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Apple TV update brings dictation, Live Photos and more

Apple TV update brings dictation, Live Photos and more

Love Apple TV? The company has announced some updates and changes rolling out starting today, and that includes some long-requested features like using your voice to enter your username and passwords, eliminating the hassle of pecking each letter manually. “You’re really going to love it!,” Apple CEO Tim Cook proclaimed, running through the roster of features.

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Google Maps stickers released for Android, Timeline updated

Google Maps stickers released for Android, Timeline updated

Stickers for your home and stickers for your work are now available for Google Maps for Android devices. This means that, whenever you're viewing a map on your phone, you'll see that both your home and your work are marked by the digital sticker you've placed there. Your home can be a tee-pee, a farm house, an igloo, a shoe, or a pirate ship. You could also place a lighthouse or a couch or a dragon. All of these are reasonable.

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Let’s fix this Android Rooting vulnerability

Let’s fix this Android Rooting vulnerability

If you have a Nexus device, chances are you're going to want to update your software today. An exploit has been found in Linux - the base bones of Android - in which an app can be used to root your device. Not just root your device, but create a vulnerability that could spill the innards. A Local Permanent Device Compromise is what this could all lead to, if you're super unlucky. The way to fix this is easy. Just update your device.

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Update your old Amazon Kindle if you want to stay connected

Update your old Amazon Kindle if you want to stay connected

If you happen to be an owner of an "older" Amazon Kindle e-book reader, specifically one from 2012 or earlier, better heed this critical message from Amazon. Regardless of your actual use of the device, you will need update your Kindle to the latest software version by Tuesday, March 22, 2016. That is, if you ever want to be able to connect to the Internet again using the device. Considering most of the regular content you will read on the Kindle will most likely come from Amazon's store, that is pretty much a given.

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Animation software used by Studio Ghibli goes open source

Animation software used by Studio Ghibli goes open source

A prominent piece of software used by Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is about to go open source for independent animators. Known as Toonz, the software has played an important part in the development of several Studio Ghibli films over the years, as well as being used in popular animated TV series like Futurama. As part of an acquisition deal, Toonz's creators are releasing the previously enterprise-only software as open source on March 26th.

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TeslaCrypt 3 might be the most dangerous ransomware in the wild

TeslaCrypt 3 might be the most dangerous ransomware in the wild

Software developers usually, or at least should, quickly work to patch up security holes that could be exploited to the detriment of their users. It seems almost ironic but also expected that the very same mentality and process would be used by those who write malware in order to plug up the holes in their own software. The end result is, of course, a more robust malware that is even harder to crack and fight. That does seem to be the case with TeslaCrypt 3, the latest version of a ransomware that is now proving to be impossible to crack.

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Microsoft Edge Extensions land in latest Windows 10 Preview

Microsoft Edge Extensions land in latest Windows 10 Preview

It has been quite a big Friday for Microsoft. For one, it just started the long overdue rollout of Windows 10 Mobile for some older Lumia smartphones. And, at the same time, its latest preview for Windows Insiders is finally bringing also a long overdue feature to Windows 10. In particular, Microsoft Edge is finally getting its Extensions. To be specific, only three extensions actually. But perhaps more important than the number of available extensions are the signs of life that Microsoft's newest web browser is still in a somewhat healthy state.

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Windows 10 Preview: superpowered Maps, Japanese input support

Windows 10 Preview: superpowered Maps, Japanese input support

This Friday, Microsoft is bringing its Windows game on. Rolling out Windows 10 Mobile for existing Lumia handsets and heralding the arrival of Microsoft Edge web browser extensions, Microsoft is pretty much trying to paint the picture of a company that listens well to user feedback. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident, according to the company, than in the updated Maps app, both for PCs and mobile, that adds new features and a slightly revamped interface, most of them based on users' input.

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Is Curious George on Netflix? Nope. He is on Hulu now

Is Curious George on Netflix? Nope. He is on Hulu now

In the relatively recent past, you, a parent of a child, may have watched endless hours of Curious George on your streaming device. With Netflix, perhaps - the 2006 film Curious George became a part of Netflix back in June of 2015. But now - gosh help us all - Hulu has secured the "exclusive subscription streaming rights to one of the highest-rated kids television properties." That is Curious George, the television show. All of the episodes of Curious George, just like you've always dreamed of.

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Windows 10 update released to Windows Phone

Windows 10 update released to Windows Phone

A number of smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 begin to receive Windows 10 Mobile via Microsoft today. According to Michael Fortin, CVP Windows and Devices Group Core Quality, the list of devices that'll be seeing a Windows 10 Mobile update today is not the same as the list that's currently part of the Windows 10 Mobile Insider program. "As Windows 10 delivers significant new innovations," said Fortin, "many older devices are not able to successfully upgrade without an impact on the customer experience."

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SPMC (XBMC) re-released by disgruntled KODI Android dev

SPMC (XBMC) re-released by disgruntled KODI Android dev

Open-source multimedia app KODI's main Android developer leaves, decides to resurrect SPMC with focus on Android only. The many, many Android users of the app KODI can once again rest (sort of) easy - their hero developer has returned - though not in the way we might have expected. This new SPMC app will be released with a focus on the platforms that've been being used the most: Android TV, Amazon FireTV, and - for good measure - Amlogic.

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Let’s Fix Twitter’s new “best Tweets” algorithm

Let’s Fix Twitter’s new “best Tweets” algorithm

Today's edition of "Let's Fix" sets its eye upon Twitter's newest feature - one that's said to enliven your feed with Tweet's they've chosen for you. We don't like that. Especially since we watch Twitter to keep up with the latest in all things technologically forward and newsworthy - we want our feeds to be as straightforward as possible. As such, we're going to need to fix this. Let's fix this right this minute on all platforms.

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