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Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Video feature

Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Video feature

Facebook is looking to make video chatting a little easier its Messenger platform, today announcing that it's made starting a video message with friends a lot more seamless. The new feature is called Instant Video, and it essentially allows for two people to quickly begin a video chat without the need to first place a call.

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Osmo Mobile turns smartphones into a motion tracking smart camera

Osmo Mobile turns smartphones into a motion tracking smart camera

If you are the sort who prefers to enjoy the moment rather than being focused on a camera or smartphone screen recording video and shooting images, the Osmo Mobile might be just the device for you. The Osmo Mobile smartphone holder turns your smart device into a smart motion-tracking camera. What that means is that you don’t have to choose between recording the happenings and participating. The DJI Go app that goes along with the Osmo Mobile device is designed to automatically keep the smartphone facing you as you move.

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Instagram brings pinch-to-zoom functionality to iOS

Instagram brings pinch-to-zoom functionality to iOS

Lately, Instagram has been rolling out a significant number of changes and new features. From changing up its app icon to keep things on the fresh side to rolling out a new stories feature that seemed to borrow heavily from another popular social media app, Instagram has been making a large number of tweaks and firing them out the door quickly. Today, the features list is growing once again with the addition of a small yet frequently requested feature: pinch-to-zoom.

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Google’s new In Apps search finds info within apps while offline

Google’s new In Apps search finds info within apps while offline

Google has rolled out a new search tool for Android users dubbed "In Apps." Available in the Google app or Google Now, it allows users to search for content or information within the apps installed on the device, including contact info, messages, email, photos, music, and videos. Search results can be filtered to display only items within apps, and unlike before, the search is completely local, so there's no need for an online connection.

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Google’s Crowdsource app lets you do its translation chores

Google’s Crowdsource app lets you do its translation chores

Ever read about Tom Sawyer and the fence that needs to be whitewashed? Go ahead and Google it up for a while, because Google has a proposition for ya. Ever dreamed of experiencing the joys of translating words and phrases from one language or another? Or ever wished you could be like those smart AI’s and transcribe handwritten scribbles into machine readable plain text? Well, you’re in luck! Google, in its magnanimous wisdom, has launched a crowdsourcing app ingeniously called “Crowdsource” that gives you a foretaste of those delectable tasks. In exchange for your few precious seconds, you get to walk away a light and joyful heart , knowing how you’ve made the world a better place.

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Google Wallet app update introduces automatic bank transfers

Google Wallet app update introduces automatic bank transfers

Google has rolled out an update to the Google wallet app that will make it easier to get the money you are sent from other users into your bank account, the new feature is an automatic transfer that no longer requires you to cash out money from your Wallet balance. The new feature is meant to decrease the time it takes for Wallet users to get hands on their cash.

The update bringing the automatic transfers will land on Friday with the feature rolling out over the week after it debuts. Google Wallet has always been a PayPal competitor and transitioned solely to peer-to-peer payments last year with the roll out of Android Pay. Emails went out to Google Wallet account holders back in March telling them that the Wallet debit card was going away.

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FordPass app lets you book parking before you get there

FordPass app lets you book parking before you get there

If you live and work in a larger city where you have to hope and pray that you can find a parking spot and then pay to park your car, you know the frustration that comes with being a car owner. Ford wants to make parking and getting to work or play easier for everyone and to facilitate that parking, Ford has a new app called FordPass that lets you choose and pay for your parking spot before you ever leave home.

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Best iPhone Games of Summer 2016

Best iPhone Games of Summer 2016

Today we're running down the best mobile games on all platforms for the Summer of 2016. That's pretty specific, but it only refers to the time in which we played the games, not the time in which the games were originally released. In this way we're able to bring you the best games on the market in their current state, which is great for games that've matured and become far better than they were at launch, of which there are many in this environment. New games have come up to fight for the top spot, too!

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WhatsApp updates privacy policy, will begin sharing user info with Facebook

WhatsApp updates privacy policy, will begin sharing user info with Facebook

WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy, and this is one its more than one billion users will want to pay attention to. In the update, WhatsApp says that it will begin sharing some information on its users with Facebook, a first for the company despite the fact that it has been owned by the social media giant for more than two years now.

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Microsoft Cache app for Windows, iOS smells like OneClip

Microsoft Cache app for Windows, iOS smells like OneClip

Instead of simply keeping all its eggs in its own Window 10 or Windows 10 Mobile basket, Microsoft, either officially or through its Garage skunkworks arm, has been steadily putting out mobile apps that cross the platform divide into iOS and Android territory, ranging from the useful to the insane. One of the latest, fortunately, straddles the “useful” category. Microsoft Garage’s “new” Cache app lets you clip anything and sync those between Windows and iOS devices. We say “new” because, truth be told, it sounds a lot like Microsoft’s “OneClip” tool from last year.

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VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

Even with Android TV, Google’s formal presence on TV sets and boxes remains rather week. That, however, doesn’t always matter considering how its Google Cast technology exists in every Android TV and beyond, providing a bridge to Google’s services and content. Case in point is VIZIO’s Cast-ready SmartCast products, which, thanks to an updated SmartCast app, will soon be able to stream videos from Google’s own selection of movies and TV shows from Google Play Movies & TV, in addition to other services like Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu.

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Facebook testing new ‘Add Contact’ option in Messenger

Facebook testing new ‘Add Contact’ option in Messenger

Facebook Messenger is testing a new feature that will make the app entirely more useable for some individuals: the ability to request adding a contact with another Messenger user rather than having to add that individual as a ‘friend.’ The new feature is aptly called ‘Add Contact,’ and would exist between Facebook friendship and messaging someone sans any formal affiliation with them; you can, for now, message someone who isn’t a friend by sending them a message request.

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