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This is Nest’s new unifying app

This is Nest’s new unifying app

Nest may have new hardware to show today, but the app to control its thermostat, Nest Protect smoke alarm, and Nest Cam security camera is also getting revamped. Nest 5.0 for iPhone and Android updates the interface in addition to streamlining setup, bringing together not only Nest's own range but existing Dropcam cameras you might have installed, all in the same place.

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Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII to hit iOS later this summer

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII to hit iOS later this summer

With E3 week still rolling out the big gaming announcements, Japanese developer Square Enix gave its presentation earlier today, revealing that the iconic RPG Final Fantasy VII will be coming to iOS before the end of this summer. You may have heard to big news earlier in the week about the long-awaited FF7 remake in HD coming to the PlayStation 4, but that's not the version of the game we're talking about. iOS will be getting a port of the original PlayStation version that was released in 1997.

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BitTorrent Shoot shares media across mobile devices in a snap

BitTorrent Shoot shares media across mobile devices in a snap

BitTorrent has released a new app to share byte-heavy content like long videos and batches of photos between various mobile devices without ever having to make a detour at the cloud. Just like all things BitTorrent, this app is all about preserving your privacy. Content will go directly between mobile devices, bypassing the cloud entirely to keep anything shared beyond the reach of prying eyes (or a police warrant). The interface is incredibly simple. Choose to send files from your mobile device and Shoot creates a convenient QR code, granting recipients access with a quick scan.

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This is what iOS 9’s new app switcher looks like

This is what iOS 9’s new app switcher looks like

While much has already been said of iOS 9's big features, including a revamped Siri, new health tracking options, and transit directions coming to Maps, we're now getting a fresh look at one of the smaller aspects of Apple's new mobile OS, but one that we use every day: the app switcher. In terms of the overall user interface, iOS 9 changes very little of what was established in 8 and 7, but switching and closing apps is a different story.

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Apple News app hiring editors for hand-picked curation

Apple News app hiring editors for hand-picked curation

Apple News, it's news browsing app designed to rival Flipboard and RSS browsers, is using a different approach than its competition. Instead of just relying on algorithms to rank and suggest stories based on browsing history, Apple demonstrated that users can submit their own RSS feeds, and popular feeds will likely gain large followings, but Apple's desires for curation go deeper than that. Apple is taking it to the next level by adding a human component. Apple is looking for human editors to, "recognize original, compelling stories unlikely to be identified by algorithms."

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As WWDC ends, the mood in the trenches is neighborly

As WWDC ends, the mood in the trenches is neighborly

Apple’s WWDC is over for another year, and as the dust settles on the iOS 9, Apple Music, and OS X El Capitan launch, it’s a chance to reflect on five days of sessions. It’s hard to gauge the tone of a week-long developer event from a fast-paced keynote - even with an Apple Music section which went on too long, and which several developers I spoke to suspected was padded to fill up space originally intended for an Apple TV SDK announcement. If there can be such a thing as an overarching theme, though, it felt like it might be harmonious co-existence.

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Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Apple Watch hacked to run “true” native apps

Developers hack the Apple Watch to allow apps to run on UIKit, the software bones of the smart wearable device. While Apple has provided the developer world with a software kit called "WatchKit", WatchKit itself remote-drives another bit of software called PepperUICore which lives on top of UIKit. Apple's own apps on the Watch, save the Weather app, do not use WatchKit. To show that it is possible - albeit not recommended for those hoping to get in to Apple's official app store - three developers have gotten both UIKit and SceneKit apps running on the Apple Watch.

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iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

Deep-linking in apps may not sound exciting, but it could change the way you use apps on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 9, not to mention give developers more control. The changes will allow users to jump from app to app more naturally, as well as blurring the division between local apps and web-based content, not to mention reduce the amount of time you spend punching in login credentials. Meanwhile, content within apps can show up within iOS 9’s newly-supercharged search.

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Google Slides gains Chromecast support

Google Slides gains Chromecast support

If you’re enmeshed in Google’s ecosystem, you likely use its Slides offering rather than PowerPoint (they both do basically the same thing, if you’re unfamiliar). It would be handy to present those slides via Chromecast, but until today that has not been possible. With today’s Google Slides iOS and Android update, however, such functionality has been added, as well as the ability to play Slides presentations over AirPlay. It is a welcomed update, and makes the service a bit more appealing over Microsoft’s offering.

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Twitter’s mobile app now supports landscape video recording

Twitter’s mobile app now supports landscape video recording

Praise the heavens, mobile video shooters, Twitter has finally gotten with the times and lets you record videos in landscape orientation from within their iOS and Android apps. When Twitter first made in-app video recording available earlier this year, it used square formatting, made popular by social apps Vine and Instagram. Twitter makes it easy to shoot video in the new orientation, just hold your phone like normal, rotate it 90 degrees to the right or left, and start recording!

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