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Skype updates mobile apps with 3D Touch support, video filters

Skype updates mobile apps with 3D Touch support, video filters

It seems like more and more of the big apps for iOS are updating with support for 3D Touch, and Skype is not one to get left behind. The Microsoft-owned messaging and video chat platform has updated its apps for both iOS and Android today, including new video filters, as well as 3D Touch features for those using the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The video filters appear to be a directly inspired by Snapchat, with things like balloons and several Halloween themes.

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Runkeeper for Apple Watch updated to work while iPhone is at home

Runkeeper for Apple Watch updated to work while iPhone is at home

Runkeeper, the fitness app that lets users track their runs and other details, has just released its updated app for iOS 9 this week. Included is a new native app for the Apple Watch, which, among other things, will continue to track stats even when the iPhone it's paired with isn't around, meaning runners can finally leave it at home. The app takes advantage of new abilities introduced with watchOS 2, so Apple Watch owners will need to make sure their wearable is updated with the latest software.

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Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

The trend continues of social networks releasing secondary apps that turn into social media hubs of their own, kinda like band members with side projects that take off. Twitter has Vine, and now Instagram has Boomerang. The similarities to Vine don't end there either: Boomerang is about creating one-second videos that loop back-and-forth repeatedly, while Vine focuses on six-second clips with sound. Boomerang is available today on both iOS and Android.

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Google Photos tops 100 million monthly users just 5 months after launch

Google Photos tops 100 million monthly users just 5 months after launch

Google Photos, the new cloud-based photo storage service that was spun off from the Google+ social network, celebrated a big milestone this week: hitting 100 million monthly active users. This comes only 5 months after the service debuted, seeing apps for the web, iOS, and Android released back in May. The spin-off from Google+ was widely praised, as it made the service simpler to use without the social sharing aspect, as well as combining features from Dropbox and Apple's iCloud service.

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Parrot Bebop Flight Plan launches drone on a planned route

Parrot Bebop Flight Plan launches drone on a planned route

The folks at Parrot have launched an in-app purchase for the Bebop drone by the name of Flight Plan. This software allows the drone to follow a map that you've made yourself in the app, rising, falling, and moving in any direction you do so desire. You'll tap out the locations he drone is meant to go, the height at which it's supposed to fly the route you choose, and you'll be good to go.

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Facebook Instant Articles debut in iPhone app

Facebook Instant Articles debut in iPhone app

Facebook's new Instant Articles feature, which converts news articles from a wide range of sources into quick-loading pages that display right in users' News Feed, is now coming to mobile users months after debuting on the web. The social network announced that the format is rolling out to its iPhone app, with Facebook's Chief Product Officer Chris Cox saying that there will be thousands of Instant Articles appearing each day.

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Google Search app for Android gets beta program

Google Search app for Android gets beta program

Android users who love to test the newest features before Google rolls them out to everyone will be pleased to hear that the company is opening a beta testing program for the Android version of its main Search app. Reddit users were the first to discover a Google Now card asking for users interested in testing new features. Those who want to participate can visit this Google Play page to directly opt-in for the program.

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New York Times giving away Google Cardboard ahead of VR app

New York Times giving away Google Cardboard ahead of VR app

Consider this news something we never thought we'd read about in 2015: The New York Times, as in the newspaper, is going to release it own virtual reality app in the coming weeks. The content itself will be made up of documentary-style short films, but in order prepare readers for the new experience, the NY Times will be shipping Google Cardboard to subscribers who have the paper delivered to their homes.

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Google Play store redesign revealed in new images

Google Play store redesign revealed in new images

With the release of a new version of Android each year, Google's mobile operating system often see new interface designs and adjustments, especially with last year's debut of Material Design. Now it's time for the Google Play store specifically to get an overhaul of its own. A redesign of the app marketplace is on the way, and Kirill Grouchnikov, a software engineer at Google, has shared some of the first images on his Google+ page this week.

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YouTube Gaming debuts Android gameplay streaming, paid subscriptions

YouTube Gaming debuts Android gameplay streaming, paid subscriptions

Just as was promised last month at the Tokyo Game Show, the YouTube Gaming service has been updated with the impressive new feature of allowing gameplay from Android devices to be broadcast live to viewers. This is the latest move in YouTube's attempt to keep up with rival game broadcasting service Twitch, which is most popular on PC and consoles. The best part is that YouTube Gaming doesn't require any additional hardware or apps, as Android device users can simply start broadcasting with a single tap.

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Yahoo updates email apps with third-party account support, no passwords

Yahoo updates email apps with third-party account support, no passwords

Yahoo has just announced a big update to its email apps on all platforms, including desktop, iOS and Android. Among the changes are a refreshed user interface, the ability to use multiple email accounts, including non-Yahoo services, brand new mobile apps, and the elimination of passwords for more secure sign-ins. The new iOS and Android apps are rolling out globally to their respective app marketplaces, and Yahoo says today's changes are about making email easier and faster to use.

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Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

Notify is a Facebook app for real-time news

It seems this is the time for the big social networks to revamp with new features that change the way users interact with the service. Last week was Twitter's new Moments tab, and now we're hearing about a new, standalone app from Facebook that focuses on real-time news. As The Awl details, the app is tentatively known as Notify and is said to be nearing release. Notify seems to be a direct competitor to Twitter itself, providing notifications on breaking news stories in real-time, as they're published.

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