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Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Smartphones these days, even the lower spec ones, are capable of taking high resolution (though not always high quality) photos. That means those photos take up more space on the smartphone's storage. And when you have a measly 16 GB of internal memory, with no microSD card option, you will inevitably run out of space. That is precisely the point that Google is trying to make in a rare and admittedly amusing Google Photos video ad. And it is aiming its guns at, what else, the 16 GB iPhone.

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Lyft will soon allow users to add a stop mid-ride

Lyft will soon allow users to add a stop mid-ride

Lyft is plotting to roll out a feature that may give it something of an edge against Uber, announcing today that riders will soon be able to add another stop to their trip, even if they're already en route. This will be done through the Lyft app itself, updating the route once the stop has been added, with Lyft promising this will result in a "seamless" experience for both the driver and the rider.

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Disney Mix is a family-friendly messaging app that’s safe for kids

Disney Mix is a family-friendly messaging app that’s safe for kids

If the thought of yet another mobile messaging app is enough to make you gag, well, you're probably not alone. But now Disney has gotten into the game with Mix, a messaging app that's specially designed for kids and families. Available now on iOS and Android, Disney Mix may not seem as impressive as services like WhatsApp or Snapchat, but it includes a number of features designed to keep kids and pre-teens safe online.

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Pokemon Go arrives in 15 Asian countries, Niantic confirms catching difficulties are a bug

Pokemon Go arrives in 15 Asian countries, Niantic confirms catching difficulties are a bug

Pokemon trainers across Asia are rejoicing this weekend, as 15 additional countries in the region have seen Pokemon Go rollout to their app stores for iOS and Android. Niantic, the game's developer, explained earlier this week that the controversial decision to shut out popular third-party mapping services, such as Pokevision, was in order to reduce strain on their servers, and give them the freedom to focus more on bringing Pokemon Go to other parts of the world.

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Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Don't look now, but Facebook is making another move to attempt to woo some users away from Snapchat. After Instagram introduced a Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, Facebook has rolled out a new Olympics-themed test in Brazil and Canada that features selfie filters from MSQRD, a company the social media giant acquired earlier this year.

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HTC announces VIVEPORT, a global app store for virtual reality content

HTC announces VIVEPORT, a global app store for virtual reality content

Virtual reality seems to be back in a big way thanks to devices like the HTC VIVE and the Oculus Rift, and with the growing number of VR consumers, HTC has decided that it's probably best to have an app store dedicated to virtual reality content. Today the company announced VIVEPORT, which will be rolling out globally later this year and will allow consumers to shop for content straight from their VR headset.

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Spotify launches Release Radar, a playlist dedicated to new music

Spotify launches Release Radar, a playlist dedicated to new music

If you consider yourself something of a music aficionado, then you know that keeping up with new releases isn't exactly the easiest thing to do. The music industry is constantly releasing new albums at a ridiculous rate, making it easy to miss a few gems in a sea of new music. Spotify is rolling out another curated playlist that might help with some of those new release blues, introducing the world to Release Radar today.

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Gboard for iOS gets support for French, Spanish and more

Gboard for iOS gets support for French, Spanish and more

Google's Gboard for iOS has been updated with support for additional languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. To coincide with the additional language support is a global launch of the keyboard app, which makes it easier to send someone a GIF or other things directly from the iPhone's keyboard. Google has also packed some new features into the app including smart GIF suggestions.

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1Password launches monthly subscription plan for personal use

1Password launches monthly subscription plan for personal use

You hear all the time that you should keep separate passwords for each of your online logins, but that's definitely easier said than done. With the need for increased online security, we've seen the rise of password managers, and while some of those are free, many of the better ones require some form of payment. One of those is 1Password, which demands an up-front price of $64.99 on the iOS App Store, though family and team subscriptions are available for a monthly fee.

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Pokemoji is an emoji keyboard for Pokemon GO addicts

Pokemoji is an emoji keyboard for Pokemon GO addicts

A project hatched in April caught the feel and the fervor present in the full launch of Pokemon GO this past month. That project was posted on Behance as Pokemoji Keyboard. Realized as a design project - not quite a fully-published app, Pokemoji would be the most awesome and awesomely-simple interpretation of Pokemon graphics on any mobile chat platform. Straight from Laureen Minet and Kévin Magalhaes from Lille, France, this is Pokemoji.

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Pokemon GO launches in Central and South America

Pokemon GO launches in Central and South America

Pokemon GO players are still as fervent as ever, and now more gamers can join their ranks — the company behind the game has announced an expansion into Central and South America, marking the latest regions where the game is (officially) available to download. The expansion comes just in time for the Rio Olympics, and is joined by a handful of other changes, namely fixes for two big bugs players have been vocal about.

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YouTube Kids adds YouTube Red support and all of its features

YouTube Kids adds YouTube Red support and all of its features

YouTube Kids, the company’s child-friendly platform, now supports YouTube Red. This means YouTube Red subscribers can download the YouTube Kids app for their child and have it work with all of YouTube Red’s features, including ad-free videos for parents who want to avoid having advertisements flashed in their kids’ eyes. As of today, the support is available in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

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