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Microsoft Researcher, Editor for Word set to replace Clippy

Microsoft Researcher, Editor for Word set to replace Clippy

There is perhaps no Microsoft feature as ridiculed and as reviled as Clippy, the not so helpful, overzealous, and obnoxious "Assistant" that Microsoft introduced in its Office suite. Although Clippy has long been buried, its legacy continues, albeit in split features. Part of its mission now lives on in the Researcher and Editor features for Microsoft Word, which, as the names say, help users in their research and editing tasks. Thankfully, they are less unsavory and even less visible than Clippy.

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Twitter for Android adds a night mode option

Twitter for Android adds a night mode option

Do you like browsing Twitter before bed? If so, the Android app was just updated with a feature that makes doing so a bit more friendly: night mode. When activated, the bright Android app for Twitter is toggled over to a theme that's much easier on the eyes in a dark room. Turning the night mode on is as simple as flipping a switch; you can turn it off whenever you want, as well, to get the light theme back.

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Runkeeper makes goals a team effort with Running Groups

Runkeeper makes goals a team effort with Running Groups

Exercise generally goes better with company - or at the very least you have someone to complain with - so Runkeeper is adding Running Groups to its popular fitness tracker app. As the name suggests, the new feature allows users to set up a virtual running club, with a collaborative target that the group as a whole tries to beat.

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Google adds spam protection, Nexus and Android One only

Google adds spam protection, Nexus and Android One only

If you thought web page ads and e-mail spam were the most annoying things in the world, then you probably have been on the receiving end of spam calls. This day and age, it is still common to receive such unwanted attempts on our smartphones. Luckily, technology has made identifying and blocking those numbers a lot easier. Google has finally made use of that technology for its Android phone app, giving users much needed peace of mind. The catch? It's only available for Google's own smartphones.

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Google Maps gets color coded visuals, areas of interest

Google Maps gets color coded visuals, areas of interest

Map and navigation apps, be they from Google, Apple, previously Nokia, or even Microsoft, can be life savers, especially when venturing into territory unknown. But that only works if you can actually make heads or tails of the information crammed within. Making something look prettier isn't just a matter of aesthetic enhancement. It can also be about whether you'll be able to tell one road or area from another at a glance. That is why in its latest Maps update, Google is splashing some new colors and removing a few lines for the sake making Google Maps easier to "read", even when you're mind is stressed out from getting lost.

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Google Maps gains WiFi only mode and delay notifications for busses and trains

Google Maps gains WiFi only mode and delay notifications for busses and trains

Google is currently rolling out some new features for Google Maps users and so far, only a handful have the new features. The new features bring Wi-Fi only mode and the ability to get notifications when mass transit will be delayed. That means if your bus or train is late, Google maps will let you know. The roll out is a staged one and there is no indication of when the features might be available for everyone.

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Pokemon Go launches in Hong Kong and France

Pokemon Go launches in Hong Kong and France

Two more countries gained the ability to download the Pokemon Go app and go into the real world to hunt little cartoon creatures over the weekend. The two new serviced countries include France and Hong Kong. The last country that the game app launched in was Japan back on the 21 of July. The worldwide rollout for the game continues as support for new countries likely coming in the future.

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Google Play Store to get smaller app updates, clearer info

Google Play Store to get smaller app updates, clearer info

By nature, mobile apps are meant to be small in size. In the past, that was primarily due to the extremely limited data storage space inside our mobile companions. These days, however, the concern has mostly switched over to the amount of Internet bandwidth each app consumes, both on initial download as well as on updates. Android apps are, however, somewhat notorious for having larger payloads than competing iOS versions. That will hopefully change with Google's introduction of new features that will keep those app sizes in check.

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Prisma for Android released today

Prisma for Android released today

Hit iPhone art app Prisma has made its highly-anticipated debut on Android, offering dramatic recreations of photos using AI processing. Offering a step up from the typical filters offered in Instagram and other apps, Prisma promises a fine-art style makeover for photos with styles ranging from the classics through to Pop Art and comic books.

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Data shows Pokemon Go may have already hit peak popularity in US

Data shows Pokemon Go may have already hit peak popularity in US

The summer of 2016 will always be remembered for the global domination of Pokemon Go. The app exploded in popularity just after its debut two weeks ago, seeing more active daily users than social media giants like Snapchat and Twitter, causing Nintendo's stock value to skyrocket, and even setting a new record for the most downloads in its first week on the iOS App Store. However, like most big trends that rise to prominence over a short time, could Pokemon Go have already reached its peak popularity?

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Periscope adds tweet embeds, replay highlights to its list of features

Periscope adds tweet embeds, replay highlights to its list of features

Periscope has signaled a significant update to its live streaming platform today, announcing three new features that users will almost certainly get some mileage out of. The first is the ability to watch replay highlights from streams you missed. Now Periscope will automatically create highlight "trailers" covering the broadcasts you missed over the last day and put them in your home feed, meaning you don't need to watch entire streams just to get caught up.

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WhatsApp beta update brings voicemail and call back options

WhatsApp beta update brings voicemail and call back options

WhatsApp is bringing even more features for its users, and those taking part in its Android beta testing can get access to the newest ones as of today. Chief among the new features being tested is voicemail, a welcomed addition considering how many people have replaced their phone's voice and texting services with feature-rich dedicated apps like WhatsApp.

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