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Dear Topps: fix your Star Wars app or give it to someone else

Dear Topps: fix your Star Wars app or give it to someone else

The following is an opinion piece - asserting here with thousands of Star Wars Card Trader app users that this brand deserves better. While it's true that the Star Wars brand has been licensed to countless new companies over the past couple of years due to the Disney deal, Topps is not one of them. Topps has been working with Lucasfilm since "The Star Wars" was released back in 1977. Now something has gone wrong. Someone is dropping the ball. We're living in an age where the Star Wars franchise is open for the best developers and manufacturers to work on it - and this sort of thing is no longer acceptable.

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Vine for iOS update brings HD upload option

Vine for iOS update brings HD upload option

Vine has updated its app for iOS, adding in a new list of suggestions with other “Viners” that makes it easier to find new people to follow. The suggestions are listed under “Find People”, and is in addition to the option for finding people by connecting to Twitter and one’s address book. That's not the best part of the update, however. With this latest version one can choose to have their Vines uploaded in a higher quality than in the past.

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Microsoft is retiring Photosynth, trio of MSN apps

Microsoft is retiring Photosynth, trio of MSN apps

Microsoft has announced that it will be shutting down its Photosynth mobile app across all platforms, as well as a trio of the MSN mobile apps. Not all of the MSN mobile apps will be removed from the app stores, only three which apparently are not garnering enough users to justify continuing on with updates. The Photosynth app won’t be maintained any longer, but will still be useable for those who already have it. Online access will also continue.

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Microsoft Band lets users create web tiles via RSS feeds

Microsoft Band lets users create web tiles via RSS feeds

Microsoft is continuing to add new functionality to its Band wearable and push what the device is capable of. Following the release of a SDK and adding fitness tracking for activities like cycling and golf, Microsoft is now letting anyone create apps for the Band in the form of web tiles. As part of a preview program aimed at developers, these mini-apps will display any data that's available on the web through an RSS feed.

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Facebook’s iOS app update finally lets users customize News Feed

Facebook’s iOS app update finally lets users customize News Feed

Following a limited test of the feature back in May, Facebook is finally giving users what they've wanted most: the ability to customize and filter their News Feed exactly the way they'd like to. The social network is debuting the features on its iOS app first, with the update available now via the App Store. With the changes, Facebook users can not only choose whose posts will appear at the top of their feed, but also edit and filter the things they don't want to see at all.

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Spotify asks iOS users to switch subscription from App Store to web

Spotify asks iOS users to switch subscription from App Store to web

It's well known that Apple takes a 30% cut from all app purchases on the iOS App Store, and that fee is also applied to in-app subscriptions. So apps like, say, Spotify, the primary rival to the new Apple Music service, must hand over 30% of what each users pays when subscribing to the service directly on their iPhone. See where this is going? Spotify hopes you do, as they've begun encouraging users to switch their subscription over to the website in exchange for saving $3 per month.

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Periscope updated to version 1.1.2 with Android/iOS/Web live

Periscope updated to version 1.1.2 with Android/iOS/Web live

Periscope updates their live video app to include Android, iOS, and Web live views as well as Android and Web replays. This version will be delivered to iOS users as early as this afternoon with iOS replays as well. Version 1.1.2 allows users to edit full name as well as description and photo from their profile for the first time. Users will also be able to take advantage of a whole new featured users section and a "broadcast share sheet" for the masses.

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First official Star Wars app has Jedi selfies, news, and soundboard

First official Star Wars app has Jedi selfies, news, and soundboard

Just in time for San Diego Comic-Con, Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first official Star Wars app for both iOS and Android. The app, simply titled "Star Wars," is not like dozens of games or official tie-ins that we've seen already. It's the first official app that acts as a mobile hub to everything Star Wars related. The app offers plenty of what you'd expect, like news on the movies, history details, and media, but it also features some fun distractions like a soundboard full of iconic sound effects, and the ability to take Jedi selfies.

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Sony Xperia phones now capable of Twitch game streaming

Sony Xperia phones now capable of Twitch game streaming

Live-streaming footage of video games has become a staple feature across the current generation of game console and PCs, thanks to the popularity of the Twitch service. However, one platform gameplay streaming and broadcasting hasn't yet become common on is mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Well, that could be changing sooner than expected, as Sony has partnered with Twitch to release a new Android app that lets users broadcast their gaming from select Xperia devices.

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Tinder adds Verified Profiles for its well known users

Tinder adds Verified Profiles for its well known users

If you're a Tinder user and you've come across the profile of a well known individual, your first thought was likely yeah right. Or, at least, that would be the sensible thought. It is possible the profile you came across was legit, though, in which case swiping the wrong way out of caution would be regrettable. Enter Tinder's new Verified Profiles, a newly added feature akin to what you find on Twitter. Its sole purpose is to guarantee the celebrity who likes you is real.

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Tinder clone for Apple Watch uses heartbeat to determine matches

Tinder clone for Apple Watch uses heartbeat to determine matches

Imagine an alternate way of using dating app Tinder, where instead of looking at profiles on your smartphone and swiping right or left, you simply glance at your Apple Watch and the app know if you're attracted to someone based on your heart-rate changes. That's the idea behind design agency T3's concept "Hands-free Tinder." T3 built its app with the use of Apple's recently released Watch SDK for detecting a user's heartbeat. They claim to be releasing the app "soon," but unless it's really a cooperation with Tinder, a name change seems likely.

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