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Vine for Windows Phone updated with drafts support

Twitter’s video clip sharing app, Vine, has updated its Windows Phone application with support for drafts. The new feature makes it easier to create those six-second masterpieces. In order to use it all Viners have to do is do what they normally do in record whatever, then once they’re partly done follow these directions. Tap the X at the top-left of the screen and a message will pop up asking if you want to save your masterpiece for later. If you’ve finished recording and tap the X it will simply Read more

Nintendo teases Mario Kart 8, set for Spring 2014 launch

Nintendo today showed a brand new trailer of its upcoming Mario Kart 8 game. In the short clip (2 minutes or so), viewers get to see their favorite plumber and company rip it up at a bunch of new racing tracks, including an airport. In keeping up with the anticipation Nintendo offered some comments about the game. New playable characters include Rosalina and various “Baby” Nintendo characters, like Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. New course settings include an airport, the desert and high in the clouds, and vehicles include UFOs, Read more

Google Play Movies arrives in multiple regions, including Jamaica, Hong Kong and others

Google Play Movies is spreading to more countries as the search giant announced today that it’s bringing it’s streaming service to new regions such as New Zealand, Hong Kong, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. This is a big deal for anyone who wants to use this service and who still owns a Google TV or the recently launched Chromecast dongle outside the United States. This is a great thing for Google as it continues to grab as much market share as it can to battle a content monster like Amazon Read more

Flipboard for iOS finally lets you share articles via email

Flipboard updated its app for iOS finally bringing a basic feature most folks using the reading application has waited for: sharing articles by way of email. Now users can send each article to whoever they want, and not be forced to share it publicly on a social network. The feature has been tweaked in a unique way to fit whatever direction Flipboard is going, as it creates a new section within the app itself. The way it works is folks who receive articles through email from another Flipboard user, get Read more

Australia Consumer Watchdog Cracks Down on Apple

Apple has been ordered to pay complainants back their money from a case brought up by Australian customers for “faulty products.” This ruling is being enforced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The iPhone maker is going to comply with its warranty on the goods it sells in line with Australia’s laws. This is something that we rarely see done to a major company by a government, because of the enormous influence that companies like Apple have over so many making decisions. Via AllThingsD

AT&T dumps its wireline business to Connecticut company for $2B

AT&T has made itself some major cash today with the sale of its wireline business to Connecticut’s Frontier Communications. The deal is worth $2 billion in cash. This signifies a change in the company that was in the pipeline, as the company move exclusively to a wireless ran telco. It’s not surprising considering how terrible the wireline business has been as it continues to crumble. So what does AT&T plan to do with extra money, you ask? If you’ve guessed expansion of its 4G LTE network, then you’d be right. The Read more

Apple wants all app submissions to be iOS 7 ready by Feb 1st

Apple is tightening up its requirements for apps as it sent out a message to all devs in its developers portal, saying it wants all app submissions to be iOS 7 ready by February 1st. This includes new apps and updates to existing apps. The company is implementing this to get developers to enter its new Xcode 5 that brings 64-bit support and access to new features like back-grounding APIs. The iOS maker knows what it’s doing here, reason why more than 74 percent of its iPhones and 63 percent of Read more

Xbox One delivers the Verizon FiOS app; gamers can now stream up to 74 channels of live TV

Microsoft today released the Verizon FiOS app for the Xbox One. This time around the application brings some new features to most subscribers should enjoy like the ability to stream up to 74 channels of live TV (the amount of channels depends on what package you’re signed up to). Of course, Xbox One users can use the game consoles Kinect as it is also integrated into to the FiOS app. The Kinect will usher in the same bells and whistles for most of the interaction that come with the game Read more

Roku 3 lands official YouTube app, support for older boxes could come later

Not having a YouTube app to boast about included in its long list of channel apps has remained a huge problem for Roku. Now that issue is no more as the leading set-top-box has finally gotten its hands on Google’s massively popular video streaming service. YouTube and Roku announced today that the video streaming service will hit all Roku 3 boxes; hopefully with older boxes to get in on the action soon as well. Before this, many Roku owners had to suffer through half-baked unofficial channel apps that weren’t as Read more

Instagram for Windows Phone update brings photo tagging and maps

Instagram just updated its app on Windows Phone with some basic features found on both Android and iOS. Version 0.2 brings the ability for users to tag people in photos and now the option to use locations and add photos to maps. This isn’t anything new but they’re much-needed features; being able to upload content and include the names of friends and followers is key. Other than that, the update adds the usual bug fixes and behind the scenes improvements. Instagram on WP8 is still in beta, so the social Read more

Amazon’s Xbox One stock gets replenished (Updated)

Great news for you gamers out there. Amazon has replenished its stock of Microsoft Xbox One gaming consoles. We’re sure this stock is probably going to go fast, but don’t feel bad because Amazon seems to have a good flow going on with the popular system. Amazon seems to be getting their stock back up every few days or so once they run out. That being said, it’s best to jump on these suckers when they’re available. Christmas is right around the corner, and if you envisioned seeing an Xbox Read more