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FBI vs Apple fight update: Bill Gates recants (sort of)

FBI vs Apple fight update: Bill Gates recants (sort of)

While yesterday it seemed that former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates landed squarely on the government's side of a recent legal dispute between the FBI and Apple. The case involves a locked smartphone owned by one of several San Bernardino shooters, and whether or not Apple should be obligated to create a new version of their iOS operating system to allow access to data stored within said device. It would appear that Bill Gates doesn't think the case is as black and white as most would suggest.

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Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: basic war of looks

Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6S: basic war of looks

This week we've had the opportunity to put the Samsung Galaxy S7 up close to the iPhone 6S. Just in time for the very brief period of time in which the device's names don't match. As we discussed previously, it's quite possible that this round will be Samsung's - from what we're looking at here, there's more than a couple reasons to believe that to be true. The raw specifications are here as well - see how similar the two seem on the surface.

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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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Apple responds to questions about San Bernardino case

Apple responds to questions about San Bernardino case

What do you do when you're at work, and your boss asks you to do something that you find to be unethical? Maybe you go over his head, and talk with his boss, or even someone in HR. But what happens when the US government gives you an order to do something like that? If you're Apple, you can't really go over the government's head. But you can go to the people.

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Microsoft Translator adds offline, image translations for iOS and Android

Microsoft Translator adds offline, image translations for iOS and Android

Microsoft has pushed out an update for the Microsoft Translator app on Android and iOS. Once updated, the translation app, which is similar to Google Translate, will feature two new features, one per platform. Android users, for their part, will get a new artificial intelligence-powered translation engine, and iOS users will get a new image translation option that uses Microsoft's own Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

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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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Apple Watch users can now order Domino’s pizza from the wrist

Apple Watch users can now order Domino’s pizza from the wrist

US pizza chain Domino’s has been busy keeping up with tech trends over the last year and incorporating them into ways to place orders. Last spring they introduced a way for users to simply tweet @Dominos with a pizza emoji to place an order. That was followed up by an "Easy Order" button, reducing the ordering process to a single physical press. And just before the Super Bowl this year, the company introduced support for the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Now Domino’s is moving to the next logical platform: the Apple Watch.

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How Nintendo’s Miitomo plans to destroy Twitter and Facebook

How Nintendo’s Miitomo plans to destroy Twitter and Facebook

Pre-registration has begun for the first Nintendo mobile app, Miitomo, made for the masses to network socially. As this is Nintendo's first "smart device app", they've got a lot riding on its success. As such, they're making a big deal of how and when it'll launch. Starting today, Miitomo will allow pre-registration. In this pre-registration, users will attain Platinum Points for a new My Nintendo rewards program, one which will launch alongside Miitomo in March.

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Twitter adds native GIF support to their app

Twitter adds native GIF support to their app

The internet has completely changed the way that we communicate. First, we were able to send emails. Then, we started sending instant messages, and eventually tweeting at each other in 140 characters or less. But we have finally reached what I'd like to refer to as the Golden Age of Communication. A time where we can communicate using nothing more than relevant GIFs.

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Line pulls the plug on MixRadio

Line pulls the plug on MixRadio

Poor MixRadio. for years it's been passed around, with hopes of finding a permanent home, where it can serve up music for the masses. Unfortunately, instead of finally taking off and making it big, it would seem that the final nail has been driven into its coffin today.

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The next great smartphone isn’t a phone at all

The next great smartphone isn’t a phone at all

When Apple created the world's most popular smartphone, they made it basic. It took what the personal computer was and took out all the work. Android opened the doors to a much more complex system, allowing both simple and complicated phones to be made. Google expanded beyond smartphones to all manner of devices, large and small, content creator to content consumer. The next game-changer is both. Two devices. One experience. Just like the simultaneous rise of the video camera and the movie screens on which their content was shown.

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