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Runkeeper for Apple Watch updated to work while iPhone is at home

Runkeeper for Apple Watch updated to work while iPhone is at home

Runkeeper, the fitness app that lets users track their runs and other details, has just released its updated app for iOS 9 this week. Included is a new native app for the Apple Watch, which, among other things, will continue to track stats even when the iPhone it's paired with isn't around, meaning runners can finally leave it at home. The app takes advantage of new abilities introduced with watchOS 2, so Apple Watch owners will need to make sure their wearable is updated with the latest software.

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Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

The trend continues of social networks releasing secondary apps that turn into social media hubs of their own, kinda like band members with side projects that take off. Twitter has Vine, and now Instagram has Boomerang. The similarities to Vine don't end there either: Boomerang is about creating one-second videos that loop back-and-forth repeatedly, while Vine focuses on six-second clips with sound. Boomerang is available today on both iOS and Android.

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Is phone thickness more important than battery life? [POLL]

Is phone thickness more important than battery life? [POLL]

Upon seeing the device HTC One A9 and finding that it has a battery a tiny bit smaller than expected, we got to thinking. At what price do we get a great design for a smartphone? Has it become more important to us to have a device that looks great than to have a device whose battery is large enough to last well through the day? We've not yet tested the HTC One A9 yet, of course, so we don't know how long it'll last on one charge, but the question remains: are we still sacrificing some features in order to attain others?

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Parrot Bebop Flight Plan launches drone on a planned route

Parrot Bebop Flight Plan launches drone on a planned route

The folks at Parrot have launched an in-app purchase for the Bebop drone by the name of Flight Plan. This software allows the drone to follow a map that you've made yourself in the app, rising, falling, and moving in any direction you do so desire. You'll tap out the locations he drone is meant to go, the height at which it's supposed to fly the route you choose, and you'll be good to go.

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Facebook Instant Articles debut in iPhone app

Facebook Instant Articles debut in iPhone app

Facebook's new Instant Articles feature, which converts news articles from a wide range of sources into quick-loading pages that display right in users' News Feed, is now coming to mobile users months after debuting on the web. The social network announced that the format is rolling out to its iPhone app, with Facebook's Chief Product Officer Chris Cox saying that there will be thousands of Instant Articles appearing each day.

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256 App Store apps found using ad SDK collecting private data

256 App Store apps found using ad SDK collecting private data

Apple is known, even notorious, for its tight grip on which apps get into its App Store. While sometimes viewed to be a rather heavy handed or authoritarian approach, it has also been praised for curbing the amount of low quality apps and malware. Lately, however, some seem to have slipped through the cracks. This latest App Store violation even numbers in the hundreds. Code analytics service SourceDNA discovers more than 200 iOS apps accepted on the App Store using an advertising SDK that collect users' private data.

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Amber portable charging station brings Apple Watch battery mobile

Amber portable charging station brings Apple Watch battery mobile

Instead of having to carry along a whole dock to charge an Apple Watch, users will soon be able to roll with a case. The folks at Amber have created a portable charging station that looks like a jewelry case on the outside, sporting a charger on the inside (wireless of course), with the ability to hold a charge on the go. There's a battery inside, that is to say.

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Facebook fixing the app that drains your iPhone’s battery

Facebook fixing the app that drains your iPhone’s battery

Assuming you're an iPhone user who uses Facebook, chances are you've had some relatively sizable battery drain going on. The app has been discovered to be a large drain on iPhone users' batteries, particularly those that are using iOS 9 as of this month. Reports from several sources suggest that Facebook's app isn't becoming inactive properly, thereby continuing to drain the device of power as it would when called upon to be active as normal. According to Facebook, this battery drain problem should be resolved soon.

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Apple pushes out iWork updates for iOS 9 and El Capitan

Apple pushes out iWork updates for iOS 9 and El Capitan

Apple has updated its iWork suite of applications for iOS, Mac and iCloud, the company has announced. The update brings support for the various new features in iOS 9 and El Capitan, including Split View and Picture in Picture, among other things. In addition, iWork for iCloud has been taken out of beta, and has gained a bunch of new features, including version history for better collaboration with others.

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Yahoo updates email apps with third-party account support, no passwords

Yahoo updates email apps with third-party account support, no passwords

Yahoo has just announced a big update to its email apps on all platforms, including desktop, iOS and Android. Among the changes are a refreshed user interface, the ability to use multiple email accounts, including non-Yahoo services, brand new mobile apps, and the elimination of passwords for more secure sign-ins. The new iOS and Android apps are rolling out globally to their respective app marketplaces, and Yahoo says today's changes are about making email easier and faster to use.

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