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Square Register introduces gift cards and invoices to iOS app

Apple Pay may be making waves at major retailers, but Square Register continues to be the go-to source for small businesses looking to take payments from customers. With point-of-sale interfaces and a handy portable card reader, Square is one of the easiest ways for small businesses to take their...

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Free-to-play dev says Western gamers more critical of the cost structure

Free-to-play games get plenty of hate from a large segment of the gaming populous -- and in particularly egregious examples of "pay to win" schemes, I have no problem joining in -- but Paul Simon, executive producer of the long-running iOS MMO Celtic Heroes, says this will eventually fade. In an...

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Slices of Apple episode 11: Making it great

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products In this episode of Slices of Apple, I'm talking to Matt Drance, a developer who...

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King is praying that soda will revive Candy Crush

Candy Crush Saga has made publisher King a lot of money since its release in 2012, but those days have passed. Seeing strong competition from other free-to-play games, King's third quarter results were dire, with revenues down 17 percent since the previous year and 13 percent from the previous...

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A tiny percentage of app users account for over half of gaming revenue

If you're like me, you often see the revenue figures that free-to-play game companies boast about and wonder who in their right mind is shelling out so much cash. I could probably tally the number of times I've made purchases in free-to-play games on both hands, but there is clearly some segment...

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Zynga continues to hemorrhage cash for the third quarter in a row

Zynga -- the company that used to take all your cash before you started giving it to Class of Clans and Candy Crush Saga -- is continuing to be exceedingly generous by spending all its cash without making any back, according to its newly released earnings report. The company, which is...

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Adobe updates Voice for iPad with new features and themes

Adobe Voice hit the market in May and has been used by companies, small teams and individuals wanting to create audio and video presentations that look good with minimal effort. The app is free but requires an Adobe ID. Today the iPad app added the ability to color-customize backgrounds, icons,...

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Slices of Apple episode 10: Polishing the Apple

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple we talk to Jonathan Hirshon of Horizon PR,...

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Slices of Apple episode 9: Quality is job one

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products. In this episode of Slices of Apple, I'm talking to Peter Tamte, who was a Senior...

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This lamp lets you combine all your iOS gadgets into one huge touchscreen

Collaboration across multiple devices could get a whole lot more interesting if MIT's newest device hack catches on. It's a combination of software and hardware called HuddleLamp, and it lets you turn all your touchscreen gadgets into a single workspace where users can literally toss items back...

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Apple launches Maps Connect to let businesses add details to their Maps listing

Apple Maps has experienced some growing pains over the years, but with time the app has become a useful GPS solution. Of course there's always room for improvement, which is why Apple has launched Maps Connect. Maps Connect is a new service for small business owners who want to add more...

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Apple just sold more Macs than iPods for the first time in a decade

The iPad and iPhone are both selling extremely well these days, but Apple's other portable, the iPod, is having a rough go of things. Being replaced by smartphones as the default mobile music player of choice, the iPod dipped to under 15 million units sold in fiscal 2014, which means two things:...

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Analysts get their Q4 Apple earnings estimates in line

Apple is scheduled to reveal its Q4 earnings today at 5PM EST, which means analysts far and wide are weighing in on what numbers they expect Tim Cook and company to reveal. The consensus seems to be quite positive, with all of Fortune's long list of professionals an independents agreeing that it's...

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Retail analyst blames sales lull on iPhone 6

The launch of a new iPhone always has a ripple effect across the electronics industry, and while analysts pontificate about the iPhone 6 launch affecting sales of competing smartphones and even Apple's own tablets, retailers are claiming they've been hit with the iPhone effect as well. As...

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uShuttl app aims to replace business cards at high cost

uShuttl is a service that wants to replace the business card by enabling business users to send files to customers via a professionally formatted email. It's complete with a company logo, contact information and landing page to download the files. uShuttl also automatically saves the customer...

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