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Your latte, at risk? Starbucks challenged over mobile password security

[Follow-up: Starbucks updating iOS app to address ‘theoretical vulnerabilities’] Look out, the hackers may be coming after your morning cup of joe. Security experts are challenging Starbucks over the way passwords are stored in its widely used mobile payments app, saying that a lack of common security protocols makes it possible for a hacker with physical… Read More

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Apple to pay at least $32.5M over kids’ in-app purchases

Apple will enter into a consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission to refund users for unauthorized charges incurred within apps targeting children, totaling at least $32.5 million, regulators announced this morning. Although Apple settled a lawsuit last year over the marketing of in-app purchases to children, the FTC consent decree seeks to ensure that the… Read More

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ESPN launches new SportsCenter app

While ESPN’s mobile apps have been going gangbusters – with its mobile properties seeing more visitors than its website in September – the sports broadcasting giant has decided to completely overhaul its popular ScoreCenter app for iOS and Android, and give it a new (yet) familiar name: SportsCenter. The new app features a redesign for… Read More

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Microsoft’s SkyDrive app for Apple’s iOS gets automatic photo uploads, and a new look

Microsoft’s SkyDrive app for iOS got a snazzy redesign this morning, complete with a new look that now brings the app in line with the design of iOS 7, Apple’s latest mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads. The app also got the ability to automatically upload photos from your camera roll straight to Microsoft’s storage… Read More

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Google Play music lands on the iPhone, at long last

After a long wait, Google Play Music has made its way over to the iPhone. Google’s music service allows users to upload up to 20,000 songs from their personal music libraries to Google’s cloud and then stream them for free from their mobile devices, as well as purchase music from the iTunes-like Google Play Music… Read More

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App of the Week: Xfinity TV Go adds live TV streaming

This week’s App of the Week is the perfect companion for watching live TV on your iOS or Android device…so long as you’re a Comcast subscriber. Xfinity TV Go is Comcast’s latest revision of its streaming solution for subscribers to its cable service. The marquee new feature from Comcast’s update is the ability to stream… Read More

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You can’t opt out of auto-playing Instagram video on mobile anymore, but here’s how to spare your wallet

When you next open up Instagram on your smartphone, there might be a video already playing for you. In an update released today, Facebook removed the toggle that prevented videos from autoplaying in the Instagram apps for iOS and Android. If that’s functionality you weren’t interested in to begin with, tough luck–there’s no way out…. Read More

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Foursquare adds recommendations with new iOS update

Forget about asking your server for a recommendation. The next time you walk into a restaurant, your iPhone may tell you which dishes other diners prefer, thanks to a new Foursquare update. Almost a month after the geolocation company rolled the capability out to Android, select iOS users will be getting push recommendations for places… Read More