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Apple pulls iOS 9 ad-blocking apps over privacy threat

Apple pulls iOS 9 ad-blocking apps over privacy threat

Apple has removed a handful of ad-blocking apps for iOS 9 from its App Store over concerns about privacy and potential security breaches. The apps removed were ones that installed root certificates, potentially allowing third-parties to view users' encrypted traffic. This, in turn, could lead to man-in-the-middle attacks, leading to spying or malicious code being injected without users' knowledge. It seems the removed apps' developers may not have had malicious intentions, as Apple has said it's working to have the apps make a return.

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SwiftKey Neural Alpha predicts what you’ll type

SwiftKey Neural Alpha predicts what you’ll type

The SwiftKey family of keyboards for Android and iOS have been using software to predict your next word for several years now - today they go a step further. While previous generations of SwiftKey's keyboards began by predicting words only once they'd been partially typed, This keyboard takes the idea and expands upon it, using artificial neural networks to predict the next word in the sentence you're in the middle of. An early version of this functionality can be found in SwiftKey's most current standard keyboard.

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Facebook launches Doodle to decorate your photos

Facebook launches Doodle to decorate your photos

Facebook's mobile app for Android and iOS users sees an update this week which includes the ability to Doodle on photos. This functionality has existed for Messenger before, and is now just being imported back to the main Facebook app. This system allows you to not only edit the photo you're uploading - as you were able before today - but to draw on it as well. A variety of colors and abilities in illustration are being made available this week to join in with the stickers and the tags and the filters.

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Yale’s new Bluetooth door lock uses digital smartphone keys

Yale’s new Bluetooth door lock uses digital smartphone keys

Lock & hardware maker Yale has just announced its latest residential door lock that works wirelessly with digital keys on a smartphone via Bluetooth. Dubbed the Yale Real Living Assure Lock, the hardware works with the Yale Digital Keys app for both iOS and Android, in addition to the new Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. With the app, users can simply select the key they need to open the door, and hold their device up to the lock.

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Native Facebook, Instagram, Messenger apps coming to Windows 10

Native Facebook, Instagram, Messenger apps coming to Windows 10

Microsoft's long-awaited Windows 10 event has finally begun this morning, and the company isn't wasting any time in revealing how well the new operating system is doing after launching this past summer. To start off, Microsoft is boasting of the developers that have committed to make universal Windows 10 apps, which will run natively and provide users the same experience on PCs, tablets, and phones. One of those big names is Facebook.

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Twitter Moments debuts for curating tweets, topics, and events

Twitter Moments debuts for curating tweets, topics, and events

Previous known as Project Lightning, Twitter has just rolled out a new feature that curates and collects tweets about important events and trending topics. Now called Moments, the feature compiles media and information from tweets in a user's timeline that they may have missed into a single slideshow-like presentation. Moments seems to be Twitter's solution to its problem of giving new users a quick and easy to discover new content, as well as offering experienced users more control over their timeline.

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YouTube update iOS app with video editing tools, Material Design

YouTube update iOS app with video editing tools, Material Design

YouTube has just released an updated version of its app to the iOS App Store, featuring new, native tools for editing video before uploading, plus Google's Material Design aesthetic. This app refresh has been a tad long-overdue, as Material Design was first introduced over a year ago, and it has already graced many of Google's other iOS apps, plus the YouTube app for Android was updated several months ago.

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Android Marshmallow Easter Egg is a pillowy flappy-droid

Android Marshmallow Easter Egg is a pillowy flappy-droid

Android Lollipop's Easter Egg was a flappy-bird clone with a tiny Android in place of the flier - now he's back, in Marshmallow form. This new version of the flappy-droid game appears when a user heads to their Android 6.0 Marshmallow's settings panel, goes to System, hits the About Tablet button, and taps furiously on the Android version. From there, a giant marshmallow appears inside a colored circle. Tapping and holding on this icon will allow you to move forward into the game.

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Photoshop Fix puts Creative Cloud power on iOS

Photoshop Fix puts Creative Cloud power on iOS

Shortly before Adobe's Max conference officially kicks off, the company has announced its revamped mobile Photoshop product for iOS: Photoshop Fix. While the new iPhone and iPad app is still far from the full desktop version of Photoshop, it does offer the 10% of features and tools that a majority of users solely "acquire" the software for. Photoshop Fix's primary focus is on editing and retouching photos, and making it easy to do for beginners.

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Skype updated for iOS 9 with Split View, Slide Over, and notification replies

Skype updated for iOS 9 with Split View, Slide Over, and notification replies

Microsoft has just released an updated version of the Skype app for iPhone and iPad to take advantage of several new iOS 9 features. Skype version 6.3 is now available on the App Store, and introduces support for Slide Over and Split View on the iPad, along with the ability to reply directly from message notifications on both the iPhone and iPad, similar to how Apple's default Messages app works.

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go90 is Verizon’s tone-deaf attempt at a video app

go90 is Verizon’s tone-deaf attempt at a video app

Today Verizon Media revealed go90, a video app for iOS and Android devices. This app can be run on devices from any data network, but some content may be limited to Verizon Wireless customers. The app's presentation begins with a sign-in/sign-up screen after you've downloaded it, then presents a "free" multimedia experience that Verizon Media says is "thanks [to their] super cool ad partners!" Verizon Media also suggests that they've been "cooking it up" in their "Silicone Valley labs" for months.

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Tweetbot 4 released for iOS with iPad support, split-screen, landscape view

Tweetbot 4 released for iOS with iPad support, split-screen, landscape view

Twitter client Tweetbot 4 is released after an extended development time by Tapbots LLC. This release includes support for the iPad - universal support - meaning you're going to be able to use it with (almost) any iPad. This new version has a "Column View" for the newer iPads and iPhone 6 Plus, and Split View multi-tasking on the iPad. More granular mute filter settings are enabled, and users are now able to work with statistics and activity views, too.

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