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    At this point, it's looking pretty likely that Apple will have iWatch news for us at its Tuesday event, regardless of whether or not the wearable is due for an immediate retail release (and things have been leaning towards “not”). Assuming that we do indeed get to this see new smartwatch, what software will be running on it? Not Apple code – that's obvious – but what of third-party support? After all, we critique these existing wearable platforms based on their app selections, so surely we'll be looking at Apple's in the same light, and so far there hasn't been a lot of talk about ...

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    Four months ago, we saw history being made as Play Store metrics revealed the first Android software package to be downloaded over one billion times: Google's Gmail app. While that was still a pretty notable milestone, Gmail being a Google app sort of took the air out of the news – of course a Google app, and such a core one to the Google ecosystem, would be at the front of the downloads race. But as we noted at the time, we were quite interested in seeing who would be next to follow Google across that billion-download line. This week, we've finally spotted a non-Google app pull in one ...

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    Last week the Internet exploded with people complaining about the security permissions required by the latest update to the Facebook Messenger app for Android. Now that some of the initial knee-jerk reaction has passed, is there anything you need to be worried about? And if so, how worried should you be? Let's dig into some background before we dive into that. Facebook is huge. It's been just more than a decade since being founded, employs more than 7,000 people, and has over 1.28 billion active users. Add to the fact that we recently learned that Facebook has been "experimenting with the ...

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    Facebook for Windows Phone will get a major update today, according to official word from Microsoft. If you're using a phone powered by Microsoft's mobile OS, and are an avid Facebook user, you should be on the lookout for an update which will bring a new, fresh look, as well as features which were previously available in the Beta version of the app. The performance of the app will also be improved in this new version, and users will be able to upload videos taken with the device directly to from the app. Additionally, if you're running Windows Phone 8.1, the new Facebook app will ...

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    Android Wear is still what many of us like, but not necessarily what all of us want. It's clear that we need more developers to embrace the platform, and some of us agree that we also need better watches to drool over. There is still much room for both Google and developers to take advantage of the platform, and as such we're seeing this come first from WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned company has just launched a new extension to allow you to interact with WhatsApp through your Android Wear smartwatch, and what makes this hot is that it allows you to voice replay to messages. If you think ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    Facebook has been notorious for doing some interesting and odd things lately in the attempt to retain social relevance in the market. The company's messenger app has been one of those particular services that has made a lot of sense. The company may not have gained any fame from its Facebook Home launcher, but the whole Chat Heads concept did prove to be famous, and now the company wants to continue pushing this forward. Facebook is now notifying both iOS and Android users that it will phase out messaging on its mobile application, and force everyone to use its messaging app. For those of ...

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    Last spring, Facebook and HTC asked the world the question “are you interested in a smartphone that puts Facebook front and center as the core of your user experience?” The answer from consumers was almost a resounding “no,” and the HTC First failed in spectacular fashion. Even the Facebook Home software that could be deployed on existing Android phones stagnated, and despite claims from Facebook that the project is still active, you wouldn't know it by the utter lack of public support. Is that it for Facebook's big smartphone ambitions? Will it resign itself to being just another ...

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    When you notice that the word "Bolt" has nothing to do with photo chatting, nor even voice chatting, you wonder what goes through the minds of the people that use this name for apps that do just that. Such is the case of Instagram and the possible Snapchat competitor that was discovered a couple of days ago, and the same goes to an already existing app for voice communications as well. Yes, you guessed right, Instagram might be facing some legal trouble. Instagram's Bolt app is rumored to be ready for a launch this week as the company silently invited beta testers through its existing ...

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    It's hard to understand why Facebook tends to ignore tablets in the way that it has, but it's been the case ever since the launch of its original iPad app. In that same fashion, we've seen other Facebook services like Facebook Paper, which make total sense on a tablet, but which are still exclusive to the iPhone. The good thing is that even though slow, services eventually get launched, and such is the case of Facebook Messenger. Facebook has just launched its stand-alone messaging app for the iPad, and the good thing is that all of its services made the final cut. Stickers may not be as ...

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    The past few weeks have seen a flurry of interest in alternate launchers for Android phones. Nokia surprised a lot of Android users with the pre-beta release of its Z launcher, and we just saw Yahoo's Aviate launcher leave beta and become widely available. Sure, custom launchers have long been an option for Android users, but it's only recently that we've seen them mature from more of an enthusiast pursuit to software focused on the casual smartphone user. That trend is due in no small part to Facebook's efforts last spring with Facebook Home, and the corresponding HTC First handset. While ...

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    The Slingshot Facebook app was launched last week, to take on Snapchat, but it was only available in the US. The new photo and video-sharing app enables users to share what's important with lots of people at once.  As per the description, you can "shoot a photo or video of what you’re up to and sling it to a bunch of friends". Starting today, the Slingshot Facebook app is available internationally. The offering is an alternative to Snapchat, another popular messaging application, with similar features. If you have an Android device or an iPhone, you can grab it from the source links ...

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    Last week we saw the arrival of a new mobile app from Facebook... sort of. The company's Slingshot app showed up in the Apple App Store for a few countries, but with no formal announcement. Hours later it was down, and Facebook issued a statement, explaining, “earlier today, we accidentally released a version of Slingshot, a new app we're working on,” continuing, “it'll be ready soon and we're excited for you to try it out.” Well, it looks like Facebook wasn't kidding about that “soon” bit, and today we see the formal arrival of not only that iOS version of Slingshot, but an ...

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    Microsoft's vision of Facebook on your mobile device is oddly still in beta, which doesn't necessarily mean that there wasn't an official version, but which is far superior. If you remember Joe Belfiore's recent teaser on Reddit of what to expect for the future of Facebook on Windows Phone, everything that was promised is now a reality. Microsoft has just launched version 5.3.0.1 (8.3.0.1) for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 respectively, and the changes are worth your time. The new update to Facebook beta includes an updated design, which aside from being more visually ...

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    Last year, Facebook reportedly tried to purchase ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, and despite the $3B on the table, the company turned down the offer. Facebook has since moved on to new (and much more expensive) messaging acquisitions, but apparently its interest in Snapchat hasn't waned. Earlier today, in fact, Facebook released a new app called Slingshot that appeared to take more than a little inspiration from Snapchat, but in the hours that followed the app has since disappeared. What's going on here? Slingshot turned up on the Apple App Store for users in numerous markets around the ...

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