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Pronto review: Great for cable TV, but falls short elsewhere

Pronto review: Great for cable TV, but falls short elsewhere

As portable a device as I’ve seen come across my desk in some time, Pronto intends to make a home on my mantle, next to my TV. Or maybe 30 feet away! This little rectangular box of plastic wants to control all my living room (or bedroom) devices via Bluetooth, and allow me to control it via an app on my iPhone. Part universal remote, part new-look TV interface on the phone, Pronto definitely sounds the part, but does it stack up? Let’s find out.

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Google Now gets third-party app support with update

Google Now gets third-party app support with update

After yesterday’s earnings report, which brought news that Google may not be as strong in Search as they once were, the company is announcing changes to Google Now. The mobile-first search skin, which brings in cards packed with information based on your usage, will now allow third-party apps to deliver info to you. Google says over 40 new cards will be available to users, and the info sharing is a one-way street; app Developers won’t be able to cull data from Now.

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Secret co-founder leaves over app re-design

Secret co-founder leaves over app re-design

If you didn’t care for the Secret redesign, you’re not alone. We’re sure plenty of your friends have made similar remarks about the visual pop of text overlaid onto pics being better than the streaming posts. It’s entirely possible the mostly white interface is bland to some, or the lack of anything beyond what looks like an eReader screen dissuades many from using it. And hey, if you were so inclined to stop using Secret, that would be okay, too. In fact, Secret’s co-founder might be right there with you.

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iTunes 12.1 slips its widget into Notification Center

iTunes 12.1 slips its widget into Notification Center

It's fair to say that iTunes isn't a universally loved app for music management, but Apple has at least boosted usability with the fresh release of iTunes 12.1 this week. The biggest change in the new app is the addition of a Notification Center widget allowing shortcut control over what's playing, and hopefully allowing you to leave iTunes itself minimized to the dock more of the time. The same widget also offers extra features during iTunes Radio streaming, which Apple is presumably hoping will encourage more music downloads.

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RunKeeper tasks Spotify to pump you up for your run

RunKeeper tasks Spotify to pump you up for your run

Perhaps there is no greater cliche when it comes to mixing music and exercise than having Eye of the Tiger blaring out while you do your training. While you've always been able to do that in a myriad of ways and combinations, RunKeeper is now giving you the lazy way (which is ironic, since you're supposed to be not-lazy for this scenario). The latest update to its iOS app now integrates with Spotify, allowing you to queue your workout music, without having to switch apps back and forth.

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Apple shuts down iTunes Connect in wake of log-in issues

Apple shuts down iTunes Connect in wake of log-in issues

Now that TestFlight is being wrapped into Apple’s iTunes Connect, problems are starting to show. Many with a Developer account via Apple are reporting that logging in takes them to a different account altogether, which I can sadly corroborate. Even though Developers are using their own credentials, they’re being logged into accounts that aren’t theirs. Larger names like H&R Block and BlackBerry are reported to have been affected by this. So far, there have been no reported issues other than this odd log-in thing, and Apple has pulled the plug while they figure it all out.

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Zepp launches personalized feedback for wearable with app update

Zepp launches personalized feedback for wearable with app update

Data gathered through wearable sensors is nothing without context, which is why Zepp is updating their apps today to better serve athletes who utilize their multi-sport sensor. With the move to version 2.2 for Zepp Golf, Zepp Baseball, and Zepp Tennis, users will get access to Insights, a new feature from Zepp that gives personalized feedback based on information Zepp’s sensor provides to the app. Users will get personalized feedback and suggested drills to correct mistakes, or build on already good performance.

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Sony to axe PS Vita Maps, near, YouTube apps

Sony to axe PS Vita Maps, near, YouTube apps

It seems like Sony is putting to rest a few of its services, probably much to the dismay and even worry of its customers. Hot on the heels of an announcement that will swap out its Music Unlimited service for a Spotify-powered PlayStation Music, the tech giant is now announcing the impending shtudown of two PS Vita apps, Maps and YouTube. It isn't saying exactly why it is doing so and, in at least one case, isn't offering a replacement.

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Tumblr updates make it more of a blogging platform

Tumblr updates make it more of a blogging platform

After teasing an update to users last night, Tumblr has made changes that could make the service much more than GIFs and fun pictures of weird stuff. Editing features for text are finally being added, suggesting Yahoo is taking Tumblr seriously in the wake of their new Creatrs announcement. The new features will also bring in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get window when creating a post on Tumblr, so there are no surprises once you hit publish.

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Roadie, the crowdsourced courier system, now open for business

Roadie, the crowdsourced courier system, now open for business

Getting yourself from one place to another is tough enough at times. Getting items moved around can be even more headache-inducing. Your mom wants you to take her favorite chair to get upholstered, but you’re at work and can’t get to her place and — it’s all just a mess. It would be nice if you had a friend who could help out, but everyone is busy, right? With Roadie, you can get your stuff transported with ease. The crowdsourced courier system is now open for business, and could end up being a big deal.

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