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iSpotlight is a news app for following the rich and famous

iSpotlite (free) lets you follow your favorite athletes, bands, or celebrities by feeding you web-sourced news and even the Twitter feeds of the rich and famous. Once you have selected some celebs to follow, you can opt for news, Twitter feeds and/or videos. You can share the latest gossip with...

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iBeacon tech at Coachella and other news for April 9, 2014

Here's your AM roundup of Apple news. This time around it's Apple vs. Samsung (again), iBeacon goes to Coachella and improving Apple Maps. Apple has laid out its claim against Samsung, and it's a whopper. The Cupertino company is after US$2.2 billion in damages. The President of Quantitative...

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Apple's passes $70 million in contributions to (RED) and other stories from April 4, 2014

Apple has a long history of partnering with the AIDS research charity (RED). In 2006, Apple launched a line of product tie-ins branded for the campaign, including the famous U2 iPod. The money raised from these contributions adds up. How much exactly? According to (RED), Apple's participation has...

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The New York Times releases NYTNow, a curated news app for iPhone

Today marks the launch of NYTNow, an app with Flipboard-like features aimed at a mobile audience. The app is free, but only only allows viewing of 10 stories a month. To get more, you need to add a US$8.00 a month subscription that is available as an in-app purchase. Content is expected to come...

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Spotify's facelift and more news for April 2, 2014

Spotify has updated its iOS app with some keen new features, including a reworked browse function and playlist features. It also sports a "darker theme," which I hoped would mean it's edgy and brooding but no ... they've just used dark colors. Objective Development has teased LaunchBar 6 and is...

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Apple Q2 investor call and other news for April 1, 2014

Sourcing news on April 1 sure is fun, let me tell you. But just to prove that I'm not a total curmudgeon, let me congratulate Think Geek on winning April Fool's Day. As usual. Rosetta Stone for Klingon? Qapla'! Meanwhile... Apple has announced that its Q2 2014 financial conference call will...

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NewsBrain for iOS creates an endless personalized magazine

NewsBrain (US$4.99) is a new app to deliver news you are interested in and present it on your iOS device. The app learns from your likes and dislikes, which you can register on a sliding scale that includes degrees of attraction, neutrality or repellency. You log in using a Google, Twitter or...

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Morning news roundup for December 27, 2013

Good morning, Apple fans. Here's a look at the news this AM. Nokia pulls Here maps app from iOS App Store. Oh, boy. A Nokia spokesperson has noted that iOS 7 harms "the user experience" of his company's app. "iPhone users can continue to use the mobile web version of Here Maps under...

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Mac App of the Week: Hourly News delivers the latest news updates to your Mac

Whether you're a news junkie or trying to limit the amount of media you consume, Hourly News is worth consideration. It parses different sources and delivers hourly updates that keep you up-to-date with what's happening, domestically and internationally. Hourly News lives in your menu bar. With...

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Target accidentally sells demo iPad unit, new owner freaks out

I'm not going to beat around the bush with this one; what we have here is an overblown story about a non-story, with a bit of overreaction mixed in for good measure. This is what happened: Target sold an iPad Air that was meant to be a demo unit to a Canadian woman on Black Friday. She opened it...

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Wibbitz is a fresh way to look at the news on your iPhone

Wibbitz is a clever, free iOS app that grabs the latest news, reads it to you and the quickly displays related images, like people who were mentioned, maps or other news service pictures that are generally relevant. When you first start the app, choose the type of news you want, like political,...

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AOL for iPad now in the App Store

AOL, the parent company of TUAW, Engadget, TechCrunch and Huffington Post, today announced the availability of AOL for iPad (free). While for many longtime internet users the AOL acronym may bring back nightmares of receiving daily CD-ROMs in the mail, the company is quickly turning into a very...

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Digg starts rolling out its Reader app to beta users

Digg announced on its blog that its new Reader service will be available to the public on a rolling basis starting today. The beta version of the service will target Google Reader users looking to jump ship before the Google RSS service shuts down next week. Initially, the company is opening Digg...

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Zite update is aimed at Google Reader orphans

With Google Reader fading into the sunset in July, more and more users are looking to replace its functionality. Zite for iOS (free) has some solutions that should please many news hounds. The app was originally born out of a desire to replace Google Reader with something that learned your...

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BBC News app hits version 2.0

The BBC has updated their BBC News iOS app to version 2.0. The much needed update fixes a number of annoying bug issues, including an issue where readers would sometimes see duplicate stories next to each other. As for the new features of BBC News 2.0, the app now has a number of UI tweaks to...

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