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Twitter wants your digits to log you in on every app

Twitter wants your digits to log you in on every app

Twitter is hoping to embed itself as the authenticating heart of every app and service, with a new way to use phone numbers rather than usernames or email addresses a key part of its new Fabric mobile platform for developers. Dubbed Digits, the system allows developers to inject Twitter into their apps and use it as an invisible sign-up system, tied to their cellphone number. However, Twitter Fabric faces an uphill battle trying to win mobile developers onto its side, after the short-message social platform so comprehensively yanked the rug out from under third-party Twitter apps.

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Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

The excitement of the retail experience has never quite pushed us to shouting "yes!" in the aisles, but we might be tempted to hit a Facebook-style "Like" button if there was something which particularly caught our eye. That's what The Like Machine is hoping for, anyway, a button and display that can be clipped to a shelf right in the store, gathering feedback from shoppers and then giving them feedback about what other browsers thought. While it may sound like a social gimmick, it's actually rolling out in select locations from November.

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Flickr for iPad released after Apple’s iPad Air 2 debut

Flickr for iPad released after Apple’s iPad Air 2 debut

Only one day after Apple announced its latest tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, photo sharing service Flickr used the opportunity to release a brand new universal iOS app, finally bringing a long-awaited native version to the iPad. While Instagram may be the photo-sharing king on iPhones, Flickr remains a popular network due to its all-encompassing desktop site, as well as its innovative iPhone app.

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Tumblr app Yosemite exclusive: but why?

Tumblr app Yosemite exclusive: but why?

The team behind Tumblr’s success are very, very smart. They know good and well what it takes to run the hype machine and keep it running full-speed. Because of this, they’ve decided to release a Tumblr desktop app today. They’ve decided to release this app for OS X Yosemite exclusively. That’s OS X 10.10 only. They’ve done this because they know there’ll be massive amounts of people looking for new an exciting ways to use their brand new operating system this afternoon.

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Snapchat succumbs to adverts this weekend

Snapchat succumbs to adverts this weekend

Call it growing up or selling out, but Snapchat is finally embracing advertising, with the first commercially-motivated snap being pushed to US users of the ephemeral messaging service this weekend. The advert - from an unnamed vendor - will show up in the Recent Updates section of the iPhone and Android app, Snapchat says, and is the first of periodic sponsored content that will be appearing moving forward. The reason? Unsurprisingly, it's just about money.

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Court rules parents can be held responsible for kid’s Facebook posts

Court rules parents can be held responsible for kid’s Facebook posts

Kids are notorious for saying dumb things, and now that communication has shifted towards a digital medium, those dumb things are often posted for everyone to see. If a new court ruling is any indication, parents may be held responsible for any legally dubious thing their child posts in the future, whether it is a fake threat or very real cyber bullying. Such is the case for two individuals in Georgia, where a court as ruled that they could be held responsible for a fake Facebook page operated by their son.

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Alien Blue app now Reddit Official

Alien Blue app now Reddit Official

For those of you working with an iPhone or iPad this week, congratulations. You’re the first ones able to access an official Reddit app. This app is called Alien Blue, and Reddit just acquired it officially. This app had been available before - and it’s not changed much since Reddit picked it up - but now Reddit owns it. And that makes it just so much better. So, so much better than before. So much more official and better - for iOS only. For now.

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Vine released for Xbox One, doesn’t open

Vine released for Xbox One, doesn’t open

This is certainly a strange app release if ever there was one. The generally mobile app Vine has been released for Xbox One. That’s before a dedicated Vine app has been released for OS X, before a dedicated app has been released for Windows. Vine has been released for Windows Phone, however, as well as iOS and Android. And you can gain access to Vine content via a web browser if you do so choose. That means basically every device has Vine now.

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Facebook now allows stickers in comments

Facebook now allows stickers in comments

Facebook's "Like" button has always been the perfect, terse way to lend your support to friends, family, and colleagues without having to go to the trouble of talking or even typing to them, and now the social network is amping up the wordless interactions with sticker support in comments. Stickers have long been available in Facebook Chat, but now you can inject a smiley face, wincing cat, or vaguely cloacal image straight into the comments field of your best friend's latest wedding update.

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