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Dark Souls 3 gets a mobile version called ‘Slashy Souls’

Dark Souls 3 gets a mobile version called ‘Slashy Souls’

Dark Souls, the action-RPG series that has become a smash hit among masochistic gamers around the world thanks to its spirit-crushing difficulty, has finally come to smartphones — although not quite in the form you're used to. With Dark Souls 3 about to launch in April, Bandai Namco has released Slashy Souls, a free promotional game available on both iOS and Android. But instead of a deep progression system and RPG elements, Slashy Souls is an endless runner-style game. Oh, but there's still punishingly hard bosses to fight.

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IBM brings Watson AI to Apple Watch with SleepHealth app

IBM brings Watson AI to Apple Watch with SleepHealth app

IBM has announced a new app for iPhone and Apple Watch that aims to gather data on the relationship between sleep habits and overall health. Dubbed SleepHealth, the app does far more than reveal when users are waking up in the night like typical sleep trackers. The app is built on IBM's Watson Health Cloud, a platform that was developed in partnership with Apple and Johnson & Johnson, and connects with ResearchKit, the open-source framework from Apple.

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Slack debuts voice calling on desktop and Chrome apps

Slack debuts voice calling on desktop and Chrome apps

As was predicted just yesterday, Slack has revealed that it's bringing native voice calls to its virtual office/messaging/collaboration service. The feature will start rolling out today as a beta in the official Slack desktop apps as well as the Chrome plugin. Once activated, users don't need to rely on any additional apps or services external to Slack to make a voice call, including the recent integration with Skype.

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WhatsApp Beta released to Android

WhatsApp Beta released to Android

Wait a second, you might be saying, hasn't WhatsApp been released to Android for several years? You'd be right, citizen, WhatsApp has been launched on Android for several years. What's being announced this morning is a Beta that's always being updated. Users that wish to participate in testing may do so. WhatsApp Beta can be yours. All you need to do is be OK with your app acting wild without warning. No worries!

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Snapchat gets phished, hands over information on 700 employees

Snapchat gets phished, hands over information on 700 employees

When it comes to security of any kind, there is one place where you're most likely to find a vulnerability. I'm referring, of course, to the human element. Anytime you have a person standing between sensitive information and those with malicious intent, there is the possibility of error. The people at Snapchat learned this the hard way, over the weekend.

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Honda navigation concept plugs a phone right into the dashboard

Honda navigation concept plugs a phone right into the dashboard

Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto have come a long way in terms of integrating our smartphones into our car's navigation and entertainment systems, but they're still reliant on the software the auto manufacturer decides to install, as well their infrequent updates. Since all the features a driver needs are already on the phone itself, from maps and navigation to music and phone support, what if we could just connect the phone directly to the car, and have it serve as the infotainment hardware and display?

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WhatsApp is ending support for old platforms like BlackBerry, Nokia

WhatsApp is ending support for old platforms like BlackBerry, Nokia

Popular messaging platform WhatsApp has seen almost non-stop growth since its Facebook acquisition a few years ago, even reaching one billion active users earlier this month. The app has been around for seven years now, but with that age and growth the company has decided to discontinue support for WhatsApp on several older mobile operating systems. The good news is that there's a fairly small chance the device you have will be affected, unless of course you're a big BlackBerry or Nokia user. Likewise if you rely on an ancient Android phone.

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Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Forget the geofilters and birthday lenses — Snapchat has added a face-swapping feature, making it possible for two users to trade faces. The feature works exactly the same as all the face swapping apps dotting the respective app store landscapes, but is a fun addition for Snapchat users. Swapped faces have been plastering social networks today, and the results are, as you probably guessed, mostly horrifying.

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Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora has pushed out an update for its Android app, adding the new discovery feature that first launched on iOS. A new “Browse” option at the top of the app allows users to toggle from their stations over to a discovery tool where music is sorted into various categories, including things like popularity, genre, and decade. The feature is live now for those who update.

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Facebook Live Video is now available on Android

Facebook Live Video is now available on Android

Following a debut back in December, Facebook's Live Video feature has gradually been making its way to mobile, starting with iPhone users in the US. Now it's time for those with Android devices to get in on the phone, as the live streaming tool is making its debut on Google's mobile platform this week, the social networking company has announced.

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Apple Photos app to see editing tools return in next iOS, OS X versions

Apple Photos app to see editing tools return in next iOS, OS X versions

Apple's annual WWDC event in June is expected to see the announcement of both iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 this year, and just like with the last few versions of the operating systems, new software and features are a sure thing. One app that is reported to be getting a modest refresh is the mobile and desktop versions of Photos, which made its debut last year as the replacement for the long-standing iPhoto software.

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Microsoft buys Xamarin, the company behind its cross-platform apps

Microsoft buys Xamarin, the company behind its cross-platform apps

Microsoft has announced the purchase of Xamarin, a company that allows mobile apps to be developed for multiple platforms simultaneously. The startup's technology basically lets developers write the code for their apps in a single language, and then easily adapts it for iOS, Android, and Windows. Seeing as how Microsoft has quickly moved to offering its apps on iOS and Android in the last few years, such as the mobile versions of Office, the acquisition makes perfect sense.

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