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Line messaging app updated with end-to-end encryption

Line messaging app updated with end-to-end encryption

Line, the dominant mobile messaging app in many parts of Asia, has just announced that it's updating its service on all platforms to take advantage of end-to-end encryption. This protects the privacy of conversations between two users, and brings Line up to speed with other popular messaging services, including Apple's iMessage and the Facebook-owned WhatsApp. The new security feature, which Line has dubbed "Letter Sealing," is now available on its updated iOS and Android apps.

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iPhone 6s display teardown reveals 3D Touch elements

iPhone 6s display teardown reveals 3D Touch elements

This morning iFixit has been at work tearing apart the iPhone 6s, showing the very many layers of the device's display now that it has 3D Touch. This technology is very similar to the "Force Touch" introduced in Apple's touchpad and Watch - here it has more levels of touch sensitivity for a greater number of abilities in apps. This 3D Touch feature is made possible by software as well as hardware - facilitated in this case by a capacitive sensor layer that wasn't present in past iPhone releases.

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SwiftKey Neural Alpha predicts what you’ll type

SwiftKey Neural Alpha predicts what you’ll type

The SwiftKey family of keyboards for Android and iOS have been using software to predict your next word for several years now - today they go a step further. While previous generations of SwiftKey's keyboards began by predicting words only once they'd been partially typed, This keyboard takes the idea and expands upon it, using artificial neural networks to predict the next word in the sentence you're in the middle of. An early version of this functionality can be found in SwiftKey's most current standard keyboard.

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Elgato debuts Eve Room, Eve Weather with HomeKit support

Elgato debuts Eve Room, Eve Weather with HomeKit support

Elgato has announced the latest connected home devices in its Eve line, the Eve Room and Eve Weather. The two sensors are compatible with Apple's HomeKit ecosystem, and are used to monitor and gather data about the home, including things like air quality, temperature, humidity, and air pressure. Elgato notes that these are the first battery-powered accessories for HomeKit, and they can connect directly with iOS devices, without the need of a central hub or bridge.

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Harry Potter books come to Apple iBooks as enhanced editions

Harry Potter books come to Apple iBooks as enhanced editions

All seven books in the incredibly popular Harry Potter series have come to iBooks Store, Apple announced today. Available exclusively on Apple's digital marketplace, the books come as enhanced editions featuring artwork and annotations from author J.K. Rowling, along with interactive animations and custom covers. This marks the first time the Harry Potter books have been available digitally outside the Pottermore Shop, a site developed by Rowling with cooperation from Sony.

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Disney, EA removes a ton of mobile games from iOS, Android

Disney, EA removes a ton of mobile games from iOS, Android

With Apple's recent gaming push on the new Apple TV, you would think that gaming is the next hottest thing in mobile. And indeed, analysts have pointed out how lucrative that market has become. Sadly, that has also made it all the more crowded and oversaturated, edging out some titles, including big but older ones. That is probably what led Disney and EA, two of the largest game publishers on iOS and Android, to officially pull the plug on dozens of their games, regardless of how popular they may have been.

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New 4K iMac may beat the iPad Pro to stores

New 4K iMac may beat the iPad Pro to stores

Apple's collection of new devices may continue to expand as early as next week, this time with a 21.5-inch iMac. This iMac would have a 4K display - that's 4096 x 2304 pixels - the same as spotted in El Capitan developer beta codes earlier this year. This new iMac would sit beside the 27-inch 5K iMac already in stores, while previous 21.5-inch iMacs with 1920 x 1080 resolution display would be phased out entirely. Meanwhile the MacBook Pro line awaits its own reboot with the newest-generation Intel processor collection.

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Yale’s new Bluetooth door lock uses digital smartphone keys

Yale’s new Bluetooth door lock uses digital smartphone keys

Lock & hardware maker Yale has just announced its latest residential door lock that works wirelessly with digital keys on a smartphone via Bluetooth. Dubbed the Yale Real Living Assure Lock, the hardware works with the Yale Digital Keys app for both iOS and Android, in addition to the new Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. With the app, users can simply select the key they need to open the door, and hold their device up to the lock.

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YouTube update iOS app with video editing tools, Material Design

YouTube update iOS app with video editing tools, Material Design

YouTube has just released an updated version of its app to the iOS App Store, featuring new, native tools for editing video before uploading, plus Google's Material Design aesthetic. This app refresh has been a tad long-overdue, as Material Design was first introduced over a year ago, and it has already graced many of Google's other iOS apps, plus the YouTube app for Android was updated several months ago.

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Photoshop Fix puts Creative Cloud power on iOS

Photoshop Fix puts Creative Cloud power on iOS

Shortly before Adobe's Max conference officially kicks off, the company has announced its revamped mobile Photoshop product for iOS: Photoshop Fix. While the new iPhone and iPad app is still far from the full desktop version of Photoshop, it does offer the 10% of features and tools that a majority of users solely "acquire" the software for. Photoshop Fix's primary focus is on editing and retouching photos, and making it easy to do for beginners.

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Yispecter iOS malware infects devices that aren’t jailbroken

Yispecter iOS malware infects devices that aren’t jailbroken

iOS malware is nothing new, but for the most part, if your device wasn't jailbroken you really didn’t have to worry about malware much. That has now changed with a new malware called Yispecter that has been discovered that attacks non-jailbroken iOS devices. The malware is the first seen that abuses private APIs in iOS to implement its malicious functionality.

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