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Apple Watch apps now available at the iTunes store

Apple Watch apps now available at the iTunes store

Even though the Apple Watch isn't available until later this April, new apps which are geared towards the Apple Watch are already hitting the iTunes store for download. You won't be able to use the actual range of capabilities designed for the smartwatch, unless you somehow got your hands on an Apple Watch early. If you managed to somehow pull that feat, get me one too! Several big names have already launched their Apple Watch apps. Let's take a look at what Evernote, Target, and Expedia along with SkyGuide, DarkSky, and WeChat have to offer.

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Periscope for Android missing: underscoring the iPhone problem

Periscope for Android missing: underscoring the iPhone problem

There are two ways to look at the situation with Twitter's re-launch of Periscope (for iPhone only). One is a show of power - such a massive number of people use the iPhone - any number of generations of iPhone - that Twitter will develop an app that launches on that platform first, and exclusively (for a short period of time.) The other way to look at the situation is that Twitter is ignoring the first-wave early adopter crowd with Periscope, the same way competing service Meekrat still has no Android service weeks after launch.

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Facebook tipped to reveal Parse for Internet of Things at F8

Facebook tipped to reveal Parse for Internet of Things at F8

Facebook is gearing up for its F8 conference and it looks as if a text alert was accidentally sent out a bit early by someone running the event. The text message went out to multiple people according to reports and shines a bit of light on what Facebook plans to unveil during the conference. The text specifically talks about three new offerings.

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Captain turns your grocery list into navigation directions on Apple Watch

Captain turns your grocery list into navigation directions on Apple Watch

If you struggle with your weekly grocery list, wandering around your local store trying to remember what items you need to buy, a reminder or list app for your smartphone is probably what you need. But imagine instead an app not only knows where your needed items are within the store, but remembers what items you regularly get from which store. That's what the app Capitan aims to do from your Apple Watch.

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There’s already an Apple Watch app predicting your time of death

There’s already an Apple Watch app predicting your time of death

There's a lot to be said about how the new Apple Watch does much more than just tell the time; it has several full-fledged health and activity tracking features, not to mention being able to run its own apps. One of these forthcoming apps tells an alternate form of the time, such as how much longer you have to live. It's called Life Clock, and it's much more than a joke or novelty that just counts down seconds arbitrarily, it actually estimates and updates the time based on your health data.

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Apple Watch home screen rearranging via iPhone revealed

Apple Watch home screen rearranging via iPhone revealed

As the April pre-order and release dates for the Apple Watch draw closer, more of the smaller details about the device continue to surface. When iOS 8.2 was released, we got a look at the new Apple Watch companion app and how users can control different setting for the wearable right from the iPhone. On that same note, a new video has turned up that shows how the Watch's home screen app layout can be rearranged on the iPhone.

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Facebook testing dialer, call-blocking app for Android

Facebook testing dialer, call-blocking app for Android

According to some leaked screenshots, it appears that Facebook is preparing another app to dominate your smartphone home screen, for Android at least. In what could be a spiritual successor to Facebook Home, a now-abandoned Android skin that placed the social network's key messaging and photo features on the home screen, this new app appears to be not only a dialer, but a caller ID and blocker as well. As of now, the app is creatively called Phone.

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Amazon Unlocked service tipped, will offer paid apps for free

Amazon Unlocked service tipped, will offer paid apps for free

A new Amazon service called "Amazon Unlocked" has surfaced in leaked materials, and in them we get a look at what the company has up its sleeve: free for-pay apps that will, ultimately, encourage mobile users to download the Amazon app. With Unlocked, paid apps will be offered as "unlocked" free offerings -- says Amazon in the leaked documents, "Paid apps and in-app purchasing now completely FREE from Amazon." Free apps with in-app purchases are also included, with those in-app purchases being unlocked as part of the perk.

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Google’s mobile Endgame and the engine it rode in on

Google’s mobile Endgame and the engine it rode in on

There's a game going on right now - one made by Google, taking place all around you. This game uses augmented reality, books, the web, and professional actors to create a multi-level, multi-platform experience the likes of which we've never seen before. The only game that's come before that's anything like this is Ingress - and in fact this newest piece of the puzzle is built on the Ingress engine. This game goes by the name "Endgame: Proving Ground" - and it's underway right this minute.

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