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Samsung Internet browser for Gear VR now supports WebVR

Samsung Internet browser for Gear VR now supports WebVR

With all the coverage lavished on "proper" VR devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it might be too easy to forget the VR headset that was already in the market way ahead of those two. Made by Samsung in partnership with Oculus, the Gear VR is almost like a poor man's VR (though the real poor man's VR would be the original Google Cardboard), lettings users experience VR more easily. Provided they have the latest Samsung smartphone, of course. Now Samsung is expanding its headset's coverage by adopting what is to be the VR standard for the Web called, what else, WebVR.

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Opera’s Android browser can now control BB-8

Opera’s Android browser can now control BB-8

While still in the land of uncertainty regarding the acquisition by a Chinese company, it is still business as usual for Norwegian browser maker Opera. In fact, it just announced the availability of version 36 of its browser for Android. Along with the usual gamut of under the hood improvements as well as swell new visual features, Opera 36 takes the mobile browser beyond, well, the browser, adding functionality that would let it connect to and communicate with Bluetooth devices. Like, for example, the popular BB-8 toy from Sphero.

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Samsung+ app gets live support chat, remote control features

Samsung+ app gets live support chat, remote control features

Smartphones are continuously getting more powerful and more sophisticated but, at the same time, they are also getting more complicated for some users. Perhaps no OEM in the Android market knows that better than Samsung. During times when friends and Google aren't of much help, Samsung's updated Samsung+ app, now in version 3.0, might hold the answer. The app now offers a variety of customer support options that could help Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners find the right answer, whatever their preferred mode of assistance may be.

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Facebook Messenger gets KLM Royal Dutch Airlines bot

Facebook Messenger gets KLM Royal Dutch Airlines bot

Facebook Messenger has announced that it has a new bot that is running in some locations with a wider rollout coming in the following days. The bot is the first for an airline partner and that airline is KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. To use the bot when you book a ticket with the airline, you have to choose to receive info via Facebook Messenger.

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Dyson Pure Cool Link is an air purifier with an air quality app

Dyson Pure Cool Link is an air purifier with an air quality app

Dyson has added a new product to its catalog called the Pure Cool Link. The Link is a follow up to the Pure Cool air purifier that Dyson unveiled last year at this time. The Pure Cool Link is an app-connected air purifier that claims to be able to remove nearly 100% of ultrafine particles including pet hair, mold, and pollen from the air you breathe inside. The purifier has a 360-degree HEPA filter inside to filter the air.

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Microsoft’s new tool converts old win32 apps to Universal Windows apps

Microsoft’s new tool converts old win32 apps to Universal Windows apps

The initial launch of Microsoft's own app store was practically laughable because of the dearth of apps available for it, whether on tablets but especially on smartphones. The situation with Windows 10 is relatively better but there's still a lot of work to be done. Microsoft created a number of Projects, formally "bridges" to help convince developers to also support its new Universal Windows Platform or UWP, like the "Project Islandwood" iOS bridge and the now defunct "Project Astoria" Android bridge. "Project Centennial", which bridges win32 and .NET programs with UWP, is far from dead and Microsoft just released a new tool for that very purpose.

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TrueCaller exposed 100 million Android users’ details to hackers

TrueCaller exposed 100 million Android users’ details to hackers

While our smartphones have definitely become more capable and smarter, the phone functionality itself has remained locked in the 20th century. There have been many attempts to make the phone app itself even smarter. Google's dialer app is one. Third-party TrueCaller, which is making its way to the likes of Cyanogen OS and BLU Products devices, is another. Yet for all the convenience that the service might bring, one single design flaw potentially exposed the private details of 100 million Android users who have downloaded the app in good faith.

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Adobe Acrobat and Dropbox integration finally lands on Android

Adobe Acrobat and Dropbox integration finally lands on Android

It is perhaps already a matter of fact for Android users that very rarely do they get new treats first before their iOS counterparts. It is great news when apps for games launch at the same time for both platforms but, more often than not, iOS gets to call dibs. When Adobe and Dropbox inked a partnership last October, the integration between Adobe Acrobat and Dropbox was initially limited to iOS and then later on to Windows. Now the fated day has arrived for Android users as the two roll out the same features to the more than 300 million Acrobat Reader users on Android.

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Snapchat unveils Chat 2.0 for seamless voice and video chats

Snapchat unveils Chat 2.0 for seamless voice and video chats

Snapchat has announced its new Chat 2.0 update, saying it has made it easier than ever to initiate voice and video chats with friends through the app. Chatting is great, but sometimes voice and video gets across your message better than typed words can — thusly enters the update, and the ease by which users can make the transition from one type of messaging to another. Says the company, it has been “working on this redesign for a while."

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Nintendo’s Miitomo app is coming to the US this week

Nintendo’s Miitomo app is coming to the US this week

Nintendo is one of the few companies that has been absent on our mobile phones. The most obvious reason for that is fact that they absolutely dominate the handheld gaming market with the 3DS. That's why it was so surprising when the company announced their first smartphone app, Miitomo. And now we finally have a release date for the US, and it's coming up quick.

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Facebook Messenger code hints at in-store payment feature

Facebook Messenger code hints at in-store payment feature

Facebook is quietly working on a feature that will allow its users to make in-store purchases using its Messenger app, according to a new report. The feature and others were spotted in the app’s code, with other possible future features including “secret conversations” perhaps akin to what WhatsApp recently rolled out. Facebook is tipped to have a large team working on the new buying feature.

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Foursquare’s Swarm gets statistical in huge 4.0 update

Foursquare’s Swarm gets statistical in huge 4.0 update

Once upon a time, "checking in" was the hip thing to do back when social networks were really young. Foursquare was practically the only service that let you tell the world, or hopefully just your friends, where you're at and how great the pasta is there. Eventually, the likes of Facebook and Twitter gained similar functionality, forcing to Foursquare to redefine its purpose. It spun off Swarm to focus on that use case. Now at version 4.0, the service has tacked on some features that turns Swarm into a sort of lifelogging partner as well.

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