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Magneto calendar shutting down December 23

Magneto calendar shutting down December 23

MAgneto, the interesting Calendar app that tried to do more than just feed you info, is shutting down. On December 23, the service will be no more, and will simply let your other calendars take over where Magneto left off. The team also notes they’ve already used Google and Exchange calendars to sync your info, so all meetings and appointments are already in place. Magneto is also offering a simple method for exporting your to-do items, if you were using it for that.

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Foursquare’s iPad app is now available for download

Foursquare’s iPad app is now available for download

Not long ago (seriously, ten days), Foursquare said they had an iPad app in the works. We admittedly got excited, but quickly filed it deep in the recesses of our mind, knowing it would come someday. We didn’t expect that day to arrive so soon, but it has! Foursqaure’s iPad app is now out, and ready for your restaurant discovery couch surfing adventures. The app is appropriately laid out for iPad, too, offering much more than a blown-up iPhone version. It’s not necessarily new, but there is one new function to celebrate the iPad version.

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You can now book a hotel room with Apple Pay

You can now book a hotel room with Apple Pay

A lot of attention is paid to Apple Pay as a means of using your smartphone to tap-and-pay at a store, but there’s a possibly bigger angle to it. The online payment processing doesn’t care which device you have, so long as you’ve got a card linked to your Apple Pay profile. Two new apps have rolled out Apple Pay support, and if you’re going to a baseball game in a different city, you might be able to leave your wallet at home.

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Iowa’s digital ID app sounds great, but there are big problems

Iowa’s digital ID app sounds great, but there are big problems

Today, Iowa announced that digital ID “cards” would be officially allowed for use. An “official” app housing your driver’s license is being released by the Department of Transportation in Iowa, and protected with a PIN. The move is lauded by many as our first official move into a digital realm, where we can finally shed ourselves of those pesky wallets we’ve dreaded for decades. Digital ID cards are fun, but major glaring issues persist. When you weigh the benefits against the potential problems, digital isn’t (yet) all it’s cracked up to be.

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Workflow for iOS helps automate your life

Workflow for iOS helps automate your life

You likely do quite a few of the same things on your phone day-to-day, so why not automate them? If you’ve got an iPhone, you’re in luck. An app named ‘Workflow’ has debuted on the App Store, and brings in quite a bit of in-phone automation. In taking simpler tasks you need to do and making them boilerplate issues, Workflow is also really simple. The easy-to-use app is also incredibly adept at setting up tasks for automation, making it really useful for just about anyone.

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Microsoft offers up more apps for iOS, Android users

Microsoft offers up more apps for iOS, Android users

With the changeover to Satya Nadella as CEO, Microsoft is shifting (pivoting, if you watch 'Silicon Valley') their structure. Instead of a stodgy PC OS maker, Microsoft is embracing mobile as best they can. After missing the boat with their failed OS attempts ahead of the new-look Windows Phones, losing more ground than they can likely make up to Apple and Android, Microsoft is instead supporting the platforms with services. To hit home even further they aren’t interested in hardware sales, Microsoft is making more Windows apps available for iOS and Android.

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Uber vows change in India, but it’s just not enough

Uber vows change in India, but it’s just not enough

A recent report out of India brought the disgusting, horrifying news that a woman had been raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi. In doing their diligence investigating the crime, Indian authorities shut Uber down in the city. Now, Uber has officially responded, and have outlined a four-step plan for making service in New Delhi safer. Uber is also suspending their service while they make changes, noting they’re taking time to “reflect” on their service.

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United doling out 23,000 iPhone 6 Plus’ to flight crew

United doling out 23,000 iPhone 6 Plus’ to flight crew

Next time you fly United Airlines, your flight attendant might break out an iPhone. Don’t worry, though, they’re not bored with you. They’re not texting while you talk or anything. In fact, it might be to your benefit! In an ongoing effort to go paperless, United Airlines will be giving all flight attendants an iPhone 6 Plus, which will give them “important safety and service” info in their hand, all the time. The iPhones will start landing in-hand during the second quarter of 2015.

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Android TV gets ‘live’ TV app, but no content

Android TV gets ‘live’ TV app, but no content

Streaming video is a proven winner, and just about everyone is getting in on the cable-cutting. Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Android TV all vie for a place behind or next to your TV. All do about the same thing, too, in feeding you content via Netflix or a similar service. A new app on Google Play suggests Android TV may be trying to distance itself from the pack by offering up live content. Whether or not that will work is another matter entirely.

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Facebook brings trending topics to mobile, organizes the discussion

Facebook brings trending topics to mobile, organizes the discussion

Facebook has made a concerted effort of late to be your go-to source for more than just wedding announcements and passive-aggressive complaining. Their trending topics section, typically housed on the right side of your home screen, has been a staple on the desktop. This is an increasingly mobile landscape, though, and Facebook is trying to stay relevant there, too. Now, trending topics will make their way to mobile, with the conversation being aggregated in a way that will make it easier to cut through the nonsense and get right to the gritty details.

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