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Snapchat unveils Chat 2.0 for seamless voice and video chats

Snapchat unveils Chat 2.0 for seamless voice and video chats

Snapchat has announced its new Chat 2.0 update, saying it has made it easier than ever to initiate voice and video chats with friends through the app. Chatting is great, but sometimes voice and video gets across your message better than typed words can — thusly enters the update, and the ease by which users can make the transition from one type of messaging to another. Says the company, it has been “working on this redesign for a while."

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Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

It would appear that T-Mobile is leading the charge with a number of data-only smartphone plans starting later this month. While a massive number of smartphone users use very little or no portion of their allotted voice call minutes here in the present, T-Mobile may be the first carrier to realize this, and act. With a plan. A Simple Choice mobile internet plan. The future is here - voice calling is only a little-used app, after all.

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AT&T Unite Explore hotspot offers security in a rugged body

AT&T Unite Explore hotspot offers security in a rugged body

Wi-Fi may be quite ubiquitous these days, some of them offered for free even, but it won't always be there, sometimes when you need it the most. Mobile hotspots have become the go to solution for Internet everywhere but, naturally, not all of them are created equal. AT&T is unveiling the Unite Explore, which, as the name may suggest, is primed for adventure. In addition to the rugged shell that frees you from worries, the hotspot is also AT&T's first to offer a range of security features that allay worries of a different sort.

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Windows 10 to get “Handoff” feature of OS X’s Continuity

Windows 10 to get “Handoff” feature of OS X’s Continuity

Windows 10's Continuum and OS X's Continuity may share the same first seven letters, but that's where their similarities end. Continuity lets users of multiple Apple devices switch seamlessly between them, continuing their workflow or taking their calls with them. Continuum, on the other hand, lets users use apps on their phone like a desktop app when connected to a bigger screen. The gap between the two might soon get narrower, at least from the Microsoft side, with Windows 10's next version rumored to get a feature similar to Continuity's Handoff.

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Oracle wants $9.3b from Google for using Java in Android

Oracle wants $9.3b from Google for using Java in Android

The squabble between Apple and Samsung over certain design patents may have hogged the spotlight time and again, but there is another lawsuit that is taking just as long and has just as grave a repercussion, at least for the Android world. For nearly six years now, Google and Oracle have been going back and forth over the copyright infringement lawsuit revolving around the use of Java APIs in Android. Ahead of a pretrial scheduled end of April, Oracle is seeking a whopping sum of $9.3 billion in damages for the profits that Google made from Android.

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Facebook Messenger code hints at in-store payment feature

Facebook Messenger code hints at in-store payment feature

Facebook is quietly working on a feature that will allow its users to make in-store purchases using its Messenger app, according to a new report. The feature and others were spotted in the app’s code, with other possible future features including “secret conversations” perhaps akin to what WhatsApp recently rolled out. Facebook is tipped to have a large team working on the new buying feature.

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Why does the iPhone SE exist?

Why does the iPhone SE exist?

This week Apple revealed a new smartphone that looks just like one of their old smartphones - why would they do such a thing? This is the iPhone SE, a device that uses the design of the iPhone 5 (or 5S, if you prefer) but bumps up its internal capabilities with the power of the iPhone 6S. The dimensions of this device are exactly the same as the iPhone 5s - the display is exactly the same, too - but it has a better processor and a better set of cameras. But why?

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Every HTC One 10 leak so far

Every HTC One 10 leak so far

Today we're having a peek at not just the latest HTC One (or HTC One M10, or HTC 10) leak, but the full collection from the past several weeks. The latest addition to this collection is a supposed device-in-hand photo with a "HTC 10" listing at the top of an AnTuTu Benchmark app. In this app, its' shown that the HTC 10 is right up at the top of the pack, ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and the Xiaomi MI 5 by a significant margin.

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The next iPhone wont “think different” like Android

The next iPhone wont “think different” like Android

The next iPhone will not be significantly different from the last. Of that you can be sure. If you're an Android smartphone fan, you've come to expect this. If you're an iPhone user, this is what you've come to rely on. We've had nearly a decade of fan battles between iOS and Android, all leading toward the place we're at right now - smartphone singularity. Every smartphone that wants to try for Apple's spot with the iPhone looks the same and acts the same - neither Apple nor Google wants to change this. This relationship is based on trust.

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Sony Interactive Entertainment forms mobile-oriented ForwardWorks

Sony Interactive Entertainment forms mobile-oriented ForwardWorks

Sony has been reshuffling its properties and businesses these past years in an effort to rein in its losses and regain its footing in its multiple product areas. For example, it sold off its VAIO PC business and was even rumored to have planned on doing the same for mobile. The latter has mostly been refuted, especially now with Sony's new focus with the Xperia brand. Another business that's getting refocused, however is gaming. Sony has the formation of a new ForwardWorks Corporation to focus on "smart device" game development under the new Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

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Infinite Arms brings transforming robots to physical, digital world

Infinite Arms brings transforming robots to physical, digital world

Kids, especially boys, have developed a new taste in entertainment compared to children their age more than a decade ago. Sure, they're still interested in robot and cars and anything that goes boom, but nowadays they're even more interested when those are in their smartphones or tablets. Trying to capitalize on that and introduce a new trend and business, Jumo, a company that employs a few luminaries from the games and toys business, is introducing the Infinite Arms mobile game and the idea of "games-to-life" as the next generation of toys and games for a slightly older generation.

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YouTube Connect tipped to be Google’s answer to Periscope

YouTube Connect tipped to be Google’s answer to Periscope

Live streaming is now a thing. Although Meerkat, which helped catapult that activity, has called it quits, others have been more than happy to take its place. And by others, we mainly mean Twitter's Periscope or Facebook's newer Live Video feature. YouTube, which is easily considered to be the top dog in video streaming, isn't going to be left behind. According to sources, Google has been hard at work on an app aptly named YouTube Connect, which could help spread the service beyond its conventional video, and even music, streaming activities.

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