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Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Mophie may have its roots in providing snug-fitting extra power for the iPhone, but the future is all about the next big headache in mobile: storage space. Sure, running out of juice by mid-afternoon is an annoyance on your smartphone, but, Mophie points out, running out of memory is even more stressful. It might not happen so often, but with memory card slots getting rarer, having to face deleting your photos, music, and videos is a lot worse than needing to squat by an outlet. Enter the new Mophie Space Pack line and the companion Space app; I caught up with the Mophie team to find out more.

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Snapseed update brings it up-to-date with other photo editors

Snapseed update brings it up-to-date with other photo editors

When Google bought Snapseed, the assumption was that they’s simply shutter the app and roll those features into Google+ Photos. Google instead let the app languish, largely untouched, while updating Google+ Photos several times. Today, Snapseed gets its first major update since 2012, when Google purchased the team behind it, Nik Software. With version 2.0, Snapseed gets a few standard photo editing features like lens blur and a non-destructive editing feature that copies edits to new images. The changes affect both Android and iOS, too.

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Twitter for iOS now supports slow motion video uploads

Twitter for iOS now supports slow motion video uploads

Slow-motion videos are awesome. On iOS, it’s a native feature of the stock camera, and you can shoot in either 120fps or 240fps. Sharing those videos was a bit annoying, though. Slo-mo videos typically played back at regular speed, so your dog eating peanut butter was a lot less funny (but still hilarious). Via Twitter, you can now share those slow motion videos and they’ll be seen as intended. Unfortunately for Android, this is another Twitter feature that is iOS-only, at least for now.

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Messaging platform Kik entertaining sale, says CEO

Messaging platform Kik entertaining sale, says CEO

Kik, the messaging app turned platform, may soon become the property of someone other than Kik Interactive Inc. A new report suggests Kik is entertaining a sale, which would see the service become the wholly owned property of another company. The powers that be at Kik have even gone so far as to hire Qatalyst Partners to examine the business and see what their best option might be, including remaining independent. Kik’s founder and CEO, Ted Livingston, has confirmed his company is exploring their options.

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Uber Safe breathalyzer gets Canadians home at no charge

Uber Safe breathalyzer gets Canadians home at no charge

Most people have been a bit too tipsy to take the wheel as some point in their lives. In a genius marketing move, Uber set up a an interactive breathalyzer installation, dubbed "Uber Safe", in downtown Toronto. According to Uber, drunk driving accidents triple after midnight, so the ride share company is doing its part to get Torontonians home safe and sound. In the marketing stunt, inebriated crowds encountered the breathalyzer and curiously stepped up to take the test by exhaling through a straw for six seconds.

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Popcorn Time iOS installer brings torrent streaming to iPhones

Popcorn Time iOS installer brings torrent streaming to iPhones

Popcorn Time, nicknamed "the Netflix of piracy" started as a website that lets you browse and stream torrents of pirated movies on your desktop computer. It's layout is so easy to navigate that you might forget that you're doing something illegal by using it. Although you won't find an app for it in the iTunes store, people have been finding a way to access the service through jailbreaking their phones. Now instead of having to use a complicated work around to stream on your iPhone, you can use their installer for easy access to a library of content that is practically 100% illegal.

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Apple tipped in Dryft startup acquisition

Apple tipped in Dryft startup acquisition

Apple has acquired Dryft, the startup behind the keyboard apps, at least according to some sleuthing work that has been performed and unnamed sources. If true, it was an exceptionally quiet acquisition, with it being said it seems the acquisition happened in 2014. Apple skirted around confirming the rumor, saying instead its boilerplate response about occasionally buying smaller tech companies -- a canned response many are assuming means "yes" without any explicit confirmation of such. If true, it appears it may have been a talent grab.

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Periscope for iOS update brings simplified blocking

Periscope for iOS update brings simplified blocking

Periscope has pushed out a new update for its iOS app, and with it comes some new features, not the least of which is the ability to more easily block viewers while you're streaming. As expected, the update also brings a few bug fixes in tow, such as that caching issue that was presenting the wrong user profile picture, as well as the problem that prevented some from watching broadcasts that were being heavily watched by others. We've the full change log after the jump!

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Twitter is dropping the ‘Discover’ tab

Twitter is dropping the ‘Discover’ tab

Twitter’s Discover tab is gone. Today, the microblogging platform announces they’re retiring Discover, and will be transitioning Trends to the Search page. Trends is also getting a bit of attention in this process, signaling to us Twitter is keen to streamline our experience a bit. With Trends, Twitter will now provide a little context to hashtags you’re not immediately familiar with. The change is coming for both iOS and Android, and via an app update that’s already rolling out to all users.

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Taplet for iOS pulls still images from new or existing videos

Taplet for iOS pulls still images from new or existing videos

Take a video on your iPhone or iPad, and there’s bound to be at least one still image you’d like to extract. Someone made a funny face, or the bat-ball impact is just too cool to pass up. You could feed that video into some sort of expensive desktop software to extract stills, but that’s not fun. Enter Taplet, an app that aims to snatch still images from your videos for you, and let you use them as you please.

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