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Quickie brings Apple Watch’s quirkiest feature to phones

Quickie brings Apple Watch’s quirkiest feature to phones

With an app by the name of Quickie, smartphone users are able to send temporary doodles back and forth via the web. This app is a one-touch video, text, and emoji messenger app, and it works for both Android and iOS for iPhone. This app is like Snapchat meets Periscope. It's like a strange marriage between all of your favorite odd messaging apps - Facebook Messenger included. And you can doodle in it, just like that one friend you have who has an Apple Watch.

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Google reprimanded for YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content

Google reprimanded for YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content

Google's recent mobile app, YouTube Kids, a version of the popular video service that curates safe content for young children, has come under fire from two child and consumer advocacy groups claiming that the app is deceiving. The Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed a complaint with the FTC, stating that "the app is rife with videos that would not meet anyone’s definition of 'family friendly.'" The complaint included evidence of video clips that had been found on YouTube Kids that were described as disturbing and/or harmful to young children.

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Click Wheel replaces your iPhone’s keyboard with an iPod

Click Wheel replaces your iPhone’s keyboard with an iPod

What's that? You miss the days of the iPod Classic and its click wheel interface? Did you see that mockup iPod Classic case for the iPhone a few months ago and think, "yeah, that's how I want to enter all the text on my smartphone, productivity be damned." Well, Canadian developer Adam Bell has come up with the perfect app for you, and it's completely packed with nostalgia, all for free. Read on for more details.

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Windows 10 to come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Windows 10 to come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Good news for Windows users who are also Candy Crush Saga addicts! Although, it's bad news for Windows users who value their productivity. Microsoft has just announced that when its latest operating system, Windows 10, launches later this year, it will have the free-to-play mega-hit game Candy Crush Saga preinstalled. The game will join other Microsoft classics Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts, giving users a wide ranging choice of either card games or brightly colored candy.

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WiFiMapper app relies on crowdsourcing to find free WiFi

WiFiMapper app relies on crowdsourcing to find free WiFi

UK-based OpenSignal has made a record for themselves of gathering useful mobile network coverage data via crowdsourcing. Then they went on to use the same technique for gathering weather information. Now the company has released a new app that crowdsources the next most useful information: free public WiFi hotspots. WiFiMapper, now available for iOS, not only relies on users submitting information on hotspots, but uses OpenSignal's existing data from Foursquare to identify the type of location.

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Nike CEO ‘excited’ about possible Apple collaboration in future

Nike CEO ‘excited’ about possible Apple collaboration in future

Nike and Apple have long had a good-standing relationship when it comes the convergence of technology and athletics. One of the first products that came from the relationship was the Nike+running initiative, which started with a small chip placed inside a running shoe paired with a connected iPod. Today that product has evolved into the Nike+ Running app for the Apple Watch, which Nike CEO Mark Parker recently praised as a "great experience." That comment was made in a recent interview with CNBC, where Parker added that he was "excited about the potential that the Apple-Nike relationship has."

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WeMo app brings IFTTT support for LED bulbs

WeMo app brings IFTTT support for LED bulbs

This week the folks at WeMo have announced that their WeMo app for WeMo smart lightbulbs has been updated to work with IFTTT for LED bulbs. This means that users that have IFTTT accounts - which are free, mind you - are able to create formulas (if this then that) which allow smart devices in-hand and in-pocket to interact with said bulbs. This newest update to the WeMo app allows users to connect to OSTRAM SYLVANIA devices like WeMo LED bulbs and other the WeMo-enabled LED lighting solutions.

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Facebook testing mobile feature allowing users to pick News Feed priority

Facebook testing mobile feature allowing users to pick News Feed priority

Almost everyone uses Facebook these days, and everyone that does knows there are posts from certain friends that they want to see more than others. Well, the social network may finally be acknowledging it, as they have apparently begun rolling out a test feature to users of the Facebook mobile app allowing them to choose which friends and pages will appear at the top of their News Feed. Not everyone is seeing this new feature at this point, but those that do are able to give posts from the people they prefer a prioritized place atop their feed.

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Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

This week the folks behind Fleksy keyboard for Android have decided to push their abilities to as many Android users as possible. For the next week, the two dollar fee for the full version of the app has been waived. Of course there is an in-app store for additional themes for keyboards, but all the good stuff is available right out the box, so to speak. If you've never tried an alternate keyboard on your Android device OR if you've used everything by Fleksy, by all means, have at it now.

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Samsung Tizen app store heads to more countries

Samsung Tizen app store heads to more countries

Since the Tizen OS launched from Samsung, smartphones with that OS have been limited to India and Bangladesh. That meant that people from other countries couldn't get Samsungs homegrown Android challenger by default on a smartphone you can purchase in the store. As of now, the only device in the countries where Tizen is available is the Samsung Z1.

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