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Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul releases YB messaging app based on catchphrase

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul releases YB messaging app based on catchphrase

Let me start by saying that if you've haven't watched the amazing TV series Breaking Bad, you're probably not going to get what makes this new app so funny. Also, you should go and watch the show right away, it's really good. If you have seen the show, then get ready to download "YB," an app from Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, based on his character Jesse Pinkman's catchphrase: "Yo, b****!"

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Foursquare says they have an iPad app coming soon

Foursquare says they have an iPad app coming soon

Of all the things Foursquare is good for, it’s not something you can take advantage of via iPad. There’s no actual iPad app from Foursquare! In splitting into Foursquare and Swarm, the need to have check-ins via the Foursquare app proper went away. Now that Foursquare is a lot more like Yelp, they’re ready to let you browse for something to eat or do on your tablet as well. The iPad-only app should be coming in the next few weeks.

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iOS dominates Android in mobile web traffic stats

iOS dominates Android in mobile web traffic stats

Those who have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus can’t put them down, it seems. The latest web traffic statistics for mobile devices are in, and it shows iOS users have distanced themselves from Android a bit further. An impressive 61.4% of mobile web traffic is from iOS devices, up from 60.6% since the launch of the iPhone 6. Android users comprise just 37.5% of web traffic, despite having a massive market share. Ahead of the iPhone 6, Android made up 38.4% of mobile web traffic.

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Your next iPhone could employ tiny gas thrusters

Your next iPhone could employ tiny gas thrusters

Apple Patents aren't always a clear indication of where the company is going in the near future. Most patents listed in the public are done so well after the product has hit the market - not before. Keeping that in mind, Apple's latest listing has some very, very strange implications for the next iPhone - or an iPhone in the distant future, including tiny thrusters and gas canisters inside the smartphone's body that shoot out when the device is in danger of hitting the ground after a long drop.

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Apple changes stance on widgets again

Apple changes stance on widgets again

Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, has had a rough start. Aside from just plain rendering devices useless, there is also a group of new features that are all very new to iOS. Growing pains persist, and they aren’t done just yet. After side-lining a few notification widgets, Apple is once again changing the rules as they go along, and is asking that one prominent app be changed by its Developer. this time, it has to do with buttons and actions instead of in-widget functionality.

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IBM: iOS blows Android away in Cyber Monday shopping

IBM: iOS blows Android away in Cyber Monday shopping

Cyber Monday is a day meant for online deals from around the Internet. A day when you can shop without ever leaving home, and get things not available in stores at a discount. Like they did last week, IBM has released their user stats for Cyber Monday shopping. Unlike black Friday, the disparity between Android and iOS wasn’t even close, with iOS users outpacing Android owner purchases 4:1. Online sales were up 8.5% over 2013, too, with mobile traffic accounting for nearly half of all online browsing.

 

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Spotify gives devs mobile app store blessing

Spotify gives devs mobile app store blessing

Spotify is warming up to third-party developers, dropping its limits on how apps built using its mobile SDKs can be distributed and even monetized. The news means that Android and iOS coders can now release their wares through Google Play and the App Store, while also supporting things like embedded advertising, subscriptions, and more. Still, it's not quite a free-for-all, and exactly what you can do depends on how exactly you use Spotify's catalog.

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Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

Microsoft acquires Acompli: like Office for email

This week the folks at Microsoft have announced that they've acquired Acompli. This company is one that focuses on email, specifically in the mobile universe. They suggest that because "more than half" of the emails you read are read on mobile devices first, that they demand a better experience on the go. To make a better experience, Microsoft decided they needed a new team to add to their already accomplished team of email app-makers. This is Acompli, and it's coming to more platforms than one.

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