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Apple has laid down its final judgement on Bitcoins, and things are not looking good for iOS users who dabble in the crypto-currency. Today Apple removed the final Bitcoin wallet app from the App Store. The app was named Blockchain which was not the largest to get removed,but Apple axed it without warning.
This caused a major uproar with iOS users who was using Blockchain as their Bitcoin wallet. The uproar has been so great that one Reddit user, u/round-peg, posted an offer to give a new Nexus 5 to the first five people who smashed their iPhones in rage over the Blockchain app being removed from the app store. As you would expect, smashed iPhone images soon began showing up. Blockchain says that Apple banned Bitcoin wallet apps because they felt that the crypto-currency threatened their own payment system, causing Apple to do what it does best, restrict its users. "The only thing that has changed is that bitcoin has become competitive to Apple's own payment system," said Blockchain.
Last month we saw Square Enix launch Final Fantasy VI onto the Android platform, and were promised that the game would arrive on iOS soon. Today that day has come. Final Fantasy VI was released to the Apple App Store for download on iPhone and iPad. The game is sure to be met with great fanfare as the Final Fantasy series has a following unlike no other dating all the way back to the original NES system.
Final Fantasy VI on iOS and Android is part of a recent string of re-releases from the series onto mobile platforms. While some have not done well as others, FFVI should do quite well as it is considered one of the better games of the series. Unfortunately, at $15.99 the game does cost more than many are willing to spend on a game where many of its competitors are either free or cost less than a dollar. If you would like to check the game out, head over to the App Store and Google Play links below.
An app for Google's wearable Glass device, NameTag, is capable of taking pictures of strangers' faces, scanning online databases, and coming back with a match.
Information on that person is then displayed in front of you on your Glass unit, in a very discrete manner. With Glass, you could scan someones face without them knowing, but it isn't just for creeps. It is useful for meetings and social gatherings, where you might not know someone - Glass can take care of it for you, snapping a photo and searching online databases (Facebook and the like). It will then display the information on that person, such as their name, position, company they work for, and so on.
Privacy concerns are there, but there are also cameras on virtually every corner, too.
SwiftKey is my default keyboard choice on Android, but with Apple not accepting third-party keyboards on iOS, it makes it hard to enjoy SwiftKey's incredible work on Apple's mobile OS, until now.
SwiftKey has been sneaky, releasing SwiftKey Note onto iOS, a note-taking app that is available for free from the App Store. SwiftKey Note is integrated with Evernote, with SwiftKey's predictive keyboard magic sprinkled on top. The application will predict words as you type them, as well as providing three alternative words in a bar above the keyboard.
The app will continuously learn your typing habits, so that it can make you type your notes much faster. One of the bigger features missing from SwiftKey Note is Flow, but this might all change in the near future - we hope.
Facebook is making lots of news today following its fourth quarter financial statement that was released yesterday. During his call to investors, Mark Zuckerberg, said that the social network will be taking its popular Graph Search feature to the mobile realm "pretty soon."
Graph search is one of my favorite features added to Facebook in 2013, and in fact, I use it several times a day to locate information on friends, industry leaders, and even trends in the technology world. Graph Search has been open to the public for just over a year now, and its move to mobile has been slow, and rightfully slow. Zuckerberg said that indexing more than a trillion connections and status updates is quite complex and takes time to get right.
"Pretty soon, I think, you should expect us to roll out the mobile version of this,"(speaking about Graph Search on mobile) said Zuckerberg. "I think that that's going to be an important step, because most of the usage of Facebook overall is on mobile, so we expect that that's where engagement will really start to come from on Graph Search over time."
Facebook has just launched a new iPhone app called Paper, a new standalone app for the social network that is more like a news reading app than purely a social network. Paper uses the traditional Facebook News Feed, but recreates it in a more immersive, full-sized experience.
The new app does away with nearly all of usual buttons, and UI styles for a much cleaner, bigger status update, photos, and news stories. If you tilt your iPhone, Facebook will adjust themselves, something the team calls the "Ken turns" effect. UI elements simply face away, with news stories displayed in a much different manner. Facebook has pumped over nine months into the new iPhone exclusive app, which is also locked to the US market for now. No one outside of the US market will have access to it, for now.
Paper brings forth a new venture for Facebook, where the main screen now displays completely different content. It will feel more like Flipboard infused with Facebook, made for the iPhone. A new compose screen is bought into play, where you can view the exact end product before making it live. Facebook says: "it's a publishing tool, a way of publishing great content, and a way of viewing great content".
NVIDIA has just opened up its TegraZone app to non-Tegra devices, meaning that anyone with an Android device now has access to NVIDIA's long list of Tegra titles.
All you need is Android 2.2 or higher. If you have an Android device, you can now get in on NVIDIA Tegra games, which were previously optimized for Tegra-powered devices. The TegraZone is its own world of NVIDIA goodness, with the new version of TegraZone receiving the following changes:
- Supports Google Play Game Services - provides achievements for downloading games, submitting reviews and ratings, and spreading the word about games featured in TegraZone
- Uses your Google+ login to personalize your TegraZone experience
- TegraZone Collections will allow highlighting of special interest groups of games by feature, genre, or publisher
- Sharing shortcut icon makes it easier to share via your favorite social network
- Dynamic loading of additional content when you scroll to the bottom of games lists and news
- Archived news items are now viewable
Twitter for Android has been updated, with some new additions to the mobile app that help improve and streamline the photo sharing experience. If you're uploading photos from the official Twitter app, you'll now have some new options.
These options include applying pre-defined square or wide crops, as well as a little rotation magic. If you want to upload a picture of people, it will provide you with a reminder to mention your friends in the tweet that will go along with the photo. Twitter is also boosting the amount of recommendations that popup in your timeline.
The latest Twitter app will have you pull-to-refresh your feed as usual, but when there's no new tweets to display, it will pull down a panel showing more recommendations. These will include things like suggested people to follow, trending topics, and specific tweets.
Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest franchises in gaming history, and it's latest installment is the most expensive video game ever made. Now GTA fans have even more reason to get excited... if you happen to own a Windows Phone that is. Today Rockstar Games announced that it has released GTA: San Andreas onto the Windows Phone platform.
While San Andreas has been available on Android and iOS for about a month now, Windows Phone users are getting their copy of the game today. GTA: San Andreas on the mobile platform has surprisingly been a huge success with no real major issues popping up, something you would expect from such a drastic platform port. Compatible Windows Phone devices include Lumia 1520, 1320, 822, 820, 810,and HTC's 8XT, with no mention of other Windows Phone devices such as the Lumia 920, or Samsung's entry into the Windows Phone realm, the Ativ S.
If WhatsApp is king of app-based text messaging, then Aviary rules the photograph editing app world. Today the company announced that it has hit a massive milestone in the success of its company. Aviary announced that its app for Android and iOS has been used to edit over 10 billion photos since its launch.
The company says that its success is largely due to the fact that its SDK is so popular with developers who have added the apps editing tools to their own apps and websites. Aviary has been integrated with more than 7,000 partner apps, with big names such as Pic Stitch, Tango, and even SquareSpace using features from the software. Aviary says that it now has over 70 million active monthly users and that it expects growth to continue in 2014.
In a statement the company said:
As we look forward, what most exciting is the fact that a new visual lingua franca has emerged. Unquestionably, photos have become the communication language of the global mobile generation. We are long past the point when photo editing was just about turning an average picture into a good one. Photo editing is now about enhancing visual communication between billions of people across the planet, in a way that embodies the full richness of emotions, feelings and inspiration.