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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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iPad Air 2 detailed in leaked photos

iPad Air 2 detailed in leaked photos

This morning the iPad Air 2 seems to have leaked in full - visually, anyway. this version of the iPad Air looks to have a Touch ID fingerprint reader, a thinner chassis, and a complete absence of a mute switch. This would be the first iPad released without said switch, each previous iPad keeping the switch for the instant muting of audio or rotation lock. This device is shown in white with the lighter aluminum backing in Silver - not quite Space Gray yet.

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Chrome updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays

Chrome updates for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays

Google has updated Chrome for iOS to suit the higher-resolution display of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning no more enlarged fonts and outsized graphics. The new version of the browser comes a day after Google released a new version of Gmail to suit the Retina HD panels on the larger handsets, fitting more information on-screen at any one time. However, the new Chrome version isn't just about a resolution change, with new Drive integration also added.

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Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

Facebook Anonymous: tip says privacy may be their next goal

No matter how often Facebook suggests they’re all about privacy, there’s one undeniable fact about the social network. You pay. Whether it be by cash (not in Facebook’s case) or with your presence, you pay. That’s how Facebook stays in business. They sell advertisement space to businesses for you to see. They recently released an initiative called Facebook Atlas. A tip this week suggests that they may change their traditional model completely, releasing an app that turns the real-name conventions of Facebook on its head.

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Livestream update frees GoPro from PC shackles

Livestream update frees GoPro from PC shackles

What's more exhilarating than watching a death-defying GoPro action camera footage taken yesterday or even just earlier today? Why, watching a death-defying GoPro action camera footage as it happens, of course. An update to the Livestream iOS app has just made that possible, removing the computer from the live streaming equation. All you need now is a GoPro Hero and an iPhone.

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