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Shoot, fine-tune, and share short videos with new iOS app, Hykoo

Shoot, fine-tune, and share short videos with new iOS app, Hykoo

The new video filming and sharing app, Hykoo, aims to bring out the Wes Anderson in all of us with its new twist on smartphone videos. Hykoo is pronouced like the Japanese poetry form, haiku, and can create short, sweet bits of visual poetry, just like its namesake. The theme of Japanese haiku poetry deeply permeates this app. Just like a haiku's format of three short stanzas, Hykoo videos are filmed in three short segments and then assembled together for to create a single twelve-second video.

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WhatsApp voice calling comes to iOS (sort of)

WhatsApp voice calling comes to iOS (sort of)

WhatsApp has turned on voice calling for iOS, a feature many iPhone users have waited patiently for since Android got the feature last month. Calling is free to use, even if your contacts are in different parts of the world. It’s also a clever way to sidestep your included voice minutes, if you’re not on an unlimited voice calling plan. The iOS update also brings in share extensions, a camera button for chats, and the ability to edit contacts within WhatsApp.

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Quip adds Chat Rooms to take on Slack

Quip adds Chat Rooms to take on Slack

Mobile-first productivity app Quip is entering the chat age. While you could always carry a discussion within the confines of a document, Quip has updated their service to roll in Chat Rooms, which takes the conversation outside of your documents or folders. It’s an interesting move for Quip, which likely sees a bit of an opportunity as other services like Slack snipe users with their enterprise-first approach to chat. The update is rolling out soon to Quip’s Android and iOS apps.

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DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan Pro is the app every iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) owner should have

DataMan isn’t new; it was launched in 2013. At the time, the app was a clever way to watch your data usage, but there were also a lot of people on legacy unlimited plans, or not using much data. With smartphone media consumption at a high point, and carriers edging us away from those precious unlimited data plans, DataMan is still as relevant as it ever was. In fact, you might need DataMan more now than you did when it was launched.

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OneDrive update brings Apple Watch support

OneDrive update brings Apple Watch support

Microsoft is on the ball, and has pushed out an update to its OneDrive app that brings with it a number of new features, the most important of which is support for the Apple Watch. This will give the first wave of Apple Watch adoptees the ability to access their OneDrive (photo) files on their wrist, adding that extra bit of convenience to it all. This isn't a surprise, given how quickly Microsoft had previously moved to add Android Wear support.

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YouTube ends support for older apps on iOS, Apple TV, Google TV

YouTube ends support for older apps on iOS, Apple TV, Google TV

Have older tech? YouTube wants you to upgrade. In a blog post today, the YouTube team is announcing they’ll no longer support “certain older” apps. It likely won’t affect most users, and the mobile website will continue to work — but you should be aware, especially if you’re using some dated hardware (some of which is just plain obsolete). YouTube isn’t being picky, either. Everything from Apple TV to gaming consoles are affected. Even Google TV (which is apparently still a thing) is going to need an update!

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Overam: a new Android photography app that uses geometric shapes

Overam:  a new Android photography app that uses geometric shapes

There's no shortage of mobile photography apps, but not all apps are created equal. Android users have some solid options, including the ever-wonderful VSCO Cam, but they all start to look the same after a while -- filters can only come in so many varieties, after all, and most users have seen tons of them by now. Enter Overam, a new mobile photography app for Android that launched on the Google Play Store today. With it comes photo filters, but of an entirely different sort: they revolve around geometric shapes, creating new types of photos.

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Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Last week, Google updated Chrome to version 42 (beta). In that update, there was a small (possibly overlooked) feature that brings push notifications to your phone for websites than enable the feature. The update is part of Google’s Fizz initiative, which aims to bridge the wide gap between native mobile apps and web apps for mobile. That same update is creating a bit of buzz, but also confusing the matter of apps a bit, as push notifications for mobile websites are now available — just like native apps.

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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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