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Google Play Services update tweaks Maps, Drive, Fit functionality

Google Play Services update tweaks Maps, Drive, Fit functionality

To help get their services to a wider audience, Google has issued a Play Services update today. The aim is, naturally, getting Google stuff in more places, and making it a better experience for the end-user. Moving forward, Developers will have the ability to better control the API library they need, and use only the API they want. That will keep apps lightweight, and easy to update/support. Developers will need it, too; there are a lot of cool new things they can build into their apps!

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Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

In the mobile payment space, Apple Pay dominates the headlines lately, but Google Wallet has been riding its coattails admirably. Via the web, there are even more big players, with Amazon and PayPal dominating the online transaction game. Though they don’t specifically note why, Google is taking Wallet out of the hands of many Developers, and will be discontinuing its use for digital goods in March of next year. This definitely affects those who use Google as a payment service via their website, but doesn’t affect Google Play at all.

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Apple Pay use in apps detailed via Security Guide

Apple Pay use in apps detailed via Security Guide

Apple Pay gets a lot of attention for how it interacts with the physical world, and rightly so. Apple’s inclusion of NFC on the iPhone 6 means we’ll get the ability to pay for goods with a tap of our phone. Sadly, that tech needs various point-of-sale terminals to include it, but there’s another way Apple Pay will be useful: in apps.

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Instagram cuts off social startup Tiiny from ‘find friends’ API access

Instagram cuts off social startup Tiiny from ‘find friends’ API access

Tiiny, the new social media app from Digg-founder Kevin Rose, has just lost access to Instagram's social graph, meaning users on the former can no longer easily find and connect with their friends from the later. The simplest, and most logical, reason for this is that Instagram views Tiiny as a possible growing threat to its dominance, and doesn't want to give it a free leg up in the ever-competing social network market.

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‘Inbox’ wants to fix email, but can it?

‘Inbox’ wants to fix email, but can it?

There’s one truth in life — email sucks. The painful process of organizing and cleaning up your inbox daily can be cumbersome, and hanging onto emails for later response often proves annoying. A new email platform called Inbox wants to change email at its core, but is that necessary?

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Safari WebKit changes mean other apps will get faster, too

Safari WebKit changes mean other apps will get faster, too

When you’re using an app like Facebook in iOS, opening a link up can be a bit of a pain. It opens up in Facebook’s in-line browser, which is nowhere near as quick or responsive as Safari. Part of that has to do with Apple allowing limited use of Nitro Javascript for WebKit, the engine that powers Safari and makes it so quick. Developers now have access to APIs that let them tap into WebKit a touch more, which should speed everything up.

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This is how Apple will connect your home — via software

This is how Apple will connect your home — via software

Apple’s connected home ambitions are rounding into shape, and a new report details just how it all may come to pass. Via a series of software customizations (likely via APIs), it seems Apple is bridging the connected home landscape. Rather than make their own hardware, or partner with various vendors to create “approved” devices, Apple might be giving us choices, backed by software.

Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Google Maps is getting some competition in the location-based services space, with Telenav courting developers with its Scout Maps and Navigation SDK for app and website developers. Packaging OpenStreetMap data - just as Telenav is now using in its own Scout app - in both online and offline forms, the claim is that the data is not only more accurate than Google's, but more affordable for developers, too.

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