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Instagram may be first in a line of Facebook purchases

Instagram may be first in a line of Facebook purchases

After making a blockbuster purchase of the number one and rising app hit Instagram this month for a whopping one billion dollars, Facebook board members are now being asked what the company plans on picking up next. Facebook is currently working with at least $4 billion MORE in cash right this minute as SF Gate reminds us, with a couple more billion on the way thanks to their $5 billion IPO announced months ago. Will Facebook start picking up 3rd party apps and services left and right now that they've perhaps opened the flood gates with Instagram?

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Speed for iPad drops with Retina quality upgrade

Speed for iPad drops with Retina quality upgrade

There's a brand new upgrade for the best-selling speedometer iPhone application, redesigned fully for the new iPad with a new interface as well as high-definition Retina-quality graphics. This app is made for you to be able to get an alternate look at your iPad-found numbers from its speedometer, odometer, and compass. The developers of the app, High Caffeine Content, have created a whole new user interface here that takes full advantage of not only the sharpness of the new iPad, but the entire space they're afforded here as well.

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Three easy ways to save your Instagram photos to desktop

Three easy ways to save your Instagram photos to desktop

Those of you using Instagram for the first time in these recent weeks when it's just come to Android may well be wondering how you can easily access and save your content to your desktop - as it turns out, there's three apps for that. Though the recent purchase of Instagram by Facebook may bring more desktop-related features in the future, for the moment we're stuck moving photos one by one if we want to save them offline or off-phone. Three projects with inspired names have filled that hole with their own solution: Copygram, InstaBackup, and Instaport.

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Facebook and Foursquare data powers ‘Girls Around Me’ app

Facebook and Foursquare data powers ‘Girls Around Me’ app

The developers behind the location data-reliant iPhone application "Girls Around Me" has fallen under fire this week for their usage of Facebook and Foursquare without permission. What this developer, i-Free, maintains is that their usage of Foursquare and Facebook data to locate females surrounding the GPS location of the user was a "serious misunderstanding." Facebook and Foursquare legal teams do not agree, and the app has been removed from the market temporarily while i-Free works out the details.

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Apple 25 Billionth download winner flown to Beijing

Apple 25 Billionth download winner flown to Beijing

As you may have heard at the start of this month, Apple's iTunes App Store had its 25 billionth download, and the prize for being the one to tip the scales went to the young lady appearing just now in Beijing newspapers collecting her prize. Chunli Fu (also reported as Fuchun Li) of Qingdao, China, downloader of the 25 billionth app, has this week been given a warm reception at the Beijing Apple store where she's received her gift card for the iTunes Store worth a whopping $10k USD. When at first she was contacted by Apple, Fu dismissed it as a hoax - imagine her surprise when Apple confirmed and her friends started pouring in calls of congratulations.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: March 26, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: March 26, 2012

It's time to get heavy when it comes to wrapping up - Monday morning Wrap-Up posts are always like this, ladies and gentlemen, where there's a bit more wrapping than a wrapper normally deals with, a whole weekend to devour! We'll start out clean with Philip Berne and his Cheating at Foursquare. This of course can lead you directly into talk by Don Reisinger asking: Are We Going Too Far With Our Tech Obsession? Then you'll hear how the CEO of GameStop doesn't want the Xbox 720 to block pre-owned games - surprise! There's a whole new Canon out there and we've got a pre-review round-up as well as a Hands-on and sample collection of our own! Don't forget last week's Weekly Wrap-Up before you dive head-first into this weeks goods!

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Skype gets iPad Retina Display upgrade

Skype gets iPad Retina Display upgrade

Skype for iPad has been updated to work with the new iPad's Retina Display graphics, though the video quality supported in the app itself still lags behind what many notebooks - including Apple's own MacBook Pro - can offer. The free VoIP and video calling app, now at version 3.8, is still limited by the quality of the new iPad's front-facing camera, which has been left unchanged from the iPad 2. That means it tops out at VGA quality, rather than 720p HD.

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Flipboard sees red in China launch

Flipboard sees red in China launch

Auto-curating digital magazine Flipboard has begun its assault on China, with a new update adding support for social networks Sina, Weibo and Renren, along with new Chinese content. The app automatically pulls in news and articles from users' Facebook and Twitter contacts, but in a v1.8.3 update today, Flipboard introduced China-specific social network support so as to make a more convincing play for the market.

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iPhoto for iOS hits 1 million users in 10 days

iPhoto for iOS hits 1 million users in 10 days

Apple's new iPhoto app for iOS, first announced at the iPad event earlier this month, has reached over 1 million users in less than 10 days of being on the market. This is almost certainly one of the fastest selling apps in Apple's mobile app portfolio's history and certainly says a lot about the quality of the app itself. We've got a full review of iPhoto for iOS if you'd like to take a look, and do indeed suggest you try it out for yourself if you've not done so already.

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Clear list-keeper app Review

Clear list-keeper app Review

An app which is very clearly part of the new world ultra-simple design movement tied directly to modernism in the getting-things-done department of all hipsters' lives is "Clear" for iOS. This application allows you to undeniably simply make lists of items you must do during the day and does it with a user interface that's candy for the eyeballs. This app works for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone, and we certainly suggest the latter choice for all day long pushing and pulling for productivity growing.

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