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Apple Pay use in apps detailed via Security Guide

Apple Pay use in apps detailed via Security Guide

Apple Pay gets a lot of attention for how it interacts with the physical world, and rightly so. Apple’s inclusion of NFC on the iPhone 6 means we’ll get the ability to pay for goods with a tap of our phone. Sadly, that tech needs various point-of-sale terminals to include it, but there’s another way Apple Pay will be useful: in apps.

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Instagram cuts off social startup Tiiny from ‘find friends’ API access

Instagram cuts off social startup Tiiny from ‘find friends’ API access

Tiiny, the new social media app from Digg-founder Kevin Rose, has just lost access to Instagram's social graph, meaning users on the former can no longer easily find and connect with their friends from the later. The simplest, and most logical, reason for this is that Instagram views Tiiny as a possible growing threat to its dominance, and doesn't want to give it a free leg up in the ever-competing social network market.

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Misfit wearable ecosystem expands with dev tools

Misfit wearable ecosystem expands with dev tools

This week the folks at Misfit, creators of the Misfit Shine, have made clear their intent to expand. Not with another wearable - the first one they’ve made is still running strong - but with a release of their software system for the whole developer universe to take part in.

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‘Inbox’ wants to fix email, but can it?

‘Inbox’ wants to fix email, but can it?

There’s one truth in life — email sucks. The painful process of organizing and cleaning up your inbox daily can be cumbersome, and hanging onto emails for later response often proves annoying. A new email platform called Inbox wants to change email at its core, but is that necessary?

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Safari WebKit changes mean other apps will get faster, too

Safari WebKit changes mean other apps will get faster, too

When you’re using an app like Facebook in iOS, opening a link up can be a bit of a pain. It opens up in Facebook’s in-line browser, which is nowhere near as quick or responsive as Safari. Part of that has to do with Apple allowing limited use of Nitro Javascript for WebKit, the engine that powers Safari and makes it so quick. Developers now have access to APIs that let them tap into WebKit a touch more, which should speed everything up.

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This is how Apple will connect your home — via software

Apple’s connected home ambitions are rounding into shape, and a new report details just how it all may come to pass. Via a series of software customizations (likely via APIs), it seems Apple is bridging the connected home landscape. Rather than make their own hardware, or partner with various vendors to create “approved” devices, Apple might be giving us choices, backed by software.

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Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Google Maps is getting some competition in the location-based services space, with Telenav courting developers with its Scout Maps and Navigation SDK for app and website developers. Packaging OpenStreetMap data - just as Telenav is now using in its own Scout app - in both online and offline forms, the claim is that the data is not only more accurate than Google's, but more affordable for developers, too.

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Oracle wins big in ongoing case versus Google

Oracle wins big in ongoing case versus Google

Google’s ongoing legal wrangling with Oracle came to a surprising head this morning, as a Judge made a somewhat surprising ruling about Android and Java. While a previous judgement regarding details about fair use of the Java language was upheld, this ruling by a Federal Judge granted Oracle’s appeal that their Java language (or certain aspects of it) can be protected under federal law.

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Google joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Google joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Today Google has made clear their intent on joining the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, a worldwide organization dedicated to standards, policies, and technology for the greater good of human health. Google’s role in this group will be to contribute toward refining technology and evolving the health research ecosystem for the whole planet.

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Facebook reveals Conceal cryptographic API for Android

Facebook reveals Conceal cryptographic API for Android

No company or web service is probably as painfully aware of the need to keep data safe and private than the likes of Facebook, who holds a virtual copy of a good portion of their users' lives in their hands. Facebook is now sharing part of that knowledge by releasing Conceal, a set of Java APIs that will help other app developers keep their own users' data secure.

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Google Android fitness API spotted

Google Android fitness API spotted

One of the fastest growing segments in the technology and gadget realm is the wearable fitness device. Wearables include devices like smartwatches, glasses, and even smart clothing. To help make those wearable devices work better with Android, many developers would appreciate a baked in API.

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Google Glass augmented reality gets real-time demo

Google Glass augmented reality gets real-time demo

We already saw augmented reality on Google Glass last month as developer Brandyn White created an augmented reality UI that uses Mirror API to display information over still images. Now White and fellow OpenGlass developer Andrew Miller have now been able to demonstrate AR in real-time. This opens the door for displaying useful info over what you see immediately in front of you, as you see it, like restaurant ratings, product reviews, and more.

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