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Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Facebook Messenger’s Inevitable Takeover

Back in August, Facebook messenger became obligatory. I ran a column called Yes, you DO want Facebook Messenger that many Facebook users were shockingly opposed to. But it's been barely 3 months and Facebook has already announced it: they've reached a tipping point. They already have 500 million users using - not just having downloaded - using Messenger each month. They're aiming to prove that because you do not pay money to use Facebook, you are the product - you don't have a choice in the matter. You need to download that app.

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Dungeon Hunter 4 expansion “Descending Depths” now available

Dungeon Hunter 4 expansion “Descending Depths” now available

The massively popular mobile game Dungeon Hunter 4 has received a new update bringing the expansion Descending Depths, and with it gamers are gifted with three new dungeons, as well as new features, additional gear, and all new bosses to take on. The game is available on both the App Store for iOS users and Google Play for Android users, with the update being available to download now. Excited? We've got all the update details, as well as a video of the expansion, after the jump.

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Google Maps updated for iPhone, Android with reservations and Uber

Google Maps updated for iPhone, Android with reservations and Uber

This week Google is bringing on a new version of Google Maps for the masses. The iPhone, the iPad, and the entire Android universe will be getting a far more bold look at Google Maps, working with new major feature integrations like in-app restaurant reservations and Uber cards. This isn't just a user interface reboot, it's a feature update, made to change the way you use Google Maps on all your devices - especially your Android and iOS-based smartphones and tablets galore.

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Scribd Audiobooks: expanding beyond Amazon

Scribd Audiobooks: expanding beyond Amazon

The team behind Scribd want to make their service as accessible as possible. To do this, they've seen it necessary to expand beyond the Kindle - to move past the Amazon environment. To do this, they've decided, they'll need to open their platform to Audiobooks. According to Scribd, this $1 billion a year market is just ripe for expansion - 30,000 audiobooks are on the way to their service right this minute. This will be the single largest unlimited-access offering of e-books and audiobooks available in the world today.

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Google Inbox invites opened to public

Google Inbox invites opened to public

Want to know how you're going to get in on Google's alternative to Gmail with the app called Inbox? Wonder no more, fair citizens, Google is opening the flood gates this afternoon. Between the hours of 3PM and 4PM Pacific Time, you'll only have to send an mail to Google at inbox (at) google (dot) com requesting an invite. They seem to have an automated system set up to accept invites and grant them by 5PM, also Pacific Time - promised, as if by magic.

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Evernote updates apps with ‘Work Chat’ messaging

Evernote updates apps with ‘Work Chat’ messaging

Note taking & management service Evernote has updated its mobile and web app today to include its new "Work Chat" feature, which allows users to have conversations in-app via instant messages. With a goal of furthering Evernote's collaboration tools, Work Chat lets users discuss documents and projects they may be working on together, as well as keep records of which files have been shared via email.

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Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

For reasons unknown, a trio of Microsoft apps have arrived in the big three app stores, with the Apple version in particular showing off a wearable called "Band" that is, presumably, the device expected to launch officially in the near future. Not much is revealed by the three app listings, though an official look at the product is certainly nothing to complain about. What we do see, however, follows nicely alongside the details that have surfaced over past months through different sources, the particulars of which we have after the jump.

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Whisper staff suspended amid investigations into Guardian report

Whisper staff suspended amid investigations into Guardian report

Whisper, the social network/app built on the premise of allowing users to post brief statements and images in complete anonymity, has put its editorial staff on suspension, a decision made by CEO Michael Heyward. The decision comes as Whisper continues to defend itself in response to a newspaper report from The Guardian that said the company did in fact track its users even if they opted out of location-based features.

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Inbox by Gmail invites sent out this morning [UPDATE]

Inbox by Gmail invites sent out this morning [UPDATE]

Starting right away this morning you'll find that Inbox by Gmail invites are being sent out to the masses. If you'd been on the wait list, you might very well be in right this minute. If not, you'll be invited very, very soon. This goes for Android and iOS users as the invites are not OS-centric. Inbox is a setup that works cross-platform, be it on your web browser or your iPad, your Android tablet or your Android smartphone the same.

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