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Inbox from Google re-imagines how we use email

Inbox from Google re-imagines how we use email

Google has re-imagined email. Today, the company is introducing Inbox, and app that takes email to a different level, and will have some interesting features for power users. Inbox is a bit like Google Now, Keep, and email rolled into one. You can set reminders, and even teach the app to create bundles of information — like bills and receipts (a financial bundle), or flights and train tickets (a travel bundle!). If you’re interested in giving it a shot, we’ll tell you how to get an invite below.

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Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google is pushing out a new version of Google Earth for Android that will boost the 3D navigation of the geographic app, as well as see updates to mapping data be pushed out to users more rapidly and thus cut down misdirections. The refresh sees Google change the 3D rendering engine for Google Earth on Android phones and tablets for the first time in over a decade, the company's mapping team points out, which should add up to smoother zooming, faster rendering, and less glitchy transitions.

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ShutterBOT transforms Android devices into a DSLR remote

ShutterBOT transforms Android devices into a DSLR remote

Many have forsaken their digital cameras in favor of the camera on their smartphone, but the exception is largely the professional and dedicated hobbyists among us. Most DSLR cameras can be used with a remote, which often has to be picked up separately from the camera itself. To avoid that -- or handle those times you forget to pack the remote with your gear -- comes a new app called ShutterBOT available to Android users. With ShutterBOT, any Android smartphone or tablet can be turned into a DSLR remote.

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Yelp teams with Hipmunk for in-app hotel reservations

Yelp teams with Hipmunk for in-app hotel reservations

AirBNB sounds (and is) really awesome, but they have a unique set of problems. In some states, listing a room or home on the service means you’ll have to jump through bureaucratic hoops and bust through the red tape. Many are turned off by that, leaving would-be renters searching for a hotel room instead. Today, Yelp announces they’ve teamed up with Hipmunk to provide you with the ability to book a hotel room without ever having to leave Yelp’s app.

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PhotoMath app solves math problems via phone camera

PhotoMath app solves math problems via phone camera

You know what sucks, but is also really necessary? Math. All those numbers and letters jumbled up with a bunch of slashes, staring at you from some book, in a class you don’t want to take anyway. Why hasn’t someone invented tech that can do it for you?! Wait, no, they have. PhotoMath is an awesome new app that lets you hover your phone over a math problem, with the answer popping up right before your eyes. It’ll even give you step-by-step solutions!

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Apple Pay: Your full list of stores, apps, and banks supporting it

Apple Pay: Your full list of stores, apps, and banks supporting it

Now that iOS 8.1 is here, so is Apple Pay! The update, which launched about 90 minutes ago (at the time we publish this article), brings in Apple Pay. For those with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you’ll get the ability to make purchases at several point-of-sale terminals via a myriad of banks (likely yours). For those without an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, Apple Pay is still usable. To help, we’ve put together a list of apps and stores where you can use Apple Pay.

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Bluesmart connected carry-on makes traveling smarter

Bluesmart connected carry-on makes traveling smarter

If you’re a frequent flyer, you understand how fun airline baggage restrictions are. Is that bag too big to carry on? Too heavy? Do you even know where it is?! All these things (and more) have travelers sweating under the collar daily, but fear not — Bluesmart is here. The connected luggage is more than a neat carry-on that connects to your smartphone via an app for location awareness, it’s the first all-in-one travelers companion we’ve seen that you might actually want.

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Dropbox Touch ID support adds fingerprint cloud lock

Dropbox Touch ID support adds fingerprint cloud lock

Dropbox has added Touch ID support to its app for iPhone and iPad, putting a biometric barrier in the way of accessing files saved in the cloud storage system. The security addition, which builds on Apple's opening up of Touch ID as an authenticator for third-party apps in iOS 8, joins the existing PIN code lock which can optionally be enabled, demanding your fingerprint before it will let you browse through folders or upload new files. It comes at the tail-end of a PR war for Dropbox, as it attempts to distance itself and its security measures from a recent hack.

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Equil Smartpen 2 still available, ships this month

Equil Smartpen 2 still available, ships this month

Earlier this year at CES, we got our hands on the Equil Smartpen. The physical-to-digital writing instrument was pretty impressive, but like any good product, the Smartpen can improve. Equil’s Smartpen 2 looks to make some necessary adjustments, and even breaks free of the pen-and-paper world as a stylus. Currently enjoying a funding run on Indiegogo that has seen Smartpen 2 lap it’’s goal several times over, the Smartpen 2 is coming soon — but you still have time to snap one up via crowdfunding!

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Snapchat succumbs to adverts this weekend

Snapchat succumbs to adverts this weekend

Call it growing up or selling out, but Snapchat is finally embracing advertising, with the first commercially-motivated snap being pushed to US users of the ephemeral messaging service this weekend. The advert - from an unnamed vendor - will show up in the Recent Updates section of the iPhone and Android app, Snapchat says, and is the first of periodic sponsored content that will be appearing moving forward. The reason? Unsurprisingly, it's just about money.

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