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Opera browser catches up, syncs bookmarks across devices

Opera browser catches up, syncs bookmarks across devices

Back in the days before smartphones, Opera was the household name when talking about web browsing on phones. The browser has since then been eclipsed by mainstream desktop names like Firefox and Chrome. The Norway-based company has seen its business change over the course of the years, including a data-saving service that goes beyond the its web browser. Now, however, its main product is starting to catch up. Opera, on both desktop and mobile, will now let you sync your bookmarks across all of those platforms.

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Starbucks in-app ordering expands, now covers entire PNW

Starbucks in-app ordering expands, now covers entire PNW

Starbuck’s in-app ordering is great for when you’re on-the-go and need to be caffeinated in a pinch. Limited to Portland for a beta trial, the in-app coffee ordering has now rolled out to more of the Pacific Northwest, and includes Starbucks’ home, Seattle. Starbucks says more than 650 locations will now have access to the in-app ordering, which lets users order, customize, pay in the Starbucks app ahead of picking their coffee up at a retail store of their choosing.

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Google’s odd new events app likely released by accident

Google’s odd new events app likely released by accident

Contextual awareness is attractive for users, but also useful for event organizers. We see context put to really good use with beacon technology, where Gimbal makes big strides in working their hardware into venues for use in-app. Knowing more about your immediate surroundings, especially with regard to things you can’t possibly know by looking around, is handy. A new app from Google, Interactive Events, shows how similar feats may be accomplished via software. It’s also an app you’re not supposed to know about.

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Google Calendar for iPhone released with Material Design

Google Calendar for iPhone released with Material Design

Google has finally released its Google Calendar app for iPhone, bringing iOS in line with the Material Design version released for Android last month. The new app boasts far improved interconnectivity with Gmail, including smarter scheduling which can turn emails into new calendar events automatically. Google Calendar for iPhone also aims to streamline common settings, with auto-suggests for different fields like location, people, and title, as well as changing the overall UI so that, Google claims, it's easier to keep on top of a tricky schedule.

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Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

With the rise of personal action cameras and, soon, VR headsets, livestreaming is taking a huge leap forward. We already have a lot of such platforms available, serving different needs, like Twitch and, of course, YouTube. But what if you wanted something a bit simpler, but also something that is as easily accessible as, say, your tweets? That is exactly what Meerkat is trying to offer. Users can simply start live streaming footage from their iPhone or iPad and broadcast it to their Twitter followers and for the whole world.

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Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary creates maps with crowdsourced street views

Mapillary is taking crowdsourcing to the streets, or more precisely, street views. Instead of relying on a single authority (cough, Google Street Views) to relay street level photos, Mapillary lets anyone upload photos of their environment. Mapillary uses the idea that locals can create better images of their surrounding environment than an automated car passing through a city. You can browse through hidden alleyways in Spain, or take a visual drive down the Pacific Coast Highway. You can also upload your own photos using your smartphone camera and their handy app.

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Waterproof Splash Drone can automatically follow your jet ski

Waterproof Splash Drone can automatically follow your jet ski

There are all kinds of ways to record your surf session. You used to need a friend to film from shore, or you could wear a camera helmet, or attach a Go Pro to your surfboard for a first-person view. Aerial shots over water have always been tricky, even with quadcopter drones because it has been risky to fly your drone over open water. It used to be that once it touched down in the water, it was toast. With the Splash Drone, you'll never need to worry about losing your drone in the water. This little guy can even launch from the sea.

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RLSB’s Wayfindr app helps the blind nagivate the London underground

RLSB’s Wayfindr app helps the blind nagivate the London underground

The London subway system can difficult be difficult to navigate for tourists and locals alike. London's blind and visually impaired commuters have an additional layer of difficulty added to their daily subway travels. Without being able to clearly see any signage, their daily commute could range from a hassle to downright dangerous as they navigate stairs and train platforms. The Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) paired with developers UsTwo to create Wayfindr, an app that helps the blind and visually impaired find their way around the London underground.

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Imgur renews mobile focus with new iOS app

Imgur renews mobile focus with new iOS app

Imgur, a long-running staple of the Reddit community, has decided to begin dabbling in mobile apps again, resuming its app-based efforts following a failed attempt in the past. Earlier this week, the company released an app for iOS users on the App Store, and with it mobile users can more easily browse content on the website alongside an attractive design and the tools you'd expect. Android users will still be stuck with third-party options for now, but an official option will be surfacing soon.

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Xero arrives on iPad, takes small business accounting mobile

Xero arrives on iPad, takes small business accounting mobile

Many small businesses are founded out of passion. Whoever starts their business typically has a strong desire to create and share their craft, which makes the back-end business stuff that much worse. Unfortunately, the business aspect is necessary. To help make it easier for anyone, Xero has a handy set of tools that make things like invoicing or receipt creation really simple. After realizing about 30% of their existing users were accessing their Xero tools via an iPad, the company is now coming forward with a proper iPad app.

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