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Rumor: Twitter wants to buy selfie-sharing app Shots

Rumor: Twitter wants to buy selfie-sharing app Shots

Not too long ago, Twitter CFO Anthony Noto had quite the social media fail. Rather than a Direct Message, he tweeted that Twitter should “buy them”, and that a meeting was scheduled for December 15 or 16. He also has a plan on selling whoever they’re meeting with on selling. Quickly, curiosity got the better of us all, and we wondered who Twitter would be trying to snap up. Another advertising arm? It seems Twitter is about to take a shot at buying Shots.

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Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Existing connected car dongles might tell you about your drive stats and provide feedback on making you a better motorist, but driving is a team effort. Your car has to perform, and when it starts to tell you it’s not ready to go, frustration and a touch of panic set in. What does the “check engine” light mean? Why is it making that weird noise? Mechanic Advisor, a site with a network of automotive repair shops, will soon be jumping into the connected car game with their own plug-in dongle.

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Doxie portable scanner lets you go paperless

Doxie portable scanner lets you go paperless

Many people have a drawer in the kitchen where they shove all sorts of receipts and papers that you may not want to throw away, but know deep down you probably won’t need again. A pair of new portable scanners have launched that are aimed at helping you to go paperless with receipts and other paper so you can toss them and still keep records. The scanners are the Doxie Go Plus and the Doxie Go Wi-Fi.

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Sony’s own Backup & Restore app hacked, taken over

Sony’s own Backup & Restore app hacked, taken over

When you have a smartphone, you’d like to trust that the apps coming straight form the manufacturer of that phone are secure. More to the point, you’d probably safely assume any software designed to access your information stored in your phone would be something that couldn’t be compromised in any way. A new report suggests Sony’s own backup and restore app has been hacked, but that’s not even the most sensational news. Hackers have taken over the app entirely, even claiming ownership in Google Play.

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Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear

Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear

There are many reasons that people need earplugs, and not all of them are reasons you might expect. People need earplugs in very loud situations, such as shooting guns or at a loud racetrack for sure, but there are other reasons in the home that people use them as well when it's important that you still be able to hear sounds around you, such as sleeping. For situations like this, a new set of earplugs called Hush smart earplugs have debuted.

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Apple apps, stores go (RED) for World AIDS Day 2014

Apple apps, stores go (RED) for World AIDS Day 2014

Continuing a tradition that is eight years in the running, Apple will be embarking on a campaign not just to promote awareness about the AIDS situation, especially in Africa, but also to help fund efforts in fighting the disease and helping victims survive. Starting Monday, 24th November until December 7 , a whopping 25 apps on iTunes App Store, its biggest collection ever, will have their proceeds go to the efforts of (RED) and the Global Fund. And buyers will also have something to show for their pledge, with exclusive in-app content and perks to mark the occasion.

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Milk app saves you cash on groceries almost effortlessly

Milk app saves you cash on groceries almost effortlessly

Unless you’re one of the few who take advantage of Amazon’s grocery delivery, trips to the grocery store are likely part of your day-to-day existence. You probably even have a rewards card for your local grocery store, which could save you a few cents on gas or freebies now and then. What if your rewards card could automatically reward you, in the moment, on your purchase? Milk is a new app that wants to do just that, and syncs with your existing rewards card to find coupons instantly.

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Pebble smartwatch scores PayPal app

Pebble smartwatch scores PayPal app

Mobile payments are all the rage, and not to be left behind is PayPal, which has announced the arrival of its app for Pebble smartwatches. The app is available now, and brings with it the ability to pay for goods and services at certain shops that accept it from the comfort of one's wrist. Both check-ins and payment codes are supported, and payment notifications are also dished to the wearable, meaning users will no longer have to pop out their smartphone to complete a transaction.

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Facebook rolls out Groups, brings another app to your screen

Facebook rolls out Groups, brings another app to your screen

In their continued effort to take over your smartphone screen, Facebook has released Groups. The app’s purpose is simple enough; it’s for group messaging. Yeah, that’s really it. Facebook has taken an aspect of their messaging platform and splintered it off into a standalone app. The new Groups app is complimentary, though; there won’t be the divide we saw with Messenger months ago. You can still access Groups via the Facebook app, or via Messenger. Or, now, via a standalone app.

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The Nokia Store will shut down early next year

The Nokia Store will shut down early next year

Smartphones may occupy a lot of our mind share, but there are quite a few people who still have, use, and like feature phones. In emerging markets, those devices are often the only choice. Nokia was a leader in the emerging space with their Asha brand and middle-of-the-road Nokia X devices. Now that Nokia is out of the hardware game, and Microsoft has taken over their mobile interests, they’re shutting down the Nokia Store. Anyone looking for apps will be re-directed to the Opera online store.

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