Google has announced an app called ‘Inbox’, developed by the Gmail Team. Technically, it servers as your Gmail client, but offers an experience nothing close to contemporary ones. Inbox is supposedly a more inherently-intelligent service that handles your emails as a service available on the Web (Chrome only), and as an app for iOS 7+ and Android 4.1+.

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Emojis are now well integrated in the modern messaging world. There have been plenty of emoji projects that have since surfaced, with each posing its own art form. This has offered avid texters plenty to choose from, and that would be understating it. Makemoji for iOS is a ‘do-it-yourself’ emoji app that lets you create your own emojis to your heart’s desire.

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Infuse – the popular video player / streamer for iOS has received a monstrous update. Now sitting at version 3, the app has been released with the giant iPhone 6 / 6 Plus screens in mind, along with full support for iOS 8. The app now packs some major improvements as well as some newer features, including DTS-HD audio, Mophie Space Pack access and much more.

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NFC payment systems have been around for a while, but with Apple Pay having just enabled iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to process transactions in a seamless fashion, the wider retail industry has been making the necessary preparations. But while many outlets are working on bringing NFC to the fore, it’s worth pointing out that Apple Pay already works with many pre-existing, open NFC terminals, and thus, you can already use NFC and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to make payments. The app we’ve featured below will help you to source those places that support NFC payments, and if even for no other reason than to test out the new system, be sure to catch the details after the fold.

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One of the major announcements at last month’s Apple event – aside from the introduction of two new smartphones and the company’s inaugural smartwatch effort – was that of Apple Pay, a contactless, NFC-driven system that would allow iOS 8 users to seamlessly pay for goods at a wide selection of outlets. As excited as we were about this significant new initiative, Apple did make it clear at the time that Apple Pay wouldn’t be hitting the scene until this month. With iOS 8.1 now upon us, we’re likely to witness a rapid, concerted effort to support the new infrastructure, and this has begun quite close to home today with an update to the Apple Store app.

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Over a month after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale we’re still waiting for some pretty big apps to receive updates that enable them to take advantage of the new, larger screens Apple’s new hardware offers. Those that haven’t yet received updates continue to work for the most part, but they don’t look their best and certainly don’t show extra content as you would expect from new, larger devices.

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When Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus it also announced the inclusion of a new chip, the M8. The successor to the M7 that was found in the iPhone 5s, Apple’s M8 is the processor that handles all the data that relates to movement and relative location while using the minimum of power. The M8 is what makes apps like Health and associated utilities possible.

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Apple has updated its iWork suite of apps with a bunch of new features for both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The complete set of changes along with direct download links can be found right here.

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Reddit’s popularity as a massively successful social network and information sharing platform is beyond question, and the service has only grown since the day it started. Even though Reddit isn’t a social network as Facebook and Twitter are, users addicted to /r are in millions, and they continue to grow by the day. The one area where Reddit seems to have struggled was its presence across mobile platforms, especially through the lack of quality mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone etc. Recently, we saw the executive team behind Reddit focusing on that area, with improved official apps, more focus on mobile customers etc. Today’s move is just that; one more step towards increasing Reddit’s mobile user base, and the company has aimed to achieve that by acquiring the popular iOS app Alien Blue.

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It’s been a big day for software updates today, and with some very large companies still yet to push out updates to their iOS apps that add support for the larger screen sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, seeing that little red badge on the App Store is still surprisingly exciting.

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Cycloramic for iPhone 6 just went free on iTunes for a limited period. Earlier we covered Cycloramic built for the iPhone 5, but it worked for both the iPhone 4 and 4s. The award winning app, has now been specifically made for the iPhone 6, and allows users to capture hands-free panoramas and videos using the front-facing or rear camera. Cycoloramic achieves this by activating the built-in vibration motors of the iPhone 6 in a manner that allows the device to rotate a complete 360-degrees, as it captures images, and instantaneously stitches them together to generate a panoramic photo.

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With the introduction of iOS 8, we saw Apple finally treading into the world of third-party keyboards, that had developers approach this opportunity by offering improved functionality, while some went the aesthetics route. Now with the release of iPhone 6/6 Plus, third-party keyboards have taken another interesting turn.

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HDR or High Dynamic Range photography has long since aided those looking to take snaps in low light, but while the HDR setting has been available on iPhone from the 2010 introduction of the iPhone 4, video is quite a different matter. But for those in ownership of the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, help is at hand courtesy of a new, third-party app, which shoots video in HDR and can, when tweaked properly, offer a better standard of output versus Apple’s stock software.

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A few days back, Skype introduced some revamped features for its desktop client, with a distinct focus on improving the user’s instant messaging experience. So while Skype is busy improving the users’ experience on both, the mobile and desktop version of its app, let us introduce you to Skype Qik. Taking a distinctly different route than Skype, Skype Qik is built for asynchronous video messaging, where you create and share video messages with online and offline users. The app gives you a slight peek into what Skype may have looked like had it started out as an app for the mobile.

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Not too long ago, we covered how Facebook will be bringing Stickers to its comments system. Well, finally, someone in Facebook managed to push out an update to Facebook, which allows you to express your emotional glory in the comments section for all those pillow fight, status’, pictures, videos etc., using Stickers.

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A new hidden menu lets users record 1080p video using Instagram’s Hyperlapse app, with more options also opened up for good measure.

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When Apple announced that custom keyboards were coming to the iPhone and iPad with iOS 8, everyone’s attentions immediately turned to keyboards like Swype and Swiftkey. It’s easy to see why, too. Being able to swipe instead of type is the exact kind of thing Apple no doubt had in mind when it decided to allow third-party apps to be installed on its precious hardware. It did not, we suspect, expect to see they keyboard we just came across.

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Since Apple allowed developers some jurisdiction over the keyboard element of iOS, many have obliged in releasing third-party alternatives to the stock offering. Many of these have sought to offer enhanced functionality in helping users to type more quickly, while others have brought a welcome element of fun with GIFs and emojis galore, and today’s featured keyboard seems a perfect combination of the two.

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Recognizing that its once-popular check-in app was hitting something of a lull, Foursquare devised a separate app in the form of Swarm. The idea was that Swarm would work as a kicker to Foursquare, but focus more on finding friends within your locale and subsequently, find things to do. It still includes its very own check-in feature, though, and thanks to iOS 8′s widget support, the Swarm app for iOS has just been updated to include a useful button for checking in with a single tap.

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As geeks, we love seeing improbable stuff happen in the world of tech, and in a seemingly unlikely turn of events, one tenacious developer has begun work on a project to bring a Kinect motion viewer to Apple’s iOS. Costing 99 cents, it’s already available to download over at the App Store, and although it’s not particularly useful at its current duration, it’s one of the coolest apps we’ve seen here in a very long time.

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