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Facebook acquires TBE, makes VR audio apps free

Facebook acquires TBE, makes VR audio apps free

Two Big Ears has been acquired by Facebook, making the entire "Spacial Workstation" for Cinematic VR and 360 audio free for all users. Facebook has made this software suite part of their own, offering the public a download which includes tools for three audio apps as well as their Facebook 360 encoder app and stand-alone video player. While Facebook has yet to release a VR video editor, this gets them a whole lot closer.

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Everything you need to know from Google IO 2016

Everything you need to know from Google IO 2016

This morning we've collected every bit of news from Google I/O 2016, sorting it all out into easily digestible bits. Each of the news items you'll find in our list below has a link (or more than one link) to a more in-depth related story. You can get the basics here, or drop in on whichever subjects you like to keep your mind reeling. Learn a little or learn a lot - whatever you want!

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OS X 10.12 may allow Mac unlocking via iPhone Touch ID

OS X 10.12 may allow Mac unlocking via iPhone Touch ID

One of the coolest features that the iPhone and other smartphones have gained in recent years is the ability to unlock the devices with a fingerprint rather than a passcode. A report claims that Apple is looking to make it easier to unlock your Mac computer by being able to swipe a finger on your iPhone to unlock the computer via Touch ID.

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Adobe Spark is a free, super simple way to make attractive things

Adobe Spark is a free, super simple way to make attractive things

Adobe has a new product aimed at the everyday user who needs something simple and wants something attractive: Adobe Spark. Part of Creative Cloud, Adobe Spark is a web app that works with a trio of Spark iOS apps for creating “social posts and graphics,” says the company, as well as animated stories and “web stories.” The service is free for anyone to use.

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Expect Play-focused Chromebooks when Android app support arrives

Expect Play-focused Chromebooks when Android app support arrives

Android apps on Chromebooks will arrive with brand new hardware and the possibility of much more expensive software, Google has said. The news today that Google is bringing Android app support to Chromebook also brings the promise of new Chromebook devices; while there's no specific news to share at I/O 2016, the company said, when Android apps arrive later in the year it'll be accompanied by "new hardware built with the Play store in mind," Kan Liu, director of product management for Chrome OS, said.

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See the new YouTube VR app for Daydream

See the new YouTube VR app for Daydream

This morning Google gave a first glance at their newest VR app - YouTube VR for Daydream. This app will show off both spherical 360 videos as well as flat videos all in a virtual space. This release will build on Google's releases of new video and audio formats on YouTube for VR - both Spacial Audio and 360-degree video included. What we're able to see thus far is limited - but extremely encouraging and full of potential.

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Leaked screenshots reveal Siri’s arrival on OS X

Leaked screenshots reveal Siri’s arrival on OS X

We've been hearing rumors about Apple bringing virtual assistant Siri to the Mac with this year's version of OS X (AKA "macOS") for several months now, and with the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just a month away, some new evidence has surfaced pointing towards an announcement. MacRumors has obtained a pair of screenshots with Siri logos revealing where in the desktop OS's UI users will find the assistant.

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The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

The must-read news from Google I/O 2016

At the 2016 Google I/O 2016 developers conference, the company revealed software for their products and specifications for hardware for the future. Today we're running down all the bits and pieces in as simplified a way as possible for the common user - with links to more in-depth data collections for those that wish to go the extra mile. This wrap-up will be updated as Google and friends reveal more information throughout the week, and will be locked up at the end of the event series.

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Android apps on Chrome release starts today

Android apps on Chrome release starts today

Today is the day for Chrome OS users - Android apps will be coming to the platform via Google Play imminently. This announcement came from Google's Google I/O website this afternoon after the main keynote was completed - appearing, as it were, to show how Google mentioned such an update in said keynote. They didn't, but it's likely they were meant to - either way, the result is the same. Google Play on Chrome OS, enabling hordes of Android apps to approach the desktop machines on the go.

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Watch Android Instant Apps run on KitKat

Watch Android Instant Apps run on KitKat

This afternoon Google introduced Android Instant Apps, a system with which Android apps will be able to open as quick as a web link. With this system, developers will be able to present just tiny pieces of the apps they've already made. Users will be able to see just one part of an app without having to download the whole thing. Easy and smooth - and backwards compatible. This system will be released into the wild as soon as Google's done working on it - which doesn't appear to be all that long from now.

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Android Studio 2.2 preview brings Firebase plugin, new Layout Editor and more

Android Studio 2.2 preview brings Firebase plugin, new Layout Editor and more

Android Studio 2.2 has been unveiled, and it brings with it numerous changes, with Google saying the new version focuses on "speed, smarts, and Android platform support." All sorts of speed boosts are found, including emulators that are three times faster than previously, with Google teasing that developers have access to emulators that are faster than the physical devices. That's just a sliver what of what all 2.2 offers, though.

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Duo is Google’s FaceTime: see it in action here

Duo is Google’s FaceTime: see it in action here

This week the folks at Google have launched a true competitor to Apple's FaceTime and iMessage for iPhone. They've shown off the app called Allo - that's for chat, a straight-up battle-ready app to take on iMessage - it'll be on Android and iOS, as well. Then there's Duo, a video chat app that'll battle FaceTime. That'll be released on Android and iOS as well, too. It's made by the people who developed WebRTC and is built with QUIC.

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