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WhatsApp for iOS moves to subscription model

WhatsApp’s first update of the year has arrived, delivering a number of changes as well as a new business model for iOS users. The one-time fee associated with WhatsApp for iOS is being replaced with a subscription model in an effort to entice new users to give the app read more

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Google Maps update for iOS adds iPad support, new features

Google on Wednesday released an updated version of Google Maps for iOS, adding official support for the iPad and iPad mini as well as a number of new features that were recently pushed out to Android users.  Before the update, iOS users wishing to use Google Maps on an read more

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Tumblr issues emergency security patch for iOS app

Tumblr has issued what they are calling a very important security fix for their iOS app. Users are urged to download the update ASAP and update their password on Tumbler and any other site where they used the same password.

An official statement on the Tumblr Staff blog didn’t delve read more

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Chrome App Launcher arrives on Windows, offers glimpse at Google’s bigger plan

Google has quietly launched its Chrome App Launcher for Windows. Originally built for Chrome OS in an effort to replicate some of the taskbar or dock functionality in traditional desktop operating systems, the software acts as a hub for all your Chrome apps, allowing users to launch them quickly read more

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Download VLC for iOS, now with AirPlay and Dropbox support

Undoubtedly, one of the most popular open source media players available today is VLC, and it’s been that way for quite some time now. As a project backed by many well versed contributors it’s available in a wide range of platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and now once again read more

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Streaming music is slowly cannibalizing digital download sales

The music industry was flipped on its end more than a decade ago as the advent of digital music led to huge sales declines. Sales appeared to stabilize around 2011 and 2012 but then along came another disruptive force – streaming music.

Recent figures released by Billboard and Nielsen reveal read more

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EA found guilty of recycling code from 1988 Madden title

Madden NFL is perhaps the most recognizable title in Electronic Arts’ long list of sports games. The football simulator officially debuted in 1988 for the Apple II series of computers, and quickly gained recognition for its ties to Hall of Famer John Madden, a Super Bowl winning coach and read more

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Japan’s messaging app Line soars past 200 million users

Mobile messaging app Line recently announced they passed the 200 million registered user mark roughly two years after its debut. The app has enjoyed tremendous growth this year alone as it was just back in January when it passed the 100 million user mark.

Keep in mind, however, that this read more

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Google announces new Nexus 7, Android 4.3 and Chromecast

Google invited members of the press to a “breakfast” meeting this morning in San Francisco, where Chrome and Android head Sundar Pichai shared all the latest news and product announcements. Aside from actual breakfast, other stuff on the table included a new Nexus tablet, which was up for pre-order read more

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Chinese car theft ring derailed by Google AdWords algorithm

If you’re familiar with Minority Report, a sci-fi thriller about a police department that identifies criminals based on the foreknowledge provided by three psychics, then you could draw comparisons to the Google AdWords algorithm that brought down a ring of car thieves.

According to The Verge, the AdWords program enables read more