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Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Chrome Remote Desktop, Google’s method for making your computer’s desktop available via their browser for mobile devices, is now available for iOS. The Android version has been available since April of last year, and makes for a handy way to stream content to a phone or tablet. As we noted in our hands-on, the functionality makes it possible to control your computer form a mobile device, too. The app is currently available in the App Store, and is free to download.

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Apple’s latest iOS 8.2 beta mentions Apple Watch app

Apple’s latest iOS 8.2 beta mentions Apple Watch app

The Apple Watch is coming this year, and a big part of its functionality comes via the iPhone. To make sure you can use your Apple Watch on day one, Apple has seeded a beta build of iOS 8.2, which has Apple Watch pairing capabilities. In the Bluetooth pairing menu, mention of the Apple Watch App was discovered, suggesting an app would need to be used rather than the typical pairing method. We’re also left wondering when we’ll see this app, and if iOS 8.2 and the Apple Watch will launch on the same day.

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Verifone PAYware Mobile e355 goes for one size fits all

Verifone PAYware Mobile e355 goes for one size fits all

Mobile payments aren't exactly new, even if Apple has just recently joined the game. Adoption and support, however, have been slow and one reason for it is the cost of maintaining and upgrading both hardware and software to support a fast-moving smartphone industry. That is why Verifone is coming up with a new mobile Point of Sale system (mPOS) that not only supports multiple mobile payment types, it can also support different device form factors as well as different mobile operating systems.

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Polaroid iZone camera: a companion for Android and iOS handsets

Polaroid iZone camera: a companion for Android and iOS handsets

Among Polaroid's CES 2015 wares is the iZone camera, a square-shaped compact point-and-shoot camera with optical zoom and the ability to work with your Android or iOS mobile device. The maker refers to iZone as a companion device for your smartphone or tablet, the latter of which works as a remote view finder and a storage base for taking/saving images with the Polaroid camera. The idea behind such a device is that the companion camera will (likely) be of a somewhat higher quality than your smartphone, but without the same sharing features and power as your handset.

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Evernote Scannable for iOS makes digitizing paper easy

Evernote Scannable for iOS makes digitizing paper easy

Evernote users are about to have more reasons to make the service a central hub for their digital lives. Today, the company is announcing Scannable, an app that will scan any document you have and upload it to their service. Better yet, your scanned documents are also searchable via Evernote, so you can find them alter on. You’ll also be able to send the documents along via just about any digital means you like. Images are automatically rotated, cropped and adjusted , too.

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Apple: Devs made $10 billion via App Store in 2014

Apple: Devs made $10 billion via App Store in 2014

According to Apple, App Store sales rose 50% in 2014 year-over-year. Though they didn’t release specific numbers, 2013 saw $10 billion in sales via the App Store. That means 2014 ran $15 billion or more through the App Store, which amounts to a tidy profit for Apple. In keeping a 30% cut, Apple raked in $4.5 billion or better. It might not touch their hardware income, but the impressive growth does indicate they’re on the right track with software and services.

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Apple: 68% of 101% of devices visiting App Store run iOS 8

Apple: 68% of 101% of devices visiting App Store run iOS 8

According to Apple, iOS 8 adoption is now at 68%. The last iteration of their mobile operating system, iOS 7, is at 29%. As for ‘older’ variants of iOS, 4% of people are still using a dates OS, according to Apple. The numbers detail a strong Christmas showing, too, with iOS 8 growing form 64% of December 22 — likely due to new activations. There’s more to the story, of course, but Apple is still wrong. We’re sure they know their distribution numbers, but they’re still wrong.

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Ring Doorbell hands-on: See who’s at the door through your smartphone

Ring Doorbell hands-on: See who’s at the door through your smartphone

Wondering who’s at your door when that bell goes off is either alarming for some or curious for others. The Ring acts as an internet camera door bell that displays on your smartphone and shows you who’s at your door step when that bell goes off. The functionality is cool because now when you're busy or not, you don't have get up to answer the door, let alone talk to whoever it could be. Just answer the door from wherever you are or not. The smart doorbell has me wondering how fun its going to be now when people ring the door.

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Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Our smartphones today are being unlocked by a variety of secure methods, ranging from the traditional pin code, to fingerprints, to voice. What if those same secure methods were available to secure our doors as well? Except for the fingerprint part, Schlage pretty much has you covered. Here at CES 2015, we take a quick hands-on of the company's new generation of smart locks that keeps your door and your phone connected, even when you're far away. It even has one that can be unlocked just using your voice.

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VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

Volkswagen will add CarPlay and Android Auto support to its cars later this year, the company has confirmed, with the arrival of a new second-gen "modular infotainment platform" in models like the Golf. The system will bring both Apple and Google's smartphone connectivity - which each offers a pared-back interface more suitable for prodding while driving - under VW's App-Connect branding, in addition to MirrorLink support for four of the company's smartphone apps, including building a shared playlist from all the phones and tablets in the car and streaming them for the perfect driving soundtrack.

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