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Opera Max now monitors Wi-Fi usage, block data-hungry apps

Opera Max now monitors Wi-Fi usage, block data-hungry apps

Opera is a name you might more readily associate with mobile browsers, but in late 2013 it tried to diverge a bit from that core business. Focusing on one of its key strengths, which is compressing Internet data before it arrives on your device, it launched the Opera Max service that brings that feature to cover not just web pages, but more kinds of data. In the latest iteration of its Android app, it brings two new features to the fold: watching Wi-Fi data usage and shutting down obstinate apps.

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Adobe retires Photoshop Touch, teases Rigel retouching app

Adobe retires Photoshop Touch, teases Rigel retouching app

With Adobe's eventual move to the cloud, it is no surprise that it wants to set anchor on mobile as well. After all, it's cloud storage and services would make exchanging files between mobile and desktop a breeze. Although it hasn't exactly made a splash about them, Adobe has quite the portfolio of mobile apps, which it is now showing off in its "mobile presence report card". Sadly, and almost ironically, it is also bidding goodbye to one of the stalwarts of that team: Photoshop Touch.

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Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Considering the mess it found itself in over the iCloud fiasco, Apple could not but help hunker down on its security measures. Aside from data encryption and Touch ID, which is advertised to be both secure and convenient, Cupertino has also started enabling stronger two-factor authentication across its services. It's exactly these latter two features that have now just landed on the iOS app for the Apple Store in order to make sure that even physical purchases are just as secure as digital ones.

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Xbox on Windows 10 preview brings avatars and friends

Xbox on Windows 10 preview brings avatars and friends

With all the fuss about Windows 10 on PCs and smartphones, some might have forgotten one other promise that the latest Windows version has made: an Xbox One experience on Windows 10. While the day when we can start playing Xbox games on our Windows PCs is still "coming soon", gamers can at least for now enjoy some of the social aspects of the Xbox experience when Windows 10 comes around in a few months, thanks to this May preview of the Xbox app for Windows 10.

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SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

SoundCloud for Apple Watch has arrived

Apps for Apple's newly launched wearable, the Apple Watch, are pouring in. SoundCloud has made sure it is one of the companies getting an app out for the wearable, and as such recently announced the arrival of its own SoundCloud for Apple Watch offering. The app does exactly what you'd expect it to do -- allows Apple Watch owners to listen to audio on the platform from their wrist. It works in conjunction with the SoundCloud for iOS app and one's iPhone.

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Snapchat starts dabbling with music videos

Snapchat starts dabbling with music videos

Snapchat has been slowly but surely expanding its reach, adding in content from various partners in an effort to draw in more users and advertisers. Latest to give the mobile service a shot is Josh Legg, a musician who goes by the name Goldroom. Given that some of his fanbase has started increasingly using Snapchat as a communication medium, he has decided to partner with the messaging service and will release four music videos on it. The first video came out on Tuesday, and the last one is scheduled to be released tomorrow.

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SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS updated with theme store and improvements

SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS updated with theme store and improvements

SwiftKey's innovative keyboard app has expanded its selection of keyboard themes on iOS, with a small price tag. The free app just added a new selection of "freemium" themes to download. SwiftKey's Android app dropped its $3.99 price tag last year in favor of a in-app purchases; now, the iOS version is following its lead. SwiftKey only debuted on iOS last year, after gaining popularity on Android systems. The app's late entry into the iOS market was due to Apple blocking system-wide, third-party keyboards from its App Store.

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Microsoft’s secret Flow app sounds like a messenger app

Microsoft’s secret Flow app sounds like a messenger app

Microsoft's Outlook mobile app, basically a rebranded app from newly acquired Accompli, is just starting to take root on Android and iOS. There is no rule, however, that says Microsoft can't start dreaming up and working on the next e-mail killer. A hidden download page for a certain "Flow" app for the iPhone was just discovered, and with it a description of what Redmond might be planning for its next stab at bringing its own brand productivity and communication to mobile platforms that aren't its own.

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Facebook Messenger video calling now rolling out to all

Facebook Messenger video calling now rolling out to all

It's time to freshen up, comb that hair, exercise that jaw, and maybe bring out the dictionary or translation guide. Facebook Messenger's new video calling feature, which was announced barely a month ago, is now starting to roll out everywhere and on every platform. Messenger is shaping up to be one distinct and, more importantly, distinguishable product apart from Facebook's main app, giving users the convenience of expressing themselves better, more immediately, and perhaps more creatively than they could with text, emoji, stickers, or even memes.

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Pinterest launches new video ads, dubbed ‘Cinematic Pins’

Pinterest launches new video ads, dubbed ‘Cinematic Pins’

Pinterest is the go-to destination for wedding-planning brides and backyard barbeques, alike. Now as users scroll through pins during their lunch break, they may notice some new types of pins popping up that are seamlessly interconnected with the crowdsourced content. Pinterest is making itself more attractive to advertisers with new, targeted pins and video-like ads, dubbed "Cinematic Pins." The company has also remodeled the way it charges for ads, making them more efficient and "taking the risk out of how you spend" on advertising.

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