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Nest pulls iOS app over widespread force-close problem

Nest pulls iOS app over widespread force-close problem

Nest owners on iOS have been noticing issues with the latest version of the Nest app, which is currently version 4.4.0. Force-close seems to happen right from the start, but it might not be affecting everyone. In diving through the Nest community support forums, there seems to be a lot of this force-close going on with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Others note their older iPhones — also running iOS 8.1 — aren’t affected. Still, it seems as though Nest pulled the app from circulation for the time being.

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Microsoft Word tops the iOS app store charts

Microsoft Word tops the iOS app store charts

Not 24 hours after Microsoft announced they'd be switching from a paid model to a free model of business for their Word app on iOS, the app has become the topmost Free app on the market. Imagine that! Ahead of Facebook, ahead of Facebook Messenger, and well ahead of Google Docs - which currently sits at the 93 spot. Word is currently beating out Instagram and YouTube downloads as well. Office 365 no longer needs a subscription to work, while Microsoft's battle aims to trounce its Google and Apple software competitors.

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Wiper app now lets you make free encrypted calls

Wiper app now lets you make free encrypted calls

Secure messaging is a big deal to many, with ephemeral services like Snapchat a popular choice. Still, that service has been violated many times, leading some to search for a new path forward. The last time we talked about Wiper, the service was new, and pretty amazing. For a messaging platform, the encrypted app-to-app pipeline and ability to clear the chat on both ends is special. The company has recently released version 2.0 of their app, bringing the encrypted platform full circle.

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Google Maps updated for iPhone, Android with reservations and Uber

Google Maps updated for iPhone, Android with reservations and Uber

This week Google is bringing on a new version of Google Maps for the masses. The iPhone, the iPad, and the entire Android universe will be getting a far more bold look at Google Maps, working with new major feature integrations like in-app restaurant reservations and Uber cards. This isn't just a user interface reboot, it's a feature update, made to change the way you use Google Maps on all your devices - especially your Android and iOS-based smartphones and tablets galore.

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Scribd Audiobooks: expanding beyond Amazon

Scribd Audiobooks: expanding beyond Amazon

The team behind Scribd want to make their service as accessible as possible. To do this, they've seen it necessary to expand beyond the Kindle - to move past the Amazon environment. To do this, they've decided, they'll need to open their platform to Audiobooks. According to Scribd, this $1 billion a year market is just ripe for expansion - 30,000 audiobooks are on the way to their service right this minute. This will be the single largest unlimited-access offering of e-books and audiobooks available in the world today.

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Office for iPhone debuts as Microsoft drops 365 sub need

Office for iPhone debuts as Microsoft drops 365 sub need

Microsoft refuses to slow down on its software push, with a new free Office suite for iPhone and by dropping its Office 365 subscription requirement for its iOS and upcoming Android apps, as it redoubles its efforts to grab mobile user share. The new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone - taking on Apple's own Pages, Numbers, and Keynote - arrive alongside updates to the same apps for iPad, but also see Microsoft announce a new Office for Android tablets beta program. Though not quite open for business yet, Android tablet owners can sign up for when the apps are released in early 2015.

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Google Maps next for Material Design revamp

Google Maps next for Material Design revamp

Google has been on a roll recently, updating its core app suite with Material Design style, and next in line is Google Maps. Both the Android and the iPhone versions of the popular navigation app are getting a revamp, with cleaner graphics, more intuitive controls, and a look that meshes with the Android 5.0 Lollipop aesthetic. Although the most obvious changes are to the design, though, that's not to say there aren't new features tucked in there as well, including closer integration with third-party services like OpenTable and Uber.

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Apple Watch pricing may range from $350 to over 10x that much

Apple Watch pricing may range from $350 to over 10x that much

At no surprise to anyone, the least expensive version of the Apple Watch has been tipped to be the "Sport" version. Based on what we've seen of the device range so far, the Sport edition of the Apple Watch will be akin to the lower tiers of the iPhone. The mid-range will of course be the steel models, while the highest-end "Edition" will be made with gold, coming with price tags reaching $5000 USD - unofficially, of course. This information comes well before Apple even taps an official release date.

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Talkase puts a backup GSM phone on your smartphone case

Talkase puts a backup GSM phone on your smartphone case

Some folks who require a mobile phone for business carry more than one device to be sure they have one mobile ready to work at any time. The problem with that is carrying two mobiles is typically very bulky and can be expensive. A new product called Talkase has debuted and it puts a basic GSM mobile phone on the back of your smartphone case making it easy to have a backup device with you.

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Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

Starwood hotels activate smartphone door entry

It would appear that Starwood hotels are jumping aboard the keyless entry train for their hotel rooms starting this Autumn. Check in, pull out your smartphone, get it activated, and you'll be on your way to walking in your hotel room without a key. Starwood hotels aren't the first company to create such an entry system, nor have they simply jumped aboard a fast-moving fad. They've had this system in the works since January of this year - and it's all ready to go!

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