apps

iPhone 5s M7’s next fitness companion is Moves 2.0

iPhone 5s M7’s next fitness companion is Moves 2.0

This week the folks behind the app Moves have announced the creation of “Moves 2.0”, the next in a line of apps that makes direct use of the iPhone 5s’s M7 motion coprocessor. This app is - a its simplest - an activity tracker. What you’ll be able to do with this second edition of the app is track walking, cycling, and running with as small a drain on the iPhone’s battery as possible.

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Facebook Snapchat acquisition tipped a double-down no-go

Facebook Snapchat acquisition tipped a double-down no-go

Word this week on the ever-growing messaging service known as Snapchat is that they've rebuffed Facebook's advances not once, but twice over the past year. While you'll want to take this whole collection of points with a grain of salt due to their entirely anonymous nature, the Wall Street Journal suggests that "people briefed on the matter" have made it clear: Snapchat will not be part of Facebook. At least not any time soon.

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Shots of Me launches to Bieber fans and doubters alike

Shots of Me launches to Bieber fans and doubters alike

Shots of Me, the Justin Bieber-backed selfie app for iOS, launched today. Despite Bieber doubters' derision, the app could actually serve a variety of useful and fun purposes--and not just in terms of marketability to high schoolers. The app's intentional lack of commenting functions, the frosty-screened button bars, the emphasis on human interest rather than inanimate objects, and other features could potentially make for an engaging social photo experience.

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Woodenshark’s TapTap joins you and a partner at the wrist

Woodenshark’s TapTap joins you and a partner at the wrist

TapTap is a wristband that pairs with another TapTap wristband to bring you and a loved one closer together. You tap-tap your TapTap, and your special friend feels a gentle vibration in the paired wristband, wherever in the world the two of you may be. But that's just the Kickstarter bait. The real potential of TapTap lies in its accelerometer and gyroscope in combination with the API. Listen up, developers.

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Flipboard launches catalogs as ecosystem expansion

Flipboard launches catalogs as ecosystem expansion

Flipboard has enjoyed widespread success as a service for creating custom magazines, whether for the enjoyment of others or for private browsing. Building upon this foundation, the company has now branched out into catalogs, allowing both individuals and companies to create digital product catalogs. With catalogs also comes a way for Flipboard to make money, with ads being using to advertise catalogs to the user base.

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FCC Speed Test app for Android to crowdsource carrier performance

FCC Speed Test app for Android to crowdsource carrier performance

The FCC will be rolling out a new free app for Android next spring that lets users submit speed data to the agency for analysis, the Washington Post reports. The app is part of a broad-based effort to gauge actual download and upload speeds by mobile devices on the four major carriers and CTIA-The Wireless Association. The data will be collected and collated and measured against advertised speeds. The stated purpose of the project is to make sure consumers are getting what they're paying for.

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