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An Apple and iOS enthusiast, iOS software developer and general technology enthusiast. Developer of Total:Health for iPhone, Tweet Time for iPhone & iPad and ToneBlaster. A former Electrical Engineer and a budding entrepreneur.


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AgileBits, the well-known Canadian development company behind the extremely popular 1Password suite of apps, has today officially lifted the cover on its 1Password app extension for apps developed with Apple’s upcoming iOS 8 SDK. The official introduction of a powerful new set of developer tools at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference not only reignited the passion within the world of iOS, but also paved the way for developers like AgileBits to extend the functionality of existing software to provide additional power to users. The new extension will finally make it possible for third-party developers to integrate 1Password automatic login into their own iOS 8 apps.

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When a major hardware company come to the realization that it needs to launch an accompanying mobile app with its product, it tends to focus on the two biggest mobile platforms; iOS and Android. And rightly so as a recent collection of statistics has suggested that as of June 2014 those two platforms account for almost 90% of the smartphone market. With that said, it’s extremely important to not only remember, but also consider catering for growing options such as Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. FitBit, the manufacturers of the FitBit Flex and other powerful wearables, provided some good news a few weeks ago by announcing that it was building a native experience for Windows Phone 8.1 users, with that app now being live on the Windows Phone Store for immediate download.

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As part of its continuing effort to focus on user-experience and force the majority of mobile users of its service to download and install the official Messenger app, Facebook has reiterated the fact that the built-in chat and messaging functionality will soon disappear from the main Facebook app. The Palo Alto based social network has plied significant resources into developing and improving the Facebook mobile experience over the last twenty-four months, with the standalone Facebook Messenger app spearheading that internal initiative. Over the next few days users who still have access to the chat functionality within the main Facebook app will be receiving notifications to warn them of the impending change.

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Keeping in line with a number of rumors that surfaced over the weekend, Apple has today announced a relatively important refresh to its MacBook Pro range of computers. The update to the MacBook Pro with Retina display line of machines had been widely anticipated, and although the amendments don’t come as a great surprise, they do mean that those looking to purchase one of Apple’s portable Mac computers will ultimately benefit from a more powerful experience along with a reduced financial outlay.

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If you’re going to build a piece of software that will surely annoy one of the world’s largest tech company, then you may as well choose one that is at the top of its game. In this case, the company is Apple and the software in question is TorrenTV, a cross-platform streaming app that allows users to stream torrents directly to Apple’s “hobby” project, the Apple TV.

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Modern day smartphones and mobile devices are readily available through bricks and mortar stores, as well as through a multitude of online retailers, but it wasn’t that long ago that owning a mobile phone was considered to be something reserved for high flying businessmen and the financially elite. If you are from the old-school, and fondly remember your old Nokia or Ericsson feature phone, then these recreations of old into new will definitely blow off some of the cobwebs and make you realize how far the mobile industry has progressed.

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Samsung was solely responsible for creating the “phablet” genre of mobile devices when it announced the original Galaxy Note at IFA Berlin in 2011. A device that combined the large screen of a tablet with the traditional functionality of a smartphone seemed like a great idea at the time; and even worked extremely well in practice thanks to the execution of the idea with the Galaxy Note series. However, it seems that Samsung simply isn’t happy with the state of the phablet market and have taken things to the next ridiculous level by launching a 7-inch device that it expects consumers to make and receive voice calls on.

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iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users stroll through the App Store on a weekly basis to see what creation has been chosen to be Apple’s “App of the week”. As you might expect, there’s been some truly fantastic and innovative offerings that have managed to grab the title. There’s also been some truly lackluster creations that have made us all scratch our heads in amazement. This week however, it’s hard to imagine anyone arguing with the decision, especially if you are a child of the 80s, as Apple’s App Store team has chosen to select Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run as the app of the week.

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The latest rumor related to the ever intriguing world of Apple hardware is suggesting that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be the only new device ready for launch this September. The Cupertino giant is expected to announce a media event to take place in September, with the intention being to launch new mobile hardware later on in the month. If the latest leaks coming out of the Far East turn out to be true, then production of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone and all new iPad hardware could be delayed until September at the earliest.

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The United States House of Representatives has taken the opportunity to unanimously pass a bill that finally declares the act of unlocking a cellphone to be perfectly legal. The bill, which passed through the Senate, overturns last year’s decision to continue to make unlocking cellphones illegal, and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama’s administration.

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You can now download the latest version 4.9.13 of Google Play Store APK which brings with it a bunch of changes and bug fixes that users have been facing for quite a while.

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Traditionally speaking, Apple has generally favored releasing new versions of iOS and OS X on a staggered basis rather than bombarding users with upgrades at the same time. The inclusion of the impressive Continuity features that were unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference had led some corners to believe that iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite would be made available to the public at the same time this fall, but according to those familiar with Apple’s plans, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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If you happen to be a European iPhone user then it looks like you’ll have some additional power to look forward to when it comes to using your device on a foreign network when travelling. The fourth beta of iOS 8, which was circulated to registered developers on Monday, contains a new “EU Internet” option that is accessible directly through the native Settings app, allowing those travelling in the European Union to have greater control over when the device can, and can’t connect to potentially chargeable Web services.

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Apple’s introduction of the various CloudKit APIs within iOS 8 and OS 10.10 Yosemite at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference was greeted with much glee and excitement from attending developers. The creation of CloudKit will ultimately afford developers with the ability to focus on creating impressive and immersive client-side experiences rather than having to deal with the issues that come attached with server-side cloud storage code. As the APIs are being developed and ironed out it seems that testers will need to put up with some bumps in the road with Apple once again notifying developers that all CloudKit data will once again be wiped at some point today.

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In a statement emailed directly to Financial Times journalist Tim Bradshaw Apple has strongly denied working alongside any government agency with the intention of creating backdoor access in any of its products or services. You may have been a little concerned to read a presentation from iOS Security Researcher Jonathan Zdziarski earlier this week that claimed Apple had purposely created backdoor entries that would allow various sets of system and user data to be accessible without the need to authenticate via the usual means. The intricacies and merits of that report are still regarded as questionable at best, but while additional investigation into the claims is being carried out Apple have acted quickly to deny any wrongdoing whatsoever.

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There are plenty of different ways that an individual can embrace security to make the home, office – or any other location – a lot more secure. Each possible area of entry, such as doors, windows or garages, can be fortified to ensure that it’s extremely difficult for an intruder to breach. Alternatively, it’s also possible to purchase and integrate security cameras that can monitor and record the property at all times. That option can sometimes prove to be a little too expensive. For those of us who have an extra iPhone lying around, the Manything home security webcam app is an entirely free-of-charge solution that lets you use a spare iPhone as a video surveillance camera.

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It’s only been a matter of days since Goophone introduced the world to its “iPhone 6″ clone, but it seems the company is back with yet another attempt to capitalize on the excitement surrounding much-speculated Apple products. Not content with predicting and building what they believe represents the aesthetics of the next-generation iPhone, Goophone has pushed the boundaries even further by manufacturing and offering its own version of the purported “iWatch”.

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Sports and fitness giant Nike may have made the internal decision to discontinue the fabulous FuelBand hardware in favor of exploring health and fitness based software solutions, but that doesn’t mean the company has abandoned the thriving community it has worked so hard to amass. The FuelBand will be sorely missed by many who used the wearable on a daily basis, but NikeFuel, the universal method that the company invented to measure and incentivize user activity, is still going strong, and can actually be swapped out for real-life Nike products at a secret branded vending machine.

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The iPhone 6 may be grabbing all of the recent headlines due to its impending announcement, but spare a thought for those who prefer to stay away from Apple’s smartphone lineup and only look to the Cupertino company for their tablet needs. The iPhone 6 may be the biggest release planned for this year, but it certainly won’t be the only Apple product we’ll see land on shelves across the world. A new concept, and one that chooses to ignore the smaller form of the iPhone, concentrates on what could potentially be in store for consumers when Tim Cook lifts the lid on the third-generation iPad mini.

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The benefit of having a notebook computer definitely speaks for itself, but those benefits invariably come under the guise of accepting that you have a very finite amount of battery life that could be depleted at any moment. According to a new report, if battery life is of extreme importance for you on your portable machine, then it could be beneficial to switch from Google Chrome to an alternative browser to avoid Chrome’s power-consuming habits.

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