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Uber update improves app for hearing-impaired drivers

Uber update improves app for hearing-impaired drivers

Audio alerts are great...unless you're hearing-impaired, in which case they are near-or-totally useless. Visual alerts are the solution, but not many apps are designed to accommodate such needs. Uber has pushed out an update for its app that adds features for drivers who are deaf or have trouble hearing, and included among this are visual alerts rather than audible ones, and some changes on the rider's end to let them know that calling the driver isn't an option, as well as alternative ways to message the driver.

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Shazam adds new feature for QR code-like campaigns

Shazam adds new feature for QR code-like campaigns

Shazam, the same app that lets you identify catchy mystery songs playing just about anywhere will now be able to "identify" visual objects. We first got word of the then-rumored feature back in March. Unfortunately, this does not mean providing more information about that mystery fruit at the supermarket, or some strange bug in your backyard. Instead, Shazam will now let you scan Shazam logos (and QR codes) embedded on products like posters and magazines to get additional content--AKA advertisements.

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Google highlights, awards best Material Design apps

Google highlights, awards best Material Design apps

Like it or not, and some definitely do not, Material Design is going to be what Google will be talking about for a long time, at least in terms of design. And rightly so, considering it is poised to unify Google's visual identity not just on Android but across its other software products as well. And while some are still scampering to implement its tenets, a handful few Android apps have managed to use it almost to perfection. At least according to the eye of the beholder, which, in this case, is Google.

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Facebook Messenger payments expand test market, bring improvements

Facebook Messenger payments expand test market, bring improvements

Facebook Messenger's mobile payment system is going to undergo an update, which aims to increase user-friendliness, removing any obstacles that are preventing users from opting for Messenger for their peer-to-peer payment needs. The service was first introduced to Messenger users in March, in select U.S. cities such as Portland, Seattle, and Austin. The update adds New York City to the roster. The app just announced its incoming changes on Wednesday.

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Opera Max now monitors Wi-Fi usage, block data-hungry apps

Opera Max now monitors Wi-Fi usage, block data-hungry apps

Opera is a name you might more readily associate with mobile browsers, but in late 2013 it tried to diverge a bit from that core business. Focusing on one of its key strengths, which is compressing Internet data before it arrives on your device, it launched the Opera Max service that brings that feature to cover not just web pages, but more kinds of data. In the latest iteration of its Android app, it brings two new features to the fold: watching Wi-Fi data usage and shutting down obstinate apps.

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Adobe retires Photoshop Touch, teases Rigel retouching app

Adobe retires Photoshop Touch, teases Rigel retouching app

With Adobe's eventual move to the cloud, it is no surprise that it wants to set anchor on mobile as well. After all, it's cloud storage and services would make exchanging files between mobile and desktop a breeze. Although it hasn't exactly made a splash about them, Adobe has quite the portfolio of mobile apps, which it is now showing off in its "mobile presence report card". Sadly, and almost ironically, it is also bidding goodbye to one of the stalwarts of that team: Photoshop Touch.

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Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Considering the mess it found itself in over the iCloud fiasco, Apple could not but help hunker down on its security measures. Aside from data encryption and Touch ID, which is advertised to be both secure and convenient, Cupertino has also started enabling stronger two-factor authentication across its services. It's exactly these latter two features that have now just landed on the iOS app for the Apple Store in order to make sure that even physical purchases are just as secure as digital ones.

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Xbox on Windows 10 preview brings avatars and friends

Xbox on Windows 10 preview brings avatars and friends

With all the fuss about Windows 10 on PCs and smartphones, some might have forgotten one other promise that the latest Windows version has made: an Xbox One experience on Windows 10. While the day when we can start playing Xbox games on our Windows PCs is still "coming soon", gamers can at least for now enjoy some of the social aspects of the Xbox experience when Windows 10 comes around in a few months, thanks to this May preview of the Xbox app for Windows 10.

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SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

Apps for Apple's newly launched wearable, the Apple Watch, are pouring in. SoundCloud has made sure it is one of the companies getting an app out for the wearable, and as such recently announced the arrival of its own SoundCloud for Apple Watch offering. The app does exactly what you'd expect it to do -- allows Apple Watch owners to listen to audio on the platform from their wrist. It works in conjunction with the SoundCloud for iOS app and one's iPhone.

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Snapchat starts dabbling with music videos

Snapchat starts dabbling with music videos

Snapchat has been slowly but surely expanding its reach, adding in content from various partners in an effort to draw in more users and advertisers. Latest to give the mobile service a shot is Josh Legg, a musician who goes by the name Goldroom. Given that some of his fanbase has started increasingly using Snapchat as a communication medium, he has decided to partner with the messaging service and will release four music videos on it. The first video came out on Tuesday, and the last one is scheduled to be released tomorrow.

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SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS updated with theme store and improvements

SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS updated with theme store and improvements

SwiftKey's innovative keyboard app has expanded its selection of keyboard themes on iOS, with a small price tag. The free app just added a new selection of "freemium" themes to download. SwiftKey's Android app dropped its $3.99 price tag last year in favor of a in-app purchases; now, the iOS version is following its lead. SwiftKey only debuted on iOS last year, after gaining popularity on Android systems. The app's late entry into the iOS market was due to Apple blocking system-wide, third-party keyboards from its App Store.

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Microsoft’s secret Flow app sounds like a messenger app

Microsoft’s secret Flow app sounds like a messenger app

Microsoft's Outlook mobile app, basically a rebranded app from newly acquired Accompli, is just starting to take root on Android and iOS. There is no rule, however, that says Microsoft can't start dreaming up and working on the next e-mail killer. A hidden download page for a certain "Flow" app for the iPhone was just discovered, and with it a description of what Redmond might be planning for its next stab at bringing its own brand productivity and communication to mobile platforms that aren't its own.

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