News

SOFTWARE

Twitter's tweet-sharing is first small step in larger messaging revamp

The network promised a lot of great changes are coming to direct messages in the next year. The first is here.

MOBILE

Flywheel stakes its claim as the 'anti-Uber' as it plans to expand

Uber competitors, this is your time to shine. The popular ride-sharing app is at the center of a media firestorm this week, and customers who care about things like media firestorms are threatening to #DeleteUber. (Yes, there's a hashtag.) Thankfully there are a handful of other apps to turn to when you need a ride: Flywheel is positioning itself as the anti-Uber with a new CEO and a fresh round of funding in the bank.

INTERNET

Let the battle commence: Apple looks to quash Spotify by integrating Beats into iPhone

Swedish firm has 50 million active users but there are over a hundred million iPhones globally

SECURITY | SOFTWARE

Private I: It's time to encrypt everything

If we've learned anything from the last few years, it's that given the opportunity to snoop on or scarf up our data or our metadata, criminals, business, and governments have a lot in common. They may have different ends that drive why they want to look at our email and transactions, listen in to phone calls, track with whom we communicate, and follow our location, but it all involves a lack of consent.

NETWORKING

4G to get faster and cheaper with Freeview spectrum: We're in for a wait though

Ofcom has started work on making new spectrum available for 4G

MOBILE | NETWORKING

Office for Android gets a handy update, but not the one we're waiting for

A small update to Office's Android app adds Dropbox integration and share links for documents.

GOVERNMENT

Newham CIO: What happens when you outsource app-build to a company that goes bust

Newham Borough Council entrusted 2e2 with building its mobile app

SOFTWARE

NightOwl goes back to bar basics to scoop up fed-up Foursquare users

Foursquare and Yelp have solved local search. Pick a business, especially a bar or restaurant, and you can find just out just about any detail using either app, from tips and photos to recommendations and rewards. But a new start-up, an iOS discovery app called NightOwl, is launching in New York on Thursday to prove there's room for one more.

MOBILE | NETWORKING

MoveMeFit launches app to get you out of your fitness rut

Workout hurdle number one: Getting yourself to actually, you know, put your shoes on and go work out. For more than five minutes. And stretching doesn't count.

INTERNET

HBO Go lands on Xbox One with most major TV providers on board

HBO's streaming video app has finally made the next-gen console leap, but Playstation owners will have to wait.

Expert Opinion

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Don't worry, be snappy: Stop complaining about your digital camera

When one has done something long enough (and, for the sake of this particular argument, let's say living can be reasonably counted among them) there's a tendency to take the long view--we have some notion of where we've been as well as how things are now. Recent complaints about the state of Apple and photography have compelled me to take a journey down the historical highway in the hope of gaining some perspective on just where we stand in regard to taking and making images with our cameras.

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Why you should care about CloudKit

If you've lived through the last couple iterations of OS X and iOS, you've probably had the opportunity to develop a special love/hate relationship with iCloud. Apple's cloud service suite is made up of many different parts and systems, and while it's great when it works, it also has a history of being prone to hard-to-diagnose outages and, for developers, obscure error messages.

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With Yosemite public beta, Apple's more open than ever

Just a few years after a big leadership transition, Apple announced not only a brand new operating system but said they would be offering a public beta to interested customers. Sound familiar? The year was 2000 and the OS in question was the very first version of OS X. Now, 14 years later, Apple's once again inviting users to come and check out the Mac's latest and greatest operating system before its impending release.

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Apple's HomeKit hub may already be in your house

At Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced--among a great many other things--HomeKit, a suite of tools for controlling such devices in your home as thermostats, furnaces and air conditioners, smart appliances, lights, cameras, garage-door openers, and security systems. Apple will provide a platform that these devices will be asked to conform to. Do so, and you can control them all from your iOS device.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Wasteland 2 preview: When deeply branching gameplay meets pistol-packing post-apocalyptic priests

After a successful Kickstarter run, Wasteland 2 is almost ready for release

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Network Radar: Mac app checks your network health

Apple's own Network Utility is pretty handy for basic network troubleshooting, but if you need to go above and beyond what it offers, Daniel Diener's $20 Network Radar (Mac App Store link) is a powerful step up.

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Asana: a full-featured task manager for iOS devices

The new mobile app for Asana's popular task management service lets iPhone and iPad users run their collaborative undertakings on the go.

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MacBook Pro (Mid 2014): Minor update offers slightly better CPU performance

Last week, Apple updated its Retina MacBook Pro line, and while the new models are identical on the outside to their 13- and 15-inch predecessors, released late last year, the "Mid 2014" models feature processors that are just a little bit faster. As modest as these internal improvements are, they do provide more performance bang for the buck.

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Contexts: Make your OS X windows more manageable

Contexts 1.4 supplements--and can even replace--OS X's window management tools, and it does so in a way that is legitimately useful, especially if you rely on keyboard shortcuts to navigate your Mac.

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Keep it Reel: Record, mix, and release a professional recording on your iPad

The iPad has become an incredible tool for musicians who wish to quickly and confidently record and produce live music on their tablet. Recently, I had the opportunity to produce and record a session for Ella Joy Meir, using just my iPad, software, and recording accessories. Last week, I covered when you might want to use an iPad and what you need to get started; now, let's talk about the actual recording and post-production process.