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Schools use Pocket Points app to keep kids from checking phones in class

Schools use Pocket Points app to keep kids from checking phones in class

Everyone today has a smartphone or tablet and most people pull them out frequently to check messages, texts, social networks, and other media. In some locations, it's not an issue to pull out your phone and check this stuff, but when in class it can be a distraction to other students and the teacher. Getting students to pay attention in class is a challenge for schools and some schools have figured out an interesting way to get students to comply.

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Microsoft Picturesque Android lock screen hawks Bing

Microsoft Picturesque Android lock screen hawks Bing

Microsoft wants a place on your Android smartphone, and it seems to figure one of the best ways to get there -- and be seen multiple times every day -- is by targeting the lock screen. Such is the nature of its new Picturesque lock screen app for Android handsets, giving users on Google's mobile platform a free alternative to the default lock screen. Picturesque is the brainchild of Microsoft Garage, the place where Microsoft workers bring their own projects into existence, and it is available now in the Play Store for (just about) anyone to grab.

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Android malware found on Google Play with millions of downloads

Android malware found on Google Play with millions of downloads

Avast has dropped the bomb on a new variety of Android malware permeating the Google Play Store, something that has found its place on millions of users' devices in the form of games and other simple -- and seemingly legit -- content. Those who have had an adware-infected computer at one time or another will be familiar with the intrusion; all goes well for the infected user for a while, but after some period of time has passed, advertisements begin appearing when the phone or tablet is unlocked, hawking products that are, in some cases, legit.

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Yammer updates bring Android Wear support, iOS Handoff

Yammer updates bring Android Wear support, iOS Handoff

Yammer, the social network gone enterprise, is getting a pretty neat set of updates today. For those on iOS and Android, there’s more reason to use Yammer everywhere you go, and possibly even via alternative devices. For Android, Yammer now supports Android Wear, letting you check messages on your wrist, like them, and even reply as needed using vioce-to-text dictation. The update doesn’t fall on Yammer’s freemium side, either, so it’s open to all. For iOS users, cross-platform fun is coming via Handoff.

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Google, Uber copy each other in driverless car service push

Google, Uber copy each other in driverless car service push

Here’s an interesting question the folks at Google probably asked themselves not too long ago: how do you pair a human passenger with a driverless car? Aside form looping routes, much like public transportation, the automated car and its human riders have no real way to interact with one another. A new rumor suggests Google is preparing an app, much like Uber, which will likely find a home with their driverless car fleet. Of special interest here is that Google is an Uber investor.

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Apple Watch news: leaked icon, a new app, and a fresh landing page

Apple Watch news: leaked icon, a new app, and a fresh landing page

Apple CEO Tim Cook says it’s coming in April. Various other reports lay out a litany of non-official info about the Apple Watch, but one thing is certain: we’re interested in Apple’s first official wearable. A new landing page for the Apple Watch aims to educate the public a bit more about why the Apple Watch is something they should consider, while the actual iOS app for the Apple Watch (which we’ve discussed before) has also been leaked via Twitter.

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Outlook Preview for move has some security misfeatures

Outlook Preview for move has some security misfeatures

It seems that Microsoft might be developing a habit of releasing good news to be followed by the nasty fine print. It happened with Windows 10 and seems to be happening now with its shiny Outlook app for iOS and Android. Though still in preview version, the app has been discovered to have some glaring security practices would be a security and privacy nightmare, especially for companies whose employees might take a liking to the app. And while there's still time to address these issue, it might not be a very good first step for Microsoft.

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Super Bowl weekend gets ‘beaconized’ courtesy of Gimbal

Super Bowl weekend gets ‘beaconized’ courtesy of Gimbal

As the sporting world steadies its gaze on Phoenix this weekend, there’s more than just a Super Bowl going on. The event, once just a game to decide the champions of the NFL, has morphed into a festival. Much like the NFL has grown, so has their coup de grace. If you’re weaving your way through the festivities orbiting the Super Bowl this weekend, you might even find your phone is getting in on the action, helping you find great stuff to do.

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SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud has pushed out an update for its iOS and Android apps, with the Android version having received it back on Tuesday and the iOS version a couple days later on Thursday. The Android update is a fairly small one, bringing only minor changes; the iOS version, however, received a more substantive update specifically for those using the app on an iPad. iPad users will find a redesigned interface that boosts Apple's slate up to the same design level that has largely been available to iPhone users -- it is clean and easy to use, beautiful, and now lacking a Record button.

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Rumor: Apple asks for Apple Watch-friendly iOS app early

Rumor: Apple asks for Apple Watch-friendly iOS app early

Now that we have a better idea of when the Apple Watch will come to us via the Apple Store, some interesting news has leaked regarding apps for the Apple Watch. The last time we discussed Apple Watch’s handshake with the iPhone, we found Developers were getting the ability to create notifications, but not much more. A quick run-through of Developer guidelines and tutorials echoes that, but a new rumor suggests Apple is asking at least one of its “biggest” launch partners to submit an Apple Watch friendly app early.

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