Apple Weekly News Roundup: Facebook vs. Snapchat, Yo, iWatch and More

As expected, Facebook launched its second Snapchat clone after removing Poke from the App Store last month. The new app allows users to send photos and video clips that disappear after a user swipes them away. Facebook's app differs from Snapchat because it forces users to send images or videos before they can view any sent to them. Facebook has been desperately trying to recapture its younger users who have been leaving the company's main service in droves for trendier products such as Yo.

Facebook Slingshot

Unfortunately for Facebook, Yo is already surpassing it in the App Store rankings. The messaging app is currently ranked number 5 on the Apple's Top Free Apps Chart, while Slingshot is nowhere to be found. Yo saw a surge in popularity after the Finacial Times published an article about the app which allows users to send the word "Yo" to their contacts.

Bitcoin Wallets Are Slowly Making Their Way Back to Apple's App Store

Coin Pocket has become the first Bitcoin wallet to re-join the App Store, after Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines to allow virtual currency apps that are in "compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories" in which they function. Other apps such as eGifter are also taking advantage of Apple's new virtual currency policy by now accepting Bitcoin payments.

Coin Pocket

Coin Pocket is a standalone wallet app that allows users to send and receive Bitcoins. Users can also collect and encrypt private keys within the app. Coin Wallet is free to download and it is compatible with all devices running iOS 7.1 or later.


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