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Medium replaces passwords with secure email links

Medium replaces passwords with secure email links

Medium, the stylish blogging platform/social writing network, has just announced a big change in the way users sign in to the service. The site has done away with passwords altogether, as well as the requirement of using Twitter or Facebook to log in, and will now have users gain access to their account through a single-use link sent via email. If you've ever had to reset your forgotten password for your email or other social network, you know how it works.

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Google Hangouts updated for iOS with Material Design

Google Hangouts updated for iOS with Material Design

Google's design ethos does not end at Android. Releasing their newest version of Google Hangouts for iOS this week, the company's "Material Design" specifications have taken over. This version of the app is not a bordered affair. No longer will you be drowning in non-Material-friendly bits and pieces. This version of the app is made for the future. It's also made to allow you the ability to send multiple photos in one, singular Hangouts message from you to your best buddy.

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Apple pulls apps featuring Confederate flag

Apple pulls apps featuring Confederate flag

Following tragic recent events, stores across the nation have rapidly moved to pull Confederate flags and products featuring them from their shelves, and it seems Apple can be included among them. Yesterday it was noticed that games featuring the flag were pulled from the App Store, leaving behind only apps have an educational slant, and soon after things changed again and it seems any app containing the Confederate flag is being pulled regardless of its context.

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iOS 9 will temporarily delete apps for OS updates if needed

iOS 9 will temporarily delete apps for OS updates if needed

As we found out earlier this month, iOS 9 will support older devices like the iPhone 4s. Some users planning to update will no doubt be doing so with limited available storage, which typically necessitates deleting data and uninstalling apps until the required space is available. Not hard, but usually a waste of time and hassle. With iOS 9 that changes -- developers have spotted a new feature in iOS 9 that temporarily deletes apps to free up space, then automatically reinstalls them after the OS update is finished.

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Ford’s MyFord app hits Android Wear as Sync 3 debuts in USA

Ford’s MyFord app hits Android Wear as Sync 3 debuts in USA

Ford boosts its smart functionality and connectivity technologies this week with a new MyFord Mobile app extension and SYNC 3's release in North America. Ford suggested this afternoon that the MyFord Mobile app extension would be coming soon "for smartwatches," including Android Wear and eventually very likely the Apple Watch as well. Ford's news in the in-car infotainment environment included a confirmation of which vehicles the SYNC 3 system would be debuting in inside North America. These systems work with AppLink as well.

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Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google Music “free” Review: turning Apple Music’s tide

Google ads advertisement-supported "free" streaming radio stations to their Google Music service. This push creates more of a Pandora sort of model to their already in-service subscription-based model than it does an Apple battler, but the timing is right on. Just as Apple summons more press with a response to Taylor Swift's request for cash, Google aims to cut in with a release of a whole new way to interject with a service that doesn't cost users anything - any cash, that is to say.

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Dark Sky for iOS update improves weather forecasting with iPhone 6’s barometers

Dark Sky for iOS update improves weather forecasting with iPhone 6’s barometers

Dark Sky for iOS is one of the more popular weather apps for the iPhone, and that's before it just got an impressive update that will surely make it even more useful. Now at version 5, the app looks to go beyond just providing users with a prediction of the weather, to actually gathering and sharing data that will improve the accuracy of forecasts. By taking advantage of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus' barometer, Dark Sky can collect pressure readings and use the data in short-term forecasts.

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Intel releases remote keyboard & mouse app for Android

Intel releases remote keyboard & mouse app for Android

If you're the owner of one of the micro-sized PCs — the ones the size of a flash drive and can connect to a television — and often find yourself wishing you could type with a keyboard from your couch, Intel may just released the app you're looking for. Called Intel Remote Keyboard, the free Android app lets you use your smartphone as both a keyboard and mouse for your PC. Now you don't even need to worry about trying to connect a peripheral to that little HDMI stick.

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Apple Watch app shows your iPhone’s battery level at a glance

Apple Watch app shows your iPhone’s battery level at a glance

Now here's a simple, handy app that, when you think about it, seems surprising that Apple hasn't built it into the Watch by default. It's an app that displays battery level of the iPhone its paired with. That's it. Nothing complicated about it. It's called Power, and it's available now on the App Store for $0.99 from developers Surenix. The other neat part about the app is that it can show when the iPhone is being actively charged, even if it's in another room.

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Apple angers news publishers over automatic inclusion in iOS 9 News app

Apple angers news publishers over automatic inclusion in iOS 9 News app

At WWDC this year, one of the new features of iOS 9 that Apple announced is News, an app that offers a Flipboard/RSS reader experience by curating news from a wide range of sources. This week, Apple sent a mass email to publishers to introduce the app and explain the control they have over their content being featured. As it turns out, a number people in the news and blogging industry are upset about the terms and conditions for being included in News, primarily the fact that email serves as notification of their automatic opt-in.

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