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Facebook debuts Notify, an app that brings news headlines to notifications

Facebook debuts Notify, an app that brings news headlines to notifications

Just in case you weren't already getting enough notifications on your phone, Facebook is here to bring you more. The company has launched Notify, an iOS app that delivers the latest news headlines based on user preferences. Turns out the early peek at the app a few weeks ago was mostly accurate, with Notify clearly aimed at competing with Twitter when it comes to delivering news in real-time.

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Tinder updates with new profile info, improved messaging, and better algorithms

Tinder updates with new profile info, improved messaging, and better algorithms

Following the recent addition of its Super Like feature, Tinder has released an update for its mobile app that introduces several new refinements, including additional information on user profiles, and improved algorithms for finding matches. First up are what Tinder calls "Smart Profiles," which will now not only include details on a user's job history and education background, but also highlight information that they and the browser have in common.

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Guitar Hero Live debuts on Apple TV, but requires guitar controller

Guitar Hero Live debuts on Apple TV, but requires guitar controller

Guitar Hero Live has launched for the new Apple TV today, allowing users play the latest entry in the music game series on their television screen without the need of a dedicated game console. However, in an unexpected move, users must have the guitar controller in order to play. This is opposed to the iPhone/iPad version of the game, which lets users play a free two-song trial without requiring any kind of peripheral.

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Tumblr rolls out instant messaging on web, mobile for select users

Tumblr rolls out instant messaging on web, mobile for select users

Tumblr has just debuted something new for both its website and mobile apps: a true, honest-to-goodness instant messaging feature, allowing private conversations between users. The live chat function is a bit limited right now, with no support for emojis or media like gifs and images, much like when Gmail first introduced chat to the inbox many moons ago. Oh, and Tumblr is also gradually rolling out the feature to a limited number of users, so don't be surprised if you don't have it yet.

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Google Maps offline: How to download

Google Maps offline: How to download

While Google Maps offline functionality isn't strictly new in a broad sense of the word, some of its most important functions are. What we're going to do today is show you how to access offline maps in Google Maps, and why you're not able to access offline maps if you're reading this article too far into the past. When this article is being published, for example, not all users will be able to access offline maps with this new method.

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Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

As one of the most popular and most used navigation and mapping apps on smartphones today, it's hard to imagine Google Maps getting much better than it already is. Until, of course, you find yourself in a situation with poor or no network connection and in desperate need of the app. Starting today, however, Google is launching a major revamp of its offline Maps feature, adding support not only for search, but for turn-by-turn driving directions as well.

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Pinterest can now search visually within pins for similar items

Pinterest can now search visually within pins for similar items

Pinterest has just announced a useful new feature that will make it easier for users to find items they discover in pins. Following recent additions that brought shopping and buying features to the social network, Pinterest's website and mobile apps are getting a tool that will visually search for things within images. If users see something like a lamp or chair in a photo that they are interested in, Pinterest will search it database to find the exact item, or those that are visually similar.

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Instagram developing ads that support 3D Touch, Apple Pay [Updated]

Instagram developing ads that support 3D Touch, Apple Pay [Updated]

As more social networking/media apps begin integrating options for users to shop and buy right from their service, Instagram is said to be doing the same by developing ads that can take advantage of iPhone features like 3D Touch and Apple Pay. A report from Digiday says the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is already testing the new ads, which can be used to promote anything from clothing to restaurant menus.

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Star Wars Action Movie FX app reveals BB-8’s weapons and agility

Star Wars Action Movie FX app reveals BB-8’s weapons and agility

The new hero droid of Star Wars is beginning to really, truly take shape with video footage from a variety of odd sources. What you're about to see is how well our hero, the soccer-ball droid BB-8, is able to get around. You'll also see a few accessories this little monster is carrying inside his spherical body. He's got more than a few tricks up his sleeve, to be sure.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy app out now: strap it to your wrist!

Fallout 4 Pip-Boy app out now: strap it to your wrist!

This afternoon Bethesda released the Fallout Pip-Boy app for both Android and iOS devices. This app is a requirement if you're planning on using the Pip-Boy accessory included in the full special edition release of the game Fallout 4, but - as it turns out - that accessory is not entirely necessary. You can just use a bunch of duct-tape to attach your smartphone to your arm - it's easy! And a lot cheaper that way!

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