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Google’s iOS app gets Material Design, Maps

Google’s iOS app gets Material Design, Maps

Material Design sure is pretty, but if you’re on iOS — you’re not getting the full effect. You can still take advantage of Google’s new visual design with the Google Search app for iOS, which has been updated today to take full advantage of Material Design. It’s not just better looking, though. It’s also smarter, and will have you searching and re-searching faster than ever. Google has also baked Maps right into Search, giving you street view imagery and optional directions, all from the search app.

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Workflow for iOS helps automate your life

Workflow for iOS helps automate your life

You likely do quite a few of the same things on your phone day-to-day, so why not automate them? If you’ve got an iPhone, you’re in luck. An app named ‘Workflow’ has debuted on the App Store, and brings in quite a bit of in-phone automation. In taking simpler tasks you need to do and making them boilerplate issues, Workflow is also really simple. The easy-to-use app is also incredibly adept at setting up tasks for automation, making it really useful for just about anyone.

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Report: Apple Watch heading into mass production soon

Report: Apple Watch heading into mass production soon

Brace yourselves: the Apple Watch is coming. Sometime next year, we’ll have our hands on the highly anticipated device, Apple’s first true wearable. While we expected to see it launch around April-May, a new report suggests we might get it a whole lot sooner than that. Or, Apple really think they’ve got a hit on their hands and are just stockpiling devices. Either way, their issues with actually making the watch are said to be over, with the wearable entering mass production a full month ahead of “schedule”.

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OPPO R5 smashes apple, and other kinds of things

OPPO R5 smashes apple, and other kinds of things

Some smartphones, especially in China, are getting ridiculously thin. But with that petiteness come fears of being fragile, easy to break or easy to bend. Knowing well that mark of hesitation, OPPO has just released a video ad that play to the OPPO R5's strength despite its lack of bulk, thanks in no small part to its industry-grade metal body. It does so by smashing things without getting smashed in return. And the first thing it slices and smashes through? Nothing less than an apple.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with LTE arrive in China

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with LTE arrive in China

Apple has announced plans to release the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with cellular connectivity in China this week. Both slates will support a variety of high-speed cellular networks, and will otherwise bring with them the same features as the WiFi models, which were previously launched in the region. Apple has detailed the pricing, and though it didn't say when the slates would arrive, it seems they're listed on the company's China website now.

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United doling out 23,000 iPhone 6 Plus’ to flight crew

United doling out 23,000 iPhone 6 Plus’ to flight crew

Next time you fly United Airlines, your flight attendant might break out an iPhone. Don’t worry, though, they’re not bored with you. They’re not texting while you talk or anything. In fact, it might be to your benefit! In an ongoing effort to go paperless, United Airlines will be giving all flight attendants an iPhone 6 Plus, which will give them “important safety and service” info in their hand, all the time. The iPhones will start landing in-hand during the second quarter of 2015.

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Nokia’s HERE Maps arrive on Google Play, coming to iOS in early 2015

Nokia’s HERE Maps arrive on Google Play, coming to iOS in early 2015

You know Nokia the handset maker, but are you familiar with Nokia the services provider? After dislodging their hardware division and shuffling it off toward Redmond and Microsoft, Nokia has become a services company first, hardware (distant) second. One of their more fascinating and profound services for consumers is HERE, a Maps app that is putting the rest of the world on notice. After a beta period meant for testing the app and finding bugs, HERE is now rolling out to Android users, and will challenge Google Maps in a significant way.

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Dropbox Carousel deletes phone photos once they hit the cloud

Dropbox Carousel deletes phone photos once they hit the cloud

The next generation of cloud storage from Dropbox has been revealed - deleting your phone-stored photos after they've been uploaded to their webspace. There are two ways to look at this. One is that you're freeing up space on your smartphone by allowing Dropbox to hold them for you using Dropbox Carousel. The other is that you're trusting Dropbox to have a perfect copy of your files before deleting them from your phone, also trusting that they're only deleting said photos after the upload is complete.

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Apple: iOS 8.1.2, Bose, Apple Maps all ready for prime time

Apple: iOS 8.1.2, Bose, Apple Maps all ready for prime time

It must be Apple’s day to roll stuff out and update their services, because there’s a lot going on. After seeing Apple TV would get some needed love from YouTube, as well as some new channels, there is a lot more to discuss. Apple’s iCloud seems to have replaced Google Maps for their own when using Find my iPhone, and Bose is coming back to the Apple Store. There’s also a new version of iOS out, though we wouldn’t get too excited there. The latest iOS fixes one small issue regarding iTunes ringtone purchases.

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Apple TV adds new channels, YouTube refresh

Apple TV adds new channels, YouTube refresh

Apple TV is seeing some new channels today, as well as a totally refreshed version of an old favorite. The most notable news for Apple TV today comes via Google, which have upped the YouTube ante and re-worked the channel altogether. The new-look YouTube brings it into focus with Google’s other YouTube properties scattered throughout other streaming properties, with a full searchable database and easy-access subscriptions. It also has ads, which means you’ll now have access to the full library of content.

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