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WhatsApp for Android gets rich link previews, starred messages

WhatsApp for Android gets rich link previews, starred messages

WhatsApp users on iOS received an update earlier this month that added, among other things, rich previews for shared links. Android users didn’t get an update, however, and a week rolled by without anything showing up. Fast-forward to yesterday, and those users finally received their own update, getting the same rich previews as well as a handful of other changes, one of which that is limited only to those running Android 6.0 and higher.

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Viber users can now delete messages from recipients’ phones

Viber users can now delete messages from recipients’ phones

Messaging app Viber has been updated, and with that update comes a very welcomed feature -- the ability to delete a message from any device, including the recipient's phone. That means the next time you peck out a message you immediately regret, you can scrub it from every device that received it and, hopefully, move on as if nothing ever happened. This update takes Viber to version 5.6.5.

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Vine arrives on Apple Watch, adds new discovery tool for iPhone

Vine arrives on Apple Watch, adds new discovery tool for iPhone

Vine has arrived on the Apple Watch, allowing users to browse their “Favorites” as well as Featured content from the comfort of their wrist. In addition, Vine has pushed out an update for its iPhone app, adding a new discovery tool that makes finding more Vines as simple as swiping left on a post. This past October, Vine introduced its recommendation engine; this new discovery tool is part of that, adding an extra way for users to access new Vines.

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SwiftKey for iOS scores its second dynamic theme

SwiftKey for iOS scores its second dynamic theme

An update for SwiftKey for iOS has been pushed out, bringing a new theme to iPhone users alongside a redesigned settings menu. The new theme is called “Bubble Gum,” and it is a dynamic offering, being both “light and airy” with a soft color palette. This is the company’s second dynamic theme for its iOS app, following on the heels of Shooting Stars, the first dynamic theme.

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Snapchat introduces “Story Explorer” feature

Snapchat introduces “Story Explorer” feature

Snapchat has added a new feature called “Story Explorer,” which makes its easy for users to explore moments that are related. This feature will tie together the hundreds or thousands of moments that are related to each other, such as snaps of breaking news events or sports games. The feature is launching first for Los Angles and New York Live Stories, and will be rolling out to cover “many more” unspecified stories in the near future.

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Waze’s ‘Star Wars’ promo brings C-3PO voice navigation

Waze’s ‘Star Wars’ promo brings C-3PO voice navigation

Google has introduced Star Wars promotional content on several its services, not the least of which is Waze, the cartoony navigation app. Those who use Waze have the option to add Star Wars content, including a C-3PO voice for voice navigation. This other-world guide is “fluent in over six million forms of communication,” and leads drivers where they need to go while hunting down both BB-8 and R2-D2.

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Opera Max will soon do data saving magic on music streaming

Opera Max will soon do data saving magic on music streaming

Streaming media over the Internet is slowly but surely taking over even buying digital copies of videos and music. It's a trend that Apple itself has practically affirmed by launching its own Apple Music service. That means, however, that more and more people are becoming reliant on media streaming even while their bandwidth or data plans don't support it. Luckily for those kinds of users, Opera will be rolling out an update to its Opera Max service that will perform data saving compression on music streaming as it does web pages and videos.

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Pushbullet does AMA to answer Pro paywall change

Pushbullet does AMA to answer Pro paywall change

They say the best things in life are free, but when you're paying for server storage, bandwidth, or overhead, that just isn't true. But not everyone is willing to dish out dozens of dollars for a service, though some are definitely OK with it as long as the service is good. That is why the freemium model began to find something of a middle ground between the two extremes. Pushbullet lately switched to such a model, which garnered no small amount of noise on the Web. Now developers have gone to Reddit to answer some of the most pressing questions and criticisms about the unexpected move.

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‘Carmen Sandiego Returns’ launches on iOS

‘Carmen Sandiego Returns’ launches on iOS

Carmen Sandiego returns for a new generation of children, launching on the platform kids most prefer for gaming. The new title is Carmen Sandiego Returns, and it is now available for iOS. The game brings Carmen Sandiego with a slightly updated appearance, as well as those dastardly Villains’ International League of Evil (VILE) baddies. As with the classic games, which arrived a trio of decades ago, the newest game will teach kids history, geography, and more.

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Google Fit update adds instant stats, Android Wear challenges, and more

Google Fit update adds instant stats, Android Wear challenges, and more

Google Fit, the company’s fitness tracking app, has been updated with several new features, not the least of which are instant insights into one’s fitness activities — walks, runs, bicycle rides, and such. Google Fit will gather data related to those activities, such as how fast you’re cycling or your running pace, and present it as a snapshot alongside a route presented on Google Maps.

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Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Among some circles, particularly productivity and venture capitalist groups, there has been some talk about Evernote becoming a dead unicorn. Considering how the product has become ingrained in today's digital lifestyle, it's not surprising to see how polarizing the topic has become. It doesn't help that the company is indeed showing some signs of struggling, particularly with its workforce and management, though it is definitely not out of the running yet. This David turned Goliath, who has managed not only to displace but also shut down some of its rivals (Sprinpad) might be finding itself losing some steam, and here might be some of the reasons why.

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Vine adds audio remixing feature to app

Vine adds audio remixing feature to app

Vine’s latest update makes it possible for users to remix, collaborate, and “reinterpret” audio from existing Vine videos. Vine points toward the habit of remaking popular Vines, resulting in new trends, which is often done using the audio track from whatever Vine inspired the latest spat of remixes. The app makes it easy to do this, reducing the effort to little more than a single button tap.

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