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Facebook Live Video is now available on Android

Facebook Live Video is now available on Android

Following a debut back in December, Facebook's Live Video feature has gradually been making its way to mobile, starting with iPhone users in the US. Now it's time for those with Android devices to get in on the phone, as the live streaming tool is making its debut on Google's mobile platform this week, the social networking company has announced.

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Apple Photos app to see editing tools return in next iOS, OS X versions

Apple Photos app to see editing tools return in next iOS, OS X versions

Apple's annual WWDC event in June is expected to see the announcement of both iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 this year, and just like with the last few versions of the operating systems, new software and features are a sure thing. One app that is reported to be getting a modest refresh is the mobile and desktop versions of Photos, which made its debut last year as the replacement for the long-standing iPhoto software.

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Microsoft buys Xamarin, the company behind its cross-platform apps

Microsoft buys Xamarin, the company behind its cross-platform apps

Microsoft has announced the purchase of Xamarin, a company that allows mobile apps to be developed for multiple platforms simultaneously. The startup's technology basically lets developers write the code for their apps in a single language, and then easily adapts it for iOS, Android, and Windows. Seeing as how Microsoft has quickly moved to offering its apps on iOS and Android in the last few years, such as the mobile versions of Office, the acquisition makes perfect sense.

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Netflix for iOS adds 3D Touch and iPad Pro optimization

Netflix for iOS adds 3D Touch and iPad Pro optimization

Netflix has pushed out an update for its iOS app, adding some requested features like iPad Pro optimization but leaving out others, namely picture-in-picture support, much to users’ disappointment. The update brings Netflix for iOS up to version 8, which can be grabbed now from the iTunes store. In addition to iPad Pro owners, iPhones users are getting a treat with the update.

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Snapchat adds Birthday Party lens for your special day

Snapchat adds Birthday Party lens for your special day

When your special day rolls around (that’s to say, your birthday), Snapchat will have a little treat for you. Found in the new Birthday Party feature is a couple special birthday-centric lenses you’ll be able to unlock, something that will also be available on your Snapchat friends’ birthdays. The lens you get will be adjusted based on whether it’s your own birthday or that of a friend.

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Snapchat now offers temporary custom geofilters, starting at $5

Snapchat now offers temporary custom geofilters, starting at $5

When you're taking a picture with Snapchat, there are a few different overlays that you can pick from. These include the time, your speed, and the current temperature. And depending on your location, you might find a unique geofilter. Soon, you'll be able to create your own temporary geofilter, for a price.

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Facebook Messenger now supports multiple accounts (but only on Android)

Facebook Messenger now supports multiple accounts (but only on Android)

While the recent news about advertisements being introduced into Facebook Messenger is a bit disappointing, that's not the only new functionality coming to the chat platform. The Messenger app now officially supports multiple account sign-ins on Android. This comes shortly after Facebook introduced the same feature to Instagram, although that update also made it to iOS.

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Android introduces Gamer ID for Google Play Games, ditching Google+ requirement

Android introduces Gamer ID for Google Play Games, ditching Google+ requirement

Google has just announced an overhaul of its gaming service on Android, Google Play Games. In an update the Play Games app, users are no longer required to use a Google+ account to sign in, or as their identity. Instead, they can now create a Gamer ID, which consists of unique name and avatar, similar to how the Xbox Live and PlayStation's PSN online networks function.

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Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum, an automotive system comprised of an OBD reader, speaker, and mobile app, has been updated to include some new (and pretty useful) features like geofencing and driving history. Such features could prove useful in various situations, such as a home where a newly licensed teenager is being given the keys. The features have been added to the iOS and Android mobile apps.

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Report: Facebook Messenger will soon send you ads

Report: Facebook Messenger will soon send you ads

Facebook Messenger will start sending you advertisements in the next few months, according to a new report. The feature won’t be a free-for-all for companies to spam out ads, but will instead allow businesses with whom users have chatted to then start dishing private advertisements, the logic seemingly being that if you chatted with the company you’re probably interested in its items. Facebook reportedly also has prepped a method to get more users into chats with businesses (opening the door to those ads).

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Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Microsoft's Skype has just announced a major new feature upgrade for its iOS and Android mobile apps: support for group video calling with up to 25 people. That's huge increase over the limit to one-on-one video calls that existed before today. Skype users in the US and Europe should have access to multi-user video calls between today and the end of next week, while Microsoft says it will be available worldwide by the end of March.

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Twitter brings video sharing to Direct Messages

Twitter brings video sharing to Direct Messages

Now that the outrage over Twitter's potential changes to the timeline has calmed, the social network has been rolling out several new features to its app this week. Yesterday saw the official debut of GIF support, including the ability to see which moving images are trending, as well as search. Now Twitter users are able to capture and then share videos in Direct Messages, bringing the private, one-to-one message type closer to basic texting apps and services.

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