Apps

Xbox Android and iOS app revamp brings Xbox SmartGlass feel

Xbox Android and iOS app revamp brings Xbox SmartGlass feel

Microsoft has unveiled the refreshed Xbox App for Android and iOS devices. The app will keep you connected with all your gaming pals while you are away from your game console. Microsoft has brought everything that gamers feel comfortable with and like from Xbox SmartGlass into the refreshed Xbox app. The app will allow users to see what friends on Xbox Live are doing, share updates and game clips, watch and interact with game content, and buy games from the store.

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Cyanogen OS 13.1 brings promised MODs to OnePlus One

Cyanogen OS 13.1 brings promised MODs to OnePlus One

Cyanogen, Inc. and its Cyanogen OS were born from some CyanogenMod core developers striking it out on their own and going commercial. Now things have come full circle with the team releasing Cyanogen OS 13.1, which finally brings the Cyanogen MODs. Get it? Confusing as the name might be, MOD is practically a fancy, perhaps overused, name to call Cyanogen OS's developer platform for creating new Android experience, in other words, "modification", that reuse and integrate existing services and apps, without having to root the device or drastically change either Android or the app.

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WhatsApp introduces quoted message responses

WhatsApp introduces quoted message responses

How many times have you been messaging a group of people and you try to answer a question or respond to something, but someone else writes something unrelated before you can reply? Your message and the one you're trying to respond to end up with several lines of text in-between as other people chime in. It makes the conversation hard to read, and the context of your message can become unclear. That's exactly what WhatsApp's new quoted message feature aims to address.

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Android Nearby feature recommends, launches apps based on location

Android Nearby feature recommends, launches apps based on location

Google has just announced a new location-focused feature for Android. Dubbed Nearby, it has the Play Store notifying users of apps they might be interested in, or are relevant to their current location. It simply requires that devices' GPS and Bluetooth be activated. One example includes users near a CVS Pharmacy being notified that they can print their photos through the store's app.

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Apple rumored to debut iMessage for Android at WWDC

Apple rumored to debut iMessage for Android at WWDC

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is literally just around the corner, officially kicking off on Monday morning, and a new, plausible, rumor has just popped up. The site MacDailyNews has reported that Apple will announce a version of iMessage for Android, introducing the free messaging service that works between all Apple devices to the rival mobile platform.

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Using your phone to scan documents and old photos

Using your phone to scan documents and old photos

Life has gone digital, but all sorts of documents and photos remain. It is uncomfortable leaving the important ones in their physical paper form -- a flood, a fire, a mischievous cat are all potential sources of destruction, and it's not really possible to replace an old photo for which the negatives are long gone. A scanner is the way to go if you want the best copies possible, but for every other situation, your phone is surprisingly capable of digitizing them.

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Tinder is banning everyone under 18 from its service

Tinder is banning everyone under 18 from its service

In a bid to act more responsibly, Tinder is doing away with its 13-and-up age policy, banning everyone under the age of 18 from its service. The change will be taking effect some time next week, and all things told, it won’t affect many users — only about 3-percent of Tinder users are minors. This news comes shortly after Tinder announced plans to adjust profiles in such a way to make the service more friendly to transgender users.

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Airbnb Collaborative Wish Lists make group trips much easier to plan

Airbnb Collaborative Wish Lists make group trips much easier to plan

Have you ever tried planning a trip somewhere with a group of friends? It works out about as well as trying to heard cats. Everyone wants to go their own direction, and no one really wants to make the tough decisions. Eventually once everyone has had their own say, someone has to step up and start coordinating the whole thing. Well Airbnb knows this struggle, and they're here to help streamline the process.

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Opera’s battery saver goes public, new mobile concept coming

Opera’s battery saver goes public, new mobile concept coming

Smartphones aren't the only ones in dire need of sometimes drastic battery saving features. Even laptops, with their significantly larger batteries, need some power saving loving. That's why when Opera announced that it had a new built-in browser feature that promised to give back 50% more battery life, there was understandably a good amount of interest. Now you can verify that for yourself as Opera just launched version 38 of its desktop web browser that bakes in this battery saver feature.

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iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

WWDC 2016 will play host to Apple's big update to the next generation of their App Store. Inside the app store, Apple hopes to change the way app developers make money from their apps. While traditional one-time-fees for apps will remain, Apple will open the doors to subscription costs for apps of all sorts. In addition to this, Apple will be changing the amount of cash they make from subscription costs on apps sold by developers.

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Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack, one of the hottest tools in the realm of team and work communications has just flipped the switch to make its promised voice call feature available for anyone and everyone. It might seem almost antithetical to Slack's original, primarily text-based nature, but it is an admission that sometimes typed words or even images just aren't enough to get things rolling in the office. It is also a declaration of war and an incursion into the territory mostly dominated by Skype.

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Google’s iOS-only Motion Stills turns Live Photos into GIFs

Google’s iOS-only Motion Stills turns Live Photos into GIFs

Apple introduced the new Live Photos feature in iOS 9 but, aside from being limited in what devices you can create them, they can only be viewed on other Apple devices as well. So sharing those artistic, if not wacky, animated photos with those on Android or other platforms is a no go. Until today, that is. Google Research has just launched an iOS-only app, which is already surprising in itself, that converts those Live Photos into silent, looping animated GIFs that you can more easily spread around.

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