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Former Apple Design Award Winner Launches Hours to Help Ease the Pain of Time-Tracking

By Paul Sawers

Notching up an Apple Design Award is nothing to be sniffed at. Family-run design studio Tapity won the prestigious gong way back in 2011 for its education-focused Grades app, before going on to launch an equally stupendous follow-up in conjunction with Sonico the following year called languages. Earlier this year, Tapity also launched a Flappy Bird-style game called Buffalo Wings.

Today, Tapity introduced its latest iOS offering going by the name of Hours, which is a really beautiful and sleek time-tracking app for iPhone. While anyone with a need to manage multiple timelines will find this useful, it’s perhaps more specifically aimed at those working in the project management realm.

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Steady App for iPhone Calms Shaky Video While you Shoot

By Jacki Dove

One of the most vexing aspects of shooting hand-held video is the twitchy, jumpy footage it often produces. Poor image stabilization, or none at all, will ruin a shoot by making the results impossible to watch.

Stupeflix’s Steady for iPhone, released today, lets you shoot stable video in square or 16:9 recording formats while walking, running, riding a bike or any other moving activity via a simple set of controls within the app. Point, choose flash or no flash, and front or back camera, and then hit the big red button to start recording. That’s it.

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Blippar Demos Augmented Reality Gaming on Google Glass

By Ben Woods

Augmented reality company Blippar is on a mission to be the bridge between the physical and digital worlds. Today, the company took another step on that mission as it company showed off an early build of its augmented reality games running on Google Glass for the first time.

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‘A New Mobile Expression’: Yo Confirms Seed-Stage Funding from Betaworks and Pete Cashmore

By Paul Sawers

Remember Yo? Of course you do. Well, the single-button, zero-character communication tool that hogged headlines for weeks has just announced Pete Cashmore and Betaworks have participated in its $1.5 million seed-stage round.

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This Week in the Digital Lab: Asif Khan

This week, the Digital Lab is pleased to welcome Asif Khan, President of the Location Based Marketing Association.

Asif is a veteran tech start-up, business-development and marketing entrepreneur with more than 15 years experience. He is currently focused on working as a consultant, educator and speaker to the location-based marketing services community.

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There are a ton of new features in iOS 8, but here are some gems you might have missed.
It’s tempting to think of iOS 8 as a more polished version of iOS 7; when you first install the update, there’s no visual cue that anything is different. But iOS 8 packs a long list of new features, some of which we’re still digging up weeks later. But what else is really new and worthwhile here? After thoroughly testing out the new OS, there were four such features that really stuck out.
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fastcompany:

There are a ton of new features in iOS 8, but here are some gems you might have missed.

It’s tempting to think of iOS 8 as a more polished version of iOS 7; when you first install the update, there’s no visual cue that anything is different. But iOS 8 packs a long list of new features, some of which we’re still digging up weeks later. But what else is really new and worthwhile here? After thoroughly testing out the new OS, there were four such features that really stuck out.

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Google Analytics Gets its Own Official Dedicated iPhone App So you Can View your Data on the Go

By Paul Sawers

Adding to its existing version on Android, Google has now launched a new incarnation of its Analytics app for iOS too.

Available globally and optimized for iPhone and iPod touch, Google Analytics lets you access all of your Web and app data as usual, but now it’s packaged in a mobile-friendly format for Apple devices. You can peruse page-view figures and real-time reports of traffic by region, source and more.

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Social Robotics Pioneer Announces Jibo, a Remarkable Robot Assistant for the Whole Family

By Josh Ong

MIT Media Lab professor Cynthia Breazeal has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Jibo, a cute little robot that will help out around the house.

Breazeal is considered one of the front-runners in the field of social robotics, which aims to create robots that we can communicate naturally with and that fit within expected societal roles.

Jibo has a swiveling display for a head and a free-axis base. He includes a camera that can employ facial tracking in order to follow you around as you move. Jibo will stand roughly 11-inches tall and weigh six pounds.

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Microsoft Layoffs: 18K Jobs to Be Cut

By Barb Darrow

The Microsoft cuts are here and they are deeper than expected. Per the Microsoft press release, the move will entail:

” … the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 professional and factory positions will be eliminated through synergies and strategic alignment of the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25.”

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