Google Wallet app for iOS updated…

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The NEW update to 2.0.15007.9964 brings two small features to the app. The Google Wallet app will now automatically track your online orders and notify you when they have shipped. Also, you can now view your order history all in one place providing information on when the order was placed and when the item was delivered.  If you click on one of the transactions you are given even more information.  These are great additions to an already great app.

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Analyst Predicts Apple ‘iAnywhere’ Platform Will Turn Your iPhone Into a Desktop Computer

JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz says Apple may be preparing to release a platform he dubs ‘iAnywhere’ that would let you dock your iOS device into a display turning it into a full blown desktop computer.

“While not a new idea, our global tech research team believes Apple could be on the cusp of introducing a new category with iAnywhere, a converged MacOS-iOS operating system that allows an iPhone or iPad to dock into a specially configured display to run as a computer,” Moskowitz said. “In our view, this category would be a leapfrog event, potentially jumpstarting iPhone and iPad growth as well as peripherals and cloud-based software and services sales.”

It’s said that Apple could introduce ‘iAnywhere’ within 12 to 18 months.

What do you think about this concept? Would you want to be able to connect your iDevice to a new cinema display and have it function similar to a Mac? Let us know in the comments.

[via CNET]

Google is Testing “Chromoting” Remote Desktop Management App for iOS…

Remember Chromoting? I had tried it on my Android phone and shared some screenshots for your viewing pleasure. And today I can report to you that Google is testing the iOS app for Chromoting.

What is Chromoting?

It has been a while since we discussed Chromoting, so let me start with a brief intro for those who are reading about it for the first time:

Chrome Remote Desktop is a Chrome app that lets you remotely access other computers from Chrome. Administrators can control their users’ access to Chrome Remote Desktop in several ways.

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There is a Chrome extension available already and Google is preparing an Android app for this, which I have already tested. Now, to the iOS app.

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Apple keeps its options open with patent for iBeacon- & NFC-compatible secure payment system…

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While it seems likely that Apple is intending to eventually establish iBeacon as a wireless electronic wallet system, rather than the existing NFC system commonly used in parts of Europe and Asia, apatent filing published today incorporates both protocols. It also allows for other forms of Bluetooth payment.

The secure payment system Apple describes would work in much the same way as the chip-and-PIN cards which are well-established in Europe. Instead of transmitting your actual card details to the payment terminal, the card details are used to generate an encrypted code which is sent instead. The terminal is able to validate the code and identify the account without ever having access to the card details themselves.

As we always note with patent stories, Apple patents huge numbers of things, most of which never make it into products. But while Apple is adopting its usual wait-and-see policy where new technologies are concerned, the question of using iPhones for payment is almost certainly when andhow rather than if.

Google Search for iOS updated. Major improvements to Google Now.

Google+ for iOS has been updated to 4.5.1

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Google+ for iOS has been updated to 4.5.1

 

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Google Search for iOS has been updated to 3.0.2

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Google Announces It Will Update Chrome for iOS With Voice Search

Google has announced that it will update its Chrome browser for iOS with voice search.

Over the coming days, we’re rolling out an update for iPhone and iPad as well. You can now speak your searches into the omnibox. Touch the microphone, say your search query aloud and see your results (in some cases spoken back to you), all without typing a single letter. 

The update will also enable faster reloading of web pages by more efficient use of the cache.

As announced previously, Google notes that iOS apps can now give you the option to open links in Chrome and then return to the app with just one tap.

Earlier today, Google enabled conversational voice search for users on Chrome 27.

We’ll let you know as soon as the update is live in the App Store.

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Google Now for iOS

Google has finally come out with Google Now for the iOS platform.

WIth the latest release of Google Search, version 3.0, Google was able to ‘push’ this great feature, that has been available for Android users for awhile, to iOS users allowing them access to this Siri rivial.

Google Now provides updates to the information that is important to you. You can turn ‘cards’ or categories ON or OFF at your pleasure. The Google Now cards available are:

Weather
Traffic
Next Appointment
Flights
Gmail
Travel
Public Transit
Places
Sports
Public Alerts
Movies
Stocks
News Updates
Photo Spots
Birthdays

Don’t have the app yet? iOS users visit the App Store on your device or click here http://goo.gl/vXVzF

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‘Google Places For Business’ Released for iOS Devices

Google has a new app in the iTunes app store for verifying and updating your Places/Google+ Local listing on the go.

Google Places For Business does what it says on the tin: “Google Places for Business is the best way to get your business on Google and be found across Google Search, Maps, Mobile, and Google+”.

The app, first reported on by iClarified can be used on your iPhone or iPod Touch with the following features as listed by Google:

  • Verify your business listing directly from your phone
  • Update your business information: hours, address, contact information, and description
  • Post beautiful pictures of your business on your local Google+ page
  • Track web traffic going to your listing
  • Manage multiple business locations from one app

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For the Fourth Time, Google Tops Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for – Apple… Nowhere to be Found

For the Fourth Time, Google Tops Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for – Apple… Nowhere to be Found

“Hey Apple,” I guess it’s true what they say: “money can’t buy employee happiness.” Okay, that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but you get my point. For the fourth time, Google has topped the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for while the Cupertino cash cow is nowhere to be found.

It’s really no surprise that El Google keeps topping the list, I mean, with perks such as subsidized massages, in-house slides and a seven-acre sports complex, who wouldn’t want to work there? Of course, there’s much more to working at Google than just the free haircuts, you do actually have to work… sometimes.

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The Race to a Billion: Android Predicted to Reach 1 Billion Users well Before iOS

The Race to a Billion: Android Predicted to Reach 1 Billion Users well Before iOS

With 2013 in full swing, Horace Dediu of Aysmco takes another look at which platforms are leading the pack in the race to a billion. While Horace includes a plethora of platforms, we’ll take a close look at the two we’re most concerned about: Android and iOS.

A quick glance at the Platform Adoption Ramps and you’ll notice Android has managed to surpass iOS in total user base and is on the path to reach 1 billion users well before iOS. These are compelling numbers when compared to the multitude of other platforms that have not only been around longer than Android, but have failed to even come close to the billion mark.

Facebook has already managed to cross the finish line, however, Horace points out that the slopes of both Android and iOS point towards an eventual overtake in overall ecosystem size.

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Google Voice is Updated With iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Support

Google has finally updated its Google Voice app with support for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.

You can download Google Voice from the App Store for free.

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Apple’s iMessage causes decline in U.S. text messaging, report says

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Apple’s iMessage, as well as other data-based messaging apps, reportedly caused the first drop in U.S. text messaging in years, and the downward trend may continue as more wireless subscribers switch to smartphones.

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Passbook app usability enhanced for first-time users in iOS 6.1 beta

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With Apple’s release of the second iOS 6.1 beta, the company added an explanatory note in the Passbook app for first-time users, a change from the current setup that directs users to Passbook-ready apps on the App Store.

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Evernote 5 for Mac to offer revamped OS X style UI, new features

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Evernote, one of the first companies to offer a comprehensive cloud-based note-taking app for iOS and OS X, on Friday teased the upcoming launch of its redesigned Mac client which will add a number of user interface and operational changes.

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Klout Updates iPhone App With Passbook Integration, Wants You To “Show Off” With Klout Card

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Online social influence is something that can really rub people the wrong way. Klout obviously believes in it wholeheartedly;others, not so much. Now, in a move that’s sure to generate its fair share of criticism, Klout has updated its iPhone app with Passbook support, allowing users to create their own “Klout Card,” which lives in Passbook and can help users “show off [their] influence to get special service and experiences” from businesses.

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Starbucks Adds Passbook Support to Its iPhone App

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Starbucks has added Passbook support to its iPhone app [App Store], as perhaps the highest profile app to embrace the feature. Starbucks customers can use its app to store gift cards and use QR codes on the phone to quickly pay for food and drinks without needing cash or credit cards. Additionally, the company keeps track of purchases for its rewards program.

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Google Drive gets significant upgrade in the Google Play Store and Apple Store

Google Drive debuted in the Google Play Store with an impressive set of features, but if you thought Google would stagnate on its progress then you simply don’t know Google. A new upgrade for the application has hit the Google Play Store, and it’s added a lot of desirable features.

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Notification in iOS 6 beta hints at iBooks for Apple TV

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An error message displayed in the latest beta of iOS 6 for Apple TV suggests that support for iBooks may be coming to Apple’s set-top box.

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Apple iOS 6 Maps cuts Google’s exclusive lock on directions, opens door to third party apps

The new Maps in iOS 6 introduces new turn by turn navigation for drivers and walkers, but opens up transit and other specialized directions to third parties, cutting Apple’s exclusive partnership with Google for all other types of directions for the first time.

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Apple’s Passbook strategy ignores NFC technology to power iOS 6 retail apps

Apple’s new Passbook feature in iOS 6 isn’t just a coupon app; it’s a framework that enables retailers to develop smart apps for transactions, without relying on new Near Field Communications (NFC) hardware to do so.

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Apple rolls out updated iWork with iCloud document sync, Retina display support

Alongside OS X Mountain Lion release, Apple has unleashed an updated version of iWork (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) that takes advantage of the company’s latest hardware and software technologies. The new version of iWork – which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – has been completely enhanced to work perfectly with the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

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New Google Earth 3D cities not as detailed as Apple iOS 6 Maps

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A side-by-side comparison of Google’s newly-refreshed Google Earth for iOS appears to yield inferior results when compared to the beta version of Apple’s upcoming iOS 6 Maps app.

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Apple wants to create iPhone-based automated homes

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A new, extensive patent application details how a new iPhone model with a near-field communications chip could serve as the connected centerpiece of an automated digitally connected home.

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Apple patent filing points to Google Glass-like heads-up display tech

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A patent application Apple filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday points to the company’s continued interest in creating high-resolution display technology suitable for near-eye applications like those seen in Google’s Project Glass.

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Court Rules Against Apple’s Bid To Transfer Kodak Patent Case Out Of Bankruptcy Court

Court Rules Against Apple’s Bid To Transfer Kodak Patent Case Out Of Bankruptcy Court

US District Judge George Daniels denied Apple’s proposal to move the patent dispute with Eastman Kodak Company out of bankruptcy court and into his own District Court today. If Apple had been granted the proposal, it could have been tough going for Kodak’s plans to actually sell the technology.

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Apple’s London Stores to Distribute iPhone and iPad Olympic Pins

With the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics set for tomorrow in London, Apple is preparing to offer an extra bonus to some customers visiting its stores in the area during the roughly two-week event. The company has produced a series of four lapel pins commemorating the London Olympics, displaying the flag of the United Kingdom in place of the screen of both black and white iPhones and iPads.

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Google beats Apple to the 3D punch with update to iOS Google Earth app today

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Inside Steve Wozniak’s Amazing $25,000 Gadget Bag

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Nano-SIM Cards Stockpiled In Advance of iPhone 5 Launch [Report]

Less is more? Really?

Sparrow for Mac Gets Retina Support and Mountain Lion Ready

Sparrow for Mac Gets Retina Support and Mountain Lion Ready

The story behind how Apple’s iCloud data center got built

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Pandora iOS App Gets UI Refresh in New Update, Reduced Battery Usage

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion Golden Master to Developers, Xcode 4.4

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iOS 6 Code Hints That Apple Maps Are Headed to OS X?

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Apple’s Sandboxing Deadline Has Arrived For Mac App Store Developers

Apple’s Sandboxing Deadline Has Arrived For Mac App Store Developers
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New iPhone to debut with Dual-Band 40nm BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi, significant power savings and Wi-Fi Direct/iOS AirDrop

iOS 6 to Bring Systemwide Facebook Integration

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iOS 6 to Bring Redesign to iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore?

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Jailbreaking iPhones Made This Student $50,000

Can jailbreaking iOS devices become a real business with an actual annual profit? Apparently, yes. And even if we wouldn’t recommend basing your monthly income entirely on the process of hacking phones and installing apps Apple doesn’t approve, $50,000 a year doesn’t sound that bad.

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Want To Get a Job at the Apple Store? Here’s What the Interview Process Looks Like

Want To Get a Job at the Apple Store? Here’s What the Interview Process Looks Like

For some people, getting the chance to work for Apple seems like one of the coolest jobs on the planet. Being surrounded by everything Apple. Super discounts on iMacs. Talking to customers about how incredibly magical the products are. If that all sounds awesome to you then go ahead and disregard the fact that it’s easier to get into Harvard than to get hired by Apple. Here is Cult of Mac’s first-hand look at how the Apple hiring process plays out.
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Apple Orders 12 Petabytes (That’s 12 Million Gigabytes) For iTunes Store Video

After all the theories surrounding Apple’s new data center in North Carolina, and the rumors surfaced in the past months pinpointing a complete revamp of iOS and MobileMe with extensive cloud features, here comes an interesting tidbit suggesting that Apple is looking to improve capacity of the iTunes Store by ordering 12 petabytes of storage from Isilon Systems.

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