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Facebook Messenger has a secret basketball game

Facebook Messenger has a secret basketball game

It's March Madness time, and as such Facebook has added a 'hidden' basketball game to Messenger. The game came with the app's latest update, and simply involves sending someone a basketball emoji, after which point you'll be tasked with flicking digital basketballs into a digital hoop, aiming to beat your own best score. Get the details on how to play after the jump!

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Waze Planned Drives tell you how to get there and when to leave

Waze Planned Drives tell you how to get there and when to leave

If you travel frequently for business or pleasure and are the sort of person who doesn't like to be late, there can be some anxiety that goes along with driving somewhere for the first time. You don't want to get their so early that you have to sit around, but you don't want to be late either. Any GPS app can get you where you want to go, but the new Waze Planned Drives that just landed for iOS will tell you when to leave.

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Windows 10 universal apps coming to Xbox One in Summer

Windows 10 universal apps coming to Xbox One in Summer

It is not yet the app-pocalyptic scenario that Epic Games' Tim Sweeney has been painting these past few days, but some might see the omens in it. At GDC 2016, Microsoft's Jason Ronald has confirmed that not only will Universal Windows Apps becoming to Xbox One soon, they'll be coming in Summer. Perhaps even more worrying to some who have sympathized Sweeney's point of view, Microsoft will also be merging the Windows Store and the Xbox Store into one, further emphasizing the image of one Windows 10 platform to rule them all.

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LastPass launches its own Authenticator mobile app

LastPass launches its own Authenticator mobile app

Humans are terrible at keeping things secret. They are even worse at keeping secret keys, like passwords, secret. A whole market of services like LastPass thrives on helping users not only keep passwords safe, they even help users create strong passwords in the first place. But a password alone isn't enough to keep you safe these days, which is why many recommend using two-factor authentication as well. Taking that advice to its natural consequence, LastPass is making available its own Authenticator mobile app in an attempt to convince users to adopt these safety practices.

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Instagram tweaks feed order to show users preferred content

Instagram tweaks feed order to show users preferred content

Instagram is shuffling your feed, and you’ll hopefully be seeing more of the content you’re interested in as a result. According to the social network, users miss out on an average of 70-percent of the content in their feed, an issue that itself grows as Instagram’s user base expands and the amount of content with it. To address that issue, Instagram will soon ditch the chronological feed order in favor of a specialized one.

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Uber launches a standalone food delivery app

Uber launches a standalone food delivery app

Uber has launched a dedicated app for its UberEATS service. With it, Android and iOS users are able to order food in Los Angeles, Chicago, and the few other cities where UberEATS is available using a standalone app separate from the car-ordering app. The app comes ahead of a bigger expansion Uber has planned for EATS, which includes rolling out service in Seattle, New York, Atlanta, Paris, and a few other cities.

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HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

Mapping specialist HERE will pull its apps for Windows 10 smartphones at the end of the month, the company has announced, sending fans of Microsoft's platform into paroxysms of rage. The company, which until late last year was owned by key Windows Phone partner Nokia, confirmed the news today, suggesting that developing a new app for Windows 10 mobile would simply not make good business sense.

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WhatsApp tipped to launch encrypted voice calls soon

WhatsApp tipped to launch encrypted voice calls soon

In light of Apple’s ongoing legal battle with the FBI, other tech companies are looking to boost their own encryption, according to sources. Among them is WhatsApp, which is said to be prepping an encrypted voice calls rollout, adding to its other encrypted features. As well, Snapchat is said to be working on a secure messaging platform, and Google is looking into putting its encrypted email technology to use elsewhere.

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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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