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ESPN gets iOS makeover, full Android update ‘in a few months’

ESPN gets iOS makeover, full Android update ‘in a few months’

ESPN might be the worldwide leader when it comes to sports information delivery, but apps — not so much. On iOS, ESPN has separate apps for the iPhone and iPad. Dubbed SportsCenter and ScoreCenter, respectively, the duopoly was confusing, but necessary. The larger iPad brought more to the table than the smaller iPhone, but now that we’ve got larger iPhones, ESPN is bringing some solidarity to their app offerings. A new app, simply known as ESPN, will be available on both iPhone and iPad, and has been reworked form the ground up.

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Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Microsoft confirms Sunrise acquisition

Earlier this month rumor surfaced that Microsoft had acquired the calendar app Sunrise, something the company has confirmed on its blog today. Says Microsoft, it decided to acquire the app because it thinks "a reinvention in the way people use calendars" on their handsets is needed, and with Sunrise it aims to increase productivity options for mobile users. This follows the company's Acompli acquisition. The terms of the deal weren't revealed, but Microsoft does say it'll be bringing in the Sunrise team.

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Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

The assumption that you need to strap something onto your wrist in order to accurately gauge your fitness level might not be accurate. Your favorite wearable might not be, either — or at least any more accurate at detecting steps taken than your phone. A new study claims apps are just as good at monitoring your activity level than some of the top wearables on the market. The University of Pennsylvania tested apps and wearables in a controlled environment, and the results are pretty interesting.

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iPhone Kill Switch praised as phone thefts tumble

iPhone Kill Switch praised as phone thefts tumble

New smartphones aren't only coveted by regular users but by thieves, too, though the iPhone's "kill switch" Activation Lock is being credited with cutting thefts significantly across three major cities. The feature, added in iOS 7 back in 2013, remotely locks down a lost or stolen iPhone so that it cannot be activated in future without the original credentials, something intended to make such thefts less appealing to those committing street crime. That's paying off in three cities - New York, San Francisco, and London - where having a phone snatched has traditionally been a significant peril, new research from each confirms.

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iPin turns your smartphone into a smart laser pointer

iPin turns your smartphone into a smart laser pointer

The newest smart accessory to surface for smartphones is the iPin, a tiny dongle of sorts that plugs into your smartphone and functions as a laser pointer, allowing you to point at things from across the room or drive your pets crazy. In addition to the laser pointer functionality comes presentation control, which makes giving presentations easier by combining the pointer and remote into one device -- your smartphone. Users can swipe through presentation slides using their handset's display, while their laser pointer appears on secondary screens for the audience.

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Nutshell from Prezi may be your new favorite iOS photo app

Nutshell from Prezi may be your new favorite iOS photo app

Your pictures should tell a story, or at least that’s how Prezi feels. the company best known for making a visually stunning Powerpoint alternative now has their own photography app for iOS, which stitches your photos together along with custom graphics and text to tell a mini story. The aim is events and gatherings, where you can quickly cobble together moments, and share them as a tiny video representation of your day (or night). The app is currently available on the App Store, and is free to download and use.

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Affinity Photo takes on Photoshop, currently in beta for OS X

Affinity Photo takes on Photoshop, currently in beta for OS X

If you want to edit photos like a pro, the term ‘Photoshop’ has become as synonymous with doing so as ‘Google’ is to searching the Internet for stuff. A new editor is on the horizon, though, and it’s pretty special. Affinity Photo is currently in beta, but packs a ton of Photoshop-y tools that pros and amateurs alike will find useful. It’s the same team behind another very useful Photoshop tool, Affinity Designer, and packs just as much punch for photo editing as Designer did for things like vector art.

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Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Facebook takes on Craigslist with ‘For Sale Groups’

Maybe because they’re trying to get in on the Etsy racket, or maybe just because they can; either way, Facebook is now making it much easier to sell things via Groups. Today, the social giant is announcing a new feature for Groups, which will allow users to sell items in a more streamlined way, with posts that are more easily manageable and professional looking. The feature was spotted previously, with Facebook saying they were trialing it for some groups who were noticed to have been actively selling anyway.

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comScore: Apple, Samsung, LG gain as HTC sputters

comScore: Apple, Samsung, LG gain as HTC sputters

Of the estimated 182 million smartphone users in the United States, just over half use Android, according to comScore. The analytics firm just released their year-end report, and it shows just over 53% of us are using Android, while 41.6% are using iOS. Microsoft still holds a 3.4% market share with Windows, and BlackBerry fell hard, dropping half a point to capture just 1.8% of the overall smartphone market. In the OEM market share race, things are getting interesting, but are still dominated by Samsung and Apple.

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iOS 8.3 has wireless CarPlay, and 8.4 may have iTunes streaming

iOS 8.3 has wireless CarPlay, and 8.4 may have iTunes streaming

Earlier today, we heard an interesting rumor about iOS 9, which is said to offer up stability solutions rather than more features for us to play with. We’re a long way off from iOS 9, though, which leaves plenty of time to actually get us more features built into iOS for our iPhones and iPads. With iOS 8.3 already in testing and packing in some CarPlay functionality, it seems iOS 8.4 just might bring us that iTunes streaming service we've long been looking forward to.

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