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Facebook hires new designers; is an overhaul coming?

Facebook hires new designers; is an overhaul coming?

Facebook has made another interesting move today, hiring away much of the design team from Teehan + Lax, who are responsible for the popular blogging platform Medium as well as Readability. The move is not an acquihire, as Teehan + Lux the firm isn’t rolling into Facebook. Some team members are, though, so it’s an odd hire-then-shutter scenario. It’s a great day for Facebook, who have hired in some talented designers. It could also be a banner day for you, and could signal a redesign is in-store for Facebook.

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By My Eyes app asks helpers to see for the blind

By My Eyes app asks helpers to see for the blind

We've seen a lot of attempts lately at making technology work not just for the majority, but also for those with physical and sometimes even mental handicaps. But while many of those use some new fancy technology or theory to get things done, sometimes the best solution is the simplest one. And what could be simpler than asking somebody else for help. Meet Be My Eyes, an iOS app that gives sight-impaired people a second pair eyes, from someone who might be living halfway across the the globe.

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile app launched for Android

Adobe Lightroom Mobile app launched for Android

Adobe has been steadily busying itself with migrating its photography-centric software to mobile platforms, and as is common it first turned its sights on iOS. Speaking of Lightroom in particular, the company first brought the mobile version to the iPad, then made it available for the iPhone, as well. Now the wait for Android users has finally reached its end, with Adobe launching the app in the Google Play Store on Wednesday. As with the desktop version, Lightroom mobile lets users edit photographs.

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Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Us2Games breaks down Monument Valley by the numbers

Monument Valley stole the hearts and minds of many in 2014, and with good reason. the fluid gameplay and solid graphics lent way to a delightful storyline that made you want to play. Though the game has little replay value, it’s been valuable. The development team behind Monument Valley, Us2Games, have released a breakdown of their year. As you can see below, it was a monumental year for Us2Games. It’s also a good look at how much manpower and time go into great apps and games.

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Email app CloudMagic adds security features, paid tier

Email app CloudMagic adds security features, paid tier

Email is seen in many different lights, but one thing is certain: we all have and address, and use it. In that respect, it’s important to have an email app you can trust. Google recently made a splash with Inbox, but that’s a rethinking of email that some aren’t fond of. We shared our picks for best email app that was more true to form, with CloudMagic taking the reigns. Now the service has been updated, and brings in more features, as well as a paid model.

Google Maps for Android and iOS updated

Google Maps for Android and iOS updated

Google Maps has been updated for both Android and iOS, bringing users both new features and improvements. This takes iOS users up to version 4.2.0 (the version varies for Android users), and while there are a couple similarities between the two updates, both give users different new features on their respective platforms. The most notable new feature for iOS users is the ability to see weather for cities around the globe; Android users, meanwhile, can see their contacts when they're searching for addresses in Maps.

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Google Drive update for Mac, PC brings new look, features

Google Drive update for Mac, PC brings new look, features

Google Drive might be the best cloud storage solution there is. It’s available anywhere, securely tucks your files away, and is free to use. For mobile, it’s amazing. For the desktop, Drive is fairly utilitarian, but that’s about to change. Today, Google is announcing a few changes to Drive for PC and Mac, which will give users more control and a new menu. The new-look drop-down menu provides updates on uploads, and even gives you access to recently synced items.

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Google Classroom app now available for Android, iOS

Google Classroom app now available for Android, iOS

For a long time, teachers tried to manage smartphone usage in class, trying their best to make sure kids weren’t screwing around instead of learning. Now, educators have a reason to let kids stare at screens, as the Google Classroom app is now available on the Play Store. The app will let students and teachers stay on track, digitally. Homework assignments, future work deadlines, and assignment collection are all part of the app’s feature list. The app is free for anyone with a Google Apps for Education account.

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Google Translate app update adds Word Lens

Google Translate app update adds Word Lens

Google has announced a significant update to its Translate app for mobile users. The updated app gets several new features for Android and iOS users including a feature called Word Lens. Word Lens is really cool because it allows users to take a picture of text and get a translation for the text in 36 languages. That means if you are in a foreign city, you can do things like snap pictures of street signs and see what they mean.

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Apple Watch iOS app leaked, shows settings and features

Apple Watch iOS app leaked, shows settings and features

With news of the iOS 8.2 beta being seeded to Developers, we got a glimpse of what was in store for us. The Apple Watch got a curious mention in bluetooth pairing, where we saw that you’d have to pair your wearable via a special app rather than the typical methods. Now, we’re getting a look at the Apple Watch app itself, and are getting a much better idea of what the Apple Watch will (and won’t) be able to do.

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