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Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Maybe because they’re trying to get in on the Etsy racket, or maybe just because they can; either way, Facebook is now making it much easier to sell things via Groups. Today, the social giant is announcing a new feature for Groups, which will allow users to sell items in a more streamlined way, with posts that are more easily manageable and professional looking. The feature was spotted previously, with Facebook saying they were trialing it for some groups who were noticed to have been actively selling anyway.

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Yelp buys food ordering & delivery service Eat24

Yelp buys food ordering & delivery service Eat24

Back in 2013, Yelp partnered with Eat24 on what seemed like a service for the really lazy. Since then, food ordering and delivery via an app has blossomed, with apps like GrubHub joining in on the food delivery fun. With that, Yelp is announcing they want you to keep your pants off (that will make sense soon, I promise), and have acquired Eat24. The deal is worth $134 million in cash and stock, but it’s not clear if Yelp will work Eat24 into their existing platform, or operate it separately.

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Android app dev finds a creative way to punish pirates

Android app dev finds a creative way to punish pirates

What would you do if your $6 mobile app gets pirated a lot? And by a lot, we mean 85 percent of the installed user base? Some might have called it quits and yanked off their app. Others might have tried to enforce even stricter piracy countermeasures. But not Android app developer Jack Underwood, whose popular Today Calendar app is experiencing those numbers. Instead, he is "punishing" pirates by making them walk the plank into shark-infested waters. Well, not really. He's just filling up their calendars with a lot of pirate-themed events.

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Apple’s Grammy’s ad paints the iPad as a musical virtuoso

Apple’s Grammy’s ad paints the iPad as a musical virtuoso

If you're given an ad spot in the music industry's biggest award night, you will most likely link it to some musical product. But if your business isn't directly related to that, then you'll have to settle for the next best thing: apps. That is exactly what Apple has done with its latest video targeted at the Grammy's audience. But if you think it is flaunting the latest iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, think again. It is the iPad that is taking center stage and Apple is showing off how it can be turned into a professional music studio.

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Is iPad innovation dead?

Is iPad innovation dead?

Earlier today, something caught my attention. In a report on why the iPad might see a sales dip in 2015, an analyst cleverly shouldered Developers with blame for the iPad’s decline. Specifically, he claimed there weren’t enough good apps to compel potential customers to want an iPad. Is that true? Is the iPad in decline because Developers don’t create solid iPad experiences? Apple has created new foundations for iOS development, but are things like Metal and Swift proactive, or reactive? The answer: it’s complicated.

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Google updates Timely with Lollipop looks, Google Now support

Google updates Timely with Lollipop looks, Google Now support

Remember Timely? If you were using Google+ when it came out, you probably remember your feed being polluted with shares of the app’s link, which was an easy way to get in-app stuff. After its meteoric rise (which was really strange, since it’s really just an alarm clock app) Google purchased Bitspin, the studio behind Timely, and immediately made all the in-app content free. Since then, Bitspin (or maybe Google) has done little with the app, but an update today brings it full circle to Lollipop.

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Wundershine blends print and digital for odd photo frame

Wundershine blends print and digital for odd photo frame

Remember Digital Picture Frames? Maybe you even have one at home or at the office. While certainly interesting gadgets, the no. 1 Problem with them is the battery, or having ugly cables running all along the walls. What about regular picture frames? It is a big hassle to change the pictures, right? Well, that is about to change thanks to an innovative company in the Netherlands, called Wundershine. They believed they could come up with a better solution to both of those problems. The results of the research is called the Makerframe.

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Confide might be the most secure messaging app we’ve ever seen

Confide might be the most secure messaging app we’ve ever seen

Ephemeral messaging apps are popular, but they aren’t quite confidential. You can typically take a screenshot of what was sent to you, which preserves the moment for an eternity. The embarrassment potential is clear, but what about those times you really need to send confidential info, but don’t have time to chat on the phone (which seems to be the chosen method)? An app named Confide might help with that, and offers a much more secure way to send private info.

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Paper goes free as FiftyThree pushes Pencil for iPad art

Paper goes free as FiftyThree pushes Pencil for iPad art

Popular iPad art app Paper is dropping its in-app purchases and making all its add-on tools free, in the hope that sales of its Pencil stylus make up any shortfall along the way. Paper, which was Apple's iPad app of the year back in 2012, previously charged $0.99 apiece for each of the Sketch, Outline, Write, Color, and Mixer tools that could be added to the default Draw tools, but now each can be downloaded free as soon as you open the app. In return, app maker FiftyThree is focusing on its Pencil stylus, which although resembling a simple slip of wood or metal, actually contains some significant wireless smarts.

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Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

iOS 8 brought a lot of fancy new stuff to the iPhone, some of which seem like a good idea for any mobile platform. But rather than gnash their teeth in envy, Android users can still get some of those benefits on their smartphones as well. No, we won't be theming Android to make it look like Apple's smartphone. There are a lot of those already out there. What we will do here is to take a look at some of those nice features and show how Android lovers can them too.

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