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FireChat For iOS Is A Hyperlocal Anonymous Chat Network That Doesn’t Need An Internet Connection

We all know that chat apps are pretty hot right now and there are plenty of companies hoping for a WhatsApp-like exit. For the most part, all of those apps are pretty similar, but FireChat, which is launching today, adds a new and fun twist to this genre. It’s a hyperlocal chat network for iOS that …

Apple Patents An iPhone Camera Remote With Built-In Display

Apple has been granted a patent (via AppleInsider) for a wireless iPhone camera remote control, which has a built-in display for previewing and reviewing photos, and shutter buttons for both still and movies, as well as a way to switch camera modes remotely and full media playback controls. The …

Facebook's working on facial verification that's 'nearing human-level performance'

Identifying faces is a relatively simple task if you're a human, but it's been a long road for computers to do the same thing. Now Facebook says it's developed a technology for verifying whether two people in side-by-side photos are the same that comes pretty close to replicating human abilities. …

Pegatron And Foxconn Gearing Up For iPhone 6 Production [Rumor]

Production of the iPhone 6 is set to begin next quarter.<p>According to a report in the <i>Commercial Times</i>, Taiwan’s Pegatron Corp — which assembles the iPhone and iPad — is opening up new factory space and recruiting new workers in China to meet the orders it has received from Apple for the iPhone 6.<p>It …

Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c, Relaunches 16 GB iPad 4

As indicated by multiple reports yesterday, Apple has officially launched an 8 GB version of the iPhone 5c and relaunched a 16 GB version of the previously-discontinued fourth-generation iPad. The 8 GB iPhone 5c is currently being sold in Apple's European Online Stores for £429 unlocked in all of …

Apple’s Jony Ive Seeks Product Inspiration In Unlikely Places, Heads A Team Of Just 15

Apple’s design guru Jony Ive sat down with John Aldridge, for Time/The Sunday Times for a lengthy interview and profile, and while the article doesn’t really expose any secrets of the longstanding icon of consumer product creation, it does reveal some oh the particulars of how he does his job.<p>The …

Twitter Testers Gain Access To A New Timeline Called “Fave People” For Tracking Favorite Twitter Accounts

Twitter is experimenting with a new feature called “Fave People,” which allows you to keep track of your favorite Twitter users and accounts in a separate timeline. This feature, essentially a more user-friendly version of Twitter’s “Lists,” recently appeared in the alpha version of Twitter’s …

WhatsApp Promises Facebook Purchase will Not Affect User Privacy

Almost a month after announcing Facebook’s plan to acquire it, WhatsApp today published a blog post titled “Setting the record straight” in which co-founder and CEO Jan Koum attempts to address concerns about how the transaction will impact the popular messaging app. Koum starts off by thanking …

Steve Jobs reportedly had no interest in building an Apple TV set

The idea of an Apple-made television set has become perhaps the most notorious rumor that has ever surrounded the company. The notion swirled for years, picked up steam due to its inclusion in Walter Isaacson's Jobs biography, and has refused to die ever since. However, a new book that focuses …

Surface 2 with LTE available tomorrow for $679

Microsoft is finally launching its Surface 2 tablet with LTE support. Priced at $679, a 64GB LTE-ready version of the Surface 2 will be available from Microsoft Stores and Best Buy tomorrow. Microsoft previously promised support for AT&T LTE and Vodafone internationally, but only the AT&T model …

Apple Said To Be Launching An 8GB iPhone 5c Tomorrow

Apple is preparing an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c for launch, according to a series of new rumors today. There’s a reported leak of a document from German carrier O2 alerting its staff to the new phone (received via our Tips line from Caschys Blog), and an apparent image of a barcode identifying …

This is Healthbook, Apple’s major first step into health & fitness tracking

Seven years out from the original iPhone’s introduction, and four years past the iPad’s launch, Apple has found its next market ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness-tracking industry. Apple’s interest in healthcare and fitness tracking will be displayed in an iOS application …

iPhone 6 To Launch With Ultra Retina Display and A8 Processor (Rumor)

There are tons of rumors circulating all over the internet about the upcoming iPhone 6. Many believe Apple will increase the screen size to 4.8-inch …

Apple devotes entire App Store section to selfies

It might seem like millennials have something in their DNA that triggers their phones to take selfies, but no, they use apps.<p>Now Apple has made it easier to snap a photo of yourself with the “Sharing Selfies” section of the App Store. It includes Facetune, so you can retouch your selfie, as well as …

Apps

Report: This is what iOS 8 looks like, at least right now

Apple's next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, looks an awful lot like the iOS you've already got on your iDevice. At least that's according to screens leaked on Chinese microblog site Weibo and lent credence by veritable Apple site <i>9to5Mac</i>, which show what is supposedly iOS 8 in …

Apple rebrands iOS in the Car as CarPlay, compatible vehicles launching later this year

<i>Update: Volvo has posted a CarPlay experience video.</i><p>Apple has officially announced CarPlay in a press release. CarPlay is Apple’s new branding for the iOS in the Car feature originally announced at WWDC last year. Apple says CarPlay enables users to make calls, navigate maps, listen to music and …

Why Samsung Ditched Google In Its New Smart Watch

But Samsung made an unexpected move in the new version by abandoning Android as the watch's operating system. Instead, the new Gears run Tizen, another open source operating system that Samsung, Intel, and others are working on.<p>Some see the move to Tizen as a signal that Samsung wants to distance …

Batteries

Why did Samsung play it safe with the Galaxy S5's processor?

Of all the phone manufacturers out there, Samsung seems to have a particular talent for creating an anticlimax. Our first thought when holding the Galaxy S5 was that we'd been through all this before a year ago, with the equally underwhelming launch of the GS4. Our disappointment jibed with the …

Google Maps Dives Into World Oceans for Underwater Street Views

The Google Maps team has announced the addition of new underwater Street View images in locations around Mexico with the help of the Catlin Seaview …

Google Glass team forgoes monthly updates for bigger changes, like Kit Kat

Whether you're a Google Glass wearer or merely observing the new devices, you may have noticed a lack of major updates in January and February. <i>Android Police</i> and <i>Glass Almanac</i> reveal a post from the Explorers-only community forum explaining that after version XE12 closed out last year, those monthly …

Twitter steps up efforts to woo users as growth slackens

Kyle Bowes signed up for a Twitter account more than two years ago to keep up with his favorite soccer team. In that time, he's sent a total of 12 tweets.<p>Bowes, 21, works just 2 miles down Market Street from Twitter's San Francisco headquarters, where engineers are working to solve the problem he …

Social Media

Reddit's giving away 10 percent of money made off its ads to charity this year

Reddit's turning from an entertainment and philanthropy-enabler to a philanthropist of its own. The popular social network today said it plans to take 10 percent of the revenue it makes off advertising during 2014 and give it to a charity that will be chosen by the Reddit community. "We want to …

Comcast really, really doesn't care about you (allegedly)

Comcast has often managed to be the target of abuse and, on a good day, gallows humor.<p>It regularly features in the Consumerist's list of worst American companies. Indeed, just three years ago, Comcast encouraged its staff to vote so that it wouldn't be named Worst Company in America.<p>But, now that …