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Yahoo adds Gmail: here’s the one reason why

Yahoo adds Gmail: here’s the one reason why

This week Yahoo Mail has added the ability to (easily) add a Gmail account for email forwarding. They've also got the ability to add Outlook emails, and if you're in the mood, an infinite loop with all other email addresses. If, for whatever reason, you'd like to create an unending loop of emails, all you'll need to do is add one forwarding service to the next, then that same service to the next, and on and on back to the point at which you started. Every email capable of adding POP3 addresses can become part of this giant game of digital telephone. But that's not why you'd actually want to use your Gmail account inside Yahoo Mail - nay!

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Tumblr is first iOS app to support Live Photos sharing

Tumblr is first iOS app to support Live Photos sharing

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users now have a third-party app that supports the sharing of Apple's new Live Photos format. Tumblr has just released an updated iOS app that allows users to both post and view the animated photos taken with the latest iPhone model, meaning there's finally something to view on the social media network other than GIFs. The update also adds 3D Touch features, as well as opens Tumblr's new instant messaging feature to all users.

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Facebook Offline Mode will download data for you

Facebook Offline Mode will download data for you

The social network makes Offline Mode a reality with apps' ability to make Facebook comments and see cached content at all times. This is part of the plan. Part of the plan Facebook has to get as much Facebook delivered to you as it can, all the time. They suggest that these updates are to tend to people around the world connecting with 2G mobile data in developing countries - we know it's for the cat pics.

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Google Photos update turns it into a social network

Google Photos update turns it into a social network

No, Google didn't just turn Google Photos into Google+. Instead, they've updated the app to include Shared Albums, meaning you will be able to upload photos to an album that all of your contacts can see. Public sharing is slightly different, as is posting to Facebook. This update allows friends and family - whomever you've added - to access a unique folder in your library. Others can share folders of theirs with you, too.

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GoPro Apple Watch app lets users control recording from the wrist

GoPro Apple Watch app lets users control recording from the wrist

Action camera-maker GoPro has just released an updated iOS app that lets users start and stop recording from their wrist. Assuming there's an Apple Watch on it, that is. The new Apple Watch app gives access to quick and seamless camera controls, but doesn't overload the tiny screen with a ton of unnecessary options. As their video demonstrates below, there's a big red button to control recording, as well as a few other features.

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Samsung updates Smart View app for improved Smart TV connectivity

Samsung updates Smart View app for improved Smart TV connectivity

Samsung's Smart View app is used to connect the company's Smart TVs with devices like smartphones to allow easier content sharing between the two. Currently available on select TV models as a beta, the software was originally designed to be compatible with Samsung's own Galaxy mobile devices. However, with the latest update to the mobile app, now more platforms can make the Smart TV connection, making the software more appealing when it makes its official launch in early 2016.

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PS4 video editor Sharefactory updated with time lapse, slow motion effects

PS4 video editor Sharefactory updated with time lapse, slow motion effects

Sony has released a new updated for the PlayStation 4's built-in video editing app, Sharefactory, which gives gamers the ability to trim and edit gameplay clips before sharing them online. Now at version 1.07, the Sharefactory update includes features such as the ability to add slow motion and time lapse effects to videos, two of the most requested options, Sony notes. Now editors can speed up game footage to get to the good parts, or slow down the scene to that highlights their skills.

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Walmart announces Walmart Pay for QR code-based mobile payments

Walmart announces Walmart Pay for QR code-based mobile payments

Having resisted the growing presence of mobile payment systems from Apple, Google, and Samsung, retail giant Walmart today announced its own solution called — wait for it — Walmart Pay. The system is actually rolling out as an update to the existing Walmart app for both iOS and Android, and is set to be accepted at select Walmart stores starting on Thursday.

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Google Drive gets big bump in search-friendliness

Google Drive gets big bump in search-friendliness

Google Drive users on Android, iOS, and desktop-based web browsers have been given a boost in functionality this week as Google kicks search in the bum. Users will be able to search not only terms, not only titles of files, but file types as well. Users on all platforms will be able to search for file types, and all platforms will now have quick-access to Advanced Search straight from the standard search box in-app.

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Apple TV remote app for iOS to get Siri features in 2016

Apple TV remote app for iOS to get Siri features in 2016

Apple just released tvOS 9.1 for the new fourth-gen Apple TV this week, not only allowing users to take advantage of the Siri Remote's voice capabilities for searching music, but also making the device compatible with the Remote app for iOS. The latter means that users can enter text and navigate menus on the Apple TV from their iPhone or iPad. However, since Siri is already built into the iPhone, what about an iOS Remote app that took advantage of voice input just as the Apple TV's physical remote does?

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Apple’s Best of 2015 apps and media list revealed for iTunes

Apple’s Best of 2015 apps and media list revealed for iTunes

This week Apple releases their "The Best of 2015" list for all "editorial picks and charts." That means everything in iTunes, everything in the iOS Appstore. Everything from the Beebs to Fargo, Inside Amy Schemer to Trivia Crack. If you wanted to see which apps had staying power or - at least - were downloaded the most in a viral popularity contest, today's the day. Watch out for Taylor Swift and Periscope, SnapChat and Heads Up as well.

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Mozilla launches Focus ad-blocker for iOS 9

Mozilla launches Focus ad-blocker for iOS 9

While Mozilla has just said that it's ending development of Firefox OS for smartphones, that doesn't mean they're done with mobile-specific products. Instead Mozilla has just launched an iOS ad-blocker by the name of Focus by Firefox, which, incidentally, doesn't actually work with Firefox. The app, available for free on the App Store, is a content blocker for iOS 9 that lets users block not only ads, but also analytics and trackers when using the Safari browser.

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