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Instagram private messages incoming: Snapchat battle imminent

Instagram private messages incoming: Snapchat battle imminent

Having seen the writing on the wall, Instagram appears to be preparing for head-on battle with the likes of Snapchat for social micro-networking supremacy on the smartphone. Reports today suggest that Instagram will be rolling out private messaging before too long, allowing people to send images and videos direct to one another without the pesky in-between of the public. Snapchat’s mainstay, meanwhile, remains the self-destructing messaging market.

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Google Play Store’s “Designed for tablets” rolling out as default

Google Play Store’s “Designed for tablets” rolling out as default

Last month, Google announced that it would be making the Play Store's "Designed for tablets" section default for slate users, something that would take effect on November 21. As promised, Google has started rolling this change out today, and tablet owners should be seeing it show up by default any time now. The change puts the pressure on developers who haven't adjusted their apps already.

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Xbox One to include YouTube app despite Windows Phone app woes

Xbox One to include YouTube app despite Windows Phone app woes

Microsoft today announced that the Xbox One will have access to a Microsoft-developed YouTube app come launch time this Friday (Nov. 22 at 12:01AM). Much unlike the company's official Windows Phone YouTube app, the Xbox One YouTube app will be, well, an actual app. Rather than just serving as a link to the mobile YouTube website (as the Windows Phone app does), the Xbox One YouTube app will contain features. Bonus!

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IFTTT Google Glass channel integrates your online life with Glass

IFTTT Google Glass channel integrates your online life with Glass

As if on cue following this week's demonstration of the new Google Glassware development kit at the San Francisco Hackathon, online automation service IFTTT has released a new Google Glass action. Beginning today, you can have IFTTT (If This, Then That) send a notification to your Glass timeline whenever one of your specified triggers fires. For example, anytime SlashGear publishes a new post, you'll know about it right away via your Glass timeline.

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FiftyThree’s Pencil is a smart, carpenter-style stylus for iOS Paper

FiftyThree’s Pencil is a smart, carpenter-style stylus for iOS Paper

FiftyThree, the company behind iOS apps Paper and Book, has created a carpenter-style stylus for use with Paper. Aptly and simply dubbed "Pencil," the stylus lets you erase with the top end just as you would with a normal pencil. It also lets you blend marks on your iPad with your finger, and it can tell your iPad the difference between your palm resting on the display and the Pencil itself.

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iPhone 5s M7’s next fitness companion is Moves 2.0

iPhone 5s M7’s next fitness companion is Moves 2.0

This week the folks behind the app Moves have announced the creation of “Moves 2.0”, the next in a line of apps that makes direct use of the iPhone 5s’s M7 motion coprocessor. This app is - a its simplest - an activity tracker. What you’ll be able to do with this second edition of the app is track walking, cycling, and running with as small a drain on the iPhone’s battery as possible.

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