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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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Pixelmator, the darling of iPad photo editing, is coming to iPhone

Pixelmator, the darling of iPad photo editing, is coming to iPhone

There are plenty of good photo editing apps for iPhone, that much is certain. People love VSCO Cam, and Snapseed is still going strong. A new favorite, Fotograf, has taken over my photo editing on the small screen. There are still those times when a simple editor just won’t cut it; you need more than filters. Pixelmator, a favorite of ours for iPad, will soon become available for iPhone as well. To celebrate, the Pixelmator crew is discounting the app by 50%, bringing the price down to $4.99.

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VW Apple Watch app will tell you where your teen driver goes

VW Apple Watch app will tell you where your teen driver goes

Volkswagen just updated their iOS app to add features your teen driver will not be pleased with. Via their Car-Net app (and service), the Apple Watch will tell parents where their teen driver is going and how fast they’re traveling. Looks like the days of ‘studying at a friend’s house’ are coming to a close. The Car-Net app is available for “select trims of 2014 and later Beetle, CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat and Tiguan models and on all trims of 2015 and later Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and e-Golf models.”

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SmartThings iOS app adds Apple Watch capabilities

SmartThings iOS app adds Apple Watch capabilities

The few of you out there with Apple Watches and SmartThings devices can rejoice - all will work together peacefully by this afternoon. The team behind SmartThings have released the SmartThings iOS app version 1.7.3 with Apple Watch integration. This update to the app also brings performance improvements as well as bug fixes. This is not the first smartwatch to work with SmartThings, mind you - it's the second. The first was the Samsung Gear S - which makes sense, since SmartThings is a Samsung company, after all.

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Meerkat adds ‘mobbing’, Facebook integration

Meerkat adds ‘mobbing’, Facebook integration

Live-streaming service Meerkat, which recently made a foray into Android, hasn’t forgotten iOS. Over the weekend, Meerkat updated their iOS app to roll in a few new features, which will help it (and you) find a new audience. Meerkat users will now be discoverable via Facebook, as support for the social service means your Meerkatting sessions will now be shared as a post on Facebook, just as they are on Twitter. A new feature known a ‘mobbing’ could make some users stars.

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Microsoft’s iOS, Android app porting tools now open

Microsoft’s iOS, Android app porting tools now open

Developers can now start porting their Android and iOS apps to Windows, if they dare. Yesterday, Microsoft announced a suspiciously easy tool that allows Developers to port their iOS and Android apps to the Windows platform. On stage, Microsoft demoed an Android app running on a Windows Phone like it was made for the platform. Now, Project Islandwood (iOS) and Project Astoria (Android) are open for business. They are, of course, in a “limited preview”, so don’t expect too much just yet.

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Amazon Instant Video update adds cellular streaming for iOS

Amazon Instant Video update adds cellular streaming for iOS

If you use your Amazon Prime membership for more than just fast, free delivery, chances are you stream TV shows and movies via Amazon Instant Video. If you’re doing so via the iOS app, we’re willing to bet you’ve noticed shortcomings. Streaming was only available over WiFi (which defeats the purpose quite a bit), and you couldn’t cast your content to Apple TV. With an update to their Instant Video app, Amazon is fixing both of those issues, so you can watch over a cellular connection (even in HD) and redirect to Apple TV.

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Parallels 2X hits Raspberry Pi for remote desktop access

Parallels 2X hits Raspberry Pi for remote desktop access

Today the folks at Parallels have unveiled Parallels 2X Remote Application Server, the first RDP Client for Raspberry Pi. This system will enable Raspberry Pi users to access windows virtual applications and remote desktops alike. With Parallels 2X RAS, as they also call it, users will have the ability to deliver applications to any device - Chromebooks, Windows PCs, Mac computers, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Linux workstations, HTML5 browsers and of course, strangest and most awesome of all, the device family known as Raspberry Pi.

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Airbnb gives Android tablet and iPad users a slick, new interface

Airbnb gives Android tablet and iPad users a slick, new interface

Airbnb decided that instead of simply scaling-up its mobile apps, it would completely design a new tablet interface from the ground up. The new apps boast a "cinematic" interface. The entire feel of the app is more like browsing through a thick, glossy travel magazine than searching through wordy hotel reviews. The new Airbnb apps for Android and iOS tablets give users more of what they want, pictures. Any armchair traveller knows the best part about looking at new travel destinations is the photographs. Sure, descriptions can excite the imagination, but a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Adidas Go for iOS pairs Spotify music with workout’s pace

Adidas Go for iOS pairs Spotify music with workout’s pace

If you're an Adidas user and an iPhone user and a Spotify user, there's a new app that's right up your alley...assuming you also enjoy working out. It's called Adidas Go, and it is now available in the App Store (as of yesterday). With it, those who exercise with their iPhone on their person can listen to music through Spotify that is automatically matched with the workout's pace. Those who don't have a Spotify Premium account needn't worry, however, as it'll still work without it.

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