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Apple Patent Watch: Offline iTunes Store Purchases, Proximity-Based Media Transfer Between Devices

Among Apple's granted patents released today, <i>AppleInsider</i> has noted a pair of inventions that appear to be of some interest. The first patent addresses the idea of offline iTunes Store purchases from mobile devices, allowing users to store "credit" that can unlock content already on their devices …

Facebook adds new emotion selection tool, making it easier to converse

See that? That's a new feature on Facebook's status box, which has started to roll out this morning after earlier testing in January. It's also covering up a pretty depressing note from a friend underneath, who would've undoubtedly selected "sad" if he were to have recognized said feature before …

iPhone 5S to Launch in 2-3 Different Screen Sizes?

Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White is out with another research note today sharing some highlights from day seven of his trip to China and Taiwan to talk with technology companies and other sources. Based on discussions with officials at an unnamed "tech-supply chain company", White now …

Google and Apple Losing Mobile Advertising Market to Publishers

Research firm IDC today announced the release of a new report covering the mobile advertising market, noting that ad networks such as those from Google and Apple are losing traction to publishers able to use their size to drive their own advertising sales.<p>Where in past years, ad networks such as …

Panic’s Status Board iPad app starts rolling out around the world

Popular app developer Panic’s new Status Board application for iPad has begun rolling out around the world. We’ve spotted it in the Australia iTunes Store and in some other regions. <b>Update</b>: Now available in the U.S. Store.<p>Use the easy built-in panels to automatically see data about your life: …

Apple and Yahoo reportedly in talks to build a deeper iOS partnership

Apple is in talks with Yahoo to bring more of the search company's data to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Yahoo has long been one of the data providers for iOS devices — the default stocks and weather apps pull data from Yahoo, and Siri uses the company for things …