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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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Airbnb adds new tools for renters to maximize profits

Airbnb adds new tools for renters to maximize profits

Airbnb hosted its Open Air event in Silicon Valley, wherein the company introduced a new tools for both hosts looking to make as much cash as possible from the service. Airbnb wants to lure more people to rent their home or apartment out for a night on its site, and giving renters new tools to maximize profits is a great way to grow its base of rental properties. The new tool, Price Tips, uses an easy-to-read calendar layout (much like browsing for airline flights) with suggested prices for your property based on an array of factors including location, listing type, current price, availability, and how far away future available dates are.

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Facebook Messenger drops constant location sharing for user-initiated sharing

Facebook Messenger drops constant location sharing for user-initiated sharing

Facebook Messenger is doing away with its constant location sharing and rolling out a new, user initiated, way to share locations. The previous method would track your location in the background if you had location enabled for Messenger. The process would not only drain your battery from GPS usage, but was downright dangerous in the hands of stalkers or hackers with a desire to find you, face to face. The user initiated location sharing could also signify a big push towards GPS features from the social network as the Head of Product of Messenger, Stan Chudnovsky states, "What we’re launching is the foundation of everything that’s coming."

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Facebook introduces new “Lite” app for Android

Facebook introduces new “Lite” app for Android

Facebook has announced its new "Facebook Lite" offering, something that sounds oddly familiar. Regardless, the new rendition of the social network's app is specifically for Android users who need to (or want to ) keep data usage to a minimum, allowing them to use the service without it breaking the bank/data cap/whatever limitation might exist. Ultimately the app is for those who are in areas where their network access is slow and has trouble facilitating use of the social network’s regular app.

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HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

Offline navigation may be coming to Google Maps but Nokia's HERE app has long supported it, and is today revamping its offline maps with even more data. One of the biggest improvements is to HERE's mapping of Africa, with navigation and offline support added to seven countries including Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, not to mention far more road detail. Meanwhile, public transit line accuracy has also been tweaked to making it more illustrative of how you'll actually travel.

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