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Swiftmoji brings predictive emoji keyboards to Android and iOS

Swiftmoji brings predictive emoji keyboards to Android and iOS

The use of emoji is something that only seems to get more popular by the day, but as the popularity of emoji rises, so too do the sheer number of them. After all, there are just so many emoji to use these days that it can be difficult to find the perfect one for what you're trying to say, even though you know it's out there. SwiftKey recognizes this struggle, and today rolled out a new emoji prediction app for iOS and Android, aptly named Swiftmoji.

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Spotify woke the Apple dragon: Here’s the result

Spotify woke the Apple dragon: Here’s the result

If Spotify thought it could put Apple on blast publicly for being "anti-competitive" and get away with it, the streaming music service was sorely mistaken. Having felt the brunt of Spotify's scathing critique about the cut the App Store takes for subscriptions like that of Spotify Premium, Apple has now responded with its own accusations that the rival service is expecting "unfair and unreasonable" preferential treatment.

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Stickers will be the big iOS 10 gold rush

Stickers will be the big iOS 10 gold rush

Message for Android may not have made an appearance at WWDC 2016 today, but Apple's Message platform did get a huge revamp for iOS 10, including stickers support. If you've been under a messaging rock for the past few years, you might not be familiar with stickers: think oversized emojis, often with animation, generally sorted into themed packs.

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Apple’s App Store now has 2 million apps

Apple’s App Store now has 2 million apps

Apple's WWDC 2016 is now in full swing, and CEO Tim Cook began the keynote presentation by sharing a number of stats highlighting the growth of the App Store on various platforms, developers' earnings, and information about WWDC's attendees. The most impressive feat is that the App Store is now host to 2 million apps, only eight years after Apple launched it with a modest 500 apps.

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iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

WWDC 2016 will play host to Apple's big update to the next generation of their App Store. Inside the app store, Apple hopes to change the way app developers make money from their apps. While traditional one-time-fees for apps will remain, Apple will open the doors to subscription costs for apps of all sorts. In addition to this, Apple will be changing the amount of cash they make from subscription costs on apps sold by developers.

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System and Security Info app banned by Apple

System and Security Info app banned by Apple

At times, the way Apple decides what apps to allow to be on the App Store and what apps it blocks seems arbitrary. Sometimes apps end up blocked or banned while there are other apps providing essentially the same functions on the store and allowed to continue operating. Apple has confused many by banning an app from a developer called Stefan Esser known as "System and Security Info."

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iPhone’s best new keyboard comes from Microsoft

iPhone’s best new keyboard comes from Microsoft

The keyboard known as Word Flow has come to iOS this morning, complete with custom backgrounds and one-handed typing features. This app was previously only available for Windows Phone devices - believe it or not - and will now be available optimized for iPhones of all sizes. That means that regardless of if you're using a tiny iPhone SE or the monstrously sized iPhone 6 Plus, this keyboard is sized just right.

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Android trails behind iOS in revenue, has twice the downloads

Android trails behind iOS in revenue, has twice the downloads

The app platform wars has never really disappeared. Although we do see more developers targeting both iOS and Android now, parity in terms of the number and quality of apps is far from becoming reality. And App Annie's 2016 first quarter market index hints at why that will remain the status quo for some time. App downloads on Google Play Store have left the Apple App Store in the dust with almost double the number. However, the iOS store generates nearly double the revenue of its Android counterpart.

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Apple’s big App Store fix could include pay-for-placement

Apple’s big App Store fix could include pay-for-placement

Apple may allow developers to pay for better positioning in the App Store, borrowing the paid search strategy that has been so successful for Google. The revolution to the iOS download store would be one strand of a broader strategy to cut through the more than 1.5 million apps that crowd it, addressing growing criticisms that it's too hard to find the best content for iPhone and iPad.

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VR Curation or: How to Avoid Another Google Glass

VR Curation or: How to Avoid Another Google Glass

As Virtual Reality headsets become available to the public, we've set out to address the many issues that come with launching a platform. Not just a platform - not just hardware - but a whole ecosystem of pieces of hardware AND software. Developers and users, manufacturers and social participants. There's a lot at stake here - and a lot of people with their livelihoods on the line. What's it going to take to keep this environment in order? Curation!

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UberEats service to launch in NYC and nine other locations

UberEats service to launch in NYC and nine other locations

We are all familiar with Uber and the ride sharing service that the company offers. Essentially, with that service you use an app to hail a car to take you wherever you need to go. Uber has been trialing a new service called UberEats in a few cities around the country and has announced that the food delivery service is ready to kick off in ten major cities in the US.

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Apple sees record $1.1B in App Store sales over holiday period

Apple sees record $1.1B in App Store sales over holiday period

The holiday season is usually a big time for tech and gadget companies each year, but with smartphones ever becoming the most important device in our lives, app marketplaces are also seeing big customer turnouts. The iOS App Store is one such example, with Apple revealing that the close of 2015 was the "biggest ever" holiday season for the digital store, with users spending a record $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases over the two weeks ending January 3rd.

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