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You can now summon your Tesla Model S with your Apple Watch

You can now summon your Tesla Model S with your Apple Watch

When Tesla announced firmware version 1.7 last month, which introduced the much anticipated "Summon" feature to the electric car, we knew it was only a matter of time before some enterprising developer plays around with the feature and takes it elsewhere. That time has indeed come and Allen Wong from Rego Apps has finally updated his famous, or infamous, Remote S Apple Watch app. And its new feature is as what you'd expect, allowing you to call your car from almost anywhere with a few taps on your wrist.

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Tim Cook: Apple Music on Android is just the beginning

Tim Cook: Apple Music on Android is just the beginning

If you're an Android user with a certain acquired taste for some of Apple's services and were surprised, even elated, at the recent Apple Music app update, here's some more good news. Apple might be bringing a whole lot more of its services to its rival platform. This was revealed by no less than chief executive Tim Cook himself at a company-wide town hall meeting. So unless Cook is thwarted by a company upheaval, you can probably expect popular services like iCloud and Apple Pay to come to Android in the, hopefully near, future.

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Opera Max adds public Wi-Fi security on top of data savings

Opera Max adds public Wi-Fi security on top of data savings

Opera Max is a service and an app on Android that tries to help you save on data usage by compressing the data that comes from and goes to your Android device. However, those data savings might not be of much use when your device has been hacked or snooped on because you happen to be in a compromised public Wi-Fi. Opera proposes a solution that hits two birds with one stone. By upgrading its app to use SPDY with SSL, Opera promises not only secure Internet use in a public hotspot but also faster speeds.

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Apple Music for Android can now save music to SD cards

Apple Music for Android can now save music to SD cards

As if it weren't shocking enough that Apple has an Android app that doesn't try to convince users to switch to iPhones, it has just updated said app with a feature that no iPhone can have. At least technically. Apple Music on Android has been updated with, among other things, support for downloading music to external (micro) SD cards. This, in theory, would allow users to listen to a lot more music offline, more than any iPhone or iPad can handle, at least with current configurations.

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Google Play Music podcasts available for some users

Google Play Music podcasts available for some users

That Google was planning to add podcasts to its Play Music service isn't exactly news. We've known that since last year. That it would be coming this month, however, is the big thing, thanks to a slip of the tongue by sportscaster Bill Simmons. Now that the cat is out of the bag, it seems that Google is slowly, very slowly rolling out the service. Thanks to the new A/B testing feature for Google Play apps, some Android users have begun enjoying podcasts on the same app as their music.

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Google removes Samsung-advertised ad blocker for policy violation

Google removes Samsung-advertised ad blocker for policy violation

It's not unusual for apps to be taken off a marketplace, even in Google's somewhat more embracing Play Store. But when that app happens to have come from the most prolific Android OEM, the Internet goes somewhat crazy. Google has, in its officially capacity as the final arbiter of Android's official app store, removed an ad blocking app approved and advertised by Samsung from Google Play Store. Its reason? An almost vague reference to a policy violation that disallows one app from disrupting the functions of another.

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SwiftKey confirms Microsoft purchase

SwiftKey confirms Microsoft purchase

SwiftKey is a company that makes some of the more popular mobile keyboards that are available for smartphone users outside of the factory offerings out there. Yesterday a rumor was making the rounds that Microsoft might have purchased SwiftKey for $250 million. Today SwiftKey has confirmed that the purchase happened.

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Uber decides to rebrand itself, unveils trippy new icons

Uber decides to rebrand itself, unveils trippy new icons

If you picked up your phone today and spotted an app you didn't remember installing, you might have been surprised to find out its Uber, which has announced a rebranding today. In the past, riders and drivers alike were presented with the dark blue icon with a light gray "U" inside. Now riders and drivers will see different icons, depending on which designation they have with the service, neither of which resemble the old design.

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WhatsApp hits billion monthly users milestone

WhatsApp hits billion monthly users milestone

WhatsApp has announced the service has one billion monthly users, its latest milestone. Says the company, the number means that almost one out of every seven people on Earth are using the app. “We’re humbled by the extraordinary ways all of you have used” the service, WhatsApp said in a statement.

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Chrome is finally getting some Material Design love

Chrome is finally getting some Material Design love

Material Design, the rather striking design language that Google introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop, wasn't meant to be limited to Android only. It was created to permeate all of Google's digital presence, from mobile to the Web. While we have indeed seen that happen in most cases, one app that has been left in the old age is Google's very portal to the Web, the Chrome web browser. That is finally tstarting to change. Two years in the making, Google is finally on the fast track to make give Chrome some more Material.

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Xbox Windows 10 Beta app gets Avatar store, compact mode

Xbox Windows 10 Beta app gets Avatar store, compact mode

It's been quite a while since Microsoft has talked about its Xbox app for Windows 10. In fact, this would be the first news this year for the beta version of the app since October. The Xbox devs definitely weren't slacking off and they are starting 2016 with quite a handful of new features focused both on socializing and being productive. As productive as you can be when games are concerned. Along with an integrated Avatar Store and improved Suggested Friends comes Xbox News and a new Compact view for the app.

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Facebook closes Parse, 3 years after buying it for $85 million

Facebook closes Parse, 3 years after buying it for $85 million

Back in 2013, Facebook acquired a company called Parse for around $85 million. Last year they announced that they had some big plans for Parse in the Internet of Things. Today, the company is closing the doors on the service altogether.

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