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Microsoft HoloLens kit launches March 30th, PC app now ready

Microsoft HoloLens kit launches March 30th, PC app now ready

It isn't that unusual for development edition of devices to cost a lot more than what they would in retail form. The Google Glass, for example, sported a $1,500 tag but was promised a much wallet-friendly launch price. If it had launched in the first place. That said, $3,000 for a non-final, development version of an augmented reality headset might be too much to swallow. And yet that is the steep price that Microsoft is tipped to be asking in exchange for being one of the first to try out its HoloLens.

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Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Forget the geofilters and birthday lenses — Snapchat has added a face-swapping feature, making it possible for two users to trade faces. The feature works exactly the same as all the face swapping apps dotting the respective app store landscapes, but is a fun addition for Snapchat users. Swapped faces have been plastering social networks today, and the results are, as you probably guessed, mostly horrifying.

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Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora has pushed out an update for its Android app, adding the new discovery feature that first launched on iOS. A new “Browse” option at the top of the app allows users to toggle from their stations over to a discovery tool where music is sorted into various categories, including things like popularity, genre, and decade. The feature is live now for those who update.

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Microsoft officially declares “Astoria” Android bridge DOA

Microsoft officially declares “Astoria” Android bridge DOA

When Microsoft made its Windows 10 spiel last year, it made a commitment to help developers from other platforms carry their apps to Windows 10 with as little effort as possible. For that reason, it announced "bridges" between iOS and Android apps, the latter codenamed "Project Astoria". While the iOS Bridge ("Project Islandwood") has more or less been finalized, the Android bridge was left in limbo. Now, Microsoft is putting an end to the uncertainty and doubt. Project Astoria is officially dead and the bridge has been burned even before it was completed.

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Facebook’s new ‘Canvas’ ads go fullscreen on mobile

Facebook’s new ‘Canvas’ ads go fullscreen on mobile

Facebook has opened up a new option to advertisers: fullscreen advertisements. The ads are part of its "Canvas" offering, which is limited to mobile and promises to better engage users than regular (read: smaller) ads. The user must click on an advertisement for it to go fullscreen -- once they do, it could offer up more than one type of medium, for example embedding an advertisement video within a larger image. These advertisements will show up on users' timelines.

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Nissan Leaf security vulnerability allows remote access to vehicle functions

Nissan Leaf security vulnerability allows remote access to vehicle functions

The Nissan Leaf is one of the most popular EVs in the world with many of them in the hands of customers globally. Recently a security vulnerability was discovered in the way the Nissan app interacts with the Leaf that allows people to access Leaf functions remotely outside of how Nissan intended the car to be accessible. The discovery was made by a Leaf owner who happens to be an app developer while at a security conference.

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Netflix for iOS adds 3D Touch and iPad Pro optimization

Netflix for iOS adds 3D Touch and iPad Pro optimization

Netflix has pushed out an update for its iOS app, adding some requested features like iPad Pro optimization but leaving out others, namely picture-in-picture support, much to users’ disappointment. The update brings Netflix for iOS up to version 8, which can be grabbed now from the iTunes store. In addition to iPad Pro owners, iPhones users are getting a treat with the update.

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Google Maps “explore around you” launches in five more locations

Google Maps “explore around you” launches in five more locations

In the US and the UK, Google Maps users have been able to use the "explore around you" feature to find good places to eat or get a drink in the area where they are. Google has now announced that the "explore around you" options is launching in five other countries including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Japan. To use the feature Google Maps users just need to choose the "Explore around you" option on maps for Android.

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Visa Token service enable car-based commerce

Visa Token service enable car-based commerce

At MWC, credit card company Visa announced it was making its Visa Token Service available to automakers to pave the way for secure car-based commerce. To go along with enabling car-based commerce Visa is also rolling out a range of digital payment solutions with standards for Ma href="http://www.slashgear.com/tags/bluetooth/">Bluetooth and QR codes that help expand mobile payments for merchants and consumers.

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Snapchat adds Birthday Party lens for your special day

Snapchat adds Birthday Party lens for your special day

When your special day rolls around (that’s to say, your birthday), Snapchat will have a little treat for you. Found in the new Birthday Party feature is a couple special birthday-centric lenses you’ll be able to unlock, something that will also be available on your Snapchat friends’ birthdays. The lens you get will be adjusted based on whether it’s your own birthday or that of a friend.

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Facebook Birthday Cam wants you to interact more with your friends

Facebook Birthday Cam wants you to interact more with your friends

Facebook knows that you probably aren't interacting much with your friends when it comes to their birthdays. All most of us do is type "Happy Birthday" on their timeline when Facebook prompts us that it's time for their birthday. Facebook wants to change that impersonal birthday interaction and is giving friends a new tool to use called Birthday Cam.

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Waze adds Morgan Freeman’s voice as latest celebrity narrator

Waze adds Morgan Freeman’s voice as latest celebrity narrator

If you use Google’s navigation app Waze, you may be familiar with the celebrity voices option — instead of having a generic narrator giving you turn-by-turn voice directions, a well-known celebrity will give those directions. The celebrity narrator feature arrived back in 2013 with the voice of Kevin Hart, and has been updated at times since then, with the latest option being Morgan Freeman.

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