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Google continues clean-up, pulls Sparrow from App Store

Google continues clean-up, pulls Sparrow from App Store

When it comes to email apps for your smartphone or tablet, the list of options is exhaustive. Google recently made a big splash with Inbox, which aims to make your email more contextual to-do than messaging platform. After buying Sparrow, Google did what they typically do in an acquisition setting, and put the skids on incoming updates. With the service languishing of late as an also-ran that proved a reliable standard for modern email apps to gauge themselves against, it’s now been pulled from the App Store for iOs and OS X.

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Modern Family “Connection Lost” iPhone episode behind-the-scenes

Modern Family “Connection Lost” iPhone episode behind-the-scenes

What defines the Modern Family? If it's ABC's popular sitcom of the same name, then that's a question spanning six seasons, and now adding Apple to its roster of same-sex and inter-generational marriage, awkward siblings, and cross-cultural differences. For upcoming episode "Connection Lost," however, the challenge got even greater: shot almost entirely on iPhone 6 in just two days, processed on a Mac Pro, and taking place entirely on the desktop of OS X Yosemite. I headed to 20th Century Fox studios in LA to preview what co-author and director Steve Levitan describes as "the most labor-intensive episode" that the Modern Family team has ever attempted.

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Short for iOS brings articles you can read in under 10 minutes

Short for iOS brings articles you can read in under 10 minutes

Throughout your day, you probably find yourself with time to spare. Not a lot of time, but enough to make standing there doing nothing slightly awkward. A new app, Short, might just change that for you. Rather than waste time with a game or social media, Short finds content you might like to read, which can be filtered to suit the time you have available. Though it’s iOS-only, Short is free to download and use, offers no in-app purchases, and has both an iPhone and iPad version available.

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WonderCube accessory has everything except the kitchen sink

WonderCube accessory has everything except the kitchen sink

How many "smart" keyrings and chargers have you come across lately? Three? Five? A dozen? If you've lost count, here's one more to add to your list. WonderCube is frighteningly true to its name because it is such a wonder to behold. This tiny cube that can fit on the palm of your hand has almost everything, and we mean everything, you'll need for a mobile phone accessory: charger, external storage, stand, or even a torch. All it's missing is the kitchen sink. Well, that and some location-based features.

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Tim Cook talks security, Apple Pay hits national parks

Tim Cook talks security, Apple Pay hits national parks

According to Tim Cook, Apple has been working with the United States government to get Apple Pay working in national parks across the nation. Starting in September, you'll be able to work with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to pay your way in to national parks - and probably pay for hotdogs, too. News of this update comes from Tim Cook speaking at a White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. This should go a long way to proving to companies of all sorts that Apple Pay is here to stay.

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Darkroom for iOS may just be the best photo editor around

Darkroom for iOS may just be the best photo editor around

Editing photos on iOS isn’t difficult, and iOS 8 brought some native tweaks to make editing your pictures much easier. Still, some want more, or at least something different. There are plenty of apps out there that can deliver really solid photo editing, but the latest, Darkroom, might just be the best yet. It’s a little bit Photoshop, a lot customizable, and free (with an in-app purchase available). Darkroom even lets you create your own custom filters, should you always find yourself going a particular direction with your edits.

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Inside the charming indie movie filmed entirely with iPhone 6

Inside the charming indie movie filmed entirely with iPhone 6

If you still needed convincing that smartphone cameras are more than capable of professional results, "Romance in NYC" may do the trick. Shot not only entirely from the a single character's point of view, but using nothing more than an iPhone 6 and a selection of apps and accessories, the 15 minute short was crowdfunded on Kickstarter in late 2014 and is now making the rounds of the festival circuit. I caught up with director Tristan Pope to find out what made him put down his pro-camera kit for a smartphone, how the iPhone 6 delivered in unexpected ways, and why he ended up wearing a GorillaPod like a Hannibal Lecter mask.

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Pinterest now has pins for iPad, iPhone apps

Pinterest now has pins for iPad, iPhone apps

Pinterest is practically the home of all things interesting on the Web, from photos, to art, to recipes, to products, to fashion. And it doesn't matter if you're a gal or a guy, you'll probably find something pinteresting on Pinterest. To emphasize its message of broader appeal even more, Pinterest is introducing a new type of pin that users of both sexes will most likely find useful: app pins. Or to be more precises iPad and iPhone app pins that let you install apps right within Pinterest.

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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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