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Spark email app offers customization, clever Apple Watch integration

Spark email app offers customization, clever Apple Watch integration

It seems like every week or so there's another email app for iPhone trying to compete with the popular options like Mailbox, Outlook, and, of course, Gmail. But every once in a while, something comes along that offers the right levels of customization, and enough features to make mobile email both useful and painless. Spark for iOS just might have what it takes. It's the newest app from Readdle, the developers behind well-known document management apps like Scanner Pro, PDF Expert 5, and Documents 5.

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iOS messages bug also affecting Twitter, Snapchat apps

iOS messages bug also affecting Twitter, Snapchat apps

That recently discovered iOS text messaging bug that may be wreaking havoc on your iPhone (it probably isn't) is also able to crash apps and reboot your phone via the Twitter and Snapchat apps. When an iOS device receives a text message with the string of characters seen above — a mix of Arabic, Marathi, and Chinese — it causes the Messages app to crash and sometimes causes your device to reboot. There's no permanent damage done, and Apple has already outlined a temporary fix, but it's now become apparent the bug can be triggered by other apps.

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Social network Path sold to Korea’s Daum Kakao

Social network Path sold to Korea’s Daum Kakao

Path, that social network with a focus on mobile sharing that not too many people use, has just announced that it has bought by Daum Kakao, a South Korean internet and mobile company. Dave Morin, Path's founder and CEO, revealed the news on the company's blog, adding that both Path Talk and the main Path app will continue to operate under Daum Kakao, as well as receive updates for the foreseeable future. The financial details of the deal were not revealed, however.

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Apple Store app updated with same-day delivery via Postmates

Apple Store app updated with same-day delivery via Postmates

Apple updated its Apple Store app for iOS this week, and to our surprise is now offering same-day delivery for some of the items offered in the app. The choice seems to be in testing at this point as it's only available in select cities, but is an alternative to using Apple's in-store pickup option. The same-day delivery comes via a new partnership with Postmates, the on-demand logistics service. For customers where the service is available, they will see the option to have an item delivered that day, usually within a few hours, for a flat price of $19.

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Microsoft scores bundling deal with 20 Android device partners

Microsoft scores bundling deal with 20 Android device partners

Microsoft has been working to expand its reach, and as part of that effort has made a new announcement: the company has struck a bundling deal with 20 (more) Android device partners, and under this some of its offerings will be pre-installed on Android tablets from the companies. This brings the total number of partners operating under this agreement to 31, and will see things like the OneDrive and Word apps coming already bundled on select Android slates from the makers.

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Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope released for Android

Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope released for Android

Periscope, the live-streaming app/service that was acquired by Twitter earlier this year, has finally debuted on Android with a new app on the Google Play Store. Today's release comes roughly two months after the iOS version, which has become very popular since then among Twitter users, celebrities, and as tool for citizen journalism. At its core, the Android app functions the same as it does in iOS, letting you both watch and record live broadcasts on your phone, but there a couple features exclusive to this new release.

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Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Microsoft reveals Cortana voice assistant is coming to iPhone, Android

Sounds like Siri is in for some competition. Over on the Windows blog, Microsoft has revealed that its own voice-powered assistant, Cortana, will be coming to iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, as well as the Android platform. It seems that Microsoft is gearing up to have Cortana graduate from Windows-exclusivity, and exist as a cross-platform app on non-Windows devices. We were only treated to a few quick glimpses of the app in a video, but the voice assistant appears to work much like it does on the Windows Phones of today.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 music app seems to channel Spotify

Microsoft’s Windows 10 music app seems to channel Spotify

As the final release of Windows 10 continues to draw nearer, we continue to get little sneak peeks at what Microsoft's newest operating system has in store for us. Recent leaked builds have shown us the new Edge browser and the latest versions of the Mail and Calendar apps. We know that Microsoft is finally killing off the Media Center legacy software, and that the first users to install Windows 10 will be treated to gratis copies of Candy Crush Saga. The latest image is of the OS's new music app, featuring a layout very reminiscent of Spotify.

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First images of Android M’s new photos app surface

First images of Android M’s new photos app surface

There have been rumblings for some time now of Google spinning off the photos features of Google+ into a separate app, and now, with the company's I/O 2015 event only days away, some of the first images of the Android version have been leaked. The timing can't be a coincidence. Google is expected to announce Android M, the code name for the latest version of the mobile OS, and a new photos app could play a big part in the new software offerings.

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Apple Watch finally gets a Casio calculator interface with Geek Watch

Apple Watch finally gets a Casio calculator interface with Geek Watch

As soon as the Apple Watch was first revealed last September, there were jokes and comparisons made about similarities between it and the old school Casio calculator watch. Well, they don't all that much in common besides the shape, but the Casio did all of a sudden become the retro-chic alternative for hipsters too cool for Apple's new smartwatch. Anyway, skip forward to today, and now we can finally have both in one package: the classic interface of a $20 wrist calculator, and the package of a $400 mini computer.

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