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Uber updates API, allows any app to be an Uber app

Uber updates API, allows any app to be an Uber app

With an updated API, Any app can be an Uber app. We’d previously heard rumblings that Uber was working their way into other apps, namely Facebook Messenger, but the company wasn’t happy to stop there. Now, the ride-sharing technology company will allow any app to work Uber into the mix with an updated API, which they say allows another third-party to “incorporate the entire Uber experience”. With this new-look API, you not only get info on where Uber might be, but you can request a ride, too.

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FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

At first, we thought the FREAK security vulnerability was isolated to Internet browsers. Then, it became clear that Windows OS is vulnerable to FREAK attacks. The latest news is that this problem is now able to affect smartphones and mobile devices through apps on Android and iOS. The FREAK vulnerability is a security backdoor created by an old Clinton administration era government policy which required all exported software and hardware to have weak encryption keys. Obviously their policy was passed without much foresight. FREAK attacks cripple HTTPS security, allowing for sensitive data like passwords and credit card information to be snatched by hackers savvy to the susceptibility.

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Mixfader wireless crossfader aims at digital DJs

Mixfader wireless crossfader aims at digital DJs

If you like to make music there is plenty of hardware out there that will let you make your own tracks using turntables and vinyl records or digital devices like the iPad and MP3 tracks. Whichever route you choose, cool music can be made using a bunch of methods. If your tastes lean towards making digital music a new tool is coming soon called the Mixfader.

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Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Autodesk Tinkerplay tries to wean young ones to the 3D world

Being at the forefront of the 3D software industry, Autodesk is in the prime position of taking advantage and profiting from the recent 3D printing renaissance. However, 3D printing has been, and still is, a relatively exclusive club made of adults and young adults with the know-how, not to mention the equipment, to turn ideas into digital models into physical objects. In order to increase those numbers, and potential customers, you need to train the next, younger generation of 3D designers. And that is exactly what the new Tinkerplay app hopes to accomplish.

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Paper by FiftyThree getting new ‘Think Kit’ features next month

Paper by FiftyThree getting new ‘Think Kit’ features next month

After making Paper (now technically known as ‘Paper by FiftyThree’ because of Facebook’s app by the same name) free to download, FiftyThree is giving us more reason to want the app. FiftyThree is announcing a new series of add-on tools for Paper they’ve named Think Kit, which are aimed at producing a more finished conceptual design faster. Though they’re a bit tight-lipped about what the tools may offer, you may be picking up your iPad to sketch ideas more often with Think Kit.

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Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Next to the Spinning Pinwheel of Death, the next most dreaded rotating indicator is probably the ones that you see on YouTube and other video streaming sites. Yes, those spinners that indicate that your video has stopped and is still buffering, making you wait in anxiety and worry, especially when the connection suddenly crashes. Opera Software, who has been at the forefront of minimizing your Internet data usage, has a solution for that in the form of the latest version 4.1 of its Opera Coast browser for iOS, now with Video Boost technology.

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Yo’s new app for Apple Watch does more than “yo”

Yo’s new app for Apple Watch does more than “yo”

The simple messaging app Yo will soon be jumping on the Apple Watch bandwagon with its newest app for the smartwatch. If you haven't heard of Yo, it's a basic app that debuted last year to a mix of fanfare and confusion. Yo is an app that lets you communicate with friends, but limits you to just exchanging a "yo" instead of texting. Over 4 million "yo's" have been sent. Now, Yo is back in a new incarnation for the Apple Watch, and it lets users send more than just a "yo."

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Lookback buys Quickcast, brings video screengrabs to Android

Lookback buys Quickcast, brings video screengrabs to Android

Perhaps the easiest way to grab what’s happening on the screen of your Mac is Quickcast. The video screengrab app is easy to use, and even hosts your snippets so you can share a link with anyone who might want to check out what’s going on. It’ perfect for troubleshooting, where a customer might need help from an expert. Today, a company with a similar aim, Lookback, has announced they’ve acquired Reissued Ltd, makers of Quickcast, which is helping to power Lookback’s new Android and Mac apps.

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Google to finally open up Google Now API to all apps soon

Google to finally open up Google Now API to all apps soon

While Google Now has grown a following thanks to its timely suggestions and relevant information, it hasn't exactly grown by leaps and bounds, partly because of the limited supply of apps that actually integrate with Google's smart assistant, if you could call it that. Things might change soon, now that Google has, at least informally, revealed that it plans to open up the API for Google Now for other app developers. It's a feature that is truly a long time coming, something that Google Now could have suggested to its own masters.

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Casetify brings custom bands to Apple Watch

Casetify brings custom bands to Apple Watch

Apple Watch is an entirely new platform as well as a whole new hardware line. Like we’ve seen with just about all their other hardware and platform options, a support industry starts to pop up around the newest thing from Apple. Such is the case with Casetify, which are aiming to get you excited about watch bands. Like Swatch did so many years ago with swappable bands, Casetify wants to make Apple Watch bands unique, collectible, desirable, and fun. It looks the part, too.

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