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Tesla to ditch SDK in favor of mirroring iOS, Android apps

Tesla to ditch SDK in favor of mirroring iOS, Android apps

The car software platform wars are just heating up but at least one car maker is backing out of pushing its own, independent platform. At the Hong Kong event where it also teased another car after the Model 3, Tesla CEO Elon Musk touched on the somewhat thorny subject of the Tesla EVs' SDK. In almost a complete U-turn from its previous position, Musk said that the company is now focusing on just allowing users to mirror their Android or iOS apps on the center screen, instead of having to create a different set of apps just for Tesla's cars.

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WhatsApp group video chat launched with Booyah

WhatsApp group video chat launched with Booyah

A third-party group by the name of Rounds Entertainment have launched video chat for WhatsApp called BOOYAH. Imagine the WhatsApp developer crew's surprise when they find out someone other than they have launched a video chat client for their service. No worries, WhatsApp developers, you could go ahead and launch video chat on your own, any time you like. Meanwhile it'll be Rounds Entertainment that'll be leading this charge for iOS and Android.

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Tinder adds GIFs for more expressive messages

Tinder adds GIFs for more expressive messages

Tinder, the dating service of choice for today's youth, has just updated its popular iOS app to include support for Giphy, the service makes adding GIFs to messages a breeze. Now that the hit image format is available, users can include GIFs in their conversations with matches simply by tapping a button next to the text input box. You'll be able to browse through Giphy's library of animations, as well as search or view which images are trending.

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Google Slides and Sheets get mobile commenting

Google Slides and Sheets get mobile commenting

Google has added mobile commenting to both Sheets and Slides, two of its office products. As well, it has also tweaked comments for Google Docs, making it possible to add someone else to a commenting thread by typing their name within a comment. While relatively small changes, they are welcomed additions that help bring Google’s online office products up to par with competing services, namely Microsoft’s Office Online.

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Apple’s iPhone earnings “stall” was inevitable

Apple’s iPhone earnings “stall” was inevitable

For the first time since the iPhone was introduced, growth appears to have stalled. In Apple's earnings call for their financial Q1, 2016, they've revealed that the iPhone's growth (year-over-year) sits at 0% for unit sales growth and just 1% for revenue growth. This same quarter one year ago showed 46% unit sales growth year-over-year, while the same quarter the year before that showed 7% unit sales growth year-over-year. So wait a second, you might be saying, is this the sort of thing that happens every other year?

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iPhone 7 may have a dual-lens camera option

iPhone 7 may have a dual-lens camera option

It would seem that Apple doesn't have enough different models of their flagship phone. Currently, their latest model comes in two different flavors, with one having a 4.7-inch screen, and another with a 5.5-inch screen. If rumors are to be believed, there may be two different 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 7.

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Chrome iOS update cuts crashes by 70%

Chrome iOS update cuts crashes by 70%

It's not often that a company will come forth and let you know that their product has a tendency to fail on a regular basis. When they do, it's usually followed by an announcement about how they've fixed the problem. And that's pretty much exactly how things went down today, when Google announced a new version of Chrome for iOS.

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Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft has been developing mobile apps for platforms other than its own, mostly through its Garage skunkworks arm. Most those apps land primarily on Android but when it does put out something for Apple's iOS, it's sometimes a mix of strange and beautiful. Like that odd selfie app. Now, out of the blue, Microsoft has launched a new News Pro service, coming from Garage, that is available both on the web and on iOS. It is almost like a jab at Apple News or even Flipboard, except that it tries to focus on work-related content scoured through Bing.

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Apple’s 1-billion active devices figure in perspective

Apple’s 1-billion active devices figure in perspective

This afternoon, Apple announced many firsts and bests, one of the simplest being "1 Billion Active Installed Base". This number represents what Apple has recorded as "iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch devices that have been engaged with [Apple] services within the past 90 days". That's one whole heck of a lot of devices. It doesn't account for devices that've been active offline exclusively, and it doesn't count how many Apple devices have been sold to date.

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Spotify videos launch on Android first, iOS second

Spotify videos launch on Android first, iOS second

Well, well, well, Spotify, you decided to break the never-ending trend of iOS updates to apps coming before Android. Well, well, well indeed. Today Spotify launches their video initiative, called Spotify Video, bringing on all manner of video bits and pieces - entertainment videos to news updates - inside the Spotify subscriber portal and app and so forth. The videos you find here are short, and tiny. They're meant to be consumed in very short bursts.

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