App Development

BitTorrent’s P2P chat Bleep keeps your messages secure across platforms

BitTorrent’s P2P chat Bleep keeps your messages secure across platforms

In the age where nothing is ever truly erased from the internet, BitTorrent's decentralized chat platform, Bleep, is a welcome service. BitTorrent's Bleep aims to create messages out of the hands of any third parties by using the same peer-to-peer technology popular for pirating movies and music. Bleep's chat platform doesn't store personal data or chat logs anywhere except on your own local device, which means that all of your messages are safe from prying eyes and the possible long arm of the law.

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Google’s ‘News & Weather’ Apple Watch app has ‘fail’ written all over it

Google’s ‘News & Weather’ Apple Watch app has ‘fail’ written all over it

Apple Watch apps are typically pretty good at being unique, but offering up an experience that’s both familiar and approachable. Some go a bit above and beyond the call of app duty, making Apple Watch features that stand out. Google isn’t one of them. Today, the largest conduit of information on Earth updated their News & Weather iOS app to support Apple Watch, and it’s not good. It’s barely passable, really. Compared to other apps that offer similar info, Google’s News & Weather falls well short of being exciting, much less interesting.

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Periscope’s new phone number sign-in is really Twitter’s ‘Digits’

Periscope’s new phone number sign-in is really Twitter’s ‘Digits’

With Periscope’s most recent update, the ability to sign up with your phone number was added, creating a secondary way to use Periscope if you didn’t have (or want to use) your Twitter account. It’s the first time Periscope has ventured outside the Twittersphere for gaining users, but they didn’t stray too far. We’ve confirmed that Periscope’s new phone number sign-up scheme is simply Digits, which is part of Twitter’s Fabric mobile development platform. So it’s Twitter, but not Twitter.

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Duet now links iOS mobile and Windows desktop fluidly

Duet now links iOS mobile and Windows desktop fluidly

We don’t all live in a contained operating system environment. Some of us have a tablet that runs different software than our phone, or even the desktop. For those users, Duet has introduced a new feature many didn’t see coming (we sure didn’t). Now, you can link your iPad to your Windows desktop, and use Duet to add a second screen to your experience. Duet now supports Windows 7 or Windows 8, and brings a full 60fps experience; so game on PC fans, or extend those videos to the small(er) screen.

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Paper by FiftyThree intros Think Kit for better graphs and charts

Paper by FiftyThree intros Think Kit for better graphs and charts

Paper by FiftyThree is a pretty robust app for those who have artistic flair. For the rest of us, it’s an app for doodling. And for the rest of us, FiftyThree now has a new set of tools named Think Kit, which is aimed at the more linear thinking crowd. The tools allow for the easy drawing of graphs and charts via Paper while still retaining some artistic flair. The backbone of Think Kit is FiftyThree’s Intention Engine, which recognizes your terrible drawings and corrects them into something a bit more visually appealing.

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NYT Now goes free for iOS, adds impressive features

NYT Now goes free for iOS, adds impressive features

Paywalls are kind of terrible in the eyes of most. It’s success is largely debatable, but some larger news entities choose to shelter online content behind a curtain rather than open it up to all in favor of monetization via advertising. The New York Times was one of those who subscribed (pun intended) to the paywall theory, but may be tearing themselves from it. Their latest update to NYT Now, their iOS app, eschews the paywall altogether, letting us all read until the battery on our iPhone dies.

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Feeling lonely? Let IBM’s Watson match you with a therapist

Feeling lonely? Let IBM’s Watson match you with a therapist

Therapy can be a useful tool for those with deep-seated issues or anyone who needs a sounding board for life's big decisions. Seeking a therapist is now seen as a way to reach out for help instead of a strange act of narcissism. When it comes to finding a therapist, a good match can make a world of difference. Picking a practitioner from the Yellow Pages is a complete crapshoot; now, IBM's Watson is lending its supercomputing power to creating ideal matches between patients and therapists on Talkspace, an online, licensed therapy provider that you can access from your smartphone.

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Being an indie Dev is romantic, but may not be lucrative

Being an indie Dev is romantic, but may not be lucrative

I have a question for you: how much do you think an independent Developer makes? Depends on their app, right? It also depends on how well word spreads about the app, pricing, and if it finds its way to media outlets or other curated sites. There are a lot of moving parts when considering the success of an indie Dev, but it’s a romantic notion. Some dedicated soul churning away in their home office, sweating over every last pixel and animation. Still, how much do you think they make?

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TestFlight is currently down; beta apps in holding pattern

TestFlight is currently down; beta apps in holding pattern

Developers trying to seed beta versions of their apps on iOS might be hitting a brick wall this morning. It seems TestFlight, Apple’s (now) in-house app seeding program is experiencing disruption. Developers are complaining en masse on Twitter, and Apple has not yet addressed the issue, but it seems to be server related. I’ve tested it for myself, and hey — it’s down on the Development side. It doesn’t seem to affect users who may have apps waiting for them in the TestFlight app.

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Apple could use ResearchKit to collect DNA for medical studies

Apple could use ResearchKit to collect DNA for medical studies

iPhones can track a myriad of data from your everyday life. From your footsteps to your heart rate, we relay a lot of data without ever having to opt-in. Apple is looking to gather a new type of information from its users--DNA. Apple is planning to release apps, using its new ResearchKit developer tools, to help hospitals and research teams conduct clinical trials and other medical research from their iPhones, and genetic testing is just another piece of that puzzle.

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