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Cortana for Android arrives in July

Cortana for Android arrives in July

We have known for a little while now that Cortana would be coming to Android and iOS, and word had it the Android version would be arriving toward the end of this month. In a blog post today related to Cortana and the Xbox, however, Microsoft slipped in a little detail: Cortana for Android will be arriving some time in July. Next month will bring around the beta test for the Android Cortana app, says the company; it isn't clear when the beta will end.

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Range Rover 4×4 gets remote steering for off-road and tight parking spaces

Range Rover 4×4 gets remote steering for off-road and tight parking spaces

The vast majority of people who purchase a Range Rover will never take the capable 4x4 vehicle off-road. Range Rovers are designed to make their way over just about any off-road terrain and on the off chance they do end up off-road, sometimes you need a spotter so you don’t end up stuck or damaging the vehicle. Range Rover has unveiled some cool remote control technology that will allow the driver to control the vehicle from their smartphone.

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Apple News app hiring editors for hand-picked curation

Apple News app hiring editors for hand-picked curation

Apple News, it's news browsing app designed to rival Flipboard and RSS browsers, is using a different approach than its competition. Instead of just relying on algorithms to rank and suggest stories based on browsing history, Apple demonstrated that users can submit their own RSS feeds, and popular feeds will likely gain large followings, but Apple's desires for curation go deeper than that. Apple is taking it to the next level by adding a human component. Apple is looking for human editors to, "recognize original, compelling stories unlikely to be identified by algorithms."

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Adobe Creative Cloud apps hit Android

Adobe Creative Cloud apps hit Android

Adobe has turned its eyes upon Android, and bestowed users on the platform with a handful of new mobile apps, rounding out its mobile offerings that have been available to iOS users. All four apps are available now to Android users via the Google Play Store, and they’re comprised of Color CC, Photoshop Mix, Shape CC, and Brush CC. The move comes sooner than expected, but not soon enough depending on who you ask. Demand for more Adobe products on Android has been consistently high.

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Facebook Moments app auto-curates event albums

Facebook Moments app auto-curates event albums

Facebook has launched a new photo management app, Moments, intended to privately gather up shared shots from events. Figuring that plenty of people take lots of photos at parties, family gatherings, and other social occasions, but never share them with other participants or, indeed, see the pictures their friends took on their phones, the iPhone and Android app uses a combination of facial recognition and timestamps to figure out what combined gallery needs to be created.

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Five unusual Android launchers to spruce up your phone

Five unusual Android launchers to spruce up your phone

One of the benefits of Android's openness is that many of its parts can be replaced by third party apps and services. One of those parts is the homescree and app launcher, the very first piece of software the user meets when using their smartphone. After the lock screen, of course. You might have heard of launchers like Nova, Apex, Go, or even Google's own Google Now, but here are five more that you won't usually read about in the news unless they have a major update or release.

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WeatherBug app lands on Apple Watch

WeatherBug app lands on Apple Watch

The WeatherBug app has been around for a long time for PC users and for iOS devices. This app is one of the most common weather apps out there, and it can tell you the weather in your location and any other state in the US. Giving you the temperature isn't the only thing that the app is capable of; it is also designed to give severe weather alerts, lightening detection, and neighborhood level weather forecasts.

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iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

Deep-linking in apps may not sound exciting, but it could change the way you use apps on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 9, not to mention give developers more control. The changes will allow users to jump from app to app more naturally, as well as blurring the division between local apps and web-based content, not to mention reduce the amount of time you spend punching in login credentials. Meanwhile, content within apps can show up within iOS 9’s newly-supercharged search.

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Uber’s game is surprisingly fun for something so self-serving

Uber’s game is surprisingly fun for something so self-serving

Uber may have built it business around an app, but it's still a surprise to see the company release a game. UberDRIVE, though, is no ordinary iPhone game: it's intended to put you - virtually - behind the wheel of an Uber car, testing things like navigation skills and point-of-interest knowledge along the way. While it may be a freebie, the goal seems pretty clear, to encourage more drivers to sign up to the taxi-disrupter.

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Facebook to add “buy” button for Shopify goods

Facebook to add “buy” button for Shopify goods

Facebook wants to become your all-in-one social platform, and that includes shopping. E-store platform, Shopify, is partnering with Facebook to create a "Buy" button that is directly embedded in posts. Of course, the button is great for merchants; this means there are fewer steps between an advertised product and a sale. The main advantage of the button for buyers is that they don't have to leave their Newsfeed to make a purchase. Come to think of it, that's a boon to merchants as well.

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Facebook Messenger’s first game is called Doodle Draw

Facebook Messenger’s first game is called Doodle Draw

Many Facebook users weren't happy when Facebook took away the integrated chat function of the normal Facebook app and made users download a second app for chat. That app is Facebook Messenger and today Facebook has expanded the available options for fans of Messenger to spend time checking out together. The first true game available for Messenger has launched and it is called Doodle Draw.

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Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Facebook has reached a big milestone on the Google Play Store, with its Messenger app hitting download numbers rivaled only by Google itself: Facebook Messenger has now been downloaded 1 billion (with a 'b') times on the Play Store. That's three commas in the download number. The app has had its badge on its Android app page updated to show the notable 1 Billion mark, and with it Facebook has managed to (again) enter a realm no other Android app maker (excepting Google, of course) has tread within. Various Google apps, Facebook and WhatsApp have also managed to hit the billion downloads mark.

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