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Microsoft removes unofficial Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone store

Microsoft has removed a host of third-party Snapchat alternatives from its Windows Phone store after the photo messaging service indicated that it would start cracking down on unofficial apps in a bid to tighten security. Rudy Huyn, the developer of popular Windows Phone Snapchat alternative 6snap, confirmed on Twitter that his app — and all other third-party Snapchat apps previously available on Microsoft’s operating system — had been removed.

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Yahoo removes anti-abortion ads from abortion clinic searches

Yahoo this week pulled some anti-abortion ads that appeared in web searches for abortion clinics, following petitions from leading pro-choice groups. As CNET reports, NARAL Pro-Choice America and UltraViolet claimed that when users type “abortion clinics” into Yahoo’s search field, the “majority” of displayed ads were from anti-abortion groups. They urged the web company to remove the ads, on the grounds that they were deceptive and violated Yahoo’s advertising policy.

“We have found at least some of the ads to be out of compliance with our policies and we are taking them down,” a Yahoo spokesperson told CNET. “We’re in the process of reviewing the other ads and will take similar action if any are found to not be in compliance with our…

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Comixology removes in-app purchases to avoid paying fees to Apple

It’s about to get a bit more difficult to buy comic books from a mobile device. Comixology is replacing its iOS app today with a new version that removes the ability to purchase comics. The new app is solely a comic book reader, which means that you’ll have to visit the company’s website to purchase new comics. You can browse comics in the new app and download free comics directly, but paid comics can only be added to your wish list for later purchase online. As with the old app, previously purchased comics can be downloaded and synced directly from the app.

The change certainly isn’t an improvement for iOS users, but it’s clear why the change has been made: Apple’s App Store policies demand that it receive a 30 percent cut of all…

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Google removes underlined links, says goodbye to 1996

Google started life as a research project in 1996 to crawl the internet and create a search engine. 18 years later, Google is now removing the last of the design left over from that era. Starting today, the ’90s-style underlined links are being removed from Google search results. It truly marks the end of an era of the web, with underlined links a familiar method used by web developers to highlight links on sites like Geocities, Altavista, and pets.com. It’s the biggest visual change today, but Google is also tweaking other parts of its desktop search results.

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BlinkScan Scans & Removes Backgrounds Of Multiple Images (So You Don’t Have To)

Most scanners in the market today are expensive, slow and do not produce images in true color. BlinkScan is going to change all that. BlinkScan is a revolutionary device that can take high-resolution image scans of multiple objects without the background in mere seconds.

Every object that is scanned with the device is also automatically aligned and extracted into its own image file, thereby saving you lots of time in photo editing, and in cropping out the background images. Let’s take a look at how it works.

How BlinkScan Works

BlinkScan is a tabletop device that works a bit differently from a conventional scanner. For one thing, it is noticeably faster. It has a monochrome sensor and lights that blink Red, Green and Blue. The sensor will capture a total of 3 images (one of each color) and then combine the 3 into a high-resolution true "full color" image.

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Designers would also love the fact that BlinkScan churns out digital images without any background. While most of the time we may need to spend some time cropping out the background, BlinkScan does it for you, with high accuracy.

BlinkScan Scan

Another time-saving feature that BlinkScan offers is multiple object scanning. Just place all your items within the frame, and hit the button. BlinkScan has a scan area of 216mm x 297mm, the regular A4 paper size. Images are scanned at a resolution of 300 dpi.

Best of all, BlinkScan can recognize each individual object from that one scan, and save them into separate image files, when they are transferred to your computer.

BlinkScan Images

These individual images are also automatically de-skewed (aligned appropriately, if scanned at a crooked angle), saving you some precious time. And all of this happens at a single press of a button. The scan takes about 3 seconds, and you can get your high-res, true-color photos on your computer in the blink of an eye.

BlinkScan

The BlinkScan technology is simple and brilliant and it comes with a basic software that allows for simple photo editing such as rotate, contrast, brightness and hue. It is still a running Kickstarter project, as of this writing, but the early bird prices of $ 599 have been taken up. You can still purchase one for $ 799 with an estimated delivery date being sometime in July 2014.


    




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US removes sanctions on computer exports to Iran ahead of next month’s elections

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The US government is lifting a ban on the export of electronic devices like computers, cellphones, and wireless routers to Iran. Al Jazeera reports that the decision is aimed at strengthening communication and avoiding government internet controls ahead of next month’s presidential elections. According to a Treasury Department press release, the general license authorizes exports of equipment to individuals, but not to the Iranian government, or “to any individual or entity on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list.”

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Google Hangouts upgrade removes ability to host Google Voice calls on your computer

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Google new Hangouts messaging service is quite impressive — it takes Google’s old and neglected Talk service and upgrades it with always-on communication, support for images, video calling, and much more. But for all of the improved service that Hangouts offers, if you upgrade the Google Talk service within Gmail to Hangouts (by selecting the “Try the new Hangouts” option in Talk’s menu), you lose some significant features — namely the ability to set your availability status and, more importantly, the ability to place or receive Google Voice calls from within Gmail. Essentially, the new Hangouts removes the option to host a Google Voice call on your computer, something that many users find convenient and necessary in their day to day…

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EA removes links to gun sellers on ‘Medal of Honor’ page

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The web page for self-styled “realistic” shooter series Medal of Honor no longer links to sites selling real weapons. As part of the promotion for Medal of Honor: Warfighter earlier this year, EA Games partnered with companies like Magpul, McMillan, and other makers and sellers of guns, knives, or tactical gear, putting links to their stores on the game’s page. Though the list of partners is still available, the links have now been removed. An EA spokesperson told the BBC and others that “We felt it was inappropriate and took the links down” in the wake of a school shooting at Newtown, Connecticut.

The Medal of Honor partner page was discussed somewhat uneasily by gaming press in August, with The Gameological Society calling the move…

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Apple removes iPhone game based on Foxconn suicides from App Store

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Apple has banned a politically charged iPhone game that tackles human rights issues associated with mass-produced electronics.

Benjamin Poynter‘s In A Permanent Save State is a surreal and visually striking interactive narrative that the creator says imagines the spiritual afterlife of seven overworked laborers who have committed suicide, alluding to real-life events at Foxconn’s electronics manufacturing plants in 2010. But the game was quietly removed from the App Store less than an hour after it went live earlier today.

It’s unclear which part of Apple’s guidelines the company claims the game violated, but sources familiar with Apple’s review process have pointed us to app guidelines against “objectionable content,” (16.1) and…

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Instagram removes live filters from iPhone 5 with software update, plans to pull feature from other versions soon

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Instagram released version 2.0 of its photo-sharing app just about a year ago, and “live filters” were touted a headlining feature — users were now able to apply a filter in the viewfinder before snapping a picture. However, for iPhone 5 owners, that feature is now missing. Yesterday’s update to the Instagram app brought compatibility with iOS 6 and full usage of the iPhone 5’s bigger screen, but it also removed the live filter view, though owners of older iPhones can still use the feature. Instagram’s support portal confirms the removal, saying that the current version of Instagram “does not support live filters on the iPhone 5,” and goes on to say “going forward, live filters will be phased out as we work to improve the Instagram…

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