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Leaked iPad Air 2 cases confirm Touch ID sensor

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The iPad Air 2 is coming this year, that much has been made obvious by the myriad of leaks about it. If you’re tired of seeing iPad Air 2 dummy units pictured and shown in videos, what about a couple of cases for the upcoming tablet?

Both the image above and the one that follows are said to be from a Chinese case manufacturer, which has already published them in anticipation of Apple’s next full size tablet. One thing that’s obvious in these pictures is that the next iPad Air will in fact have a Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in its Home button. Read more »

Bolt, new instant messaging app from Instagram, now available in select countries

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We talked about the Bolt service a few days back. The app is now officially available on iOS and Android, but only in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa for now.

Bolt lets you have a group of close friends that you can instantly send photos or videos to. Just tap on their contact name and it takes a photo and sends it. You can press and hold on the contact name to send a video. Just like with Snapchat, the photos and videos are not sent and are removed from your device when you swipe them away. Read more »

Signal will keep your iPhone calls private

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Spooked that the NSA is snooping on your phone calls?

Then you might want to try out Signal, the app that encrypts your iPhone’s calls. Read more »

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone gets a pretty big update

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Microsoft has today released an update to its OneNote app for iOS (which is “optimized for the iPhone 5″). The new version brings with it many new features.

It now lets you insert files, password-protect sections, add PDF printouts, organize notebooks, use formatted text, as well as create notebooks and save them to OneDrive for Business. Read more »

Rumor – iWatch delayed to Q4, only 6m units to ship in 2014

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According to TPK, the company that’s reportedly in charge of producing silver nanowire ink for Apple’s iWatch, the watch will enter mass production in the final four months of this year and not in the third quarter as previously expected.

TPK, which expected solid profit in Q3 because of the deal with Apple, has now reevaluated things with a higher Q4 profit expectation. The reason – TPK expected the Apple iWatch to enter mass production in the third quarter, not the fourth one. With this development doubts have risen as to whether Apple can build the quota of iWatches it needs to meet 2014 demand. Read more »

Facebook to make Messenger a mandatory download

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Facebook has been pushing its Messenger application pretty zealously, and there’s even been talks of the social networking giant monetizing the app.

Well it looks like Zuckerberg and company are making the installation of Facebook Messenger a mandatory affair for anyone who wants to communicate with their Facebook friends from their mobile device. Read more »

Premium life – iPhones to work as room keys in Hilton

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Starting next year Hilton will allow iPhone users to use their phones as hotel room keys. That means that you’ll be able to bypass the front desk of the hotel completely.

Currently as is iPhone users do have the Hilton app but upon walking into a hotel they’d still need to get a physical key with the app handling online check-in, reservations and such – Android users have the same deal going on but there’s no word on using your droid to unlock Hilton doors, although it should happen as well. Read more »

Cortana beats Siri in new Microsoft ad

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Microsoft has a new ad out and it pits Windows Phone 8.1′s virtual assistant Cortana against Apple’s own Siri in a fight to prove which is the best.

The assistants battle on the grounds of a Lumia 635 and iPhone 5s. Microsoft naturally picks its strong suits asking Cortana for things it knows it can do like set up a reminder for the next time a contact calls. Read more »

Apple to acquire Swell Radio service for $30 million

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Apple will be acquiring the Swell Radio service, according to the sources at Recode. The deal is worth $30 million and the app will shut down this week as part of it.

Swell Radio is a news and podcast streaming service. It takes content from sources such as iTunes, NPR, ABC, ESPN, BBC, CBC, TED and more and turns them into personalized streaming radio playlists based on your listening preferences. Read more »

Search for jobs, Tinder style

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Tinder’s swipe-happy layout is so addictive, that other app developers are taking notice.

Weave is one such app, that helps you not find dates, but potential workplace connections. Read more »

Grovemade Walnut iPad Air case flash review

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The Grovemade Walnut case for iPad Air is designed to be a more distinctive alternative to Apple’s own Smart Case for the slate. As its name suggests, the high-end accessory is handcrafted in the United States from natural walnut.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Grovemade designs and creates accessories exclusively for Apple devices. The small company’s products use locally sourced materials (there’s plenty of timber in Oregon) and combine eye-grabbing design and high ergonomics. Read more »

Tablet sales increase globally

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Around the world, people are buying more tablets.

At least that’s what new sales reports indicate. Tha market share has grown 11% with 49.3 million slates sold in Q2 2014 alone. Read more »

Jimmy Kimmel tests people’s reaction to a fake Apple iWatch smartwatch

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The rumors surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 and alleged smartwatch have reached Jimmy Kimmel, who decided to play a practical joke on bypassers on the Hollywood Boulevard. His team decided to stick an Apple logo on a $20 Casio watch and see how people react to the company’s latest gadget.

And what do you think happened? Everyone fell for it, thinking that Apple has managed to pull off a classic, yet modern version of a watch. Read more »

Turn your face into an emoticon

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Do you love taking selfies and posting them online, but wish there was a way for your face to be seen more often and by more people?

Well with the new mobile app Imoji, you’ll be able to barrage anyone you text with mini-emoticons of your face. Read more »

Explore Nearby becomes official for Google Maps on Android and iOS

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A few days ago some people spotted a new feature in Google Maps for Android – Explore Nearby. And now the search giant has made it official, though it also works on iOS.

Explore Nearby lets you discover stuff that’s close to you with the tap of one button (which is located in the bottom right corner of the map). Read more »