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Windows 10 Maps now available for preview to ‘Insiders’

Windows 10 Maps now available for preview to ‘Insiders’

Windows Insiders — those who are involved in beta testing Windows products ahead of Microsoft’s Windows 10 launch — can now take a new Maps app for a spin. The new Maps app is available for both desktop and mobile, and comes with a host of new features and an experience Microsoft says “delivers a single and consistent mapping experience across all your Windows devices”. Utilizing both Bing and HERE maps, Windows’ Maps app provides local data search, aerial imagery, and even voice guided navigation.

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Adobe answers your ‘what about Android?’ question

Adobe answers your ‘what about Android?’ question

Sometimes, people forget. Even Developers. Once, people forgot about Dre, and it was a disaster. Lately, its Android that has fallen victim to being forgotten, and it sucks. Twitter has made several changes (and released new apps) that bypass Android altogether, and Meerkat is just now making its way to Android. Adobe, who make a series of apps for creative minds who like to use mobile devices and platforms, have also been accused of forgetting about Android. In a blog post, they assure us all they have not.

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Yelp now works with Apple Watch; no need to stay hungry

Yelp now works with Apple Watch; no need to stay hungry

In the near future, you might glance at your Apple Watch while you’re out and about to see if you’ve got time to grab a bite to eat before businesses start shutting down. You may also be wondering just where you should go to get that burger or sushi you’ve been craving all day. Today, Yelp is making it all really simple for you, and has reworked their iOS app to work with Apple Watch. With the update, you’ll get a fairly rich feature set for finding a good restaurant, bar, or coffee shop in your area.

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Google search on Android now shows even uninstalled apps

Google search on Android now shows even uninstalled apps

Google has been slowly, very slowly, spreading its App Indexing feature on Android in order to help users discover which Android apps possess content related to what they are looking for. However, that feature had one significant limitation. It only showed results from apps that are already installed on the device. Well, not anymore. Google has just opened up the doors to have indexing work even for apps that are not yet installed on the device, which makes discovery really an act of discovery instead of guesswork.

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Snapchat’s sneaky hiring tactics target Uber engineers

Snapchat’s sneaky hiring tactics target Uber engineers

Apparently, one of the best ways to recruit new talent in Silicon Valley is to poach certifiable talent from other tech industry giants. Snapchat is looking for a few good engineers, and the social networking company is using the unique strategy of target geo-filters to reach out to current Uber employees who might be looking for a change. Snapchat users at Uber's headquarters in San Francisco found a geo-filter that was tailor-made to poach Uber engineers.

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New Twitter tools could make any app a Twitter app

New Twitter tools could make any app a Twitter app

For the past few months, Twitter has made big strides toward making the microblogging service more ubiquitous. On top of being social, Twitter is also contextual, and new tools for Developers will bring that context to a wider audience. With ‘Timelines’ and ‘Guest Authentication’, apps that aren’t Twitter will get deeper access to the Twittersphere, which could make your ho-hum 140-character rants and comments a bit more useful to others. Best of all, the update is available for both Android and iOS.

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Yahoo shows off Weather, Sports, & News for Apple Watch

Yahoo shows off Weather, Sports, & News for Apple Watch

Yahoo may have ceded their place in search long ago, but their mobile apps are just plain great. Yahoo Weather is a triumph, and they’ve still got a strong foothold in Sports. Today, Yahoo is announcing four of their major properties will make an appearance on the Apple Watch as well as your phone. Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest, and Yahoo News Hong Kong will make their way to Apple’s wearable, and they look as good as their smartphone companion apps.

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Field Trip update brings contextual cool to Android Wear

Field Trip update brings contextual cool to Android Wear

Google’s Niantic Labs, responsible for Ingress and Field Trip, have launched a new version of Field Trip that fully supports Android Wear devices. With a simple glance at your smartwatch, you can now get contextual information on a location or landmark you may be near. The information all comes via the Field Trip app for Android, and offers the full breadth of information you’d get via your phone — on your watch. The update has already made its way to the app.

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Meerkat pops it’s head up on Android with public beta

Meerkat pops it’s head up on Android with public beta

When Meerkat was soft-launched earlier this year, it caught the Twittersphere’s attention in a big way. Then Twitter cut Meerkat off from its social graph for a hot minute, which came just ahead of Periscope landing on the scene. With Twitter taking the live-streaming reigns, many figured Meerkat was going to be a ‘fun fact’ in the history of streaming apps. Instead, Meerkat is branching out, and has announced a public beta for Android, which is wide open for anyone who is interested in trying Meerkat out.

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IFTTT Do apps coming to empower the Apple Watch

IFTTT Do apps coming to empower the Apple Watch

At their very core, smartwatches are supposedly meant to simply be notification extensions of our smartphones, relaying important events or reminders during times we can't pull out our devices. They can also be useful for quick, single action processes, like checking off a todo or even replying by voice. But that's not all that a smartwatch can do, and IFTTT is coming along to prove that. With its upcoming Apple Watch integration, one of the most popular web services around will allow you to use your smartwatch to turn off lights and maybe even make you coffee someday.

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