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While you weren’t looking, Facebook took mobile over

While you weren’t looking, Facebook took mobile over

While you were away, Facebook took over mobile. Without you scorning them at every turn (I’m guilty, too), Facebook quietly moved the pieces on the board, and the game now looks different. there was a point in time when Facebook didn’t “get” mobile, admitting as much ahead of cranking the wheel hard and forging a new path. Now, they run the mobile show by having the four most popular apps worldwide, and enjoy a strict hold on mobile advertising.

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Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

Need for Speed will soon charge for gas

There's a new Need for Speed game coming to your iOS and/or Android devices this week, one that'll charge for gas. It's a "wait or pay" sort of game, as many in-app purchase-toting games today are. You can also pay to customize the look of your car or give it a nice boost in abilities. But don't forget your precious gas. The gas that you'd have to put in your car if you were really racing, and sponsored by automotive companies, and therefor wouldn't have to pay for anyway.

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Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

Tweetbot for Mac hits limit on Twitter tokens, pulled from App Store

The desktop version of popular third-party Twitter client Tweetbot has disappeared from the Mac App Store, and the cause is believed to be because of the limit on API tokens that Twitter imposes on developers. In a nutshell, Twitter gives app developers a limited number of tokens, which allow users to sign in and use the social network through the chosen app. Without any more tokens, the app becomes useless to new buyers.

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Funny or Die Weather app offers a joke with the temperature

Funny or Die Weather app offers a joke with the temperature

Funny or Die, the comedy website co-founded by Will Farrell, has just launched a new iOS app in a category that's a bit unexpected. Funny or Die Weather is, as the name implies, primarily a weather app, but this one offers up a joke in the website's typical style alongside the temperature forecast. But the app itself is no joke, it sources its weather information from Weather Underground, features a simple, clean look that fits in with iOS 8's design, and best of all, it's completely free.

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NFL Mobile app update drops ahead of Super Bowl XLIX

NFL Mobile app update drops ahead of Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX will be upon us in the very near future, and ahead of the game the NFL has pushed out an update for both its iOS and its Android apps. Several changes come with the update, the most important of which is the (future) ability to stream the Super Bowl and the 2015 Pro Game for Verizon's subscribers specifically. Joining the streaming feature is some additional functionality, all of it centering around the big game on February 1.

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Field Trip: the Google map app you never knew you wanted

Field Trip: the Google map app you never knew you wanted

Field Trip has been around now for a while - have you heard of it? It's a Niantic Labs project at Google, one that aims to bring you automatic suggestions for places to visit near where you're physically standing at any given moment. While it may be included with the basic build of Android at some time in the future, for now you're still going to have to download it. Field Trip has gotten a large bump in aesthetic beauty and in ease in use. It's simple now, and ready to roll on your Android smartphone immediately.

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GrooveMaker 2 released for Android and iOS

GrooveMaker 2 released for Android and iOS

This week the folks at IK Multimedia have released their newest in music-making technology for the mobile universe with GrooveMaker 2. This app takes what GrooveMaker was and amps it up, taking what was one of the first real-time music-making apps for mobile devices and giving it a new generation of boost. GrooveMaker 2 continues the tradition of working with loops sold in song packs. Each song pack can be found in one of several categories - House, Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Techno, Trance, Electro, Drum and Bass, Reggae, Reggaeton, Rock, and more.

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Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

If Facebook and LinkedIn weren't enough, China's Alibaba is looking to dip its toe in the enterprise service waters, specifically with a social app for businesses. The world's largest e-commerce company is currently developing DingTalk, which at first sounds like another run-of-the mill messaging app for smartphones, but has specific features meant to appeal to enterprise users. In beta testing since December, DingChat will offer the standard group messaging, as well as conference calls, and the ability to connect with Alibaba's platforms that its customers already use.

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Google Translate Word Lens and live translation hands-on

Google Translate Word Lens and live translation hands-on

The team behind the Google Translate app have successfully created a tool that I can take to Spain to figure out where to find pizza without menu photos of said pizza. Thank you, Google Translate team. Today we're seeing an update to the Google Translate app for iOS, and an imminent update to the Android version of the app as well. With this update we'll see more solid live voice translation. We'll also see real-deal live translations of text - that's the magic-maker.

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Je Suis Charlie app gets one-hour approval following Cook email

Je Suis Charlie app gets one-hour approval following Cook email

Sans those living under a rock, you've likely heard the phrase 'Je Suis Charlie' many times in recent days, something that has been found on shirts, signs, posters, and hashtags across both the digital and physical worlds. While adding hashtags to your tweet and posting statuses on Facebook are both solid ways to show support, they're not the only one. The app "I am Charlie!' is another, and thanks to an email sent to Tim Cook, it was approved within an hour.

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