• Microsoft Previews PowerApps
    Microsoft is previewing a new PowerApps enterprise service, ZDNet reports. “PowerApps … is designed to allow business users and developers to create custom native, mobile, and Web apps that can be shared simply across their organizations,” it writes. “Microsoft's goal in developing PowerApps is to allow business users to harness the power of data scattered throughout their organizations in both software-as-a-service and on-premises apps.”
  • Apple Pencil Gets Rave Reviews
    “All I wanted to know was if the Apple Pencil would give me the digital handwriting experience I had wanted for so long,” Myke Hurley writes in The Pen Addict. “It does.” What’s more, “As a 1.0 product, I am astounded by just how well the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro work together,” Hurley writes. “After only having used it for a few days, I am now at the point where I wouldn't want to go back.”
  • Google Bringing Search To App World
    With Google’s new App Streaming service, the search giant wants to give users to ability to easily find and browse content within apps as easily as they use the Web, Marketing Land reports. “If it works as promised, you’ll be able to browse within apps with the same type of experience that you browse web pages.”
  • Free Android Apps Transferring "Covert" Data
    MIT researchers describe about half of the data transferred to and from the 500 most popular free Android applications as “covert.” That said, “There might be a very good reason for this covert communication,” according to Julia Rubin, a postdoc in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. “We are not trying to say that it has to be eliminated. We’re just saying the user needs to be informed.”
  • Google Play Store To Point Out All Ad-Supported Apps
    Beginning early next year, all apps that contain ads that are listed in the Google Play Store will feature an “ad-supported” label, Android Authority reports. “Google rolled out this feature for ad-supported apps in the Designed for Families section back at Google I/O, and now the feature will roll out to to [sic] all applications and games beginning in January.”
  • Publisher Blames Mobile For Lad Mag Closures
    Blaming the rise of mobile and social media, Bauer Media plans to stop publishing FHM and Zoo at the end of the year. “The plan is to close both the print and digital versions of the magazines by 2016,” The Guardian reports. “The closures reflect an overall decline in magazine sales, which has seen many titles close and others, such as Time Inc UK’s NME.”
  • Cook Says Macs Are Here To Stay
    Despite the rise of mobile, Apple head Tim Cook says the Mac will live on in its current form. “We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” Cook tells Independent.ie. “Because what that would wind up doing … is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants.”
  • Google Play Adds Vertical Scrolling Mode
    Google just announcing an update to the Play Books app designed to allow for a better comic reading experience. “To enable it, readers can simply rotate their phones into landscape mode and they'll be able to scroll through the entire story using only vertical swipes, no panning required,” Android Police reports.
  • Secure Messenger TigerText Raises $50M
    To corner the healthcare market, secure messenger app TigerText just raises another $50 million. “The Whisper app co-founder’s other startup has raised more than $80 million to date,” Fortune reports. “The latest investment was led by Norwest Venture Partners and included participation from Invus Group and Accolade Partners.”
  • Android Wear Getting Cellular Support
    Google says cellular support is coming to Android Wear. “Cue in Oooohs and Aaaaahs and gasps of jubilant shock,” Android Police half-jokes. “Having already heard about the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE through its teaser video back in September, it was pretty much a given that Wear watches were about to learn a new trick and cut their umbilical cord tether to their phones.”
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