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Story, Facebook Pages Manager, Paper, Pulse

updated 01:30 am EDT, Thu May 9, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Story 1.0.1 (Free) - Story by Disney is an app that automatically gathers pictures and videos together based on time (not unlike iPhoto's Events view) and lets users collage them into a "story" with text, backgrounds, titles and themes. The stories can be shared to invited friends and family on, embedded on websites or shared to email or Facebook. The story collage is synced to iCloud for future viewing and editing. [Download - 16.9MB]

Facebook Pages Manager 2.0 (Free) - Facebook has updated their separate Pages Manager app for speed, using much more native code for better performance. Scrolling through the timeline is faster, and now photos open faster and close with a downward swipe. The update also includes posting photos with auto-enhancement or filters (presumably from Facebook's purchase of Instagram), and the Messages component can now send stickers and emoji. [Download - 31.8MB]

Paper 1.3.1 (Free) - Paper is a freestyle sketching and drawing app that uses a sketchbook metaphor and an expressive set of touch-control pens (additional pens and other tools are available through in-app purchases). The new update brings a built-in feed called "Made With Paper" that shows off posted examples from random users. In addition, there is now a zoom function for more detailed work, and the app's Ink Engine has now been rewritten to use OpenGL, which will enhance rendering speed. [Download - 48MB]

Pulse 3.1 (Free) - Pulse is a news-aggregating app that pulls stories from blogs, newspapers, social networks and magazines the user selects, and presents thumbnails of posts that can be expanded. The new version increases the options for saving marked stories to other places and formats, including send to SMS, Pocket, Evernote and Instapaper. In addition, reflecting the recent acquisition of Pulse by LinkedIn, stories can now also be shared with business network LinkedIn. [Download - 33.8MB]

Amazon Cloud Player 2.1 (free) - Amazon Cloud Player provides users with mobile access to their entire Amazon music library. All music can be streamed directly from the cloud, or downloaded to the device for offline playback. Version 2.1 now offers support for Ford Sync on the iPhone and iPod touch, and also includes an improved experience when adding songs to a playlist. Finally, VoiceOver support has received a number of improvements. [Download - 10.8MB]

RunKeeper 3.3 (free) - Through the use of the location services found in the iPhone RunKeeper can track a users fitness activity. The application turns the GPS data into stats such as distance travelled, how long it took, how many calories were burned, and more. New support for tracking stats with a Pebble watch has been added in this release, along with six new localizations. [Download - 20.9MB]

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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014.

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Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket

The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]


Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera

Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement.

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Apple employees testing wheelchair features

New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps.

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SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards

SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200.

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Apple's third-quarter results due July 26

Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion.

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Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users

Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser.

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