Contrast launches Group Text+, Email+ apps for iOS

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Date: Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, 13:02
Category: iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized

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It’s neat stuff in a road warrior kind of way.

On Tuesday, Contrast, makers of Launch Center Pro, launched a pair of shortcut programs for iOS.

The first app, Group Text+, makes it easy to message the people you care about using iMessage and SMS. Users can mix and match contacts, groups, images, and text snippets to quickly compose messages. The second app, Email+ does the same, but with email. And they both have handy sharing extensions for use in other apps.

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Google app for iOS, Android adds Google Nest controls

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Date: Monday, December 15th, 2014, 15:02
Category: Android, iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized

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This could prove nifty.

Per VentureBeat, Google has announced that its Nest thermostats can now be controlled with the Google app for iOS or Android. Users can also speak voice commands to ask Google to change or set their temperature.

To help users better manage their home’s temperature, the Google app brings up Now cards (suggested actions and settings based on time and location relevancy) they can use to adjust their temperature before even getting home.

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Rumor: A9 processor production underway, Samsung could handle 100% of orders

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Date: Friday, December 12th, 2014, 13:52
Category: Hardware, Processors, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Despite years of legal acrimony between Apple and Samsung, there’s still money to be made in processor manufacturing.

Per 9to5Mac and Korea’s Electronic Times, industry insiders have stated that Samsung Electronics began production of Apple’s A9 in the Austin plant in the US using the 14nm FinFET technology. Samsung has production lines capable of FinFET process production in Austin, US and Giheung, Korea, but began to produce A9 only in Austin as it is in the initial stage.

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Cellular-equipped iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 units hit Chinese marketplace

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Date: Thursday, December 11th, 2014, 15:15
Category: Uncategorized

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If you’re in the Chinese marketplace, you’ll like this.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday announced cellular-capable iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models will be available in China later this week, offering support for region-specific wireless networks used by major telecoms like the world-leader China Mobile.

According to Apple’s announcement, cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now on sale in China include TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other advanced networks. A quick check with China’s Online Apple Store shows the latest WLAN + Cellular iPads up for sale with an estimated ship time of one day.

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iTunes’ curated Best of 2014 apps list emerges, Elevate rises to the top

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Date: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, 13:36
Category: iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized

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On Tuesday, Apple released its iTunes’ curated “Best of 2014″ list, featuring some of the most popular and best grossing apps of the year.

The list, which included titles such as SwiftKey, Uber, Spring and AppStore, also included 26 different apps and games including Facebook Messenger and Clash of Clans.

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Natalie Portman passes on Lisa Jobs role in upcoming “Jobs” movie

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Date: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, 11:21
Category: News, Uncategorized

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Maybe they’ll find someone better, but she could have been good in this.

According to Variety, after beginning discussions to join “Jobs” before the Thanksgiving break, actress Natalie Portman has parted ways with the female lead in the Steve Jobs biopic.

“Jobs” currently stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steven Wozniak with Danny Boyle directing. Aaron Sorkin penned the script with Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady producing.

The pic is based on the Walter Isaacson biography and was originally set up at Sony before Universal picked it up out of turnaround when Sony let it go.

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Twitter to beef up reporting, blocking features

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Date: Monday, December 8th, 2014, 10:40
Category: News, Software, Uncategorized

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You’re about to get more controls for your Twitter account.

Last Tuesday, Twitter issued a blog post stating that the company would be enhancing its in-product harassment reporting and making improvements to “block.”

Everything that happens in the world, happens on Twitter – to the tune of more than 500 million Tweets every day. That can sometimes include content that violates our rules around harassment and abuse and we want to make it easier to report such content. So, we’re improving the reporting process to make it much more mobile-friendly, require less initial information, and, overall, make it simpler to flag Tweets and accounts for review. These enhancements similarly improve the reporting process for those who observe abuse but aren’t receiving it directly. And to enable faster response times, we’ve made the first of several behind-the-scenes improvements to the tools and processes that help us review reported Tweets and accounts.

As for the changes to block, the new blocked accounts page — which you can get to from the settings menu on Twitter.com — shows you the accounts you’ve blocked. We’ll be adding more controls and features to this page in the coming months. Additionally, accounts that you’ve blocked won’t be able to view your profile.

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FCC releases report on millions of smartphone thefts, recommends installing tracking software on devices

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Date: Monday, December 8th, 2014, 10:13
Category: iPhone, News, Uncategorized

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In a quick note on Twitter, the FCC reported that 59 percent of robberies in San Francisco involved theft of a smartphone. The report also stated that in 2013, 3.1 million Americans had smartphones stolen, up 93 percent from 1.6M in 2012.

In addition, only 22 percent of smartphone users installed software that can locate their phone, while 46 percent of robberies in New York in 2013 involved smartphones.

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Apple Store locations to host Hour of Code introductory programming events on December 11th

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Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014, 11:24
Category: Developer, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Programming may not be your thing, but this could still be something nifty to take your kids to.

Per TechCrunch, Apple is participating in this year’s Hour of Code, the second annual worldwide event designed to help spark interest in and provide access to coding education among youth and students. Apple’s participation will involve offering free one-hour workshops at its Apple Store retail locations, during which they’ll provide attendees with an introduction to basic computer science concepts.

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Bluetooth Special Interest Group announces 4.2 spec, introduces speed and privacy improvements

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Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 09:54
Category: Hardware, News, Software, Uncategorized

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Some nifty changes are coming to Bluetooth.

Per 9to5Mac, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced an updated Bluetooth spec, version 4.2, that introduces a number of new features alongside enhancements to speed and privacy. The update also allows for Bluetooth over IPv6, which along with an upcoming update will allow devices to have a direct connection to the Internet and open up new possibilities for Bluetooth sensors and other accessories.

“In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the flexibility to innovate, and be the foundation for the IoT.”

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