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Strings messaging service lets you take back what you sent

Strings messaging service lets you take back what you sent

Now that you’ve done your partying and charged your phone up, check out your messages. did you send anything you maybe shouldn’t have? Do you regret any of those “Happy New Year!” messages? Well, they’re all out there now, aren’t they. If only there was an app that would let you pull back your messages or photos. Wait, there is — Strings. The new messaging platform lets you yank sent messages back, even if the recipient has received them and laughed at you already.

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Milk app pulled from App Store while team regroups

Milk app pulled from App Store while team regroups

Milk, the app that potentially saved you quite a bit of cash at the grocery store, is going on sabbatical. In an email to users, Milk says they’re puling their app from the App Store and ditching support for it. don’t worry, though, it’s not long term. Milk says they’re concentrating on “working with manufacturers and grocery stores on a new version of Milk that delivers a better experience for more people”. There was no timetable for return noted, nor did they say what the new-look Milk would change.

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Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Manufacturers couldn't cram any more socially acceptable functionality into their smartphones, so they moved their smartphones to your wrist. When we first started seeing so-called "Wearable" devices, it was clear: these devices were either going to be wristwatches or they were going to be extra-tiny smartphones. Or tablets, if you're talking about the devices without phone capabilities. Once the smartwatch launched with a tiny version of Android onboard, it wasn't difficult to access: smartphone innovation was over, and the hype machine was back in action.

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iPhone 6s mini: do you need another small smartphone?

iPhone 6s mini: do you need another small smartphone?

Rumors abound, Apple may release another 4-inch iPhone in the near future. Instead of abandoning the 4-inch iPhone 5 and 5s, Apple is said this week to be rolling out a "low end" handset with updated specifications and a price point to match. This handset would - unsurprisingly - look and feel similar to the iPhone 6. Components will likely match those of the iPhone 5s, fingerprint sensor and 8-megapixel camera included - and sell for the lowest price point as the iPhone 5s does now.

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Apple’s ‘12 Days of Gifts’ promo noticeably absent this year

Apple’s ‘12 Days of Gifts’ promo noticeably absent this year

Bad news this year for bargain iOS app hunters: It appears that Apple has no plans to offer its "12 Days of Gifts" promotion as the year 2014 winds down. For the past six years, from December 26th to January 6th Apple offered a free download each day to iOS users, with freebies including apps, games, and songs from iTunes. Seeing as how it's already December 28th and there's been no sign of the "Gifts" app itself, or word from Apple about the promo, it's a safe bet that we won't be seeing it this year.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

It's expected for some of the most popular apps for Apple's iPhone and iPad to get a boost in sales around Christmas. Whether it's people taking advantage of holiday discounts or redeeming gift cards, Christmas is a good time to have a popular app listed high on the download charts. But this year, one paid app in particular made the most money across the entire iOS platform on Christmas Day: Minecraft: Pocket Edition. That the $7 game did so well is no doubt a success for developer Mojang and new franchise owners Microsoft.

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Five great IAP-proof kids games for iOS and Android

Five great IAP-proof kids games for iOS and Android

There's a big gap between a young child's love of smart devices and most parents' grasp of what games are good enough - or appropriate - for them to play with. While devices like the Fire HD 6 Kids Edition made some headway into the guidance business for children, we've got a lot of work to do! What follows is a relatively SHORT guide to get you started in the world of apps and games made for very young children - all of them without the threat of your child buying massive amounts of "coins" without your knowledge. One cost or free, then done - that's it.

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IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one undercurrent is noticeable: shopping. Though most stores are shut for the day, we can still go online, and we’ve likely got a series of gift cards in-hand which give us license to buy. In our mobile world, location doesn’t matter much, either. Great apps from retailers mean the mobile shopping experience is often better than on the desktop, and the latest numbers from IBM reflect as much, showing mobile shopping traffic is on the rise.

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BitLit app pairs ebooks with your paper editions

BitLit app pairs ebooks with your paper editions

Ebooks and paper books each have their own benefits -- nothing is quite as satisfying as watching the number of pages dwindle as you read a physical book, for example, but a Kindle packed with ebooks is far more convenient than a heavy backpack. Having each version of a book -- both paper and digital -- is the best of both worlds, but more or less double the expense. Some publishers have rolled out options to get an ebook edition of a book you already own, but finding those options isn't always simple.

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Facebook Stickered app arrives on iOS

Facebook Stickered app arrives on iOS

On Friday, Facebook introduced its bizarre photo-defacing "Stickered" app, giving the social network's users a way to plaster their digital images with digital stickers before sharing them with friends. A short while after announcing the app, it arrived on Google Play for Android users to enjoy, but was no where to be seen for iOS users. That changed yesterday, with Facebook dropping the Apple version on iTunes; users will need to be running at least iOS 8 to use it.

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