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Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

For both iOS and Android, combined, the number one ranking app in the world for the year 2015 was WhatsApp Messenger. After that is Facebook Messenger, Facebook (the basic Facebook app), and Instagram. The next couple of apps on this list of most-downloaded apps in the world for the year 2015 are slightly more difficult to believe: Clean Master, 360 Mobile Security, and Skype. After that you've got YouTube, UC Browser, and Snapchat.

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Android enabled with app installs inside Google Search

Android enabled with app installs inside Google Search

As tipped a few weeks ago, Google is now rolling out the Android ability to install apps from search results. While it's not clear which devices will get this ability, it does seem that it'll be spread to all new smartphones and tablets in releases through the future. If you have Android Marshmallow, you're probably going to be in luck. If you have a Nexus smartphone or tablet or plan on buying one in the near future, you're also probably in luck.

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Skype preview adds Slack integration

Skype preview adds Slack integration

Microsoft has introduced a new Skype preview version that includes Slack integration, enabling Slack users to make video calls and voice calls over Skype with less effort. The new preview is available starting today; after adding Skype integration to Slack, users will be able to access the familiar Skype calling feature through a simple Slack command.

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Apple to blame for leaky incognito mode on Macs, says NVIDIA

Apple to blame for leaky incognito mode on Macs, says NVIDIA

Mac users, beware! Your super private incognito mode, or actually anything you might be doing that you don't want other eyes to see, might not be that safe after all. At least if those eyes belong to other people you allow to use your Mac. A report over the weekend revealed how Apple's computers sometimes suddenly pops up a "ghost" of a previously closed window, potentially revealing its contents. At first, it was NVIDIA's GPUs were theorized to be the culprit, as it is the one handling the graphics work. NVIDIA, however, says it's Apple's OS X that's at fault.

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Update your Ring smart doorbell to protect your Wi-Fi

Update your Ring smart doorbell to protect your Wi-Fi

Ring, formerly known as Doorbot, has been around for quite some time. It's a smart doorbell that lets your monitor and even respond by voice to visitors at your door. Some consider it to be one of the few Internet of Things devices that makes a lot of sense and can be considered really beneficial to an automated home. However, while Ring might protect your door and your house, it might not be doing the same for your home Wi-Fi network, potentially exposing home owners to hacking.

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The time has come: Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 put to pasture

The time has come: Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 put to pasture

At one point, Microsoft's web browser was considered to be the web browser, wresting the crown away from then forever king Netscape. Those were, however, Internet Explorer's golden days and the browser has since then become the butt of jokes in the Internet community. So it is almost fitting, but still with a heavy heart for some, that Microsoft has started 2016 by cutting off Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 from its font of continuous support and fixes. Same with Windows 8, which has also been a source of ridicule since its debut.

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BlackBerry OS is over, on to Android

BlackBerry OS is over, on to Android

This week BlackBerry CEO John Chen essentially confirmed the death of BlackBerry OS. Speaking at CES 2015, Chen confirmed that the company would release one, maybe two hardware devices in the year 2016, and that both of them would certainly run Android OS. Meanwhile they'll continue to support BlackBerry OS - BB10, as you might know it - but there aren't currently any public plans to release any new devices with the operating system any time soon, if ever.

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RIP: Microsoft is killing Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 next week

RIP: Microsoft is killing Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 next week

Bad news for those who use older versions of Microsoft Windows, good news for just about everyone else on the planet: Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 are finally being killed off next Tuesday. January 12th is the browsers' official "end of life" date, or when Microsoft will no longer support them with updates and security fixes. On that date, the company will be releasing a patch to encourage current users to upgrade to IE 11, which will be supported for a bit longer, or Microsoft's new Edge browser.

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Twitter 10,000-character Tweets rumored for Q1

Twitter 10,000-character Tweets rumored for Q1

Twitter may move "Beyond 140" within the first quarter of 2016, bringing on 10,000-character Tweets before the end of March. Word comes several months after the first whispers of such an expansion back in September, where the size of Tweets was first mentioned to be growing to the size of Direct Messages in Twitter. Happily it would seem that this limit may be joined by a "Read More" button, but still - keep it simple, stupid, does not seem to be in effect.

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