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Amazon’s HDR video arrives for Prime subscribers

Amazon’s HDR video arrives for Prime subscribers

Back in April, we heard word that Amazon would be adding HDR video support to Prime Instant Video some time later on in the year, doing so with the promise of improved image quality. The new viewing options would be arriving on its own original shows, but the company had said that it was also working with other entities to bring HDR to other content, too. Fortunately, Amazon didn't make us wait too long for the feature to arrive. Today the company announced that Prime members can watch HDR versions of episodes from its own original shows.

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Messenger drops Facebook account requirement

Messenger drops Facebook account requirement

Facebook Messenger offers more features than chatting, and some use it even if they don't bother with their Facebook account. For those who fall into the latter group, there's good news: the recent Messenger update has brought a handful of changes, the most notable of which is that you no longer require a Facebook account to use the chatting app. Instead, users can just provide their phone number and go from there. The change has arrived with both the Android and the iOS apps.

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Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25: GPS and tracking for cyclists

Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25: GPS and tracking for cyclists

Garmin has announced the latest additions to its lineup for cyclists, the Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25 “bike computers”. These are bid as the smallest GPS cycling computers available thus far, with the Edge 25 being the higher-end of the two with connectivity features. Both enables cyclists to gather and store data metrics on their rides, such as how far they travel during a ride and how long they spend cycling, how fast they were going during a session, where all they travelled, how high they ascended, and more. In addition and depending on the model, the data can be shared with others.

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Dropbox for Android gets design update, new features

Dropbox for Android gets design update, new features

Dropbox for Android has received an update that focuses on the app’s design and boosts its usability, the company has announced. Dropbox says there are new features in addition to the updated design, and included among them is the addition of a “plus” button for snapping a photo (among other things) and putting it straight into a folder, improvements to tools for finding files on the service, changes to file sharing controls, and more. The update is rolling out to users now.

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Adobe Creative Cloud reboots trials to lure in users

Adobe Creative Cloud reboots trials to lure in users

Adobe has been pushing its Creative Cloud, which gives users access to Adobe software and services in exchange for a subscription fee. Despite some grumblings about the service, it has been going strong for a few years now and has been updated regularly. Adobe is still trying to get more users on board with it, though, and so it is dangling a new piece of incentive: a second round of free trials. The company recently announced that it has reset the Creative Cloud trials in honor of the 2015 release.

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iOS 9 will temporarily delete apps for OS updates if needed

iOS 9 will temporarily delete apps for OS updates if needed

As we found out earlier this month, iOS 9 will support older devices like the iPhone 4s. Some users planning to update will no doubt be doing so with limited available storage, which typically necessitates deleting data and uninstalling apps until the required space is available. Not hard, but usually a waste of time and hassle. With iOS 9 that changes -- developers have spotted a new feature in iOS 9 that temporarily deletes apps to free up space, then automatically reinstalls them after the OS update is finished.

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Nikon D5 specs leak: 4k video, high ISO

Nikon D5 specs leak: 4k video, high ISO

An update to Nikon's popular D4 camera is in the works, and word has it the upcoming model -- the Nikon D5 -- will look similar to the D4S. Such word comes from a recent leak that includes a few other tidbits of information, among which is the rumored ability to record video in 4k resolution, and a native ISO that is very high at 102,400. Nikon hasn't officially unveiled the D5 model at this point, and has not commented on the leak, so at this point it still remains unconfirmed -- though, it should be noted, the source has a good track record.

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Hulu to offer Showtime shows under new partnership

Hulu to offer Showtime shows under new partnership

Hulu, though still maligned for showing advertisements to paying subscribers, has done impressive work when it comes to expanding its library, and it has boasting rights as the current and future home of many well-known shows. Now the service has announced in conjunction with Showtime a new ‘first’ — the ability for Hulu subscribers to subscribe to and access Showtime’s own service. Under this partnership, those who sign up can access the Showtime content via the Hulu app, meaning the content will be available on an expansive lineup of devices. Says Hulu, the Showtime shows can be streamed "the moment they air".

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360fly camera records video for VR

360fly camera records video for VR

360Fly is pining to be the GoPro of 360-degree videos, and with them the nature of watching footage is greatly changed. With an ordinary video, what you see is what you get. With 360-degree video, however, users are able to swipe the footage around to see what was recorded from different angles. The type of video is quickly gaining popularity, and 360fly wants its camera of the same name to be what consumers turn to with their of 360-video recording needs.

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Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram has introduced a revamped Explore page and improved search, enabling users to more easily find and explore content uploaded to the service. Instagram says these are “major updates”, and will make it easier for users to find trending content, such as videos of popular recent events. The trends show up in real time, but there are also curated collections based on topic, making it easier to explore what is on the service and narrow down content based on interest.

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