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Facebook axing in-app messaging: Pushing standalone app

Facebook axing in-app messaging: Pushing standalone app

Facebook will force iOS and Android app users to download the standalone Facebook Messenger app if they want to continue chatting, with plans to remove the messaging functionality from the regular Facebook app. The decision, likely to cause some consternation among Facebook users, is part of the social network's ongoing shift to standalone software for each key feature it offers, rather than bundling them together and running the risk that they get overlooked.

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Dropbox Mailbox for Android and desktop revealed

Dropbox Mailbox for Android and desktop revealed

Dropbox has announced Mailbox for Android and desktop, bringing its email client over from iOS, in addition to revealing Microsoft Office integration with Project Harmony. The new Mailbox app - which will be released for Android as a free app later today, though is not quite ready for desktop use - will also introduce some new features, such as synchronization across devices thanks to now requiring a Dropbox account to log in.

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Viper Smartkey locks and unlocks your car using your smartphone

Viper Smartkey locks and unlocks your car using your smartphone

If you have ever wished your car would unlock the doors when you walk up to it and lock the doors when you walk away, Viper has a slick product you will like. The product is called the Viper Smartkey and it works with your smartphone to turn your keyless entry system into an automated affair. Using this system, you won't have to press a button on the door of your car or fish for a key fob to lock or unlock doors.

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Flipboard for Windows Phone looks great – but you still can’t have it

Flipboard for Windows Phone looks great – but you still can’t have it

Flipboard is one of the lingering app omissions for Windows Phone, the news-reader app still limited to iOS and Android smartphones, but Microsoft brought along the latest version to Build 2014 to show it at least hadn't fallen off the radar. Unfortunately, while it's working - at least sufficiently for a brief demo on-stage - you still won't be able to find it in the Windows Phone Store.

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IFTTT for iPad released plus iOS notifications support

IFTTT for iPad released plus iOS notifications support

IFTTT for iPad has launched, bringing the power of the "If This Then That" service to Apple's tablet, along with a number of new channels and triggers. Now with an iPad-specific interface, rather than simply doubling the iPhone UI, the new IFTTT iOS app includes an iOS Notifications Channel which allows recipes to fire alerts directly into the notification center on an iPhone or iPad.

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Samsung Smart Home Service offers control of multiple devices from a single app

Samsung Smart Home Service offers control of multiple devices from a single app

Home automation is a booming industry and one major issue holding back some users from automating their home is the complication of the tech. Samsung has announced that it will be rolling out a new Samsung Smart Home service that aims to simplify the control of a smart home by allowing a single app on a mobile device to control home appliances, TVs, and mobile devices.

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Xbox One SmartGlass beta app adds TV controls

Xbox One SmartGlass beta app adds TV controls

Microsoft has announced some interesting new features that are rolled into the latest beta versions of the SmartGlass app. The big new feature is TV controls for the app that are available on the beta versions for Android, Windows, and Windows Phone. If you want to try out the beta apps, they are available for anyone to check out.

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