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Apple Improves iOS 8 Health App With Step Counting and Caffeine Tracking

Posted on 08/07/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Apple has added features to its Health app in the current iOS 8 beta. The app can now access the iPhone 5s’s built-in M7 motion coprocessor to track the number of steps a user makes each day, and caffeine has also been added to the already lengthy list of nutritional categories that can be tracked by the app.

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Facebook Messenger Gets an Update – True iPad Support, Sticker Packs, More

Posted on 03/07/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Facebook has updated its Messenger app for iOS, adding a full iPad version to the mix. The iPad version takes advantage of the tablet’s larger display, and includes the same calling features as are found on the iPhone and iPhone touch version. Oh, and those sticker thingies are in there too…

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1Password Beta for iOS 8: App Extensions, 3rd Party Touch ID Access

Posted on 01/07/2014 by Chris Hauk

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AgileBits recently released an iOS 8 beta version of their popular password manager app, 1Password, that takes advantage of two new features of iOS 8’s new APIs allowing developers to use the iPhone 5s’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and Extensions, which allow developers to integrate their own software into share sheets with other apps.

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Apple Reportedly Building Its Own In-House Speech Recognition Team for Siri

Posted on 01/07/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Mid-June saw a report from The Wall Street Journal claiming that Nuance, the company behind the speech recognition technology that powers Apple’s virtual assistant Siri, was in talks to be acquired by Samsung Electronics. A new report, this time from Wired, says Apple is putting together its own in-house speech recognition team to power future versions of Siri.

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Apple Adds Zion National Park, Tokyo to Apple Maps Flyover Feature

Posted on 27/06/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Apple has added two new locales to the Flyover feature in its iOS and OS X Mavericks Maps app. Tokyo, Japan and Zion National Park in Utah are the new additions. Flyover allows users to take a 3D look at various areas around the globe, zooming in to view buildings and other landmarks.

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Audi to Integrate Both iOS Carplay and Android Auto Support Into Its 2015 Models

Posted on 27/06/2014 by Chris Hauk

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German automaker Audi has announced that it has been conducting “intensive dialog” with Apple to integrate the iPhone maker’s CarPlay infotainment system into its new vehicles beginning in 2015. Audi was a founding member of Google’s “Open Automotive Alliance,” based on the search giant’s Android mobile operating system.

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