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Samsung Unpacked to offer 360 live stream

Samsung Unpacked to offer 360 live stream

Most of us won't be on hand for the live Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event. Each year there are plenty of live streams that allow you to keep up with what Samsung is showing off if you are interested. This year marks the first time that Samsung will offer a 360 live stream of its Unpacked event. Not only will Samsung be offering a 360 view via its live stream, watchers will get to choose where they view from.

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Volvo plans to ditch car keys

Volvo plans to ditch car keys

Modern drivers have always needed a key of some sort to start their cars. Many keys today are nothing more than RFID chips inside a fob to open doors and start the car, but they are keys nonetheless. Volvo has a plan to eliminate keys and the automaker says that it will be the first to offer cars without keys starting in 2017.

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Microsoft Translator adds offline, image translations for iOS and Android

Microsoft Translator adds offline, image translations for iOS and Android

Microsoft has pushed out an update for the Microsoft Translator app on Android and iOS. Once updated, the translation app, which is similar to Google Translate, will feature two new features, one per platform. Android users, for their part, will get a new artificial intelligence-powered translation engine, and iOS users will get a new image translation option that uses Microsoft's own Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

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Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum, an automotive system comprised of an OBD reader, speaker, and mobile app, has been updated to include some new (and pretty useful) features like geofencing and driving history. Such features could prove useful in various situations, such as a home where a newly licensed teenager is being given the keys. The features have been added to the iOS and Android mobile apps.

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Report: Facebook Messenger will soon send you ads

Report: Facebook Messenger will soon send you ads

Facebook Messenger will start sending you advertisements in the next few months, according to a new report. The feature won’t be a free-for-all for companies to spam out ads, but will instead allow businesses with whom users have chatted to then start dishing private advertisements, the logic seemingly being that if you chatted with the company you’re probably interested in its items. Facebook reportedly also has prepped a method to get more users into chats with businesses (opening the door to those ads).

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Instagram two-factor authentication roll out begins

Instagram two-factor authentication roll out begins

Instagram has been around for a long time now and has grown from a small time operation to one of the largest social networks out there. Instagram boasts 400 million users and so far hasn't offered much in the way of security for users other than a simple password. Instagram is fixing the lack of security with confirmation that two-factor authentication is now rolling out.

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Instagram shared account bug exposes private notifications

Instagram shared account bug exposes private notifications

The Instagram app (just the Android version, it seems) has a new bug that could leave some users' private notifications open to other (unauthorized) users. The bug apparently involves the new multi-account feature, which allows someone with more than one Instagram account to add them to the mobile app. Users with a shared second account are receiving notifications intended for the private (non-shared) accounts belonging to other members of the shared account.

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Foursquare adds food ordering with Delivery integration

Foursquare adds food ordering with Delivery integration

Foursquare’s app is the latest option mobile users have for ordering food and having it delivered straight to their home or office. The new functionality comes via an integration with Delivery.com, a service that makes it easy for individuals to find local restaurants and merchants offering product delivery. Thanks to this integration, Foursquare users will be able to order meals, groceries, and more directly through Foursquare’s app, then have it delivered or go pick it up, whichever is preferred.

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Facebook Messenger might get SMS back, multiple accounts soon

Facebook Messenger might get SMS back, multiple accounts soon

Of the myriad instant messaging services out there, Facebook Messenger is perhaps the most common and, therefore, most taken for granted. It doesn't usually make it to the headlines, except for the few times it manages to piss people off. Or gets an experimental and frighteningly smart feature. Or goes down, which is when people realize how embedded it has been in their digital lifestyles. Some changes, however, might be coming again to Facebook Messenger that could put it back in the spotlight, starting with the return of SMS.

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Fetch! iPhone app can name dog breeds from pictures

Fetch! iPhone app can name dog breeds from pictures

If you or someone you know is really into dogs and you are always wondering what breed the cute animals you see at the park or on the web are, the Fetch! App from Microsoft will answer that question for you. Fetch is a new Microsoft Garage app that uses AI to name dog breeds from photos in the iPhone camera or photo library.

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Instagram’s rolling out new video view counter

Instagram’s rolling out new video view counter

Instagram is known for its images, but the service allows video uploads, too, and the instances of video viewership have been increasing steadily, particularly in the last handful of months. In light of that comes a new feature, video view counts, enabling anyone to see how often a video has been watched. The view counter, which will be rolling out over the next few weeks, is found where the “likes” used to be.

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Microsoft spreads its apps farther, partners with Acer, other OEMs

Microsoft spreads its apps farther, partners with Acer, other OEMs

It might still be a surprise and a puzzle for some that Microsoft has apps on both Android and iOS, though it seems to have a preference for the former. It is all part of a strategy to reclaim its lost ground, especially in the Office space. To say that Microsoft is aggressively pushing those Android apps to more users wouldn't be an understatement, as this announcement shows. Redmond has proudly revealed that it now has 74 OEM partners ready to preload its apps on smartphones, and one of them is Acer.

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