iOS

Snapchat is not selling most of your replays

Last week Snapchat revealed a new set updates to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, which of course threw users into a tizzy. In fact, not a whole lot is different this time around compared to any other update over the past couple of years. The big differences come in the sales of Replays and the way the Terms and Privacy Policy were written. They're easier to read now than they were before. Of course, to some people, that means it's time to panic.

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Facebook’s Local Market is a marketplace in testing

Facebook is known to test different features and services that may never see the light of day, so take the appearance of a new local marketplace feature with a grain of salt. Recently, Facebook iPhone users have reported seeing a new feature called "Local Market" which, in some cases, briefly showed up where the Messenger button is typically located. Some screenshots have been taken, and though the feature is limited in functionality, it does show a marketplace split up into individual categories.

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Nimble Jump is the new Flappy Bird

The game Nimble Jump is pixely, cute, and entirely addicting. It's also difficult to play, but extremely enjoyable at the same time. Out for both iOS and Android - the latter released just recently, the former earlier this year, this game is prepared to take on both of the big mobile ecosystems at once. You'll begin with a character that's chosen for you, leaping from one wall to the other to avoid saws, then you'll be given the opportunity to create your own character on a pixel grid. From there, you'll never stop.

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Apple releases Beats Pill+ speaker app for iOS, Android

Apple today released a new app on both iOS and Android for its new Beats Pill+ wireless speaker, which was announced earlier this month. As the first app from Apple to see a simultaneous cross-platform debut, the software is used to control and sync devices to the $230 speaker. With the app installed on their phone, users can not only control volume remotely, but also use two Beats Pill+ speakers at once in an enhanced stereo arrangement.

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Titanfall mobile games coming from Respawn, wont affect PC release

The folks at Respawn Entertainment are aiming to jump in on the mobile gaming universe with a series of Titanfall games in the near future. The folks at Respawn Entertainment developed the original Titanfall for Xbox One and PC while Particle City is a mobile game developer created by Larry Pacey of JOINGO and Vince Zampella of Respawn Entertainment. They'll be teaming up with NEXON Co., Ltd., "a worldwide leader in free-to-play online and mobile games" for this Titanfall universe set of titles.

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VSCO Cam unveils sister app for making GIFs: DSCO

The makers of VSCO Cam, the popular photo-editing app on iOS and Android, have just launched their newest app, DSCO, which focuses on the ever-growing popularity of GIF creation. There's already a number of popular apps that offer tools for creating and sharing GIFs in a simple manner, so what's one more, right? Actually, DSCO relies on the same clean app design and tasteful use of filters that made VSCO Cam a huge hit.

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Quarter battery charges up with MacBook cord, powers your iPhone

There's a mobile power bank device out there called Quarter. It's pretty neat. You may have been confused by what it does if you've already heard about it. Let me tell you what it's all about. Quarter is a battery, one that you charge up - fill up with power, that is to say - then stick in your backpack for later. Later, you take it out, plug in the cord that charges your iPhone, and let this battery power up your iPhone instead of looking for an outlet.

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Outlook apps for iOS, Android will begin merging with Sunrise

2015 was a busy year for Microsoft when it came to mobile app acquisitions: they bought the email app Accompli, turning it into their revamped version of Outlook, and they also purchased Sunrise, the popular calendar alternative. Finally the two are being merged together for both iOS and Android, Microsoft has now revealed. The change won't happen all at once, instead taking place over the coming months, but the first update to the Outlook app has been released with several calendar navigation cues from Sunrise.

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Skype updates mobile apps with 3D Touch support, video filters

It seems like more and more of the big apps for iOS are updating with support for 3D Touch, and Skype is not one to get left behind. The Microsoft-owned messaging and video chat platform has updated its apps for both iOS and Android today, including new video filters, as well as 3D Touch features for those using the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The video filters appear to be a directly inspired by Snapchat, with things like balloons and several Halloween themes.

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Facebook keeps its huge bug fix on the down-low

While Facebook's latest app change log suggests very little has been changed, this week the social network's update is a big one. What this update fixes is a number of software issues deep within the app - stuff you'd never notice unless you happen to check your battery life on the regular. Most importantly, this update fixes issued in iOS that'd otherwise make the app the biggest battery hog in your device - including a cause for "CPU spin" as well as audio sessions management.

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Facebook fixes iOS app battery-draining issue

If you use the Facebook for iOS app, you might have noticed that it is very battery intensive, lowering your precious charge level far faster than it should. Users have become increasingly vocal about this, and in light of that outcry, Facebook issued a statement this week saying it was looking into the matter. Earlier today, the social network pushed out an app update, and though its update log doesn't mention it, the new version fixes the battery issue.

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