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Google Keep iOS update brings widget, sharing, no doodles

While Google may have an app presence in iOS, it isn't the full monty. Which isn't really that shocking since Google probably wants you to experience its full ecosystem on Android. Still, there are some apps that do deserve to be more ubiquitous, like the simple note-taking app Google Keep. It was actually only last September that Google finally did bring an official version of the app to iOS. Now it's seeing its first major update, but it might not yet be the update you were expecting.

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Flickr updates iOS app with 3D Touch support

Flickr has pushed out a new update for its iOS app, giving it new support for some of the latest iOS features. Most prominently is new support for 3D Touch, allowing users to do things more quickly using various presses and taps, and maybe a swipe or two, depending on the task. The update is available for users now via the iTunes store, and brings with it a few select other features, including Spotlight search, universal links, and more.

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Pinterest (finally) brings Buyable Pins to Android

Back in June, Pinterest began rolling out its Buyable Pins on its iOS app, limiting the feature to the service's iPhone and iPad users. Now, nearly half a year later, Pinterest has announced that Buyable Pins are rolling out on Android, giving those on Google's platform the same opportunity to shop within the app. At this point, Pinterest says there are more than 60 million Buyable Pins on its service, so Android users will, at least, have ample pins to explore.

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Signal secure messaging lands on Android, endorsed by Snowden

When it comes to staying away from the prying eyes and eavesdropping ears of spies and hackers, perhaps no one knows better than Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who has spilled it all and is now also trying to stay away from said people's reach. So when he openly endorses on Twitter (yes, he is on Twitter, of all places) WhisperSystem's Signal app, now on Android, then you know, with a bit of confidence but perhaps also a grain of salt, that your text messages and voice calls will be secure and private.

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Facebook’s Local Market is a marketplace in testing

Facebook is known to test different features and services that may never see the light of day, so take the appearance of a new local marketplace feature with a grain of salt. Recently, Facebook iPhone users have reported seeing a new feature called "Local Market" which, in some cases, briefly showed up where the Messenger button is typically located. Some screenshots have been taken, and though the feature is limited in functionality, it does show a marketplace split up into individual categories.

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Google’s ‘Who’s Down’ makes it easier to hang out in person

When you’re not hanging out in Hangouts, Google wants to make it easier to find friends for hanging out in real life via its new “Who’s Down” mobile app. The app, which has been dropped in the Google Play Store, is currently open to those who have an invitation. If it manages to catch on in any significant way, though, it’ll one day be an option for quickly seeing which friends are available for getting together, and which friends aren’t, no typed response necessary.

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Google Keep gets serious, lets you doodle on notes

You know that saying about pictures and thousands of words. When you're talking about a device as constrained as a smartphone in terms of screen size, that proverb makes a lot more sense. As part of its day of rolling out updates, Google has beefed up its Keep note-taking app just a bit, adding perhaps a long-awaited feature. Now you can scribble on notes, whether with your finger or with a stylus, bringing some crude drawing and doodling capabilities to the rather simplistic productivity app.

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Facebook app update expands notifications with new cards

Facebook has announced an updated notifications tab for mobile users. The social network’s mobile app has an update rolling out now that brings with it an “expanded, personalized notifications tab” that makes it easier to stay up to date on what’s going down in your friends’ lives. Feedback from users factored into the changes, says Facebook, and those users will be able to customize some of the content that shows up as notifications.

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Facebook keeps its huge bug fix on the down-low

While Facebook's latest app change log suggests very little has been changed, this week the social network's update is a big one. What this update fixes is a number of software issues deep within the app - stuff you'd never notice unless you happen to check your battery life on the regular. Most importantly, this update fixes issued in iOS that'd otherwise make the app the biggest battery hog in your device - including a cause for "CPU spin" as well as audio sessions management.

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