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Instagram launching multi-account support

Instagram launching multi-account support

The photo-sharing app Instagram has quietly begun rolling out multi-account support for the average user. While this will be most helpful to those that have accounts for their artwork, accounts for their personal matters, and accounts for their cats, you'll see the benefit for work-use users as well. This update will be appearing in version 7.12.0 of the app, popping up for Beta testers first. Of course you could also just head over to the APK download if you do so choose.

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Windows gets open source Google Play Music desktop app

Windows gets open source Google Play Music desktop app

While all the web apps and services from Google are designed to run in the browser, sometimes its just easier to have some things running as a separate app, making for one less browser tab to sift through. That's how one developer must have felt when it comes to Google Play Music, as Windows users can now download a desktop app for the streaming service. The software is open source, so this is in no way an official app, and can be downloaded for free from GitHub.

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Ruffle is the anonymous Snapchat: beware the obvious

Ruffle is the anonymous Snapchat: beware the obvious

There's a brand new app on the block with a perfect name, Ruffle (because it's about to do just that to your feathers). This app was made for image sharing, and that's just what it'll do. You'll send images (most likely photos you've taken) to completely random strangers*, and in return you'll receive photos from completely random strangers. When you see a photo incoming, you'll see it pixelated. If you don't want to de-pixelate it, you don't have to.

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Amazon Video adds “X-Ray” for iOS app

Amazon Video adds “X-Ray” for iOS app

The newest update to the Amazon Video app for iOS users - for iPad and iPhone - is bringing on one of the system's most clever features. Here users will be able to use "X-Ray", previously available on Amazon Video apps for Fire devices - Amazon's own version of Android, and standard Android Amazon Video apps. This update allows users to use the power of IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, to find information about the video content they're currently watching.

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Shazam will recognize songs for you even faster now

Shazam will recognize songs for you even faster now

Shazam, one of the first hit iOS apps that is still plugging along, has just released a new update that improves what it does best: recognize songs that are playing that users must know the name of. Now Shazam is able to recognize songs even faster, along with the introduction of a smarter search function. Just in case you're never used the app and have no idea what it's about, Shazam basically listens to music playing nearby, compares the sample to its database, and provides the user with the title, artist, and album info.

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Fitbit updated to automatically detect and record exercises

Fitbit updated to automatically detect and record exercises

Fitbit has just rolled out a new software update for its Charge HR and Surge wearables that allow the fitness trackers to automatically know when users begin exercising. There are several new features, but the main one is called SmartTrack, and it means users no longer have to worry about forgetting to press a button or navigate a menu before their workout. The exercise detection works for a number of activities and sports, and sees stats like heart rate, calories burned, and duration recorded in the app.

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Microsoft debuts Android app for those considering Windows Phone

Microsoft debuts Android app for those considering Windows Phone

Apple isn't the only one releasing apps for Android to lure users to its own mobile platform. Microsoft is trying something similar with its new release to the Google Play store, an app called AppComparison. Featuring a tagline of "Are you considering changing your Android device to Windows Phone?", the app doesn't directly try to convince users to switch platforms, but instead shows which apps are already available on Windows 10 Mobile.

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Domino’s channels Amazon with its ‘Easy Order’ pizza button

Domino’s channels Amazon with its ‘Easy Order’ pizza button

Amazon's one-touch Dash Buttons have turned out to be quite a hit, letting Prime members quickly order common household items with the press of a Bluetooth connected physical button. But now, Domino's has stepped in and improved the concept, marrying it with the greatest thing ever: pizza delivery. The pizza chain has just announced its own "Easy Order" button, complete with a cute little cardboard delivery box, that lets users order their favorite pie for delivery with just one press.

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Apple Support app for iOS aims to reduce Genius Bar visits

Apple Support app for iOS aims to reduce Genius Bar visits

A handful of leaked screenshots seems to indicate that Apple is working on a troubleshooting and support app for iOS. The app allows users to pick the Apple product they're having problems with, and through a series of questions helps narrow down the exact issue. When appropriate, the app provides options for calling Apple Support and scheduling an appointment for an in-store Genius Bar visit, but it can also help users skip those steps when not needed but providing information on how to address the issue whenever possible.

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Yahoo Mail obstructing AdBlock users from signing in [UPDATE: Statement]

Yahoo Mail obstructing AdBlock users from signing in [UPDATE: Statement]

It seems another big web company is taking steps to circumvent ad-blocking software, this time by preventing users from getting at their email. A growing number of AdBlock Plus users are reporting that Yahoo Mail is preventing them from signing in to the service unless they disable the browser plugin. Seeing as how Yahoo, and its email service, are fairly dependent on advertisements that display on their webpages, they could be among the businesses concerned about the rapid rise in the use of ad-blockers.

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Google Hangouts activates guest mode for meetings

Google Hangouts activates guest mode for meetings

Google's latest bid to make their products more instantly-available to users is in "guest" mode in Google Hangouts. This feature allows people with Google accounts to host Google Hangouts meetings in which invited guests can join the conversation without needing a Google account of their own. This system requires joining guests to tap a button or two, write in a name so people know who they are on the call, and begin to chat.

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Google Play to start notifying users of ad-supported apps

Google Play to start notifying users of ad-supported apps

Both the Google Play store for Android and Apple's iOS App Store label apps that feature in-app purchases, making it clear to users that additional money can or may need to be spent to make use of the software. Now, Google Play will be taking things a step further, and notify users before they download that an app is supported via advertisements inside. It seems to be an effort by Google to make its marketplace more transparent when it comes to ads and funding, and the change will take place starting in 2016.

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