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Gear S2 SDK released, opening doors for developers everywhere

Gear S2 SDK released, opening doors for developers everywhere

This morning Samsung revealed their Gear S2 smartwatch with Tizen, the company's own software operating system. This afternoon they've released a public software developer kit (SDK) for creators of apps and software experiences. This means that in addition to the apps already connected with the device, developers everywhere will have the opportunity to create for Tizen on the smartwatch. In addition to this SDK, Samsung has opened their Gear S2 seller site for developers and partners to register their Gear S2 applications.

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Google Docs adds new templates, voice typing, research tool

Google Docs adds new templates, voice typing, research tool

Google had updated Docs with some handy new features that better position it to compete with its biggest competitors while also offering the kind of functionality many users need in such software. This includes fairly robust changes tracking, which allows users to see what changes others have made to a document while you were away, as well as a dictation tool that Google refers to as “voice typing.” Google positions the new features as being particularly handy for the newly restarted school season.

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PS4’s software update 3.00 beta launches, new features detailed

PS4’s software update 3.00 beta launches, new features detailed

PlayStation 4 gamers signed up and were selected to participate in beta testing the console's upcoming system software update will find that they are now able to download version 3.00 as of today. Along with this news, Sony has revealed what new features will be available for testing in the beta. One of the biggest additions is that PlayStation Plus members' cloud storage has been increased from 1GB to 10GB, along with new options for monitoring available space and auto-uploading for saved application data.

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Adobe’s newest tech finds and removes distractions from photos

Adobe’s newest tech finds and removes distractions from photos

Researchers with Adobe and Princeton University have revealed new technology that automatically identifies distracting objects in photographs and removes them. Such abilities are nothing new -- photographers can manually edit photographs to remove objects using, for example, Adobe Photoshop. That's not always a simple process, however, and may require technical skill the user doesn't possess. Thusly enters this new one-click technology.

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Google updates their logo – again!

Google updates their logo – again!

Every could of years, it would seem, Google opts to update their main "Google" logo - that time has come again. This year Google is working to become a whole lot more modern, cutting out the serifs and going super flat. This version of the logo retains the colors from the past couple of schemes, while changing the lettering relatively drastically. This is the first time Google has gone without serifs in their mark - ever.

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CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

This week the folks behind CyanogenMod have released their version 12.1 with an added bonus of a Stagefright fix. This update is something you're going to WANT to get as fast as possible to protect yourself from the potential evils of Stagefright and - if you're not already on Android 5.1 - an update to the perks of that bit of software. This update will not be available for all CyanogenMod-covered devices immediately, but there ARE a whole lot of devices ready to roll from the get-go.

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Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

Google just recently launched YouTube Gaming, and with it a new generation, not to mention new market, of video streaming users. But while that's well and good from a business perspective, it poses a technological problem for the future when video streaming has become as common as, say, simply loading web pages. Add to that the growing number of 2K, and even some 4K, video content that will soon snake its way online. Good thing then, that Google is already developing the next gen VP10 technology to face those situations head on.

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“KeyRaider” iOS malware has stolen 225,00 Apple accounts

“KeyRaider” iOS malware has stolen 225,00 Apple accounts

It's not everyday that you hear about malware on iOS, so when the news does hit, it hits hard. And while there are mitigating factors that prevent this malware from being spread too far, it's effects could actually affect even innocent iPhone and iPad users. Nicknamed "KeyRaider", this new family of iOS malware has been able to harvest more than 200,000 valid Apple accounts. Their purpose? To be able to install apps from the App Store without paying a dime. Of course at the expense of those whose accounts have been compromised.

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Metal Gear Solid V PC disk is just a Steam installer

Metal Gear Solid V PC disk is just a Steam installer

Purchasers of the PC version of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain physical edition have found that their disks do not contain the actual game. Instead, the install disk contains an 8.78 MB version of Valve's Steam installer. While this is not the first time this sort of situation has happened, it is the first time many Metal Gear Solid fans have seen such a disk without actual game files. Some of them are displeased.

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Google On app launched for your smart home

Google On app launched for your smart home

Today the first Google On app has been launched, prepared at first for the device OnHub, a device Google says is "a router for the new way to Wi-Fi." Inside this app you won't find a whole lot - unless you've already got a Google OnHub in your home. For now this device will act as a smart Wi-fi control tower, distributing your internet service throughout your home in a set of smart ways. In the future, the Google OnHub and On app will act as smart controllers for all of the smart home products in your immediate environment.

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Wii U’s Netflix app gets complete overhaul, more features

Wii U’s Netflix app gets complete overhaul, more features

Disappointed by the slow, often poor experience of using Netflix on the Wii U? Then today brings good news: users are reporting that the Netflix for Wii U app has been updated and the update brings a complete overhaul, including new features and improved performance. Netflix hasn't issued any official statement about the update, but users are reporting that the interface has changed, profiles are available, and more.

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Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Amazon Underground aims to be the Netflix of apps

Details of how the Amazon app "Amazon Underground" works for developers has surfaced this week after the app itself was let loose just days ago. We'd wondered how Amazon would manage to attract developers to a system where their otherwise money-making apps would be offered entirely free. Now we know. Amazon's system has developers payed by the 5-minute segment of use. If you use an app for an hour, the developer who made said app will receive 12-cents.

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