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Yahoo’s Facebook Messenger chatbots talk money, weather, monkeys

Yahoo’s Facebook Messenger chatbots talk money, weather, monkeys

If you felt that talking with Yahoo's recently launched Radar traveling planner was more of a constrained, scripted conversation, then these four new Facebook Messenger conversation partners might be more to your liking. Riding on the chatbot wave, Yahoo is introducing not just one but four of them, amusingly for Facebook Messenger (because who still uses Yahoo Messenger?). Three of them let you keep up to date with different kinds of news, but one gives you a virtual pet monkey right in your chat app. Because everyone wants a cute, chatty, virtual pet monkey.

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Microsoft Thinga.me takes a stab at Pinterest’s market

Microsoft Thinga.me takes a stab at Pinterest’s market

Although Microsoft has had apps on iOS for a long time now, most of those have revolved around its Office productivity suite and related products. Of late, however, it has dabbled in rather strange new ventures, like the Selfie app, literally its name. Now it has another oddly named app, again for iOS only, called Thinga.me. And like Selfie, which sort of stepped on the toes of oh so many camera and social networking apps, Thinga.me is daring to set foot in a "collection" market dominated primarily by Pinterest.

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Snapchat Memories feature launches in selective roll out

Snapchat Memories feature launches in selective roll out

Snapchat has revealed a new archive feature for its immensely popular app today, introducing us to Memories. Sort of like Stories but more permanent, Memories aims to allow users to recall Snaps that are more than a day old and either watch them on their own or put them together into a new story that's shareable with friends. Snapchat positions this as a good way to look at back at trips or put together a little something for a big life event, like a birthday or an anniversary.

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Skype debuts new browser-based group video chats, offline file sharing

Skype debuts new browser-based group video chats, offline file sharing

Microsoft's messaging and video chat platform Skype has rolled out several new features this week, starting with a new browser tool aimed at small businesses. Called Skype Meetings, it's a free, web-based option for group video chats, along with a few of the collaboration tools from Skype for Business. In addition, Skype's standard existing apps now feature the ability to share files with users even when they're offline.

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Evernote alternatives : Here are five cross-platform note taking tools

Evernote alternatives : Here are five cross-platform note taking tools

Once the darling of the startup and productivity world, Evernote has suddenly found itself shunned after a series of management mishaps, workforce exodus, and business changes. For some of the remaining faithful, the latest changes in pricing and features was the straw that broke the elephant's back. Naturally, there have been a lot of other apps and services more than willing to pick up the pieces. In fact, there are dozens of them, some already famous and some still quite obscure. Here are five of the ones suited to fill in Evernote's shoes, that mostly works on any platform.

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Apple rolls out animated emojis for iOS 10 beta users

Apple rolls out animated emojis for iOS 10 beta users

When iOS 10 was introduced at Apple's WWDC 2016 event last month, a number of changes and new features were introduced, but surprisingly the Messages app was one of things that given the most time and attention. It seems Apple is moving its text messaging app into the territory of Snapchat and Facebook messenger, adding not only stickers and animated emoji, but text bubble effects, handwriting, and an API for developers.

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Facebook Messenger rolls out improvements to chat bots

Facebook Messenger rolls out improvements to chat bots

Back in April, Facebook announced it was opening up its Messenger service with an API and tools to create chat bots. While it's still not clear just how useful mobile users are finding these bots, it's obvious that developers think they are loved — or at least love making them — as there's now over 11,000 bots available on the platform. With that much saturation, Facebook needs to be on the ball about making sure bots are organized and easy to use. Thankfully an update with that in mind has been released.

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Spotify cries foul again over Apple’s anti-competitive ploy

Spotify cries foul again over Apple’s anti-competitive ploy

Apple has been known to exercise an iron hand when it comes to apps in its iTunes Store, sometimes rejecting updates or even entire apps based on what some claim to be whimsical or downright anti-competitive rules. That is the picture that Spotify is painting in a letter addressed to Apple's general counsel over Apple's recent rejection of an update to Spotify's iOS app. According to the music streaming giant, Apple cites "business model rules" as the reason for the rejection. Which is just another way of saying that it wants Spotify to reinstate in-app billing via iTunes, which would require Spotify to fork over 30% of subscription fees to Apple.

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Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Today is the first day I'm able to speak in public about my experience with Pokemon GO. It's been about a week and a half since I first started playing in the Field Test - very similar to the Beta most people were playing (likely identical) - and it's time to let loose. This game is fantastic. Not in the same way a visually spectacular game like Fallout 4 or DOOM are fantastic, but in a new way. A way that's not like any game I've played before. Pokemon GO is a real game-changer.

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Google Maps “Waypoints” navigation APK released

Google Maps “Waypoints” navigation APK released

The Android version of Google Maps has been updated to include multiple waypoints along one chosen route. This means that if you need to run multiple errands in one trip and want to know the fastest way between them, Google's here for you. This is version 9.31.2 of Google Maps and it requires that your phone have Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher to run. Chances are you're in luck. This app update is out right this minute... sort of.

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Uber rolling out driver tracking features in select US cities

Uber rolling out driver tracking features in select US cities

Uber has announced that it will soon begin using its immensely popular app to track the behavior of its drivers. This includes things like tracking overall speed (and alerting drivers when they're excessively going over the speed limit), monitoring how harshly drivers brake over the course of a trip, and even using the phone's gyroscope to see whether or not the driver uses their phone when they should have their eyes on the road. The feature will score drivers on their driving habits, all in the name of making Uber trips safer.

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Google Fit app updated with customizable widget, goals, new UI

Google Fit app updated with customizable widget, goals, new UI

During Google's Android Wear announcements and presentations at the Google I/O event back in May, we got a few quick looks at a revised app for Google Fit, the health and fitness tracking service for Android. Now, after a long wait, the app is finally seeing an update released this week. Google Fit version 1.57 is rolling out to the Google Play store, featuring an overhauled UI, a customizable widget, and new ways to set goals.

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