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Notable iPad App Updates: Minecraft – Pocket Edition

Here’s some good news for just about every kid I know (and a fair few grown-ups): <b>Minecraft – Pocket Edition</b> just got another update. Version 0.9.5 is the latest update for the pocket edition of the incredibly popular block-building, world-building game.<p>Here’s the details on what’s new in the new …

Facebook Gives Up on Gifts

The move comes amid an e-commerce strategy overhaul at the social network.<p>Say goodbye to those messages on Facebook asking you to send your friends a gift on their birthdays.<p>A year ago, Facebook killed off the part of its Gifts service that allowed users to order physical presents through the …

Here’s how Twitter is rethinking its product—so that more people actually use it

Twitter is simple, in theory, but it is also deceptively complicated. As a result, most people who see tweets or visit Twitter’s site don’t get hooked. On the company’s earnings call today, CEO Dick Costolo said the true size of Twitter’s audience—the number of people who visit Twitter every month …

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Instagram’s Bolt is late to the photo-sharing app party and might ruin your selfie

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: iStock/Thinkstock<p>For those of you waiting on the edge of your seats with anticipation, the moment has arrived. …

Stunning Video Shot with GoPro Camera on Car Tire

GoPro cameras are small, tough and fairly inconspicuous. Filmmakers and action sports enthusiasts regularly strap them to drones, helmets and surfboards, but car tires? That’s new to us.<p>Ryan Fox, a Vimeo user from Milwaukee, Wisconsin attached his GoPro with duct tape before cruising around the …

These ex-Googlers are helping hotels Facebook-stalk you, all the better to give you goodies

The hotel industry has a lot to gain by staying more informed about and better engaged with guests.<p>New York City-based Voyat makes a customer relationship management platform that pulls in all sorts of information about hotel guests, both existing and potential, and forms promotional and rewards …

Hands On With Bolt, Instagram's Snapchat Competitor

Instagram Bolt launched today with a catch; you have to be in New Zealand, South Africa or Singapore to install. An unusual rollout strategy, but it’s the first time I’ve ever been in one of the first countries for an app like this!<p>Bolt’s premise is pretty similar to Snapchat: send images to your …

Virgin Mobile intros a blank-slate smartphone plan you can customize any way you like

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / culig<p>Next month, Virgin Mobile USA will offer a new, prepaid smartphone plan that is really dozens of …

Windows Phone 8.1's first update arrives next week with a cute Chinese Cortana

Live Folders is the big new feature with small improvements elsewhere<p>After accidentally detailing its first update to Windows Phone 8.1 earlier this week, Microsoft is now ready to officially reveal exactly what’s included in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. There aren't many big visible changes with …