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The Mall on Xbox One shopping app uses Kinect to try on clothes

The Mall on Xbox One shopping app uses Kinect to try on clothes

The Kinect 2 on the Xbox One brings all sorts of ways to interact with the Xbox as an entertainment system and to control video games. With the launch of a new app on the Xbox One, the Kinect 2 now allows shoppers to virtually try on clothes to see how they look before they order. The app is called The Mall.

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Google Authenticator updated with Android Wear smartwatch support

Google Authenticator updated with Android Wear smartwatch support

Two-factor authentication has long been argued to be one of the best security features to prevent hackings when it comes to web logins, and Google's Authenticator app is one of the easiest, most convenient tools when it comes to the second authentication. With the latest updated to the Android version, now users can run Authenticator on their Android Wear smartwatches, making secure logins as easy as a glance at the wrist.

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Facebook Creative Labs’ experimental hub of apps is dead

Facebook Creative Labs’ experimental hub of apps is dead

Facebook Riff, Facebook Rooms, and Facebook Slingshot are all about to be tossed into the garbage as Facebook Creative Labs is axed. This environment for Facebook employee creativity and exploration has been ended - sort of. The /Labs bit of Facebook.com does not exist any longer, nor does the address /FacebookCreativeLabs - though that address hadn't been used for a while. Facebook representatives are suggesting that this does not mean that developers will no longer be encouraged to experiment.

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Dropbox trashes Mailbox and Carousel

Dropbox trashes Mailbox and Carousel

It would appear that both Mailbox and Carousel have not been nearly popular enough for Dropbox to continue running the lot. The one is used for email, the other for photos. The both of these apps and ecosystems have not found enough users to remain feasible to continue running. Dropbox has decided that the features that people love best will be rolled into products that remain viable - like Dropbox and the lesser-known Paper.

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Google says these are the best Android apps of 2015

Google says these are the best Android apps of 2015

With the sheer quantity of mobile apps launched every week you could be forgiven for losing track of the gems. Enter Google with a handy primer covering not only the latest releases but what the search giant believes are the very best apps for Android in the whole of 2015.

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Uber tests color-coded cars to reduce ride mix-ups

Uber tests color-coded cars to reduce ride mix-ups

Uber has revolutionized the public transportation market, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own flaws. There's the trouble of identifying which ride is yours when among a number of Uber users at a public event, or trying to find your ride on a busy street at night, or, god forbid, the fear of getting into a car that isn't even an Uber. Well, the company is now trying out a solution that seems obvious in hindsight: color-coded lights displayed on the windshield.

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Google releases Android stock “Phone” and “Contacts” apps

Google releases Android stock “Phone” and “Contacts” apps

Both the Contacts app and the Phone app from the most base version of Android have been released to the Google Play app store. While only devices that already have these apps can upgrade to the newest version, this IS a great sign from Google that their entire home-made universe of software will become available to the general public, not just Nexus smartphones. This is yet another side-step of Android manufacturer preferences, as it were.

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Android “Data Saver Mode” for Chrome might also block ad images

Android “Data Saver Mode” for Chrome might also block ad images

What may be Google's most important update to their Chrome web browser for Android devices in years has just been revealed. This update allows a "Data Saver Mode" for the web browser, one that will allow you to browse the internet without images. Google suggests that you'll be able to "save even more data - up to 70 percent" by removing "most images" while you're "loading a page on a slow connection." Simple as that. This Data Saver might even end up blocking some ads on the mobile web.

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Google Hangouts for iOS quietly updated with Apple Watch support

Google Hangouts for iOS quietly updated with Apple Watch support

Google has released a subtle update to the iOS version of its Hangouts messaging app. While the small list of changes includes mentions of group names appearing in notifications, and the ability to reply to messages directly from notifications, the real surprise is that the app works on the Apple Watch now. While Facebook Messenger and even BBM have already come to the Apple Watch, Hangouts is at least better late than never.

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Apple TV to get Amazon Instant Video ‘within a few weeks’

Apple TV to get Amazon Instant Video ‘within a few weeks’

The latest Apple TV model has been available for a few weeks now, but in terms of apps for streaming video services, there is one significant option mission. Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and more are all available to users, but an Amazon app for Prime/Instant Video is still yet to be seen. Fortunately, that may be changing "within a few weeks," if an email from a customer service representative turns out to be accurate.

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Cortana for iPhone debuts for Microsoft’s beta testers

Cortana for iPhone debuts for Microsoft’s beta testers

It was less than a month ago that Microsoft put out the request for those interested in beta testing Cortana for iPhone, and now those lucky enough to be selected are getting notified to download the voice-powered digital assistant. While designed to compete with Apple's own Siri, as well as Google Now, Microsoft's Cortana will be fairly limited on the iPhone in terms of capability, at least compared to the native Windows version.

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Facebook login simplifies Apple TV app sign-in process

Facebook login simplifies Apple TV app sign-in process

Facebook announced this week that it was making its SDK available for developers working with the new Apple TV's tvOS. While the company highlights that the SDK will allow developers to incorporate social experiences into their Apple TV apps, the greatest benefit could be the ability to make use of Facebook Login, which lets users sign in to apps with their social network account.

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