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Samsung’s SXSW C-Lab showcase: Hum On!, Waffle, Entrim 4D

Samsung’s SXSW C-Lab showcase: Hum On!, Waffle, Entrim 4D

At the beginning of the year, Samsung showed off a few of its employees' experimental products at CES 2016 under the company's Creative Lab, or C-Lab, program. That included a smart belt, a smart wristband, and a virtual reality "handle bar" controller. At SXSW, the company revealed a few more ideas that, if turned into actual products, could be pretty interesting. For example, the Hum On! app can turn any hum or voiced tones into a musical piece. Waffle makes social networking an even more social and collaborative process, while Entrim 4D gives VR users a sense motion delivered through their ears.

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SwiftKey Stats lands in Android app update

SwiftKey Stats lands in Android app update

If you are the sort who is always on your smartphone typing away in texts, emails, or social media posts, you might have wondered just how many words you have typed. Back in January, the SwiftKey keyboard added SwiftKey Stats to its Androids beta for people to try out. That stats feature has now moved out of beta and become an official part of the SwiftKey app in the latest update available right now.

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Facebook Lite adds emoji, video, batch image uploads

Facebook Lite adds emoji, video, batch image uploads

Facebook’s ultra-lightweight app for slow connections and lower-tier phones, Facebook Lite, has been updated with some new features including support for emojis in messages and batch image uploading. The features are a welcomed addition, adding a bit more functionality to the barebones version of Facebook's mobile app without adding too much of a burden on applicable handsets.

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Facebook acquires Masquerade, the face-swapping app

Facebook acquires Masquerade, the face-swapping app

Just days after Snapchat added a face-swapping lens, Facebook has made a similar announcement: it has acquired Masquerade, a popular face-swapping and live filter app that goes by 'MSQRD' in the App Store and Google Play. Masquerade’s CEO Eugene Nevgen talked about the acquisition today, saying, “Within Facebook, we’re going to be able to reach people at a scale like never before.” Don’t worry, non-Facebook users — the standalone app won’t be going anywhere.

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Peeple app launches letting you review your friends

Peeple app launches letting you review your friends

Yelp has been around for a long time and has raised the ire of more than one business that received a bad review that was incorrect. Peeple is a new app that we have talked about before. It is sort of like Yelp, but rather than allowing the masses to review a business, it allows us to review each other. That means if Steve at the office is a jerk, you can leave a review covering just how jerky he is for all to see.

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Ordering a Lyft car with Messenger — rolling out now

Ordering a Lyft car with Messenger — rolling out now

Facebook Messenger users can order a Lyft car directly through the messaging app, the ridesharing company has announced. The feature follows Uber's own Messenger integration, and means you'll never have to toggle apps to ensure you have a ride on its way. Lyft is no stranger to messaging app integrations, though -- in the recent past, Lyft integrated with Slack, making it possible to order a car with a simple "/lyft" command.

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First full OS X ransomware seen in Transmission BitTorrent app

First full OS X ransomware seen in Transmission BitTorrent app

When speaking of malware, Windows is usually the poster boy for an OS that gets infected a lot almost by nature. In truth, however, no operating system is totally bulletproof. Even Apple's OS X and iOS, usually considered to be tightly guarded silos, have their fair share of intrusions. This latest incident is one such example but this time the affected platform is Apple's much larger Mac OS X. Named by security firm Palo Alto Networks as KeRanger, the ransomware's damage is worsened by the fact that it infected even legitimate installers of the Transmission BitTorrent client.

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Slack could soon get into Skype’s turf with voice, video chat

Slack could soon get into Skype’s turf with voice, video chat

Slack is one of the startups that embody the Silicon Valley dream. A small app that was intended to help teams stay productive in communication exploded into a something that even huge businesses have become dependent on. It was hailed by many to rival and even replace instant messaging and even email, and now it might even be setting out to challenge other forms for communication soon. At a customer conference in San Francisco, it revealed it 2016 roadmap that included, among other things, the addition not only of voice but also video chats.

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SoundHound’s Hound launched to let users ask more naturally

SoundHound’s Hound launched to let users ask more naturally

By now, hands-free, voice-enabled smart assistants like Siri, Cortana, Google Now, and Alexa are no longer alien concept. However, they aren't exactly the easiest people to talk with. One off questions are usually fine, depending on how you phrase them. But carrying on a continuing query is near impossible. That is one area where SoundHound's Hound tries to excel. Now available for public use and with Yelp and Uber integration, Hound promises more a more natural way to ask questions and even refine those questions after they've been answered.

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Booyah’s WhatsApp group video chat is finally on Android

Booyah’s WhatsApp group video chat is finally on Android

It probably isn't news to Android users that many, if not most, apps first launch on iOS, promising a later launch for Android. It has become a painful fact of life that many have accepted, as long as the promised Android versions do come. Rounds is definitely doing good by Android fans thirsty for more group video chats. A month after it surprised WhatsApp users, and probably WhatsApp developers themselves, Booyah is now landing on Android, featuring the promised ease of use that has made services like FaceTime popular.

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Snapchat gets phished, hands over information on 700 employees

Snapchat gets phished, hands over information on 700 employees

When it comes to security of any kind, there is one place where you're most likely to find a vulnerability. I'm referring, of course, to the human element. Anytime you have a person standing between sensitive information and those with malicious intent, there is the possibility of error. The people at Snapchat learned this the hard way, over the weekend.

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Microsoft Project Centennial seen with “universal” desktop Office

Microsoft Project Centennial seen with “universal” desktop Office

Microsoft may have burned off one bridge, but it is still building a different, and perhaps more critical build. Redmond has officially declared Project Astoria, the bridge that would let Android developers easily port their apps to Windows 10, dead but Project Centennial seems to be very much alive and kicking. In fact, it might have an rather ambitious demo in the works. Spotted briefly was a version of Microsoft Office for the desktop that has been retrofitted to be installed from the Windows Store and run like a normal Universal Windows App.

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