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GarageBand 2.1 for iOS adds Live Loops and 3D Touch

GarageBand 2.1 for iOS adds Live Loops and 3D Touch

Apple's mobile music-making app, GarageBand for iOS, is getting an upgrade, adding 3D Touch support and Beat Machine-style Live Loops. The headline feature for the new app, GarageBand 2.1, takes drum machines virtual with a grid of instruments that can be simply tapped on and off to trigger loops and samples.

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WhatsApp opens doors to businesses, drops subscription fees

WhatsApp opens doors to businesses, drops subscription fees

WhatsApp has been growing steadily for the last couple of years. Today, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum announced that they're about to hit one billion active users. But that's not the only big announcement that he had.

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Airbus to provide Uber with helicopters

Airbus to provide Uber with helicopters

CEO Tom Enders from Airbus, the major aircraft manufacturer, has announced that his company will be providing helicopters to Uber. Traditionally when we talk about Uber, we are talking about its car service that allows customers to order up a ride using an app on their smartphones to get where they need to go.

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Google Maps Driving Mode adds intel to familiar routes

Google Maps Driving Mode adds intel to familiar routes

Google Maps is adding a new Driving Mode, which brings navigation-style traffic warnings and easy redirection to impromptu journeys. The new functionality, which is being enabled for an updated version of Google Maps for Android this week, aims to streamline routes familiar to the driver by guessing where you're going.

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White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

It's no secret the White House has been working to increase its social presence, and latest among that effort is its new Snapchat account. According to the administration, the new “WhiteHouse” account on Snapchat provides a “behind-the-scenes glimpse” of current White House happenings and likewise gives the public a way to engage with the administration. This follows the VR holiday tour the White House released last month.

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LastPass 4.0 promises an easier interface, better sharing

LastPass 4.0 promises an easier interface, better sharing

Given today's rampant hacking into online accounts, you'd think people would now be more careful and wiser with their passwords. Sadly, that stil isn't the case. Fortunately, a market for password generators and managers does exist to help protect your online persona. That is, if you take the time to actually use them. With its latest 4.0 version, LastPass is enticing users by demonstrating how its revamped user interface and experience is now easier and prettier. And the service now also features some safeguards when sharing your well-protected passwords.

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Polar Balance combines a Bluetooth scale, activity tracker and app

Polar Balance combines a Bluetooth scale, activity tracker and app

Polar is a huge player in the wearable sports and fitness sensor world. The company makes heart rate monitors among other things and has announced a new system called Polar Balance. Polar Balance is a weight management service that uses a Polar Balance Smart Scale, Polar activity tracker, and Polar Flow app and web service.

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OMbra and OMrun platform tracks running performance

OMbra and OMrun platform tracks running performance

OM has created a new sports bra for female runners and athletes that has the ability to track all sorts of information about athletic performance. When used in conjunction with the new OMrun paltform, the OMbra is able to track multiple aspects of running including basics like distance, cadence, pace, heart rate, and calories.

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WhatsApp is down, causing New Year’s Eve mayhem

WhatsApp is down, causing New Year’s Eve mayhem

Wildly popular messaging service WhatsApp has suffered significant downtime today, throwing many New Year's Eve plans into disarray. The service, notorious for being acquired by Facebook for a hefty $19bn back in 2014, celebrated more than 900 million active monthly users in September.

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Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

You'd be forgiven for thinking Twitter had forgotten all about its Mac app, but the 140-character social network has squeezed out v4.0 just before 2015 closes. A free download through the Mac App Store, Twitter for Mac 4.0 catches the desktop software up with some of the features its mobile counterparts have been enjoying for months now, like inline video playback.

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Google’s newly tipped messaging app has chatbot assistants

Google’s newly tipped messaging app has chatbot assistants

Google’s artificial intelligence is being used to create a new mobile messaging app, according to sources. The messaging service will differ from Hangouts via the inclusion of chatbot assistants tasked with answering questions and following commands issued through the messaging app. Sources say the chatbots will hunt down the answer to users’ questions by searching the Web and “other sources," check the weather, set reminders, and more.

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Continuum on phones to require Office 365 sub for editing

Continuum on phones to require Office 365 sub for editing

Excited, or at least curious, for what might be one of the winning points for Windows 10 Mobile? Better rein in that enthusiasm and read the fine print first. In a post sharing the wonderful updates to Office 365 and Office apps, Microsoft let slip a detail that hasn't been mentioned before or at least never given much attention. Continuum, which would "expand" a mobile app to desktop when an external display is connected, will require a paid Office 365 subscription to edit files starting April next year.

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