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Duet Display second screen app for iOS and OS X now available

Duet Display second screen app for iOS and OS X now available

Earlier this week we detailed Duet Display, an app that'll turn your iOS device into a second screen for your Mac, giving you an extended display in situations when you need more screen real estate but don't have a monitor around to utilize. The app wasn't available at the time, but it didn't take long for it to drop, and as of now you can grab both the iOS and the Mac varieties, breathing new life into that old iPad.

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How Google Cardboard is going to democratize VR everywhere

How Google Cardboard is going to democratize VR everywhere

Google Cardboard enables its wearer to use a smartphone to enter the world of virtual reality. This week we got the chance to speak with Google's Andrew Nartker, product manager for Cardboard on what their latest grand re-opening means for the VR community and what "this little cardboard box" is able to do for developers and for viewers like you, the reader. Take a trip to a virtual realm with any one of several VR-enabled games, to a concert stage with live-shooting cameras, or to any street in the world via Google Maps.

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IFTTT updated for Android with 20 new channels

IFTTT updated for Android with 20 new channels

Those of you that already use IFTTT know that it's one of the simplest, most intuitive connector of apps and services on the market today. For those of you that don't - you really have to tap in to see what the big deal is. There's an update to the Android app for IFTTT today that expands its reach well beyond its origins, adding 20 new channels to its already-robust set of apps - and the whole thing looks a lot nicer now, too.

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BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

BlackBerry teams with Amazon for Android apps

This week with the full detailed reveal of the BlackBerry Classic smartphone comes word that the BlackBerry company is ramping up collaborative efforts with Amazon. Inside the BlackBerry Classic you'll find BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1, an Android Runtime layer that allows you to work with Android apps, and the Amazon Appstore. Preloaded on the BlackBerry Classic, Amazon Appstore will give users access to a wide variety of popular apps - everything that runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and below has a pretty good chance of running here.

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Skype Translator preview’s first phase brings Spanish and English

Skype Translator preview’s first phase brings Spanish and English

Skype has been working on its Translator service for a long while now, something that allows individuals to video chat in two different languages with real-time translations. The company revealed preview plans recently, and now it has introduced the first phase of that preview program: Spanish and English translation, as well as more than 40 instant messaging languages. Those interested must be signed up for the Skype Translator preview, and must be running Windows 8.1.

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You don’t want a Facebook Dislike button

You don’t want a Facebook Dislike button

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a Q&A session last night in which he spoke about Facebook's missing "Dislike" button. We've got the thumbs up, but we don't have the thumbs down. He took a stab at a question about this feature this week because it the Like button is "an important way to sympathize or empathize with someone in an important moment that someone put themselves out there to share." The Dislike button, on the other hand, wouldn't exactly be an addition made without risks.

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How Google Cardboard takes you on the VR stage with Paul McCartney

How Google Cardboard takes you on the VR stage with Paul McCartney

This week we've had a chat with Jens Christensen, CEO of Jaunt, the company that's bringing everyday Google Cardboard users to the concert stage with artists like Jack White and Paul McCartney. Jaunt deals in Virtual Reality experiences, collecting events and locations with their unique camera setups, turning that media into video. With Paul McCartney, this journey began with Award-Winning Film Director Mark Romanek. This fellow Romanek is associated with both Paul McCartney and Jaunt, working in the role of one of their advisors. Once McCartney saw Jaunt's technology in action, he invited the crew to his next concert.

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Facebook Dislike “a force for bad” says Zuckerberg

Facebook Dislike “a force for bad” says Zuckerberg

The social network known as Facebook is such a force in our modern culture that we're discussing the ins and outs of comments on comments. Not even comments, but acknowledgements of comments - the "thumbs up" button on a comment inside the social network, the button you press when you don't want to take the time to type words, but you feel obligated to let the person know that you've read their comment. To them, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says, good job, keep doing what you're doing.

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Dish Hopper update lets users restart a live show

Dish Hopper update lets users restart a live show

Dish Network has announced the arrival of a software update for its Hopper DVR, which it says has wrapped up after rolling out nationwide over the past week. With the software update comes three new features, the most exciting of which allows users to restart (some) live shows from the beginning if they happen to catch it after it started. The update also feeds binge-watching addictions, and brings a vastly simplified way to turn on closed captioning.

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Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp – not what you think it is

The acquisition team at Microsoft have made known their purchase of HockeyApp, a group that creates a testing grounds for apps. Mobile developers are able to launch HockeyApp in iOS, Android, or Windows Phone then launch their app, testing out its flaws in the process. Microsoft will be taking HockeyApp as it exists today offline, integrating this simple system into Visual Studio, their suite of tools for development of content for all manner of devices, mobile or otherwise. Financial terms have not been discussed.

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