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Ocho app released: a tiny video social network

Ocho app released: a tiny video social network

There's a brand new warrior app out today released to do battle with the likes of Vine, Instagram, and maybe even Twitter itself. This is Ocho, a social networking app that allows you to record and share 8-second videos with your friends. This app is free for iOS users - that's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus included - and it has backing from some of the most powerful funders in the industry - Mark Cuban and Matthew Brimer included. This app was made for iPhone first and foremost - 16:9 aspect ratio recording made to fill up your whole screen.

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Nintendo easing up: it’s time to go mobile

Nintendo easing up: it’s time to go mobile

It may finally be time that Nintendo loosens its iron-tight grip on regions and accessibility for their many ultra-popular titles, characters, and games. The first baby step in this process is the opening up of regions for Amiibo. These tiny figurines are not region locked, as was previously suspected. Now if the ultra-popularity of Activision's similar gaming enterprise, Skylanders, is any indication, we can hope, pray, cross our fingers and toes, for mobile applications of Nintendo power next - Android, iOS, Windows Phone, the works.

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Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Back in August, Facebook messenger became obligatory. I ran a column called Yes, you DO want Facebook Messenger that many Facebook users were shockingly opposed to. But it's been barely 3 months and Facebook has already announced it: they've reached a tipping point. They already have 500 million users using - not just having downloaded - using Messenger each month. They're aiming to prove that because you do not pay money to use Facebook, you are the product - you don't have a choice in the matter. You need to download that app.

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iOS 8 Jailbreak Pangu expands to Mac

iOS 8 Jailbreak Pangu expands to Mac

This week the folks at Pangu have expanded their jailbreaking software for iOS 8 to Mac. Before now, their jailbreaking solution worked just fine - just so long as you had a Windows PC to use it. Now you'll be able to use your Apple computer which, if you're a die-hard Mac user like most iPhone owners are, you'll have been waiting for. All of this hacking action is at your own risk, of course. You'll need to use all caution and understand the risks before you do anything.

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iPhone 6 “prototype” reappears as “unfinished” model, now sold

iPhone 6 “prototype” reappears as “unfinished” model, now sold

Talk about strange. An iPhone 6 that was once billed as a prototype has reappeared on eBay and, unlike that attempt, this one actually got sold. What was different this time, you may ask. Simply the fact that the owner this time around called the device an "unfinished" model of an iPhone 6 rather than a scary sounding prototype that was leaked out. Perhaps that subtle change was what turned it into a success. Or perhaps it was the claim that Apple was the one that verified it.

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Praise be! Apple fixes iMessage’s biggest snafu

Praise be! Apple fixes iMessage’s biggest snafu

Apple is addressing the iMessage bug that has caused confusion and annoyance - not to mention prompted a lawsuit - for ex-iPhone users, launching a simple tool to deregister a number from the messaging service. The new support page, quietly added to Apple's site, answers one of the biggest complaints those switching away from an iPhone often have about the process: that their cellphone number remains associated with the Cupertino firm's SMS-bypassing system and so future texts don't make it to their new handset, Android or otherwise.

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Apple retail store Genius Bar appointments now available in online support

Apple retail store Genius Bar appointments now available in online support

Yesterday Apple updated its online product and services support page to directly allow users to view the schedule and make appointments at their local Apple Store's Genius Bar. This aims to make it much easier for users seeking help for hardware or software troubles, for while Genius Bar reservations could be booked online before, it was completely separated from the company's Support websites.

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United Airlines to roll out iPads at gate seats in Newark airport

United Airlines to roll out iPads at gate seats in Newark airport

The Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey will soon feature iPads in United Airline's main terminal, something that will provide often-delayed travelers at the airport with a way to pass the time, easily keep track of flight times, and even order items from nearby shops. According to Bloomberg, the update will cost $120 million, with every gate seat receiving an iPad, as well as all restaurants in United Airlines' terminal. With this, United has partnered up with OTG Management.

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Apple Web crawler stokes search speculation

Apple Web crawler stokes search speculation

Developer Jan Moesen recently spotted an Apple Web crawler written in Go. He detailed the discovery on his website, where he said it is requesting HTML pages only, ignoring image files, CSS and such. He posited the question: is this a sign of an official Apple project, or is it just an Apple worker tinkering with some personal project? No one knows at this point, but it has stoked quite a bit of speculation, particularly that Apple may have a search-related project in the works, the likes of which are also speculation.

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GTAT: Apple strong-armed us into deal that bankrupted company

GTAT: Apple strong-armed us into deal that bankrupted company

By now, you’re probably aware that Apple’s Sapphire provider GT Advanced went belly-up a few weeks ago. If you’re not, we encourage you to click links in this article and in our timeline below, as the meltdown is both contextual and interesting. After previously noting the deal they struck with Apple was unfair, GT Advanced is now detailing their feelings. In retrospect, GT Advanced says they’re not sure Apple’s original offer was ever really honest, and insists they were insulted through the process.

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