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LG is giving owners of its new G3 smartphone fewer reasons to pop open the device’s QuickCircle case, after it announced the first game that is optimized to run entirely within its see-through window. The case is designed to offer protection for the device and also quick access to notifications and details on the screen — gaming is also (an important?) part too. The first QuickCircle-optimized title is Puppy Pop, a free app that lands in Google Play today. We’ve seen this kind of thing before with games that use the iPhone 5c case when attached backwards. This time, however, the LG games are entirely... This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has published new information about the diagnostic capabilities of iOS, in what appears to be a response to suggestions that it includes a ‘backdoor’ that could enable governments and other third-parties to access user data. The controversy arose after security consultant Jonathan Zdziarski documented a vulnerability that could leave usage data on iOS device exposed. Rebutting subsequent reports that linked the vulnerability with government data collection, Apple told iMore that it has “has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services.” In addition to detailing the capabilities of three diagnostic features in its new document, the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google has begun rolling out a new, feature-rich layout for the Google Play store on Android, inspired by its new Material Design philosophy. Material Design homescreens have already landed for Google’s Docs, Sheets and Slides services on the web, while we’ve seen a revamp teased for Chrome OS, and this is in line with them. Apps, music and content sports cover art, the menu for apps is brighter and details are more pronounced and easier to read, among other things. The image from Anandtech shows the previous previous of the Play Store app (left), compared to the new one (right).... This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft stated in its fiscal Q4 earnings report that it scrapped an additional Surface form factor. It might have been the oft-reported, but never actually released, Surface Mini. Of course, it could have been anything Surface related. In the report Microsoft states: Current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor. Ahead of its May 2014 Surface event, rumors swirled that Microsoft was working on a 7-inch Surface tablet. When the company issued invitations to the event asking the press to “join us for a small gathering” it was expected that a... This story continues at The Next Web

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When you were a kid watching William Shatner/Captain Kirk charm his way through the galaxy, did you ever wonder what the future would look like? Well, that future is here, and it includes Shatner reviewing a Facebook app on his new Yahoo-owned Tumblr page. Normally, we’d be posting our own review, but Facebook’s new Mentions app is only for “actors, athletes, musicians” and other public figures. Thankfully, Shatner considers himself “in the best position to compare” Mentions to the existing Facebook and Facebook Pages apps. Of course, there’s always the possibility that Shatner’s social media manager ghost-wrote this, but the... This story continues at The Next Web

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Like many apps that at first appear to revisit the functionality of others in the same genre — which is especially true in the photo/video category — the new Kinomatic video app for iPhone was created to solve a problem that the developers encountered when trying to shoot their own stuff for friends and family. The resources they found — from the built-in iPhone camera to some of the App Store’s high-end video shooting and sharing apps — were either not enough or too much. It’s a common problem, which underscores that different situations demand different kinds of features, and most shooters need more... This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple revealed during its fiscal Q3 2014 earnings call that it has paid a total of $20 billion to App Store developers. That’s up from $10 billion in payouts as of June 2013, and $13 billion as of last October. During the first nine months of this fiscal year, Apple’s iTunes business has been its fastest growing segment, with the App Store playing a significant part in that growth. In the June quarter, iTunes brought in $4.5 billion in revenue, up 12 percent year over year. ➤ Apple Q3 2014 Conference Call Thumbnail credit: Apple

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In its fiscal Q3 2014 earnings results today, Apple announced strong iPhone sales of 35.2 million units, but its iPad business dropped 9 percent year-over-year to just 13.3 million units. Apple’s Mac line performed well during the quarter. Sales were up 18 percent year-over-year to 4.4 million units. Net profit for the quarter reached $7.7 billion off of $37.4 billion in revenue. The year-ago quarter saw $6.9 billion net profit from $35.3 billion in revenue. ➤ Apple Reports Third Quarter Results Featured image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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Microsoft sold 5.8 million Lumia smartphones and 30.3 million non-Lumia handsets, including Asha and Nokia X devices, during its last quarter. “Low price point devices drove a majority of the Lumia smartphone volumes,” the company added. The figures for the three-month period (ending on June 30) were disclosed in Microsoft’s Q4 2014 earnings report. The firm announced plans to acquire Nokia’s hardware business last September, before closing the deal in April. Last week, Microsoft said it would be cutting up to 18,000 jobs over the next 12 months. The bulk of the layoffs – 12,500 in total – will come from Nokia. The... This story continues at The Next Web

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Music discovery is a problem, especially for independent artists that don’t have a massive marketing machine backing them. In many ways, finding an artist that you connect with is a lot like starting a relationship, so it’s only natural that two Tinder veterans would take the same discovery dynamic that has worked for dating and hookups and apply it to musicians and their fans. The resulting iPhone app, which is created by Tinder co-founder Christopher Gulczynski and former VP of design Sarah Mick, is called Next. Musicians use Next to record short videos of their music – anywhere from 10... This story continues at The Next Web

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Skype today confirmed it’s working on a new app for Amazon’s soon to be released Fire Phone. The move isn’t surprising, given cross-platform support is a requirement for all messaging apps, but it’s a notable addition for the smartphone nonetheless. To be clear, this isn’t the Skype for Android app, or the app already available for Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets. The new Fire Phone app will take advantage of the handset’s unique home screen, with a drop-down widget that shows recent conversations, contacts and notifications. Just swipe horizontally until you see the Skype app in the Carousel,... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on the iDoneThis blog. You’re stuck in the trough of sorrow. No matter what you do, nothing in your company is improving. You look around you, and everyone you know is crushing it. Their companies are getting acquired, they’re raising huge funding rounds, and they’re announcing new product features that people love. But not you. You’re stuck in the trough of sorrow, and it feels like you’ll never get out. It’s emotionally trying and tough to handle psychologically, and you’ll want to quit. That’s whyfamed startup investor Paul Graham has said that the number one underlying cause of startup... This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is giving advertisers and developers the ability to target ads at specific smartphones and tablets. The new parameters will allow them to specify not only a specific mobile OS, such as Android or iOS, but also individual devices and the firmware version being used. As an example, an advertiser or developer would be able to deliver ads only to people who are using an iPad mini with Retina Display – and target devices that are running at least iOS 7 or higher. In addition, Facebook will also allow developers to target devices with specific connectivity, such as Wi-Fi-only. The... This story continues at The Next Web

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This post originally appeared on Owen’s personal blog. I had an interesting experience this week when I tried to cancel my Spotify account. When you visit the cancellation page, you’re asked to give a reason about why you’re canceling. Fair enough, but what caught me off guard is Spotify trying to trick you into staying subscribed. Spotify uses a tactic where it makes the link for “stay premium” a big obvious button and the “cancel my account” button a small link to the right. Since you’re unlikely to read the button and just click on it (because a good interface would make... This story continues at The Next Web

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IFTTT today announced its new Nike+ Channel, which lets fitness fanatics automate tasks tied to their Nike+ Running or Nike+ FuelBand apps. These apps already boast some sharing options, but with IFTTT’s recipes you can automatically log NikeFuel activity in a Google Drive spreadsheet, or have your Philips Hue lights turn green when you’ve reached your daily target. It’s a small step, but an important one as the walled-garden of every fitness tracker and fitness app slowly comes down. Apple’s Healthkit and Google Fit will hopefully make your personal health data more useful, but in the meantime – services such as... This story continues at The Next Web

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GoPro is known for its range of durable and high-resolution cameras that help action sports athletes to document their latest death-defying stunts from a point-of-view perspective. GoPro also wants to be a video platform owner like YouTube, however. To that end it’s launched a new GoPro Channel for the Xbox One, which allows you to watch on-demand videos, share favorite clips and purchase new cameras. It follows the GoPro Channel that launched on Xbox 360 back in April, and has four “exclusive” videos for you to check out on your TV. Read Next: This surfing video shot with a drone... This story continues at The Next Web

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It probably comes as little surprise that Facebook is the biggest driver of traffic compared to any other social network, but which social network comes out on top for social logins on third-party websites? Yup, you probably guessed right. Following on from its previous quarterly report, social login aggregator and provider Gigya has revealed some key insights in latest report, showing that Facebook is making global gains. Its report is based on tens of millions of logins between April and June 2014, and records the most commonly used social APIs used by internet users to log-in to websites. Facebook up,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Mozilla shipped a new version of its Firefox browser today, giving desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux) and mobile (Android) users alike a small selection of new consumer-facing features to explore. On desktop, the most notable change is a search field on the new tab page. It’s fairly explanatory, giving you the ability to start a new query without mousing over to the search bar at the top of the screen. Furthermore, Firefox for Windows will now handle .ogg and .pdf files in the browser, if you haven’t already set a specific application to open them by default. The Android update,... This story continues at The Next Web

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Amazon has quietly released Amazon Wallet, a new Android and Fire Phone app that lets you store and organize your gift, reward and loyalty cards. The app is in beta at the moment, but you can still use it to scan cards, check balances and redeem offers in-store. As TechCrunch stresses though, the app doesn’t support mobile payments or credit and debit cards. In this regard Google Wallet is still the better service, although it probably won’t be long before Amazon adds similar functionality. Endorsing purchases and offers from physical store might seem an odd move by Amazon, given its empire... This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is looking to reward engineers and budding innovators for coming up with a more compact solution for transforming energy garnered from renewable sources into something usable in your home. The internet giant first announced the initiative back in May, but now it’s full steam ahead as Google has finally opened it for submissions. As things stand, the typical power inverter for solar or wind power is roughly the size of a picnic cooler, as Google notes, but it’s looking for clever people to shrink this down to the size of a tablet, roughly a tenth of its current size.... This story continues at The Next Web

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If you’re a mobile developer you’ve probably, at one point, had to work with databases to store your app data on a device. Surprisingly, your choice in databases is limited, with SQLite being the most commonly used. It’s surprising because despite the many new databases that have been created over the past decade, none have been focussed on mobile. Bring on Realm: “a mobile database that runs directly inside phones, tablets or wearables.” Realm is an open-source library that mobile developers can integrate into their app to store and query data. Data is queried from Realm’s internal storage engine (not... This story continues at The Next Web

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NVIDIA’s portable Shield gaming console was a niche device that failed to resonate with players. Undeterred, the company is back with a successor called the Shield tablet, which swaps the quirky controller and display hybrid for a more familiar slate and separate gamepad setup. Running on a Tegra K1 chipset, the Shield tablet boasts an 8-inch, full HD display and a stylus. It runs on Android and comes with 16GB or 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by up to 128 GB with a microSD card. Similar to the original Shield, the new Shield tablet supports NVIDIA’s GameStream technology... This story continues at The Next Web

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An Apple patent filed in January 2011 for a “wrist-worn electronic device” has been published today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Referred to as iTime, the patent’s accompanying diagrams reveal a smartwatch with a square face and wide straps that could be fitted with components such as GPS modules, accelerometers, antennas, GPS receivers and haptic enablers. Similar to Android Wear, the main unit would connect to a secondary “mobile electronic device,” which almost certainly means your smartphone, and would also be operational without the electronic wristband. If you’ve ever fitted a conventional watchstrap to a square iPod... This story continues at The Next Web

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Let’s imagine that there’s a large wall in your living room — right above the couch, say — that’s been showcasing a tired, old museum poster for the longest time. And let’s say you’re sick of looking at it. Perhaps an original framed print or even a painting would be nice, but where do you start? Pixels.com’s new iPad app can assist not only in choosing your new work of art — something its related website FineArtAmerica has been doing since 2006 — but letting you visualize exactly how that new piece will look when it’s hanging on your wall. Each... This story continues at The Next Web

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Sean Mitchell is an interactive designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the editor of TypeRelease. As another month comes to an end, here’s a look back at all the beautiful typefaces released during the month of June. Check them out below! Rene Bieder: Choplin Choplin is a modern and clear geometric slab serif with a sturdy heart. TipoType: Libertad Libertad is a sans serif that mixes humanist and grotesk models. Webalys: Streamline Icons Streamline Icons have been designed on a precise grid, to guarantee consistency and crisp display. Mika Melvas: Sanelma Sanelma is a brush script inspired by hot rod lettering and... This story continues at The Next Web

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