings avatars and friends

With all the fuss about Windows 10 on PCs and smartphones, some might have forgotten one other promise that the latest Windows version has made: an Xbox One experience on Windows 10. While the day when we can start playing Xbox games on our Windows PCs is still "coming soon", gamers can at least for now enjoy some of the social aspects of the Xbox experience when Windows 10 comes around in a few months, thanks to this May preview of the Xbox app for Windows 10.

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Logitech Harmony now speaks with Nest Protect, Rheem EcoNet

Logitech Harmony now speaks with Nest Protect, Rheem EcoNet

The number of smart appliances you can put in your home is increasing exponentially to the point that keeping track of them, much less controlling them, is becoming a chore, which nullifies the premise of a smart home. The peace of mind that comes with orchestrating all these disparate pieces together is exactly the promise that Logitech Harmony makes. Today, it is increasing that peace of mind by adding Nest's Protect smart smoke detectors and Rheem's EcoNet smart water heater to the list of supported devices.

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Pretty Smart Lamp includes phone finder and more

Pretty Smart Lamp includes phone finder and more

There’s a new decorative lamp called the Pretty Smart Lamp, and while it doesn’t do super bright illuminating, it is both pretty and smart. There are several designs available with it, but more importantly there are several features that your average lamp won’t do. One of those features is finding your phone when you lose it; another is letting you know of (and dismiss) notifications. There’s temperature monitoring, brightness monitoring, support for home automation systems, and more.

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Yeesh, Scrabble adds ridic load of new words to dictionary

Yeesh, Scrabble adds ridic load of new words to dictionary

Scrabble wants you to pwn your opponent, and so now it'll let you officially use pwn and a slew of other words as part of your gameplay. The last update to the Scrabble dictionary took place back in August of last year, and likewise modern lingo was added to the list, including the ever-important “selfie”. This time around you will find even more tech terms and modern slang, including the likes of ridic and pwn, hacktivist, and so many more.

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SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

Apps for Apple's newly launched wearable, the Apple Watch, are pouring in. SoundCloud has made sure it is one of the companies getting an app out for the wearable, and as such recently announced the arrival of its own SoundCloud for Apple Watch offering. The app does exactly what you'd expect it to do -- allows Apple Watch owners to listen to audio on the platform from their wrist. It works in conjunction with the SoundCloud for iOS app and one's iPhone.

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