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Google Wallet for iOS updated with quick & easy money transfers

Google Wallet for iOS updated with quick & easy money transfers

The Google Wallet app for iOS has received a substantial update this week, introducing not only a refreshed UI design, but also the ability to make peer-to-peer payments to "anyone in the US with an email address," as Google puts it. Accompanying the release of Android Pay earlier this month, the same features were added to Google Wallet for Android devices. The new version of the iOS app is available now on the App Store.

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Starbucks’ mobile pay, ordering now available to all US locations

Starbucks’ mobile pay, ordering now available to all US locations

Good news for Starbucks drinkers on the go, the company has just announced that its mobile ordering and payment system in its iOS and Android apps will now support pick ups at all US locations. First launched as a beta in Portland, Oregon, Starbucks has slowly been rolling out the feature to more locations. Customers can use the mobile app to order any beverage or food item from the menu, pay for it, pick the store they want to pick it up from, and then simply walk in and have it handed to them.

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Dropbox launches new features for better team collaboration

Dropbox launches new features for better team collaboration

Dropbox has announced it's launching a new set of features aimed at improving collaboration for teams of co-workers. Available for both Basic and Pro users, one of Dropbox Teams' goals is making it easier for users to keep their personal files separate from those for work. This came about after the company realized that roughly 60% of both Basic and Pro users were utilizing Dropbox for work purposes, and in turn keeping both personal and work files in one account.

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Skype is down — it’s not just you

Skype is down — it’s not just you

Unfortunately for frequent video chat users around the globe, Skype is currently down. Among the issues currently affecting users include being unable to sign in, or for those who are logged in, appearing offline, unable to change status, all contacts appearing offline, and no way to start Skype calls. Fortunately the Microsoft-owned company is very aware of the issue, as they've outlined on a blog post, and are working to resolve things as quickly as possible.

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Spotify Running jogs onto Android

Spotify Running jogs onto Android

Spotify has just announced that its Android app has been updated and now features its new Running playlists feature. Previously limited to Spotify's iPhone app, the tool automatically generates a song playlist that matches a runner's tempo. The setting was first launching back in May, when Spotify itself got a significant design overhaul. The Android app update should be available to all users today via the Google Play Store.

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Chrome users can now get Facebook notifications on Android

Chrome users can now get Facebook notifications on Android

Facebook has just revealed that it's taken advantage of Google's new feature allowing websites to send push notifications through the Android version of its Chrome browser. This means Facebook users can choose to notifications about updates on the social network directly in the mobile browser, even if the Facebook app isn't installed on their mobile device. This was the result of collaboration between Google and Facebook, with a goal of developing a new standard for web notifications.

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Plex media streaming app coming to new Apple TV

Plex media streaming app coming to new Apple TV

With the new Apple TV that was announced last week getting the ability to run third-party apps along with its own App Store, we can begin to imagine some of the great apps and services from iOS that will get ported over. One that just been confirmed by its creators is Plex, the popular media server streaming app that lets users watch video content on their mobile devices. Speaking to ITWorld, Plex co-founder Scott Olechowski said they are eager to get started with the developer beta of tvOS, the Apple TV's new operating system.

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Paper by FiftyThree brings sketching and notes to iPhone

Paper by FiftyThree brings sketching and notes to iPhone

The popular drawing and notes app Paper from developers FiftyThree has finally made the migration from iPad to iPhone. The app is meant to act as a digital replacement for the trendy Moleskin notebooks many people use today, collecting everything from sketches, text notes, marking over images, and even lists. Paper brings all these same features to its iPhone version, along with support for its Pencil stylus, although that extra hardware isn't required to use the app effectively.

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Periscope updated with landscape viewing and broadcasting

Periscope updated with landscape viewing and broadcasting

Live streaming app Periscope no longer forces users to broadcast or watch video in portrait orientation. An update for both iOS and Android has just been released that lets users rotate their device to stream and watch broadcasts in landscape. Even better is that those watching from the web on the desktop will automatically see video the way it's being filmed. As one would expect, users just need to rotate their device to make their streams full-screen.

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Pokemon GO wearable introduces location-based monster hunting

Pokemon GO wearable introduces location-based monster hunting

Get ready for a whole new way to play Pokemon: in the real world. The Pokemon Company has announced a new mobile game, Pokemon GO, for both iOS and Android, but the twist is that it's paired with a wearable and uses GPS location data to have players hunting monsters in real life. The Pokemon Company has partnered with both Nintendo and Niantic Labs, the former Google-owned makers of the hit GPS-based mobile game Ingress. The mobile app will be available for free when it launches in 2016.

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Tinder adds a ‘Super Like’ swipe

Tinder adds a ‘Super Like’ swipe

Tinder is full of people you have no interest in, and to a lesser degree, of people you like. Sometimes, though, if you swipe enough and the stars align, you'll happen across someone who seems too good to be true. You must meet this person. You need to convey your undying curiosity and potential interest! How so? With a swipe, like usual, only in a different way. Introducing the "Super Like" swipe.

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