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WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls everyday

WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls everyday

WhatsApp users are making 100 million calls every day, the company has announced. The calls are made using WhatsApp Calling, a feature that lets you stay in touch with others via voice calls versus the chats the app is most commonly used for. The voice calling feature is a nice alternative to using one’s phone to make the call — it is arguably more convenient, but can also be safer in the privacy sense, at least if certain whistleblower leaks are to be believed.

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Chrome OS is finally getting a storage manager

Chrome OS is finally getting a storage manager

Now that Chrome OS has been updated with the ability to run Android software like apps and games, Google seems to be seems to be testing a new storage manager, letting users see how their storage space is being used and what's taking up the most space. The feature is simple, as you'd expect, clearly showing a device's total capacity, amount of space used, and remaining free space, along with how much is being used by downloads and offline files.

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BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

Following the announcement of BitTorrent Now, a new ad-supported streaming music and video service, an accompanying mobile app has been released, giving users access to content while on the go. BitTorrent Now isn't aiming to compete with the likes of Spotify or Apple Music, but instead will distribute content from independent artists and filmmakers who sign up for the platform. The Android app is available now on Google Play, while iOS and Apple TV versions are "coming soon."

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Instagram will soon have a translation button

Instagram will soon have a translation button

Instagram has announced an upcoming feature that will make it easier to enjoy content posted in languages other than your own. In the “coming months,” Instagram will display a translation button in user bios and on feed posts that are written in a language other than the one used in your account, making it possible to see translations immediately without copying and pasting the text into a translator or waiting for the entire Web page to translate.

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VLC 2.0 for Android brings network browsing, multi-window support and more

VLC 2.0 for Android brings network browsing, multi-window support and more

VideoLAN has released VLC 2.0 for Android, the first major release in more than six months. The 2.0 version is described as a major update, and it brings with its many new features, including popup-video view, faster decoding, updated format and codecs support, video playlists, and many more. The updated app is available to download from the Google Play Store now.

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Snapchat admits to copying makeup artists for photo filters

Snapchat admits to copying makeup artists for photo filters

Snapchat has ever-so-carefully come clean about copying. You'd think with the service being a popular mobile app the copied material might be code or UI design, but it turns out it's their popular photo filters. The company has admitted that employees copied the designs from makeup artists who share their designs on YouTube, Instagram, and other sites. Artists have been aware of this for some time, and grown frustrated over the lack of credit.

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Shazam for Android adds auto mode for background listening

Shazam for Android adds auto mode for background listening

Shazam, the handy app that figures out what song is playing on your behalf, just got a new auto mode that enables it to listen in the background. This new feature comes with the latest update, and is designed to make the entire process hands-free. If you’re walking through the store and hear a song you like, no need to stop and pull out your phone. Shazam will already be listening, will figure it out, and will add it to your list of songs.

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Google Calendar now shows when you’re free for easier scheduling

Google Calendar now shows when you’re free for easier scheduling

The Google Calendar Android app has been updated with a new feature that first arrived in Calendar for Work and Education -- it can pinpoint times when you're free, making it easier to set up appointments. The feature can be used with specific dates, as well, so you can quickly find the right open time slot for your needs. Google announced the new feature this week, and you can get it now in version 5.5.7 via the Google Play Store.

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Snapchat announces once-daily digital magazine about technology

Snapchat announces once-daily digital magazine about technology

We all know that Snapchat's meat and potatoes are selfies and videos, but that doesn't mean the company isn't interested in exploring new ideas. Snapchat made a solid attempt at creating original video content, but after that was shut down last fall, its ready to try something different. It's not video-related this time; instead, it's text — no, not text messaging. Rather, the text you see when reading a magazine, or in Snapchat's case, a digital magazine.

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ADW Launcher 2.0 official: time for Android fun

ADW Launcher 2.0 official: time for Android fun

The excess of settings available with ADW Launcher 2.0 is absolutely insane. It's as if the creators of this app decided to take everything Google recommends about keeping in line with their Material Design language and threw it directly out the window. You can do basically anything you want with this launcher, up to and including making your Android smartphone or tablet look like a masterpiece - or an absolute mess. That's on you.

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Apple confirms no current plans for iMessage on Android

Apple confirms no current plans for iMessage on Android

Just before WWDC 2016 kicked off this week, one of the rumors that popped up was that Apple would announced iMessage for Android, allowing the free, encrypted messaging service to co-exist on both platforms. However, the WWDC keynote passed with the only focus on iMessage being new texting effects, stickers, and more. Now, as The Verge's Walt Mossberg explains, an Apple executive has revealed why iMessage is unlikely to come to Android anytime in the near future.

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Opera adds native ad blocker on iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Opera adds native ad blocker on iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Opera has announced a controversial new feature for its browsers on iOS, Android and Windows Phone: native ad blocking. Those who choose to enable it will have the browser block advertisements for them, something that feels beneficial on the user end but ultimately harms the websites those users visit. Opera says the new native ad blocking feature will help speed up mobile browsing while reducing data usage.

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