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Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack, one of the hottest tools in the realm of team and work communications has just flipped the switch to make its promised voice call feature available for anyone and everyone. It might seem almost antithetical to Slack's original, primarily text-based nature, but it is an admission that sometimes typed words or even images just aren't enough to get things rolling in the office. It is also a declaration of war and an incursion into the territory mostly dominated by Skype.

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Google’s iOS-only Motion Stills turns Live Photos into GIFs

Google’s iOS-only Motion Stills turns Live Photos into GIFs

Apple introduced the new Live Photos feature in iOS 9 but, aside from being limited in what devices you can create them, they can only be viewed on other Apple devices as well. So sharing those artistic, if not wacky, animated photos with those on Android or other platforms is a no go. Until today, that is. Google Research has just launched an iOS-only app, which is already surprising in itself, that converts those Live Photos into silent, looping animated GIFs that you can more easily spread around.

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Instagram adds one-touch sharing to iOS devices

Instagram adds one-touch sharing to iOS devices

Since the original announcement back in March, Instagram users have been unhappy with the upcoming changes. After all, now instead of seeing posts displayed in chronological order, the app will deliver content in the order of its own choosing. However, there is another update coming to the service that might have you excited.

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Instagram is rolling out reordered feeds throughout June

Instagram is rolling out reordered feeds throughout June

Back in March, Instagram worried its users by announcing plans to reorder their feeds to show them the content its thinks they want to see. This caused a huge, probably unanticipated, backlash from users didn’t want the company to meddle. Instagram had to backtrack a bit, promising that it wasn’t going to do anything drastic and nothing soon. Now the time has finally come whether you’re ready for it or not — in a statement on Thursday, Instagram announced it is rolling out the reordered feeds to everyone.

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Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Android bloatware has a new name and it is Microsoft. That might be a rather scathing remark, but that is the reality facing Android users yesterday and today. Xiaomi and Microsoft have just announced that they have signed a cross-licensing deal that will see Microsoft's Android apps, particularly the mobile Office ones, pre-installed on Xiaomi's more recent handsets. What the announcement didn't mention, which Wall Street Journal reported, is that Xiaomi is also purchasing a whopping 1,500 patents from Microsoft for an undisclosed sum.

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Google app for iOS update makes it ‘faster every step of the way’

Google app for iOS update makes it ‘faster every step of the way’

Google wants all you iPhone and iPad users to know something: the Google app for your devices is faster than ever. Loading times have been slashed. New features have been added. It all, Google proclaims, is available now to help save you precious minutes. You may not notice the speed differences, Google says, but rest assured that they're there and they're saving the collective lot of Google iOS mobile users 6.5 million hours throughout the rest of 2016.

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PayPal retires Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

PayPal retires Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

Microsoft's exit in the smartphone arena, or at least the hardware side of it, sends all the wrong signals to OEMs as well as app developers, whether Microsoft likes it or, most likely, not. As if by coincidence, PayPal has just announced that it will sunset the Windows Phone version of its app starting June 30. The good news for Windows Phone users is that they won't be alone in their misery, as BlackBerry is doing the same for BlackBerry and Amazon Fire owners.

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Google Science Journal app turns your phone into a lab

Google Science Journal app turns your phone into a lab

Google’s making it a bit easier to channel your inner scientist via it new app Google Science Journal. Available now, the Android app puts a research lab in your pocket (or wherever you keep your phone), making it possible to use your smartphone’s sensors in ways that may not otherwise be readily accessible. As well, Science Journal can be used to store observational notes, generate graphs, and more.

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Google reveals 2016 Play Award winners for design, innovation

Google reveals 2016 Play Award winners for design, innovation

There are literally thousands of apps and games available in the Google Play Store. Google's more open and less restrictive policies invites innovation, experimentation, and even risk. But it also sometimes lets in imitation, laxity, and even malice. So it is good that once in a while, Google pays tributes to those apps that blaze a trail in terms of innovation and design, giving users the best Android mobile experience, whether for free or for a bit of cash. Introducing this year's winners of the Google Play Awards.

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No friends? Don’t worry, the Allo @google bot will love you

No friends? Don’t worry, the Allo @google bot will love you

If you've ever gone looking for a friend to chat to, but nobody's online, don't worry: Google has your back. In Allo, the company's new messaging app, there's not only a friends list made up of your human contacts, but "@google", the chatting embodiment of the Google Assistant.

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Snips “Intelligent Memory” AI promises to be private and smart

Snips “Intelligent Memory” AI promises to be private and smart

Today, artificial intelligence is seen as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it represents a bright future of possibilities the likes of Star Trek have painted on television for years. On the other hand, it also summons fears of robotic overlords hell bent on eradicating inefficient humans. But at its very core, AI is supposed to help relieve humans of mundane and repetitive tasks. Snips, a young Paris-based startup, believes in that kind of AI vision, and it is starting somewhat from the ground up with an iOS app that focuses on the first, and most important, foundation of artificial intelligence: memory.

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Apple sets up iOS app dev center in Bengaluru, India

Apple sets up iOS app dev center in Bengaluru, India

Apple, especially Tim Cook, has made it no secret that China and India are the newest darlings of the tech industry at large and, of course, Apple. After flying to China to deal with the iBooks and Movies blackout, Cook flew to India to help cement Apple's position in the market. In addition to Cook's first visit to the country as Apple's highest executive, it was also an occasion for Apple to announce the establishment of a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru to help spur iOS app development in the country.

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