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VR Curation or: How to Avoid Another Google Glass

VR Curation or: How to Avoid Another Google Glass

As Virtual Reality headsets become available to the public, we've set out to address the many issues that come with launching a platform. Not just a platform - not just hardware - but a whole ecosystem of pieces of hardware AND software. Developers and users, manufacturers and social participants. There's a lot at stake here - and a lot of people with their livelihoods on the line. What's it going to take to keep this environment in order? Curation!

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UberEats service to launch in NYC and nine other locations

UberEats service to launch in NYC and nine other locations

We are all familiar with Uber and the ride sharing service that the company offers. Essentially, with that service you use an app to hail a car to take you wherever you need to go. Uber has been trialing a new service called UberEats in a few cities around the country and has announced that the food delivery service is ready to kick off in ten major cities in the US.

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Apple sees record $1.1B in App Store sales over holiday period

Apple sees record $1.1B in App Store sales over holiday period

The holiday season is usually a big time for tech and gadget companies each year, but with smartphones ever becoming the most important device in our lives, app marketplaces are also seeing big customer turnouts. The iOS App Store is one such example, with Apple revealing that the close of 2015 was the "biggest ever" holiday season for the digital store, with users spending a record $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases over the two weeks ending January 3rd.

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Apple names new COO as Schiller takes App Store crown

Apple names new COO as Schiller takes App Store crown

The role previously held by Tim Cook has remained vacant since he became CEO in 2011. That role of COO, Chief Operating Officer, has been filled this week by Jeff Williams. This fellow has been part of Apple since the year 1998 and has been responsible for quite a few different projects, like supervising development of ResearchKit and the Apple Watch as well as overseeing the Apple service and support network and Apple's supply chain. Williams is now one of four "C" level executives at Apple.

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App Store now shows Apple TV support in iOS

App Store now shows Apple TV support in iOS

Since the Apple TV's official App Store launched a month ago, we've seen a host of new apps on the market for it. In fact, just earlier today it looks like there were well over 2,000 of them just waiting to be downloaded. But if you're looking through the store on another device, how do you know if the app you're considering purchasing will work on your shiny new Apple TV? Well, it looks like Apple is finally letting you know.

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Ruffle is the anonymous Snapchat: beware the obvious

Ruffle is the anonymous Snapchat: beware the obvious

There's a brand new app on the block with a perfect name, Ruffle (because it's about to do just that to your feathers). This app was made for image sharing, and that's just what it'll do. You'll send images (most likely photos you've taken) to completely random strangers*, and in return you'll receive photos from completely random strangers. When you see a photo incoming, you'll see it pixelated. If you don't want to de-pixelate it, you don't have to.

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256 App Store apps found using ad SDK collecting private data

256 App Store apps found using ad SDK collecting private data

Apple is known, even notorious, for its tight grip on which apps get into its App Store. While sometimes viewed to be a rather heavy handed or authoritarian approach, it has also been praised for curbing the amount of low quality apps and malware. Lately, however, some seem to have slipped through the cracks. This latest App Store violation even numbers in the hundreds. Code analytics service SourceDNA discovers more than 200 iOS apps accepted on the App Store using an advertising SDK that collect users' private data.

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iTunes and App Store are down again, this time with iBooks, Apple TV

iTunes and App Store are down again, this time with iBooks, Apple TV

For the fourth time within the week, several of Apple's online marketplaces for iOS and OS X are dealing with outages. The services that are down as of Thursday morning are more widespread than the last occurrence, which was seen on Tuesday of this week. They currently include the iTunes Store on OS X, the iOS App Store, the iBooks Store, and the Mac App Store.

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Apple advises users, developers on XcodeGhost scare

Apple advises users, developers on XcodeGhost scare

Sometimes it's Android and sometimes it's iOS, but both platforms has had their share of highly publicized security nightmares. This time, it's Apple's turn to take the heat, though partly through no fault of its own. The recent XcodeGhost malware that has affected dozens, possibly even hundreds, of iOS apps, mostly from China, has definitely worried not a few users. Now Cupertino is setting the record straight for users and guiding developers on how to make sure they won't become unwilling carriers of this security vulnerability.

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iPhone app malware attack: details you need to know

iPhone app malware attack: details you need to know

This morning Apple released a statement on a large-scale attack on their iOS App Store. Apple is in the process of cleaning up after the attack, having found a malicious program by the name of XcodeGhost earlier today. This is the first reported case of malware making its way into Apple's App Stores in any sort of large-scale manner. According to cyber security firm Palo Alto Networks, just five malicious software-containing apps had ever been found on the iOS App Store before.

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The new Google Play has Fingerprint Sensor integration

The new Google Play has Fingerprint Sensor integration

This week Google all but guaranteed the inclusion of Fingerprint Readers in their next Nexus devices with Google Play v5.9. This version of the Google Play app store was made for Android 6.0 Marshmallow and includes support for Fingerprint Readers. Both new Nexus devices have leaked with fingerprint readers at their backs, and we would not be surprised in the least if far more fingerprint readers were integrated into smartphones and tablets over the next year because of this move by Google.

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Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Final Fantasy VII released to iOS today with one big oddity

Today Final Fantasy VII hits the mobile platform with Square Enix' release on both iPhone and iPad. This game will be joined - sooner or later - by a new mobile app "Final Fantasy Portal". While a mash-up of the Valve-made classic first-person title and the classic RPG might seem like a dream made in fairyland, this app is instead a portal for all things Final Fantasy - card games and all. While this version of Final Fantasy VII (or Final Fantasy 7, if you prefer), is similar to the original, it includes just a few odd changes that make it a whole different experience.

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