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iOS 8.1.1 beta brings performance boost for older devices

iOS 8.1.1 beta brings performance boost for older devices

Apple’s iOS 8 rollout has been — interesting. After a false-start for HealthKit and download problems that caused some devices to lose cellular connectivity, we all seem to be on the right track. Though some hefty improvements to iOS are expected with iOS 8.2 and/or 8.3, Apple has iOS 8.1.1 in beta form, and has begun seeding it to Developers. Whether you’ve upgraded or not, this update is one you’ll want to look for, and it could pave an important path for the iOS faithful.

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Concept app Intuitive Voting wants you to vote from your phone

Concept app Intuitive Voting wants you to vote from your phone

Here are a few questions for you: Do you know who your district council-members are? What topics are on your ballot? Where is your local polling station? If you couldn’t answer those, don’t feel bad. We’re not a hyper-politicized society, but we are hyper connected. Even if you couldn’t answer those questions, you could probably tell us where your smartphone is. Oddly enough, election day and your smartphone still haven’t made themselves know to one another, but there’s an app concept that would change that, and it’s amazing.

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Google Calendar 5.0 brings context to your schedule

Google Calendar 5.0 brings context to your schedule

If you liked the idea of Google Inbox, an app which makes a bit more contextual sense of your messages than normal email, you’re probably going to love the new Google Calendar. Announced today, Calendar aims to do much of the same things Inbox does in making a bit of sense in what can be a cluttered world. Events can be added automatically, and Calendar will also offer up suggestions for certain tasks. For larger devices, a new view could have you using Calendar a lot more, too.

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The new MB Chronowing is more “watch” than “smart”

The new MB Chronowing is more “watch” than “smart”

As smartwatches flood the market, each seems to try to do more than the last. A brighter screen, a more contextual set of alerts, maybe even a working relationship with other apps or devices. Within that spectrum ,there are some that even attempt to look more like a traditional watch. They meet that on some level, but fail to really capture the essence of a traditional watch while remaining smart. The new MB Chronowing swims against the grain, offering more tradition that tech.

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Angry Birds Transformers released – and not half bad

Angry Birds Transformers released – and not half bad

It should come at somewhat of a surprise that we'd recommend you pick up the Angry Birds Transformers release. It's out today, and it's ready to roll out with... a very strange format. Instead of letting birds loose at your enemy piggies with a slingshot, you're shooting them with your wrist cannons and transforming your body to take them on in 3D space. If nothing else this is certainly the most unique take on Angry birds we've seen thus far. It might even be described as FUN.

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Angry Birds Transformers arrives for mobile gamers

Angry Birds Transformers arrives for mobile gamers

Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, revealed this past summer that a new blockbuster would be assimilated into the game's bird-flinging world: Transformers. The thing is, you won't be flinging angry birds in this version of the series -- you'll be running on mechanical legs and using your robot arms to bring all sorts of blasting chaos instead. Such is the magic of the transforming suits and angry birds, which hold firm in their one and true mission in life: to destroy their enemies.

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New app Hash cuts down Twitter noise, delivers news

New app Hash cuts down Twitter noise, delivers news

Twitter is this constantly flowing stream of, well, everything. It’s sometimes had to keep up, especially if you’re too busy to stay glued to your Twitter feed. A new app called Hash might help, though. Released a few days ago, Hash is a cultivated feed of the things people are talking about most, and gives you quick access to the most topical discussions of the day. If you find keeping up difficult, Hash might help you wade through the noise and hear the news.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kick Apple phone shares up in first days of sale

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kick Apple phone shares up in first days of sale

The folks at Kantar have released their monthly consumer smartphone sales data for the three month period ending in September of 2014. This is the third quarter of the year, mind you, and the quarter in which Apple released both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus both inside the United States and abroad. One of the more interesting bits here is in Great Britain where the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus only just started to be on sale - just 10 days of sales on record.

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iHealth Edge fitness tracker arrives in the US

iHealth Edge fitness tracker arrives in the US

iHealth Lab's Edge health tracker has officially launched in the United States, bringing yet another activity-centric wearable to a market that doesn't yet have enough of them. The wearable features a design similar to a smartwatch, though it can also be worn as a clip-on for times that is more convenient. As with competing products, the Edge keeps track of all sorts of health metrics, not the least of which is fitness data like calories burned and information related to one's sleep quality at night.

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Mylio pro photo-handling software launches tomorrow for iOS, OS X

Mylio pro photo-handling software launches tomorrow for iOS, OS X

Thanks to smartphones, most of us have a lot of pictures floating around -- they're usually scattered all over the place, maybe being saved to a central cloud account for those who took the time to set one up. Sorting through and otherwise keeping track of all these images can be difficult, but for the photographers among us who have thousands or hundreds of thousands of images, organization becomes an entirely different kind of beast. That's where professional-level photo handling software comes in, not the least of which is Mylio, which will be arriving for Apple users tomorrow.

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