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Oral B introduces ‘Smart Series’ connected toothbrush

Oral B introduces ‘Smart Series’ connected toothbrush

Oral B, a brand you likely interact with a few times a day (or at least should!), have released their Smart Series Electric Toothbrush. Claiming it’s the first of its kind, Oral B’s smart toothbrush uses Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with an accompanying smartphone app. The goal is to get us brushing smarter, or as Oral B puts it, to “improve brushing efficiency”.

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Comixology axes in-app purchases on iOS

Comixology axes in-app purchases on iOS

The way the industry works is that if you make an in-app purchase, the app host has to pay a hefty cut to the service provider. For example, if you buy a product or service via Apple's App Store, the app provider pays Apple a 30% cut from the sales; this is the Store policy. To nip this problem and maintain it's pricing, Comixology will no longer be offering its comics for sale via the Apple app.

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iTunes App Store adds selfie sharing section

iTunes App Store adds selfie sharing section

The selfie is a common staple among images found online, comprising vast quantities of Instagram and other social photography websites, often smattering Facebook and Twitter feeds, among other online locations. So popular is the form of self-expression, the word selfie earned its own slot in the dictionary and was named word of the year in 2013. Now it has its own section in the App Store.

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iOS-based Threes! hits Android in search of similar success

iOS-based Threes! hits Android in search of similar success

The game "Threes!" has been out for a few weeks on iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, currently holding the coveted #14 spot in the iTunes Paid Apps popularity chart. Today the developers behind the app have released their Android build to the Google Play app store. This app costs a cool $1.99 at launch, after which it’s suggested that it may cost 3 times as much.

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Apple and Google reported to be pulling down games on the basis of “Flappy” names

Apple and Google reported to be pulling down games on the basis of “Flappy” names

Like a zombie that refuses to die, Flappy Bird has still been seeing some activity days after its official demise thanks to imitations and scams proliferating on the Internet. Now it seems that Google and Apple are finally putting an axe to those clones by rejecting or even removing games from iTunes App Store and Google Play Store if they have the word "Flappy" in their name.

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Apple pulls Blockchain Bitcoin wallet from App Store

Apple pulls Blockchain Bitcoin wallet from App Store

Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency available, is stored using a digital wallet app, some of which are more secure than others. The most popular among these is Blockchain, which was removed from the App Store tonight. The reason provided alluded to an issue that hadn't been resolved, but Blockchain contends that Apple hasn't provided any specific reason for its action.

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