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Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Opera Coast 4.1 comes with video boost to keep spinners away

Next to the Spinning Pinwheel of Death, the next most dreaded rotating indicator is probably the ones that you see on YouTube and other video streaming sites. Yes, those spinners that indicate that your video has stopped and is still buffering, making you wait in anxiety and worry, especially when the connection suddenly crashes. Opera Software, who has been at the forefront of minimizing your Internet data usage, has a solution for that in the form of the latest version 4.1 of its Opera Coast browser for iOS, now with Video Boost technology.

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Yo’s new app for Apple Watch does more than “yo”

Yo’s new app for Apple Watch does more than “yo”

The simple messaging app Yo will soon be jumping on the Apple Watch bandwagon with its newest app for the smartwatch. If you haven't heard of Yo, it's a basic app that debuted last year to a mix of fanfare and confusion. Yo is an app that lets you communicate with friends, but limits you to just exchanging a "yo" instead of texting. Over 4 million "yo's" have been sent. Now, Yo is back in a new incarnation for the Apple Watch, and it lets users send more than just a "yo."

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Lookback buys Quickcast, brings video screengrabs to Android

Lookback buys Quickcast, brings video screengrabs to Android

Perhaps the easiest way to grab what’s happening on the screen of your Mac is Quickcast. The video screengrab app is easy to use, and even hosts your snippets so you can share a link with anyone who might want to check out what’s going on. It’ perfect for troubleshooting, where a customer might need help from an expert. Today, a company with a similar aim, Lookback, has announced they’ve acquired Reissued Ltd, makers of Quickcast, which is helping to power Lookback’s new Android and Mac apps.

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Google to finally open up Google Now API to all apps soon

Google to finally open up Google Now API to all apps soon

While Google Now has grown a following thanks to its timely suggestions and relevant information, it hasn't exactly grown by leaps and bounds, partly because of the limited supply of apps that actually integrate with Google's smart assistant, if you could call it that. Things might change soon, now that Google has, at least informally, revealed that it plans to open up the API for Google Now for other app developers. It's a feature that is truly a long time coming, something that Google Now could have suggested to its own masters.

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Casetify brings custom bands to Apple Watch

Casetify brings custom bands to Apple Watch

Apple Watch is an entirely new platform as well as a whole new hardware line. Like we’ve seen with just about all their other hardware and platform options, a support industry starts to pop up around the newest thing from Apple. Such is the case with Casetify, which are aiming to get you excited about watch bands. Like Swatch did so many years ago with swappable bands, Casetify wants to make Apple Watch bands unique, collectible, desirable, and fun. It looks the part, too.

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Gimbal adds iBeacon brilliance to SXSW

Gimbal adds iBeacon brilliance to SXSW

When you find yourself at an event, there’s good reason to drag your smartphone out of your pocket or bag. Not just because you’re filling awkward downtime, but doing so might actually put real-time, contextual information in front of your face. At SXSW this weekend, event-goers will likely want to pull their phone out of their pockets and fire up the official SXSW app, named SXSW Go. The reason? Gimbal has landed at SXSW, and they’re going to light the event up with iBeacon tech.

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Swarm adds direct messaging feature to iOS, Android apps

Swarm adds direct messaging feature to iOS, Android apps

When Foursquare split itself in half, it was an effort to build up two complimentary features of their platform independently. The Foursqaure app proper would be a Yelp competitor, while Swarm would serve as their check-in module. The success of that move is debatable, but both found favor with users. To help Swarm become a bit more social, Foursquare has updated the app to bring in a private messaging feature. Now, when you want to hang out with someone, you don’t have to ask out loud.

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Microsoft’s Cortana reportedly coming to iOS, Android

Microsoft’s Cortana reportedly coming to iOS, Android

Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, is a cornerstone of the company’s move toward a more universal OS that spans screens. Whether it be phone, tablet, or desktop, we’ve seen Cortana become integral in Microsoft’s push forward. The company has also been making their other services like Office available to other platforms, like iOS. Now, it seems Microsoft is ready to take Cortana outside of the Windows platform as well. A new report says Microsoft will spin Cortana off into a standalone app, which they’ll make available for both iOS and Android.

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Google seeds multi-device Android app for Devs ahead of I/O

Google seeds multi-device Android app for Devs ahead of I/O

Write once, deploy everywhere. It’s the dream for Developers — well, everywhere — but isn’t always as simple as it sounds. With so many screens and so many platforms, there typically has to be a lot of manipulation of an app to work in multiple places. Ahead of I/O, Google is laying out reason that might not always be the case, with a reference app that is usable on a smartphone, tablet, Android Auto, Android Wear, and usable with Google Cast — with a single codebase.

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Eyefi’s Mobi Pro WiFi SD card is here, links camera and cloud

Eyefi’s Mobi Pro WiFi SD card is here, links camera and cloud

When you’re out and about snapping pics, the last thing you want to think about is whether or not you have (or will have) a reliable WiFi connection. Your camera probably has an SD card slot, but does your computer? Instead of forcing compromise, Eyefi wants to let you take pics or video and leave the rest to technology with their new Mobi Pro WiFi SDHC card. Instead of thinking about how you’re going to transfer files from your SD card to your computer, Eyefi is taking care of everything.

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