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Instagram adds one-touch sharing to iOS devices

Instagram adds one-touch sharing to iOS devices

Since the original announcement back in March, Instagram users have been unhappy with the upcoming changes. After all, now instead of seeing posts displayed in chronological order, the app will deliver content in the order of its own choosing. However, there is another update coming to the service that might have you excited.

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Apple updates WWDC app with new Apple TV version

Apple updates WWDC app with new Apple TV version

With Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just around the corner, the company released an updated version of its official companion app yesterday. Just like in previous years, the WWDC app continues to provide a schedule and maps for the June 13 - 17 event, along with access to watch the keynote presentation and developer sessions being live streamed. But new for this year is support for tvOS, allowing the app to be used on the latest Apple TV model.

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Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Facebook denies reports it’s using phone mics to eavesdrop

Internet giant Facebook has released an official statement refuting recent reports that it uses the microphones on users' smartphones to eavesdrop and record conversations, using the data to deliver targeted ads. The company wrote that it "does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed," noting that ads are only based on users' profiles and interests.

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Microsoft rolls out Outlook watch face for Android Wear

Microsoft rolls out Outlook watch face for Android Wear

It was only in April that Microsoft Outlook made its debut as an Android Wear app, but a new update has just been released that turns Outlook into a watch face. This means users can skip the need to tap and navigate the UI on their wrist, and instead see both email and calendar information on the same screen as the clock. Instead of relying on a notification, users can simply raise their wrist to check the time, and also see an overview of schedule and unread emails.

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Instagram is rolling out reordered feeds throughout June

Instagram is rolling out reordered feeds throughout June

Back in March, Instagram worried its users by announcing plans to reorder their feeds to show them the content its thinks they want to see. This caused a huge, probably unanticipated, backlash from users didn’t want the company to meddle. Instagram had to backtrack a bit, promising that it wasn’t going to do anything drastic and nothing soon. Now the time has finally come whether you’re ready for it or not — in a statement on Thursday, Instagram announced it is rolling out the reordered feeds to everyone.

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Vysor now lets Android mirror remotely, and it’s awesome

Vysor now lets Android mirror remotely, and it’s awesome

Chrome app Vysor now allows users to build their own Android device farm - remotely. Just what you've always wanted. That is assuming you're the sort of person who has a whole bunch of Android phones and tablets and whatnot. Even if you're not, the newest feature on this app allows you to access your Android phone's fully interactive screen via your PC or Mac or Chromebook both through a USB cord remotely and through any computer connected via a shared link. Easy peasy.

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Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Android just got a whole lot smarter. This afternoon Google released new abilities for Now On Tap, a system built in to Android Marshmallow. Users can now use their smartphone's camera to find out information about whatever is in front of them. This functionality is not strictly new to Android - we've seen it before in an infamous and sorely under-used app by the name of Google Goggles. Remember Google Goggles? They're back.

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Microsoft accused of spamming Android users with Office ads

Microsoft accused of spamming Android users with Office ads

Android users have probably been annoyed more than a few times with notifications from apps that keep popping up in the Android notification tray for things you really don't want to know and don't care about. You might expect shadier small firms to use the notification tray to spam you with advertising, but you might not expect one of the largest software firms in the world to do that. Microsoft has been accused of spamming Android users with advertisements trying to get them to use Office.

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Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Xiaomi to preload MS Android apps, also buys 1,500 MS patents

Android bloatware has a new name and it is Microsoft. That might be a rather scathing remark, but that is the reality facing Android users yesterday and today. Xiaomi and Microsoft have just announced that they have signed a cross-licensing deal that will see Microsoft's Android apps, particularly the mobile Office ones, pre-installed on Xiaomi's more recent handsets. What the announcement didn't mention, which Wall Street Journal reported, is that Xiaomi is also purchasing a whopping 1,500 patents from Microsoft for an undisclosed sum.

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Periscope asks viewers to vote trolls out of broadcasts

Periscope asks viewers to vote trolls out of broadcasts

If the Internet has taught us anything, it’s that we can’t even get along when we don’t have to be physically near each other. There’s no shortage of trolls, and that includes on Periscope. The company has announced a new comment moderation system that allows other users to vote on comments (like downvoting) that are trollish or spam, as well as report them for removal if they’re serious enough. A user could be booted from a broadcast if enough people vote against them.

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Google Photos at 1 year: 200M users, 24 billion selfies

Google Photos at 1 year: 200M users, 24 billion selfies

While it began life much earlier as part of the Google+ social network, it's now been one full year since Google Photos was launched as an individual cloud-based photo storage service. To celebrate, Google has shared some stats on the service to highlight its rapid growth, most notable is a user count of over 200 million, an impressive figure for just 12 months.

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Google app for iOS update makes it ‘faster every step of the way’

Google app for iOS update makes it ‘faster every step of the way’

Google wants all you iPhone and iPad users to know something: the Google app for your devices is faster than ever. Loading times have been slashed. New features have been added. It all, Google proclaims, is available now to help save you precious minutes. You may not notice the speed differences, Google says, but rest assured that they're there and they're saving the collective lot of Google iOS mobile users 6.5 million hours throughout the rest of 2016.

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