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Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Given the amount of flack Microsoft has been receiving lately, it's is almost a surprise, pleasant or otherwise, that it would come up with small but priceless pieces of gold in unexpected corners. One of those was Xim, a super easy photo sharing app that Microsoft launched just over two months ago. Now at version 1.3, Xim is getting bigger, almost literally. Not only is it available on all major mobile platforms, it can now stream photos to Xbox Ones, Chromecasts, and Apple TVs as well.

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IFTTT updated for Android with 20 new channels

IFTTT updated for Android with 20 new channels

Those of you that already use IFTTT know that it's one of the simplest, most intuitive connector of apps and services on the market today. For those of you that don't - you really have to tap in to see what the big deal is. There's an update to the Android app for IFTTT today that expands its reach well beyond its origins, adding 20 new channels to its already-robust set of apps - and the whole thing looks a lot nicer now, too.

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Uber says they’ll invest in better background checks

Uber says they’ll invest in better background checks

Fun fact: Uber drivers don’t pass a rigorous background check before picking you up and (hopefully) dropping you off at your desired location. Seems a bit off that Uber doesn’t thoroughly vet their drivers, right? The company is pretty fastidious about what car you have and your driving record, but as for what crimes you might have been convicted of in the past — they’re not so worried. In China, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said his company would start checking the background of those working for his service in an attempt to better protect passengers.

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Instagram has five new filters, slight layout change

Instagram has five new filters, slight layout change

Twitter, in an attempt to make themselves a bit more like Instagram, recently introduced photo filters. Those filters struck an eerie resemblance to Instagram’s, which is now challenging Twitter with regard to user metrics. If we’re playing the photo filter tit-for-tat, Instagram just took their turn, and has introduced five new looks for your photos. With so many filters, Instagram is also altering how you access them, and letting you re-arrange how they’re ordered. If you’re curious what the new filters are all about, keep reading.

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Apple Pay now covers 90% of credit volume in US

Apple Pay now covers 90% of credit volume in US

Apple Pay is wildly popular, with the secure form of mobile payment enjoying nothing but praise and adulation at every turn. On launch, Apple had some significant partnerships with the likes of Citibank and Chase. Mobile payment processors like Square are readying their hardware to support Apple Pay, and various startups are already doing just that. Now, Apple has announced they’ve got even more support, and 90% of the credit purchase by volume int he US can now be accomplished using Apple Pay.

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Google Wallet for iOS adds Touch ID support

Google Wallet for iOS adds Touch ID support

When Apple Pay was launched alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the discussion surrounding mobile payments sparked positively. No longer were we talking about how various carriers were supporting their own brand, but how Apple was bringing some balance to the mess. Google rode Apple’s coattails a bit with Wallet, their long-standing, languished mobile payment service that never quite caught on. Now, the Wallet team is pinching from Apple’s playbook, and will be integrating Touch ID into Wallet.

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Duet turns iOS devices into second screens for Macs

Duet turns iOS devices into second screens for Macs

There are some studies that claim that productivity is increased manifold by a second or more monitors. Whether you buy that or not, it might be pretty handy at times to have that setup as well. But what if you don't have a spare monitor, can't afford one, or can't justify buying one? If you have an iOS device around, especially an iPad, then you're in luck. Duet is an upcoming app that will turn that those into an extended display for Macs.

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Netflix app update brings Android Wear integration, social features

Netflix app update brings Android Wear integration, social features

Between its myriad content announcements, Netflix has been releasing somewhat regular updates to its various apps. We recently saw 1080p arrive for the company's iOS app, for example, and back in September it announced a Social Recommendation feature for Apple products, the Xbox and PS3, and some other devices. Now, finally, the video streaming service has announced some new social features for Android users, including the ability to send a friend a "thank you", and Android Wear integration.

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Uber banned in Paris, shamed in Sydney

Uber banned in Paris, shamed in Sydney

Uber has once again caused a stir, and again it’s for reasons they’d likely not be creating news. In France, Uber’s peer-to-peer app, UberPOP, is seeing a ban after taxi drivers in Paris effectively shut down a major hub in protest. A bit further south on the globe, Uber is facing the music after instituting surge pricing during a crisis in Sydney. In an even stranger move, Uber says they raised pricing in Australia for the good of the people.

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