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Uber’s game is surprisingly fun for something so self-serving

Uber’s game is surprisingly fun for something so self-serving

Uber may have built it business around an app, but it's still a surprise to see the company release a game. UberDRIVE, though, is no ordinary iPhone game: it's intended to put you - virtually - behind the wheel of an Uber car, testing things like navigation skills and point-of-interest knowledge along the way. While it may be a freebie, the goal seems pretty clear, to encourage more drivers to sign up to the taxi-disrupter.

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Facebook to add “buy” button for Shopify goods

Facebook to add “buy” button for Shopify goods

Facebook wants to become your all-in-one social platform, and that includes shopping. E-store platform, Shopify, is partnering with Facebook to create a "Buy" button that is directly embedded in posts. Of course, the button is great for merchants; this means there are fewer steps between an advertised product and a sale. The main advantage of the button for buyers is that they don't have to leave their Newsfeed to make a purchase. Come to think of it, that's a boon to merchants as well.

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Facebook Messenger’s first game is called Doodle Draw

Facebook Messenger’s first game is called Doodle Draw

Many Facebook users weren't happy when Facebook took away the integrated chat function of the normal Facebook app and made users download a second app for chat. That app is Facebook Messenger and today Facebook has expanded the available options for fans of Messenger to spend time checking out together. The first true game available for Messenger has launched and it is called Doodle Draw.

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Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Facebook has reached a big milestone on the Google Play Store, with its Messenger app hitting download numbers rivaled only by Google itself: Facebook Messenger has now been downloaded 1 billion (with a 'b') times on the Play Store. That's three commas in the download number. The app has had its badge on its Android app page updated to show the notable 1 Billion mark, and with it Facebook has managed to (again) enter a realm no other Android app maker (excepting Google, of course) has tread within. Various Google apps, Facebook and WhatsApp have also managed to hit the billion downloads mark.

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Vine update improves search with top posts option

Vine update improves search with top posts option

Vine has pushed out an update for its iOS app (and will be doing so soon for its Android app) that improves one's ability to search for content. It is a relatively small update, but it brings with it increased ways to find content that might be relevant to your query -- or that maybe just happens to catch your eye while searching for something else. The change comes to the "Explore" tab, where users can search for whatever and get a look at the top and/or recent posts from relevant feeds.

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Waterproof 8GB Sony Xperia M4 Aqua isn’t bloatware-proof

Waterproof 8GB Sony Xperia M4 Aqua isn’t bloatware-proof

It has just been two months since Sony announced its latest waterproof mid-range beauty and now it is gaining some notoriety. At least the 8 GB version of Xperia M4 Aqua. Xperia Blog reports how Sony has, intentionally or not, practically crippled the more affordable model of the two versions, leaving less than 2 GB of usable storage space out of the 8 GB total storage found inside. And the culprit? Nothing less than the smartphone user's favorite source of headache: pre-installed apps, a.k.a. bloatware.

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Here Active Listening ear buds help control what you hear

Here Active Listening ear buds help control what you hear

Usually when we see ear buds, the point of the device is to allow you to listen to your favorite music or other audio source in private. A set of ear buds called Here Active Listening have turned up and they aren't designed for music playback. The Here system consists of a smartphone app and a pair of wireless ear buds that allows the wearer to control what they hear in the real world.

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Final Fantasy Tactics now available from Google Play

Final Fantasy Tactics now available from Google Play

The game Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is now available for download from the Google Play Store. The game was launched by Square Enix on Thursday, and it is rated “E” for Everyone. Says the maker, this was the series’ first tactical RPG, and it was released back in 1997. The game then made another appearance after being released — again — in 2007 for the PSP, garnering itself a larger fan base. Now mobile users can enjoy it, too.

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Nikon and Apple tipped in an iOS app effort

Nikon and Apple tipped in an iOS app effort

There’s been word circulating for a couple months now that Apple and Nikon are working together on some yet-unknown project. Information about it first surfaced back in March, when it was said that Apple had engineers working with Nikon USA on a project at its Cupertino campus. That was all that was revealed at the time, but now there’s more (unofficial) information, and sources have it the two companies are working together on a mobile app.

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