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Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Dear Apple Watch Developers: Please be like Marco

Apple Watch is going to change a lot of things. It’ll change how other companies consider wearables, and its popularity will certainly make being on the Apple Watch via apps a necessity. Apple Watch is also accelerating how we think about those apps best considered as ‘micro-mobile’; those that are made specifically for wearables. With so many Developers having worked on their Apple Watch apps based off of emulation ahead of launch, we’re starting to see them go back to the drawing board. And they’re right to do so.

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BitTorrent’s P2P chat Bleep keeps your messages secure across platforms

BitTorrent’s P2P chat Bleep keeps your messages secure across platforms

In the age where nothing is ever truly erased from the internet, BitTorrent's decentralized chat platform, Bleep, is a welcome service. BitTorrent's Bleep aims to create messages out of the hands of any third parties by using the same peer-to-peer technology popular for pirating movies and music. Bleep's chat platform doesn't store personal data or chat logs anywhere except on your own local device, which means that all of your messages are safe from prying eyes and the possible long arm of the law.

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Livescribe+ for Android goes live to bridge analog and digital

Livescribe+ for Android goes live to bridge analog and digital

The pen is mightier than the sword, or so they say. And that holds true for some even in this digital age of cloud storage and note-taking apps. And thanks to Livescribe and its line of smartpens, you don't really have to make a hard decision between the two. And now, you don't have to turn into a green-eyed monster just because you root for the green robot. Yes, Livescribe+ is finally out of preview and now available to all on Android to take their scribbles to the digital frontier and beyond.

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Google’s ‘News & Weather’ Apple Watch app has ‘fail’ written all over it

Google’s ‘News & Weather’ Apple Watch app has ‘fail’ written all over it

Apple Watch apps are typically pretty good at being unique, but offering up an experience that’s both familiar and approachable. Some go a bit above and beyond the call of app duty, making Apple Watch features that stand out. Google isn’t one of them. Today, the largest conduit of information on Earth updated their News & Weather iOS app to support Apple Watch, and it’s not good. It’s barely passable, really. Compared to other apps that offer similar info, Google’s News & Weather falls well short of being exciting, much less interesting.

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This is how Samsung’s round Gear smartwatch apps will look

This is how Samsung’s round Gear smartwatch apps will look

We all had a really good idea Samsung’s next smartwatch would be round, but the release of their SDK confirms as much. In letting loose the SDK for Developers (in ‘early access’ mode), Samsung is enticing more to jump on their Tizen-for-wearables bandwagon. From the SDK, we know Samsung is planning to support a 1.65-inch circular display at 320 x 320 resolution, with a pixel density of 305 ppi. That makes it the most visually brilliant Samsung smartwatch so far.

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Periscope’s new phone number sign-in is really Twitter’s ‘Digits’

Periscope’s new phone number sign-in is really Twitter’s ‘Digits’

With Periscope’s most recent update, the ability to sign up with your phone number was added, creating a secondary way to use Periscope if you didn’t have (or want to use) your Twitter account. It’s the first time Periscope has ventured outside the Twittersphere for gaining users, but they didn’t stray too far. We’ve confirmed that Periscope’s new phone number sign-up scheme is simply Digits, which is part of Twitter’s Fabric mobile development platform. So it’s Twitter, but not Twitter.

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Duet now links iOS mobile and Windows desktop fluidly

Duet now links iOS mobile and Windows desktop fluidly

We don’t all live in a contained operating system environment. Some of us have a tablet that runs different software than our phone, or even the desktop. For those users, Duet has introduced a new feature many didn’t see coming (we sure didn’t). Now, you can link your iPad to your Windows desktop, and use Duet to add a second screen to your experience. Duet now supports Windows 7 or Windows 8, and brings a full 60fps experience; so game on PC fans, or extend those videos to the small(er) screen.

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Paper by FiftyThree intros Think Kit for better graphs and charts

Paper by FiftyThree intros Think Kit for better graphs and charts

Paper by FiftyThree is a pretty robust app for those who have artistic flair. For the rest of us, it’s an app for doodling. And for the rest of us, FiftyThree now has a new set of tools named Think Kit, which is aimed at the more linear thinking crowd. The tools allow for the easy drawing of graphs and charts via Paper while still retaining some artistic flair. The backbone of Think Kit is FiftyThree’s Intention Engine, which recognizes your terrible drawings and corrects them into something a bit more visually appealing.

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Periscope update finally lets you change your mugshot

Periscope update finally lets you change your mugshot

It's hard to imagine that Periscope, Twitter's almost preempted livestreaming service, is six weeks old now. But that's exactly the message that is being sent out now that uipdate 1.0.4 is starting to roll out to users. The update brings in features some of which, in all honesty, should have been there since day one, like being able to change your profile pic. It's still forgivable though, if you imagine Twitter suddenly scrambling to get Periscope out the door after Meerkat went public and become hot.

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Uber wants help testing its cash payments for rides feature

Uber wants help testing its cash payments for rides feature

One thing that is welcome by most consumers is more options for paying for the things you want to buy. When it comes to paying online and for many things in the digital world it's either PayPal or credit cards. One of those things that you have so far had to pay for with credit is rides in Uber cars. Uber is getting ready to change that and is calling for riders to help it test the new payment system in Hyderabad.

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NYT Now goes free for iOS, adds impressive features

NYT Now goes free for iOS, adds impressive features

Paywalls are kind of terrible in the eyes of most. It’s success is largely debatable, but some larger news entities choose to shelter online content behind a curtain rather than open it up to all in favor of monetization via advertising. The New York Times was one of those who subscribed (pun intended) to the paywall theory, but may be tearing themselves from it. Their latest update to NYT Now, their iOS app, eschews the paywall altogether, letting us all read until the battery on our iPhone dies.

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Google Play Store now supports pre-registration for upcoming apps

Google Play Store now supports pre-registration for upcoming apps

If you've ever been in that situation where you failed to keep track of when an interesting app or game finally landed on Google Play Store, then you'll know how important this new feature is, both for users and developers. Now developers will be able to mark soon to be launched apps as "Coming Soon" and interested users can opt to be informed when that day arrives by pre-registering for the app. This enables both to squeeze out maximum engagement, and maybe even money, for the app.

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