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Facebook Paper app: dousing the “mobilize it” farce

Facebook Paper app: dousing the “mobilize it” farce

This week the folk at Facebook have taken a giant step forward in creating a new way for internet-based companies to represent themselves in app form. Instead of creating an app that replicates the look and feel of the webpage Facebook has already, they've created an app called "Paper". This Paper app looks and feels a lot like Flipboard - at first - but works with iPhone users tendency to love swipes, rather than taps.

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Zuckerberg: standalone apps will pepper Facebook’s future

Zuckerberg: standalone apps will pepper Facebook’s future

During its fourth-quarter earnings conference call yesterday, the social network's Mark Zuckerberg discussed Facebook's mobile future, and it looks to be one peppered with standalone mobile apps that provide a decidedly non-Facebook experience. The move will give the company's troves of users -- and even those who shy away from the network -- more incentive to use one or more of its apps.

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Nintendo Android and iOS games incoming: as demos [UPDATE: Denied]

Nintendo Android and iOS games incoming: as demos [UPDATE: Denied]

This week there's word of an incoming official announcement from Nintendo that'll include their first full push for the mobile device sector - Android and iOS included. But in place of releasing classic titles like PokeMon and Mario Bros. to these platforms, it's suggested that Nintendo will be bringing on "mini games", AKA not full titles, that'll introduce the public to their much more expansive games on their own consoles and handheld devices.

UPDATE: Nintendo has denied this suggestion outright.

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Horizon app brings always-horizontal camera to iOS

Horizon app brings always-horizontal camera to iOS

When we first heard about the developers behind Horizon making an effort to allow users have always-horizontal video recording with the iPhone, our immediate wish was that there was also an Android app. Here we're able to open the Horizon app, record video, and have no worries about recording with the camera in vertical or horizontal mode. The videos themselves always come out in landscape.

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Banking mobile apps largely vulnerable, reveals IOActive study

Banking mobile apps largely vulnerable, reveals IOActive study

Personal banking apps make managing a checking or savings account easy, eschewing the need for a laptop or firing up a browser. Whether they keep your personal data secure is another matter, however, one that IOActive Labs Research says needs more attention. In a recent study, the research group looked into forty different so-called home banking apps from what it says are the world's top 60 most influential banks, none of which were specified by name.

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Uber, SnapCar, et al soon must wait 15 min before meeting fares in France

Uber, SnapCar, et al soon must wait 15 min before meeting fares in France

The ever proliferating Uber "black car" service and other mobile-app-dispatched driver services will have to wait 15 minutes before picking up any customer starting Jan. 2014, a French bill has decreed. The bill was spotted by the French news organization Libération and passed on by way of TechCrunch. The decree is intended to preserve the state-regulated taxi industry.

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