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Apple allegedly acquires Spotsetter to improve its Maps app

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Apple’s Maps application has come under fire in the past for offering a navigation solution that leaves much to be desired.

The Cupertino based company has vowed to improve its application and has been acquiring a few companies to help bring Maps up to speed. You may now add Spotsetter to that list. Read more »

iOS 8 gets FaceTime audio conference calls, Yosemite gets iMessage screen sharing

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When we discussed some of the best new features in iOS 8, we did mention that there will be a lot more in the OS that Apple forgot to mention and will be revealed as people use the OS. One such new feature (for iOS) that has come to light is the presence of FaceTime audio conference calls.

It’s pretty much what it sounds like. Instead of just having a call with one person, you can now add other people with iOS or OS X devices to the call. Unfortunately, there is no support for FaceTime video conference call yet. Read more »

Get’em while they’re hot – iPad mini for just $199 at Target

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A leaked ad, reportedly belonging to US retailer Target the iPad mini first generation will likely drop 33% to just $199 for a day – this coming Sunday, June 8.

The ad says that stock is limited so you might need to hurry up if you want to get a portable iOS slate for the good price. Other retailers like Walmart and BesBuy have the slate either out of stock or going for a higher price. Read more »

First details on Angry Birds Stella are out

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Angry Birds Stella has been teased numerous times by Rovio, but we knew nothing beyond the pink Stella bird on the images. We didn’t know even the game’s genre.

Today that changes as Rovio has posted new teaser images, the first gameplay screenshot plus release date. Read more »

Apple to introduce new MFi specification that allows headphones with Lightning connector

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Apple will soon be introducing a new MFI (Made for iPhone) specification that will allow headphone manufacturers to make headphones using a Lightning connector instead of the standard 3.5mm jack.

Right now, the Lightning connector already supports audio in/out, which is how sound docks work, but to be able to make headphones for it, manufacturers need that particular specification from Apple which allows them to go forward. Read more »

Apple’s Strength ad reminds us the iPhone 5s is a fitness powerhouse

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Apple has a new ad out and it shows us that amid all these fitness-tracking-minded smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and accessories like the Gear 2 and Gear Fit the iPhone 5s remains a powerful tool for managing your daily workout.

The ad displays people doing various workouts and sports using a myriad of apps and accessories like the Zepp golf sensor and Adidas’ miCoach smart ball. Apple tells us that we’re more powerful than we think and helps get the point across by using an old sport-motivational song in Robert Preston’s “Chicken Fat”. Read more »

Apple picks its 2014 Design Award winners

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The best mobile applications and games of the year have been selected by Apple.

They unveiled the winners after the keynote presentation at WWDC 2014. Read more »

Temple run scores 1 billion downloads

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Imangi studios, the developer behind the super popular endless runner series Temple Run, had a cool milestone to share today. Its titles have reached 1 billion downloads across the platforms where they are available.

The company includes both versions of Temple Run in the number, but not the Disney spin-offs Brave and Oz. All games are available on what are currently the top three smartphone platforms – Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Some of the titles also have BlackBerry 10 and Windows RT versions. Read more »

iOS 8 lets you AirPlay to your Apple TV without connecting to Wi-Fi

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AirPlay is one of the easiest ways to send media content from your Mac or iOS device to your Apple TV. However, it requires both the device as well as the Apple TV to first be on the same network. This is fine for when you’re at home but so convenient when you’re trying to show something on someone else’s Apple TV.

Apple has removed that limitation with the new iOS 8. Now, your device will connect directly to an Apple TV without having to connect first to the Wi-Fi network.

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WhatsApp CEO mad at Apple for ‘stealing’ features

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When Apple announced iOS 8, they ushered in a lot of new features for their standard applications, and iMessage was no exception.

While most were happy about the additions, WhatsApp CEO, Jan Koum, couldn’t help but take a jab at Apple. Read more »

Razer Junglecat is a slide-out gaming controller for iPhone 5s

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The manufacturer of gaming gear Razer released a gaming controller for Apple iPhone 5s. Dubbed Junglecat, the gadget featured a slide-out gaming pad which harks back to the days of Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

Razer Junglecat features a standard four-way D-pad, a duo of bumpers, and AXBY quartet of buttons. Read more »

Update to Instagram for iOS and Android brings new editing tools

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Instagram for iOS and Android got treated to a major update. Version 6.0 of the popular app brings new image editing tools which are certain to appeal to the photo sharing crowd.

With the latest version of the app, Instagram users for iOS and Android can adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, and other aspects of their photos. Read more »

iOS 8 Safari scores 440 points on the HTML5 test, still lags behind Chrome

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Apple didn’t spend much time detailing the new Safari version that comes as a part of the iOS 8 update, only mentioning its slightly altered UI and improved search box. Today, however, we learn that it will also bring improved HTML5 support.

Benchmarks of the new mobile Safari appeared in the HTML5test.com database, showing that the browser scores 440 points (out of 550). That’s notably better than the 412 score of its predecessor and even beats the Android 4.4 KitKat stock browser, which achieves 428 points. Read more »

Best new features in iOS 8 that you should know about

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Yesterday, Apple took the wraps off iOS 8 at its WWDC keynote. Considering the paucity of leaks before the event, no one really had any high hopes from the update as far as new features were concerned, which is why everyone was pleasantly surprised when Apple started firing one great new feature after another during the event that would have made even users of other platforms sit up and take notice.

Today, we are compiling some of the truly great new features that Apple introduced with iOS 8. Note, when I say “new”, some of these may not be new in general but just new to iOS. Still, for current users of iOS, this is the kind of stuff that will keep them interested in the platform and for those on the fence or looking to switch over, these are the features that could serve as the final push. Read more »

Apple celebrates its developers with a video

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Apple’s developer’s conference today had some big announcements, namely the introduction of iOS 8 and its features.

However, the company did take the time to create a video shout-out extolling the exploits of its developers. Read more »