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Yahoo app for iPhone gets a new look with focus on magazine content

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The Yahoo app for iPhone is getting a new look today that the company says puts a bigger focus on magazine content with “beautiful images and engaging features that make content from our ten digital magazines even more fun.”

New features included in the redesigned app to make the magazine experience more interactive include the ability to vote on Yahoo Style, swipe to see Yahoo Movies info including reviews and analysis, and content from Yahoo Food.

You’ll notice the new features mentioned above in all the magazine categories in the app and Yahoo also notes that it now has “Yahoo Weather and Yahoo News Digest content above the stream for your two favorite categories, All Stories and News.”

The updated Yahoo app for iPhone is arriving on the App Store today for users in the United States.


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SoundCloud releases redesigned iPad app with new features, removes audio recording

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SoundCloud today released a brand new iPad app that has been completely redesigned to offer a better experience for users uploading, sharing, and listening to music through the service.

You’ll have access to just about all the SoundCloud features available on desktop including the ability to build a Collection, explore genres, edit and view profiles, create playlists, and share tracks and artists with other users. 

One feature you won’t find is audio recording, however, as SoundCloud warns users to “Please upload any locally stored sounds before upgrading your iPad app, as audio recording has been removed from this version.” As an alternative, SoundCloud said it recommends downloading one of the many audio recording apps that offer SoundCloud uploads.

You also won’t be able to add or view comments, track info, and follower/following lists, but unlike the audio recording feature SoundCloud said these features will be returning in a later version.

The new SoundCloud app for iPad, version 3.7.1, is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 3.7.1

The beautifully redesigned SoundCloud iPad app gives you a simplified, more intuitive and more visual experience. Discover and hear fresh/new music & audio, and log in to build your Collection, create playlists, and be the first to share your favorite tracks & artists with friends and followers.

Please upload any locally stored sounds before upgrading your iPad app, as audio recording has been removed from this version. For future recording, we recommend downloading one of the many apps that allow you to record and post directly to SoundCloud. For your activity feed, track info and user comments, please go to http://www.soundcloud.com.

And for both iPhone & iPad users we made some performance improvements which give you a smoother scrolling experience!


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T-Mobile’s new ‘SCORE!’ program gives you smartphone discounts & perks for $5/month

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T-Mobile is seemingly continuing with its “Un-carrier” parade, as the company just announced a new program called “SCORE!” that lets customers add $5 per month to their bill to get some steep discounts on smartphone upgrades. Essentially, enrolling in this program lets you subsidize one of your own future smartphone purchases, but it looks like T-Mobile is going to try to make the investment worth your time.

The company says that after six months in the program (which would cost you $30 over that time), members would be able to get an entry-level smartphone completely free. The example T-Mobile gives is the Alcatel ONETOUCH Evolve 2, which the company sells at retail for about $80. This means that members of SCORE! would be able to get about a $50 discount on this basic phone.

If you don’t need a basic smartphone, T-Mobile is also offering a deal for those who stay in the program for at least 12 months, a total of $60 in monthly payments. Currently the carrier claims that these members would qualify for a free phone like the LG L90 (which is a bad example because it’s currently on sale for $50). Otherwise, T-Mobile promises that those who have been enrolled in SCORE! for 12 months will be able to get at least $150 off the price of a flagship like the Samsung Galaxy S5.

The SCORE! program is open to every single T-Mobile customer, including those who just jumped on board with the new Simply Prepaid plans announced earlier this month.


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Twitter adds new ‘while you were away’ recaps to iOS app

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Twitter this evening has announced in a blog post that it is rolling out a new “While you were away” recap feature to its mobile apps. Starting today on iOS and “soon” on Twitter.com and Android, a “While you were away” banner will appear in your feed, showing you the top tweets that you missed since you last opened the app. The company initially announced plans for a feature like this in November.

Twitter says that the tweets it shows are determined by engagement, as well as other factors. Users who spend a lot of time in the Twitter app already won’t see this new banner as often as those who only open the app every now and then.

In the blog post, Twitter notes that it does not want to compromise the “real-time nature” of the service, which is why it will only make a “few improvements to the home timeline.” The company’s end goal is to help users “keep up” with their world, according to the post.

The new recaps, signaled by a “While you were away” heading, will appear for all iOS Twitter users today and for Twitter.com and Android users soon.


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Chrome for iOS gets Material redesign, OS X Handoff support, iOS 8/iPhone 6 optimizations

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Google is today rolling out Chrome 40 for iOS and with it introducing a redesigned UI, OS X Handoff support, and optimizations for iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Google is giving the entire app for both iPhone and iPad an overhaul based on its new “Material Design” design language introduced with its latest Android release. That includes “bold graphics, fluid motion, and tactile surfaces,” according to Google, as pictured in the iPhone screenshots above.

Here’s a look at the redesigned app on iPad:

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The updated app also gains support for Apple’s Handoff feature, which allows users to pick up where they left off in one app in another on OS X. The Chrome iOS app now supports “handoff from Chrome to your default browser on OS X,” allowing users to jump from Chrome on iOS to Safari or any other default browser on a Mac (pictured below):

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Version 40 of Chrome for iOS also brings optimizations for iOS 8 and the larger screens of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The updated Chrome app for iPhone and iPad is rolling out to the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 40.0.2214.61

• New look with Material Design bringing bold graphics, fluid motion, and tactile surfaces
• iOS 8 optimizations and support for bigger phones
• Support handoff from Chrome to your default browser on OS X
• Stability improvements and bug fixes


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Xbox One SmartGlass app updated with iPhone 6/6 Plus support

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Microsoft today released a minor update for its Xbox One SmartGlass app with long overdue support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The latest version of the companion app for Xbox One now supports the native resolution of both smartphones alongside bug fixes.

The Xbox One SmartGlass app provides iPhone and iPad users with a solution to connect and control their gaming console both in the living room and on the go. The app enables you to navigate your Xbox One, control media playback, browse the web on your TV and more.

You can also view and access your activity feed, friends list, achievements, pins, messages, game clips, store, OneGuide and settings.

The Xbox One SmartGlass app joins a long list of apps updated with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support in recent months, including Facebook, Instagram, Hulu PlusTweetbotGoogle Chrome1PasswordFantastical 2, Gmail, Mailbox, SkypeYouTube, Rdio and Hipchat.


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Amazon renames Cloud Drive Photos app, adds iPhone 6/6+ support, full-res downloads, more

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Amazon has released an update to its Cloud Drive Photos app introducing a new name alongside iPhone 6/6 Plus support and new features. The updated, now called “Amazon Photo,” also includes support for full resolution photo downloads, iPad landscape support, and more.

Full resolution photo downloads – You can now download your photos to your device in full resolution so you no longer have to worry about losing details when you print your downloaded photos or display them on a larger screen… Improved iPad Landscape support – Navigate through the app without ever needing to switch back to Portrait mode.

In addition, version 3.3.0 of the app includes duplicate photo detection that will detect matches and avoid uploading duplicates, and a new “report problems” feature directly through the app.

The updated Amazon Photo app is available on the App Store now.


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