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Report: Facebook Messenger will soon send you ads

Report: Facebook Messenger will soon send you ads

Facebook Messenger will start sending you advertisements in the next few months, according to a new report. The feature won’t be a free-for-all for companies to spam out ads, but will instead allow businesses with whom users have chatted to then start dishing private advertisements, the logic seemingly being that if you chatted with the company you’re probably interested in its items. Facebook reportedly also has prepped a method to get more users into chats with businesses (opening the door to those ads).

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Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Microsoft's Skype has just announced a major new feature upgrade for its iOS and Android mobile apps: support for group video calling with up to 25 people. That's huge increase over the limit to one-on-one video calls that existed before today. Skype users in the US and Europe should have access to multi-user video calls between today and the end of next week, while Microsoft says it will be available worldwide by the end of March.

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Twitter brings video sharing to Direct Messages

Twitter brings video sharing to Direct Messages

Now that the outrage over Twitter's potential changes to the timeline has calmed, the social network has been rolling out several new features to its app this week. Yesterday saw the official debut of GIF support, including the ability to see which moving images are trending, as well as search. Now Twitter users are able to capture and then share videos in Direct Messages, bringing the private, one-to-one message type closer to basic texting apps and services.

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Apple Watch users can now order Domino’s pizza from the wrist

Apple Watch users can now order Domino’s pizza from the wrist

US pizza chain Domino’s has been busy keeping up with tech trends over the last year and incorporating them into ways to place orders. Last spring they introduced a way for users to simply tweet @Dominos with a pizza emoji to place an order. That was followed up by an "Easy Order" button, reducing the ordering process to a single physical press. And just before the Super Bowl this year, the company introduced support for the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Now Domino’s is moving to the next logical platform: the Apple Watch.

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How Nintendo’s Miitomo plans to destroy Twitter and Facebook

How Nintendo’s Miitomo plans to destroy Twitter and Facebook

Pre-registration has begun for the first Nintendo mobile app, Miitomo, made for the masses to network socially. As this is Nintendo's first "smart device app", they've got a lot riding on its success. As such, they're making a big deal of how and when it'll launch. Starting today, Miitomo will allow pre-registration. In this pre-registration, users will attain Platinum Points for a new My Nintendo rewards program, one which will launch alongside Miitomo in March.

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Hulu gets a universal Windows app and Cortana support

Hulu gets a universal Windows app and Cortana support

For many years, I've wondered when Microsoft would get around to having a unified platform. They've had a desktop OS, smartphones, gaming consoles, and even an MP3 player for ages now, but they were always very different devices that only barely communicated with each other. Only with the release of Windows 10 has Microsoft been able to create a truly unified platform. Today, Hulu has joined that platform by releasing their universal Windows 10 app.

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Revamped Apple TV remote app for iPhone coming soon

Revamped Apple TV remote app for iPhone coming soon

If there was one negative aspect about the new Apple TV that users discovered at launch, it was limitation on performing searches and entering text with the set-top box's included remote. Fortunately, Apple soon released the tvOS 9.1 update late last year improving voice search capabilities with Siri, and another update is on its way that will allow users to take advantage of dictation for text entry via the remote's mic. But the next big advancement that Apple has planned is using an iPhone to replace the remote altogether.

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Ubersnap wants to print out your gifs (yes, they move)

Ubersnap wants to print out your gifs (yes, they move)

Remember when you first watched Harry Potter, and practically all of the technology in the wizard world was just powered by whimsy? Old oil lamps, and quills made everything feel like it was set in the 1800's. However, the wizards had one interesting piece of tech that we muggles have yet to master. Printed copies of moving pictures. These were found in frames, and even newspapers, but we still have to resort to phones and computers if we want to see that sort of thing. But one company wants to change that.

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Runkeeper app bought by shoe-maker ASICS

Runkeeper app bought by shoe-maker ASICS

One of the growing trends in the world of mobile app acquisitions is for sportswear companies to grab up apps that provide some sort of fitness tracking and social sharing features. This trend can be seen in Adidas' purchase of Runtastic, Under Armour's acquisition of MyFitnessPal, and the latest being ASICS buying Runkeeper. Jason Jacobs, CEO of Runkeeper, made the announcement in a post on Medium, although the amount of money involved was not disclosed.

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Google can recommend Play Store apps by learning your itinerary in Gmail

Google can recommend Play Store apps by learning your itinerary in Gmail

It can be a bit creepy just how much data about you is in your smartphone. You phone knows what you like as far as music, video, and websites. It knows whom you talk to the most and where you are going for the day. Google has figured out a new way to harness all this knowledge and use it to recommend apps that might make your day of traveling a bit more tolerable.

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Adobe Photoshop Sketch Review with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Adobe Photoshop Sketch Review with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Over the past week and a half I've been using the app Adobe Photoshop Sketch for iOS with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. It's not what I expected. I expected it to be an experience in which the stylus (the Apple Pencil) would be speedy and the app would have simple basics. As it turned out, the Apple Pencil is speedy, yes, but latency is so extremely small it's as if the hardware were made for this app specifically. This goes for the app interacting with the Pencil as well - tapping between brushes and backing up and drawing - all of this felt entirely natural.

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Skype and Paul McCartney designed 10 new Valentine’s emojis

Skype and Paul McCartney designed 10 new Valentine’s emojis

It's not everyday that an app's developers get to work with someone as big as Sir Paul McCartney, which is why when Microsoft's Skype got the opportunity, they didn't waste it. That's why, with Valentine’s Day approaching, Skype users are getting 10 new love-themed "Mojis" featuring music from the legendary Beatles member himself. It's one of those things where you didn't realize how badly you needed it in your life until you heard about it.

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