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Skype for Android now lets you save video messages

Skype for Android now lets you save video messages

The Skype app for Android has just been updated with a handy option for users who would like to save and keep video messages of importance. The new version, available now, lets users save received video messages by tapping the thumbnail in the conversation view, and simply choosing the "Save to Gallery" option. Think of it as a way to hang on to video voicemails from loved ones or those with important details needed later.

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Google app for iOS gets a big update kick in the pants

Google app for iOS gets a big update kick in the pants

So you're all about your Google app on your iPhone or iPad, yes? You're lucky, because right now you're able to get an update that'll make it look a whole lot nicer than it did yesterday. Today you'll get a "fresh look and feel", according to Google, directed directly at voice search. You can say "OK Google" with the best of them and ask your iPhone or iPad's Google app whatever you want - go on, ask it when Star Wars is going to be released! It knows!

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Bing for iOS gets search smarts that may rival Google

Bing for iOS gets search smarts that may rival Google

The Bing app for iOS has been updated today, and with it Microsoft is introducing a number of smart, useful search features that just might be enough to make users think twice before always turning to the Google app. When making searches, the app aims to present more than just the standard text descriptions or links to Wikipedia, instead, in the right circumstances, it can bring up information from other apps and services, and even act as a gateway to said apps.

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Google just completely revamped Google+

Google just completely revamped Google+

Google has just given their social network Google+ a major update, one they're calling "the new G+". This version of the social network is drastically simplified in both look and functionality, with new navigation centered on Collections and Communities. Playing to the social networks' strengths in this case means showcasing the communities that already exist and grow with speed - those that are bustling with activity and have visitors posting and commenting all day long. The home stream is redesigned as well.

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Google Photos is deleting your files… in a good way!

Google Photos is deleting your files… in a good way!

Android users of Google Photos will soon see an option to "Free Up Space", this feature then deleting files after upload on their device. Google Photos is an app that connects to Google Photos on the web, acting as a storage space for images and movies for Google users. This system works for Android and iOS as well as all desktop computers via a web browser. Google's latest update will allow users to free up space on their smart devices by deleting photos and videos automatically.

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Sorry, Android power-users, Tasker’s pulled from Google Play

Sorry, Android power-users, Tasker’s pulled from Google Play

Tasker is removed from the Google Play for Android devices just a week after a fiasco with fakery on Amazon. According to Reddit Tasker Forum moderators, a crop of newly-minted Tasker apps have been released on Amazon by malicious creators "Crafty Apps EU" - meanwhile a "real" version of the app has not yet been released on the Amazon app store. As for Google Play - that's a different story entirely. While Tasker has been a leading app for Android power-users for years, this morning it's been pulled from the store by Google.

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Pushbullet pins price to formerly free features

Pushbullet pins price to formerly free features

The app Pushbullet begins attempting to monetize its services by adding a "Pro" plan to its roster, making formerly free features cost cash. Soon the Angel investments made by pockets-full investors will no longer cover the costs of the device-to-device message and file-sharing service Pushbullet. Instead, users will be paying $40 a year or a cool $5 a month for the service - for some of the service's features, that is to say. If you're in Pushbullet too deep, you might have to open your pocketbook.

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Foursquare added as Apple Maps source for business listings

Foursquare added as Apple Maps source for business listings

Turns Apple has recently added a new partner for supplying data to Apple Maps: Foursquare. Similar to the service Yelp, Foursquare is used to discover restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions in cities around the globe, as well present user reviews on such places. As the site Apple Maps Marketing has discovered, Apple Maps is using Foursquare data to bolster its business listings, which likely not only includes locations, but information on hours of operation and contact info.

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Google rewarding Maps reviewers with 1 TB of Drive storage

Google rewarding Maps reviewers with 1 TB of Drive storage

It may not be that well-known, but Google Maps actually has its own Yelp rival built right in, allowing users to leave reviews, photos, and information about restaurants, attractions, and other locations. It's called Local Guides, and now Google is upping its incentives for users who continually make contributions. Among the rewards are the chance to win a new Nexus smartphone and access to beta features before others, but one of best may be 1TB of free storage for Google Drive.

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Microsoft brings Hyperlapse Pro time-lapse app to Mac

Microsoft brings Hyperlapse Pro time-lapse app to Mac

When Microsoft first unveiled its Hyperlapse software for creating smooth video time-lapses earlier this year, its mobile and desktop releases excluded Apple's platforms. That changes today, with Mac users now able to get in on the fun. Microsoft just launched Hyperlapse Pro for Mac, available to download from their website, giving Mac users the ability to create and stabilize long pieces of footage into a time-lapse video.

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Spotify app now recommends concerts based on user preferences

Spotify app now recommends concerts based on user preferences

Spotify has added a new feature to its app that aims to take its personalized music recommendations beyond the mobile screen. The latest update introduces a "Concerts" section that will suggest live shows that users might be interested in. The concerts Spotify presents are not only based on music preferences, but also location, so users should only see shows that they're actually able to attend.

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Mac App Store authentication error causing ‘damaged’ software

Mac App Store authentication error causing ‘damaged’ software

An increasing number of Mac users are getting messages today when trying to open apps purchased from OS X's App Store that the software is "damaged" and can't be opened. It seems the issue started appearing as early as Wednesday evening, and can affect a range of popular apps, including Acorn, Tweetbot, 1Password, and Byword. As the error message states, users are getting around the issue by deleting and re-downloading the apps, but it doesn't seem to work for everyone.

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