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Four years later, Skype updates iOS app

Skype has finally updated its iOS app. This is the first time in four years that the Skype app was updated. The previous version of Skype was design for iOS 4. However, the new version has reduced clutter. The bottom menu bar has only two major features, which are phone calls and messaging. Pulling up contacts, favorites, recent calls, or chats uses the swipe function. Skype now has a proper release cycle plan in place with less gaps for updates.
[Source: TNW]

Google Wallet for iOS now has 2-click instant checkout

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Around a year ago, Google Wallet launch the Instant Buy API for Android apps. Now this feature is available on iOS apps. Developers can now integrate Google Wallet’s checkout into their apps with Instant Buy and have users check out with two clicks.

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) is reportedly launching new line of iMacs next week

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be updating its iMac line next week with faster processors and lower prices, according to MacGeneration. MacGeneration correctly predicted the MacBook Air refresh this past April so the rumor sounds likely based on the track record.

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Synaptics, Incorporated (SYNA) to acquire Renesas Electronics Corporation (6723) for $475 million

Touchscreen chipmaker company Synaptics, Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA) has announced that it will be acquiring Renesas Electronics Corporation (TYO:6723), the sole supplier of display chips for the iPhone. The deal is worth $475 million.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Irish tax avoidance plan is now being investigated by European government

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is being investigated by European authorities about whether the company’s corporate income tax arrangements in Ireland are legal or whether they are considered unlawful state aid. Many tech companies are using Ireland as their top choice for lowering corporation tax rates and for favorable laws, which enable complex avoidance like the Double Irish arrangement.

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Apple is now banning apps that rewards social sharing and video views

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Apple has revamped its policies for iOS 8 in the Apple App Store. This means that apps like Candy Crush and other apps that reward you for social sharing or watching videos could soon be penalized. Apps that promote other apps also violate Apple’s latest terms and conditions for developers.

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) actively looking for friendly PR head

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is currently looking to replace PR head Katie Cotton. Cotton is the VP of corporate communications, who is retiring this month.

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New Apple iOS 8 feature makes it harder for marketers to track locations

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Apple has added a MAC address randomization feature in iOS 8 that makes it harder for marketers to track you on public WiFi networks, according to Frederic Jacobs on a Hacker News post. While your iPhone scans for WiFi networks, it is assigned a “random, locally administered” MAC address, which is a constant unique identifier attached to the phone’s wireless network interface. MAC addresses help retailers and others track return visits to build a shopper profile by connecting in-store visits to purchases. Apple has a feature called iBeacons, which uses Bluetooth as an alternative method for connecting software with in-store shoppers. Apple’s technology offers more transparent privacy controls for the user so it is easier to opt out of participation.