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Google Calculator released on Google Play with Android Wear app

Google Calculator released on Google Play with Android Wear app

This morning Google decided to release another of their standard apps to the Google Play app store for any device to download. This is not the first - and certainly not the last - app that Google has made that'll be released to the Google Play app store for several reasons. One reason Google does this is to enable quicker updates to the apps - otherwise they'd need to update them each with a system update to the devices that employ them.

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Apple releases Safari Technology Preview for developers

Apple releases Safari Technology Preview for developers

Apple has launched its new Safari Technology Preview browser for developers, giving them the chance to test drive “incoming web technologies” like visual effects and new layouts before they’re released for everyone. Safari Technology Preview is available to download now (it requires the latest versions of El Capitan on desktop), and comes with some advantages over the WebKit Nightly, including support for iCloud, updates every two weeks in the App Store, and being validated/signed by Apple.

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Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Those of you that reach for a pen and pad when you want to write yourself a note will soon be welcomed into the fold with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of features that'll make you find writing with a stylus on a Windows 10 device easier, more interesting, and worth the hassle - now more than ever before. This is Microsoft Ink - perhaps not the first time you've ever heard that term if you're a hardcore Microsoft Word user - but now it's prepped to envelop the world of hardcore pen-users too.

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Mac OS X to be rebranded ‘macOS’ hints hidden file

Mac OS X to be rebranded ‘macOS’ hints hidden file

Apple has a number of different operating systems for its various device these days, including iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and, of course, OS X for the Mac itself. Ever notice that one of those is not like the other when it comes to the naming convention? Turns out, Apple may already be planning to address this, with OS X possibly being rebranded as "macOS" sometime in the near future. A developer has spotted a hidden file in the latest update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan that makes mention of "macOS" in the name.

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iOS issue causes links to crash, fix incoming

iOS issue causes links to crash, fix incoming

Apple will issue an update to the latest release of iOS as complaints from users suggest an issue with web links. Reports have appeared from users working with devices from the iPhone 5 all the way through the iPad Air 2. Other devices that appear to be affected are the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPad mini. Thus far it does not appear that either iPad Pro or iPhone SE has been affected as such.

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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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Never10 Stops Windows 10 upgrade prompts

Never10 Stops Windows 10 upgrade prompts

Microsoft really wants us all to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. The reminders and prompts for the upgrade to the latest version of Windows are never ending and more than a few folks have upgraded just to get the prompts to stop. If you are dead set on staying on an older flavor of Windows, there is a way to stop those automatic and unwanted upgrades from happening and it's called Never10.

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Google brings its Pinterest-like Search feature to desktops

Google brings its Pinterest-like Search feature to desktops

Late last year, Google introduced a new feature to its image search on mobile browsers. In essence, it worked pretty much like Pinterest, allowing users to "pin", (technically "star" in Google-ese) to save it for later browsing. While extremely convenient when you're browsing on your smartphone on the go, it's admittedly also a useful feature even when you're sitting comfortably in front of your desktop or laptop. Good thing, then, that Google is finally making that very same feature available on larger computers and, naturally, works well with its mobile counterpart.

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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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Google Wallet Debit Card going away [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Google Wallet Debit Card going away [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Google's physical card version of Google Wallet will no longer be supported by the company as of the 30th of June. This information comes from an app teardown performed by Android Police, where they've found the mention within the Google Wallet app itself. Like so many projects that didn't gain traction in the public for a wide variety of reasons, this project is headed out. The good news is - you'll not have to worry about transferring your money out.

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Samsung researching fix to VR’s solitary problem

Samsung researching fix to VR’s solitary problem

When you're wearing a virtual reality headset, you're alone. Unless you're in an app where your friends appear via the web as avatars, you're all by your lonesome. This week a set of images have been delivered to SlashGear which suggest that Samsung is working on multiple methods for allowing a VR headset wearer's VR experience to be more social - physically social, allowing those in the wearer's immediate vicinity to be seen and participate in the VR experience.

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Android “microG” aims to cut out Google (sort of)

Android “microG” aims to cut out Google (sort of)

A group of freedom-fighters wishes to bring a truly open Android to the masses without Google apps. While the average Android user might assume that Google's ownership of Android precludes Google apps appearing on all Android devices, that's just not the case. Google partners go through a certification process that allows devices to run Google Play - that process makes devices "Google Certified." What the microG team suggests is that Google's original AOSP (Android Open Source Project) promise should ring true today. For anyone who wants it.

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