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Facebook rolls out Groups, brings another app to your screen

Facebook rolls out Groups, brings another app to your screen

In their continued effort to take over your smartphone screen, Facebook has released Groups. The app’s purpose is simple enough; it’s for group messaging. Yeah, that’s really it. Facebook has taken an aspect of their messaging platform and splintered it off into a standalone app. The new Groups app is complimentary, though; there won’t be the divide we saw with Messenger months ago. You can still access Groups via the Facebook app, or via Messenger. Or, now, via a standalone app.

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Apple Watch is coming: iOS 8.2 & Xcode 6.2 betas out

Apple Watch is coming: iOS 8.2 & Xcode 6.2 betas out

The Apple Watch is on its way, that much we know. When it will actually drop is not clear yet, but a slew of beta rollouts today suggest it won’t be too long. Today, Apple has released the WatchKit Developer toolkit, which allows Developers to spend sleepless night staring at Xcode, hoping their app is worth our time. Apple also released an Xcode beta for Development of WatchKit, and is seeding a beta version of iOS 8.2 to Developers, and both are heavy with WatchKit.

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New app Super lets you share casual thoughts, pics

New app Super lets you share casual thoughts, pics

The co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone, is at it again. This time, his company Jelly Industries is bringing in another Twitter-like app named Super. A pretty simple app, Super lets you take images of your choosing and lay text over them. You can also include video into your post, should you need to. Rather than just start smashing out words, your flashy post first offers up a series of starters for your text, but lets you add anything you like.

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Updates for OS X, iOS now available for download

Updates for OS X, iOS now available for download

Have your Apple devices ready, everyone — it’s time for updates! Today, Apple has pushed an update for both iOS and OS X, spanning just about every device they have on offer (sorry, iPod nano or Apple TV users; no soup for you). Both updates fix small but notable issues, with the uptick to iOS 8.1.1 perhaps being the most important this time around. If you’ve got an older iOS device, you’re going to want to upgrade straight away. Same goes for just about all OS X users currently on Yosemite.

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Samsung and Apple tipped friendly on chips

Samsung and Apple tipped friendly on chips

This week a tip has come in from Korea that Apple may well have made up and shaken hands with Samsung for future chip production. This would be a multi-billion-dollar deal as it would remove TSMC from the equation, pushing Samsung back into the limelight for Apple device innards. Samsung has been a chipmaker for Apple before, but they had a bit of a falling out over the past several years. The chip chop talk goes back to 2012 and springs forward to the Apple iPhone 6 chip - not made by Samsung.

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Suspects behind “WireLurker” malware arrested in China

Suspects behind “WireLurker” malware arrested in China

Apple users in China can perhaps sleep a bit easier, provided that the three suspects in Beijing police custody are really the masterminds behind the WireLurker malware that has targeted Chinese users of Macs and iPhones. The malware, which harvested user data from infected computers and connected mobile devices, was branded as "unprecedented" due to its way of spreading and the amount of personal data it could gain through it. Apple has already taken steps to block infected programs but the rest of the work rests on users.

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VSCO update brings new features, iPad app, and a social layer

VSCO update brings new features, iPad app, and a social layer

Mobile photographers and editors, rejoice; a new VSCO Cam app update is here. In updating their existing app, VSCO is also bringing a new iPad app to the mix for iOS. The goal is to get you editing on the device you feel most comfortable with, and take advantage of iPads larger screen for detailed edits. You can also sync photos between devices, and a new Journal feature for iOS takes you all the way through the process without ever leaving the app. Snap, edit, and publish, all from within VSCO.

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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive made for iPhone and iPad

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive made for iPhone and iPad

This week the folks at SanDisk have revealed their newest Lightening port-ready flash drive, made specifically for the newest iPhones and iPads on the market today. This device is aimed directly at iPhone and iPad users who have trouble moving photos and video from their smartphone or tablet to their computer. To do this, it works with an iXpand sync app with the ability to instantly transfer photos and video to the drive without hassle. One plug, sync, transfer, and the user is done.

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Facebook Say Thanks: prepare yourself

Facebook Say Thanks: prepare yourself

So you're all about the newest thing in the Facebook universe, right? You want to get in on all the newest software in the social networking globosphere as fast as possible, correct? You're in luck - we're got news for you. This is Facebook Say Thanks. It's a system in which you'll use Facebook to send a video to your best friend, thanking them for whatever you need to thank them for. Thank them for the Say Thanks video they just sent you, if you really want.

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