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FINALLY Vine lets you use other pre-recorded videos

Vine has just pushed out a big update to its app on iPhone that unlocks a tonne of new features – including the ability to import videos you’ve shot previously, to upload to Vine’s platform. The new update turns Vine into a fairly powerful mini video editor. In addition to importing you can trim longer videos, undo your last recording …

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James O'MalleyFINALLY Vine lets you use other pre-recorded videos
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Tom Hanks’ free iPad typewriter app hits no.1 on App Store

Remember that classic scene in the film Big — the film that really launched Tom Hanks’ big-screen career — in which he plays Chopsticks by dancing on the giant piano keys? Well, now keys of another kind have also proved a big success for the Oscar-winning actor. His manual typewriter simulator app for the iPad — called Hanx Writer — launched last …

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Stuart O'ConnorTom Hanks’ free iPad typewriter app hits no.1 on App Store
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Microsoft clones Snapchat with WindUp

It seems that even Microsoft is now cloning Snapchat with its own Windows Phone app. Microsoft Research has published a messaging app in the Windows Phone store that behaves exactly like Snapchat, as spotted by Neowin. The app is called WindUp, works on Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, and is available to download for free. Here’s how the …

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Stuart O'ConnorMicrosoft clones Snapchat with WindUp
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Premier League warn against Vine goal videos

Cancel that Sky Sports subscription! Vine is just as good for catching up with all of the football action – at least according to the Premier League, who is so worried that it is warning fans that posting Vine videos of goals is technically an illegal breach of copyright laws. The warning was given to Newsbeat, which quotes Director of …

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James O'MalleyPremier League warn against Vine goal videos
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Apple TV beta gets an iOS 7-style makeover

Apple has released a new beta version of its Apple TV platform, and its look borrows heavily from the design of iOS 7. As you can see from the image above, the redesign sees a new emphasis on colours with flatter, less-glossy icons and a slightly simpler design that reflects iOS 7 on the iPhone and iPad. The on-screen fonts …

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Stuart O'ConnorApple TV beta gets an iOS 7-style makeover
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Almost 10% of Android apps are malware: report

Thinking of switching form iPhone to Android? You might want to think again. It seems that as many as nine per cent of Android apps – that’s almost one in every 10 – are fully or partially malware, according to new research. The figure comes from Cheetah Mobile’s security report for the first half of 2014. Cheetah collected 24.4 million sample files, …

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Stuart O'ConnorAlmost 10% of Android apps are malware: report
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Now Facebook will pay users to experiment on them

Facebook appears to have learnt its lesson from the recent outcry over experiments that it carried out on its users. Sky News reports that Facebook is offering actual money to people who are willing to test out its new photo-messaging app, Slingshot. “Calling all Slingshot fans! Join our hand-picked group working to make the app more awesome,” reads a blogpost …

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Stuart O'ConnorNow Facebook will pay users to experiment on them
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Shazam brings music ID powers to Mac

Shazam is bringing its media identification software to the desktop with an app for the Mac. Previously only available on smartphones, Shazam is now available for free in Apple’s Mac App Store. As with the Android or iOS version, Shazam for Mac identifies songs playing in the background of your home, office, coffee shop, or anywhere else you have your …

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Stuart O'ConnorShazam brings music ID powers to Mac
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Paul McCartney re-releases five albums as iPad apps

Sir Paul McCartney has somehow never managed to loses his cool – or his financial touch. This week, a “selfie” of Macca sitting on a bench with billionaire Warren Buffett that was taken by a 16-year-old in Omaha, Nebraska, went viral. Now the coolest surviving Beatle has announced that five of his classic albums – Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney …

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Stuart O'ConnorPaul McCartney re-releases five albums as iPad apps
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Create your own Top Trumps card with new app

Games company Winning Moves is letting fans create their own digital Top Trumps cards with the newly-launched app Top Trump It. The free app features more than 30 themes, allowing users to customise their cards with anything from football or romance to music or comics. The company says that to create a customised Top Trumps card using Top Trump It, …

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Stuart O'ConnorCreate your own Top Trumps card with new app