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Apple’s HomeKit is here: “Siri, turn on my lights”

Apple’s HomeKit is here: “Siri, turn on my lights”

Today Apple's smart home ecosystem HomeKit launches with brands like Elgato, Insteon, Lutron, Ecobee, and iHome. Just ahead of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2015), HomeKit has launched with partners bringing hardware to the market. It's been nearly one year* to the day since Apple's HomeKit system was first revealed at WWDC 2014, and here we're seeing partners launching products aplenty, some that'll be carried by Apple Stores, some that will launch independently in stores around the world. Soon you'll be able to tell Siri to turn your lights on when you enter your home - soon!

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Apple remodels ranking for App Store games in favor or curated lists

Apple remodels ranking for App Store games in favor or curated lists

App developers for iOS should pay special attention to Apple's latest changes to the App Store layout. Apple has remodeled the layout of its Games section, doing away with lists like, "What's Hot", "New", and even the "All iPhone" free and paid sections. The App Store's Game's section is no longer relying on automated algorithms to pick the winners and now boasts editorialized lists like, "All Time Greats" and "Best New Games". Apple will be updating these editor-curated lists every week.

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Google’s VR circle is now complete: Cameras to Cardboard

Google’s VR circle is now complete: Cameras to Cardboard

Google's virtual reality ecosystem is now prepared to handle the public, with everything from low-cost VR headsets to YouTube 360. What we've got here is a full ecosystem, with the three main components ready to roll. The first step is providing the means to capture media, in this case 360-degree cameras - while Google's own 360-rig system Google Jump isn't quite prepared for the public as yet, they've already released tools for creatives with their own 360-capable cameras to upload to YouTube. Therein lies the second step: providing a place for creative people to share the media they've created - YouTube, of course.

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Spark email app offers customization, clever Apple Watch integration

Spark email app offers customization, clever Apple Watch integration

It seems like every week or so there's another email app for iPhone trying to compete with the popular options like Mailbox, Outlook, and, of course, Gmail. But every once in a while, something comes along that offers the right levels of customization, and enough features to make mobile email both useful and painless. Spark for iOS just might have what it takes. It's the newest app from Readdle, the developers behind well-known document management apps like Scanner Pro, PDF Expert 5, and Documents 5.

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iOS messages bug also affecting Twitter, Snapchat apps

iOS messages bug also affecting Twitter, Snapchat apps

That recently discovered iOS text messaging bug that may be wreaking havoc on your iPhone (it probably isn't) is also able to crash apps and reboot your phone via the Twitter and Snapchat apps. When an iOS device receives a text message with the string of characters seen above — a mix of Arabic, Marathi, and Chinese — it causes the Messages app to crash and sometimes causes your device to reboot. There's no permanent damage done, and Apple has already outlined a temporary fix, but it's now become apparent the bug can be triggered by other apps.

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Apple details temporary fix for Messages crash bug, patch on the way

Apple details temporary fix for Messages crash bug, patch on the way

Earlier this week a bug was discovered in Apple's iOS that would cause the Messages app to crash and possibly make the iPhone reboot if a text was received containing a specific string of characters. The bug isn't necessarily dangerous, as it can't do any permanent damage to an iPhone or other iOS device, but Apple has updated its Support page, offering a few steps users can go through to temporarily fix the crashing app, as well as state that a future software update will have a permanent solution.

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Halo Back smart screen cover adds ‘back’ button to iPhone

Halo Back smart screen cover adds ‘back’ button to iPhone

Have you made the switch from an Android device with a back button to the iPhone, which lacks one? If so, you've probably hit for that non-existent back button on more than one occasion, and now there's a solution (or, at least, the promise of a solution). It's called the Halo Back (which probably isn't supposed to be the pun it sounds like), and it is bid as a smart cover for an iPhone that adds back-button functionality for one-handed ease of use. It fits over the iPhone's display, adding very little to the girth, and will -- hopefully -- make life easier.

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Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

Google gives away their second virtual reality headset Cardboard at Google I/O 2015, the first to officially support Apple's iPhone. What you're going to see here is a simple piece of equipment, one made of cardboard (literally), glass, and a bit of conductive foam. No more magnets. Still velcro, but a little bit different use of metal than before. This allows not just Android devices to work, but any smartphone. Even devices that aren't necessarily running iOS, if you want to be especially explorative with it.

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Google Cardboard 2 is made for iPhone, and everyone

Google Cardboard 2 is made for iPhone, and everyone

Google reveals their second virtual reality headset for phones, a larger Google Cardboard. Clay Bavor of Google Cardboard spoke up today at Google I/O about the starting run of the company's virtual reality efforts. The second Google Cardboard unit will have a button instead of a magnetic washer mechanism, and it'll be large enough to support 6-inch display-toting smartphones. This release will include a Cardboard SDK - developer kit for creative types to get ready for the oncoming wave of Virtual Reality apps.

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