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Misfit Flash Review

Misfit Flash Review

This is the story of how I became a believer in the activity tracking trend sweeping the smart device environment. While I was baffled that anyone would want to exercise in the first place back when products like Jawbone UP, Fitbit, and the Nike Fuelband were launched. Now I understand. I get why it makes sense to want to track how active I am. It’s like scoring points in a video game - only these points make me feel like I’m winning physically. And the Misfit Flash is inexpensive enough - and works well enough - that I wouldn’t even have had to break the bank to get here.

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Snapchat leaks confirmed: celebrities joined by citizens

Snapchat leaks confirmed: celebrities joined by citizens

This morning it’s been made clear that Snapchat has had a bit of a breach. Not through Snapchat itself, but through 3rd-party servers of Snapchat images. Snapchat does not explicitly allow the use of their servers or their services to any other 3rd party - but apps get through, and these apps have been breached. The developers of Snapchat have released a statement on the subject, suggesting that it was not their fault directly, but that they'd planned on continuing their assault on malicious fakers of Snapchat services.

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Swarm will use iOS 8 widgets for easier check-ins

Swarm will use iOS 8 widgets for easier check-ins

When Swarm was created to take check-ins out of the hands of Foursquare, it created another footprint on your smartphone. Little more than a “here I am” app, Swarm did one thing, but did it exceedingly well. Still, you had to open the app to check in, and that seemed a bit cumbersome, no matter how easy the task was. Taking advantage of the new iOS 8 widget functionality, Swarm is making checking in a LOT easier. Now you don’t even have to leave your lock-screen to check in.

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WeatherSignal is a first for iOS, uses sensors for science

WeatherSignal is a first for iOS, uses sensors for science

Apple’s door to the walled garden has been left cracked open, and as Developers start to find their way in, things are getting awesome in iOS land. One of the Development teams to meander through the garden is OpenSignal, who have a new app for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in WeatherSignal. Like the famed (and downright amazing) OpenSignal, WeatherSignal will rely on crowdsourced info to provide real-time, local weather info. The app also represents a first for the iOS platform and Developers alike.

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Marvel Contest of Champions trailer: PvP for late 2014

Marvel Contest of Champions trailer: PvP for late 2014

Just in time for New York Comic Con comes the first full-length trailer for Marvel Contest of Champions. We’ve been teased and prodded with bits and pieces of this game over the past few weeks and beyond - now it’s time to finally get a look at some of this games most infamous contestants. And what do you know - Guardians of the Galaxy’s Collector is sitting at center stage. Didn’t see that coming!

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iOS 8.1 reported to prevent game emulators from working

iOS 8.1 reported to prevent game emulators from working

For once, this isn't actually about Apple actively blocking legally questionable apps from setting up shop in the iTunes App Store right from the start. This is about emulators for popular gaming consoles and handhelds no longer working because the upcoming iOS 8.1 update will finally plug up a vulnerability previously in place that allowed such apps to thrive. While good for security, it leaves users of such gaming apps out in the cold, with no way to get back in to enjoy older games again.

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Smart move: HTC goes iOS

Smart move: HTC goes iOS

Here’s something that HTC doesn’t need to say: they’re in a bit of trouble. Though nothing about today’s event came as a surprise, there was some good news for iOS users. HTC is now supporting Apple products, and they’re doing it the right way. Rather than try to port over some fussy Android features to iOS and hope that iPhone users will somehow jump ship for a One (M8), HTC is offering up a peripheral and platform for everyone.

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HTC EYE Experience and Zoe 1.0 focus on selfies

HTC EYE Experience and Zoe 1.0 focus on selfies

The Desire EYE isn't the only evidence of HTC's selfie obsession today, with a new app, the HTC EYE Experience, promising smarter photos from your cellphone's camera. Offering a combination face-tracking, smart cropping, photo blending, and voice-controlled selfies, there are also some stranger options, like mixing your face with that of a celebrity, or even applying digital makeup. Meanwhile, there's also a new version of the HTC Zoe app.

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Chromecast app seeing Backdrop update for personalization

Chromecast app seeing Backdrop update for personalization

If you don’t have a Chromecast, you might want to pick one up shortly after reading this. Google’s incredible little dongle has added Backdrop support. The app, which will see an update over the next few days, will now let you customize the information shown on your TV when you’re not binge-watching Game of Thrones on HBO GO or Using Netflix to waste away a Saturday afternoon. Previously announced at Google I/O, Backdrop adds a lot more personality to your Chromecast.

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Microsoft Xim lets you share photos to any phone

Microsoft Xim lets you share photos to any phone

Microsoft Research Fuse Labs have created an app that’ll allow you to share galleries of photos between devices with great ease. Instead of focusing on a social network like Facebook, or an old technology like email, they’ve created Xim, an app that does not require every user to download. This app works on Windows Phone (of course), as well as iOS for iPhone / iPad, and Android. It’s cross-device and super simple to use - and it’ll be out immediately if not soon.

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