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Slack could soon get into Skype’s turf with voice, video chat

Slack could soon get into Skype’s turf with voice, video chat

Slack is one of the startups that embody the Silicon Valley dream. A small app that was intended to help teams stay productive in communication exploded into a something that even huge businesses have become dependent on. It was hailed by many to rival and even replace instant messaging and even email, and now it might even be setting out to challenge other forms for communication soon. At a customer conference in San Francisco, it revealed it 2016 roadmap that included, among other things, the addition not only of voice but also video chats.

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SoundHound’s Hound launched to let users ask more naturally

SoundHound’s Hound launched to let users ask more naturally

By now, hands-free, voice-enabled smart assistants like Siri, Cortana, Google Now, and Alexa are no longer alien concept. However, they aren't exactly the easiest people to talk with. One off questions are usually fine, depending on how you phrase them. But carrying on a continuing query is near impossible. That is one area where SoundHound's Hound tries to excel. Now available for public use and with Yelp and Uber integration, Hound promises more a more natural way to ask questions and even refine those questions after they've been answered.

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Booyah’s WhatsApp group video chat is finally on Android

Booyah’s WhatsApp group video chat is finally on Android

It probably isn't news to Android users that many, if not most, apps first launch on iOS, promising a later launch for Android. It has become a painful fact of life that many have accepted, as long as the promised Android versions do come. Rounds is definitely doing good by Android fans thirsty for more group video chats. A month after it surprised WhatsApp users, and probably WhatsApp developers themselves, Booyah is now landing on Android, featuring the promised ease of use that has made services like FaceTime popular.

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Snapchat gets phished, hands over information on 700 employees

Snapchat gets phished, hands over information on 700 employees

When it comes to security of any kind, there is one place where you're most likely to find a vulnerability. I'm referring, of course, to the human element. Anytime you have a person standing between sensitive information and those with malicious intent, there is the possibility of error. The people at Snapchat learned this the hard way, over the weekend.

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Microsoft Project Centennial seen with “universal” desktop Office

Microsoft Project Centennial seen with “universal” desktop Office

Microsoft may have burned off one bridge, but it is still building a different, and perhaps more critical build. Redmond has officially declared Project Astoria, the bridge that would let Android developers easily port their apps to Windows 10, dead but Project Centennial seems to be very much alive and kicking. In fact, it might have an rather ambitious demo in the works. Spotted briefly was a version of Microsoft Office for the desktop that has been retrofitted to be installed from the Windows Store and run like a normal Universal Windows App.

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Microsoft HoloLens kit launches March 30th, PC app now ready

Microsoft HoloLens kit launches March 30th, PC app now ready

It isn't that unusual for development edition of devices to cost a lot more than what they would in retail form. The Google Glass, for example, sported a $1,500 tag but was promised a much wallet-friendly launch price. If it had launched in the first place. That said, $3,000 for a non-final, development version of an augmented reality headset might be too much to swallow. And yet that is the steep price that Microsoft is tipped to be asking in exchange for being one of the first to try out its HoloLens.

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Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Forget the geofilters and birthday lenses — Snapchat has added a face-swapping feature, making it possible for two users to trade faces. The feature works exactly the same as all the face swapping apps dotting the respective app store landscapes, but is a fun addition for Snapchat users. Swapped faces have been plastering social networks today, and the results are, as you probably guessed, mostly horrifying.

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Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora has pushed out an update for its Android app, adding the new discovery feature that first launched on iOS. A new “Browse” option at the top of the app allows users to toggle from their stations over to a discovery tool where music is sorted into various categories, including things like popularity, genre, and decade. The feature is live now for those who update.

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Microsoft officially declares “Astoria” Android bridge DOA

Microsoft officially declares “Astoria” Android bridge DOA

When Microsoft made its Windows 10 spiel last year, it made a commitment to help developers from other platforms carry their apps to Windows 10 with as little effort as possible. For that reason, it announced "bridges" between iOS and Android apps, the latter codenamed "Project Astoria". While the iOS Bridge ("Project Islandwood") has more or less been finalized, the Android bridge was left in limbo. Now, Microsoft is putting an end to the uncertainty and doubt. Project Astoria is officially dead and the bridge has been burned even before it was completed.

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Facebook’s new ‘Canvas’ ads go fullscreen on mobile

Facebook’s new ‘Canvas’ ads go fullscreen on mobile

Facebook has opened up a new option to advertisers: fullscreen advertisements. The ads are part of its "Canvas" offering, which is limited to mobile and promises to better engage users than regular (read: smaller) ads. The user must click on an advertisement for it to go fullscreen -- once they do, it could offer up more than one type of medium, for example embedding an advertisement video within a larger image. These advertisements will show up on users' timelines.

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Nissan Leaf security vulnerability allows remote access to vehicle functions

Nissan Leaf security vulnerability allows remote access to vehicle functions

The Nissan Leaf is one of the most popular EVs in the world with many of them in the hands of customers globally. Recently a security vulnerability was discovered in the way the Nissan app interacts with the Leaf that allows people to access Leaf functions remotely outside of how Nissan intended the car to be accessible. The discovery was made by a Leaf owner who happens to be an app developer while at a security conference.

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Netflix for iOS adds 3D Touch and iPad Pro optimization

Netflix for iOS adds 3D Touch and iPad Pro optimization

Netflix has pushed out an update for its iOS app, adding some requested features like iPad Pro optimization but leaving out others, namely picture-in-picture support, much to users’ disappointment. The update brings Netflix for iOS up to version 8, which can be grabbed now from the iTunes store. In addition to iPad Pro owners, iPhones users are getting a treat with the update.

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