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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 brings HDR Merge and more

Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 brings HDR Merge and more

The Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 update has been released alongside some other new offerings, and with it comes a number of new welcomed features, not the least of which is new Facial Recognition functionality, HDR Merge, Panorama Merge, and some advanced video capabilities. Also welcomed are performance improvements, which includes speeds that are now up to 10 times faster than they were in the previous edition. Lightroom on Mobile has also been expanded, including support for tablets in addition to smartphones.

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WhatsApp voice calling comes to iOS (sort of)

WhatsApp voice calling comes to iOS (sort of)

WhatsApp has turned on voice calling for iOS, a feature many iPhone users have waited patiently for since Android got the feature last month. Calling is free to use, even if your contacts are in different parts of the world. It’s also a clever way to sidestep your included voice minutes, if you’re not on an unlimited voice calling plan. The iOS update also brings in share extensions, a camera button for chats, and the ability to edit contacts within WhatsApp.

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OneDrive update brings Apple Watch support

OneDrive update brings Apple Watch support

Microsoft is on the ball, and has pushed out an update to its OneDrive app that brings with it a number of new features, the most important of which is support for the Apple Watch. This will give the first wave of Apple Watch adoptees the ability to access their OneDrive (photo) files on their wrist, adding that extra bit of convenience to it all. This isn't a surprise, given how quickly Microsoft had previously moved to add Android Wear support.

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Instagram’s updated guidelines frown upon your shenanigans

Instagram’s updated guidelines frown upon your shenanigans

Instagram has decided to buckle down and confront those who are using the service in ways they shouldn’t be, including to harass or share others’ content. It has updated its Community Guidelines, and has lightened the nice-guy talk, more firmly dictating what is and isn’t acceptable for those on the website. The photo-sharing service has run into critics in the past for how it handles certain content, and in light of that it has also gotten specific about what is allowed: breastfeeding images, for example, are okay, as are post-mastectomy scarring images.

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Field Trip update brings contextual cool to Android Wear

Field Trip update brings contextual cool to Android Wear

Google’s Niantic Labs, responsible for Ingress and Field Trip, have launched a new version of Field Trip that fully supports Android Wear devices. With a simple glance at your smartwatch, you can now get contextual information on a location or landmark you may be near. The information all comes via the Field Trip app for Android, and offers the full breadth of information you’d get via your phone — on your watch. The update has already made its way to the app.

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Tinder integrates Instagram to show you’re well-rounded

Tinder integrates Instagram to show you’re well-rounded

If you're trying to lure in new connections on Tinder, hawking your life through carefully filtered and selectively framed Instagram photos is one way to do that. The service hasn't been entirely friendly toward Instagram, however, in that it didn't offer support for such and users would have to put a link to their Instagram profile in their Tinder profile. Users requested a bit more than that, though, and Tinder has decided to listen, adding an option to embedded your Instagram photos directly in your Tinder profile for all to see.

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Twitter’s new homepage tries to reel newbies in

Twitter’s new homepage tries to reel newbies in

If you visit Twitter while logged out (on the desktop), you’ll see a new landing page. In an attempt to encourage more users, Twitter ha launched a new homepage that shows you what categories may be of interest to you. Those tabs lead you to a stream of tweets you can peruse, which is the hook. If you’d like to do more — say retweet or reply to a post — you’ll need an account, or to log-in. The page seems geared to encourage more to sign up for the microblogging service.

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Tumblr for iOS revamped with new look, better blogging features

Tumblr for iOS revamped with new look, better blogging features

Tumblr is making another move toward being your blogging platform of choice. With version 4.0 for iOS, we’re not only getting a snappy new icon, but plenty of under-the-hood tweaks to go along with it. Not only are there many user-requested features now baked in,, Tumblr also takes full advantage of iOS 8, and brings a widget for your ‘Today’ view on the pull-down shade. When you need to actually get writing, Tumblr is now much more useful on mobile, bringing blog creation to the app.

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Netflix begins adding audio descriptions with Daredevil

Netflix begins adding audio descriptions with Daredevil

Subtitles are a convenience for some, allowing shows to be watched with the audio muted for whatever reason that might be convenient, but for others they're a necessity. Netflix offers subtitles for those who need them, but when it comes to features for its visually impaired users, the service has been lacking. That begins to change today, with Netflix announcing that it is rolling out audio descriptions starting with its new Marvel's Daredevil show.

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Xbox 360 update for Preview Program brings 2TB support

Xbox 360 update for Preview Program brings 2TB support

Microsoft recently included the Xbox 360 in its Preview Program, which gives those who are participating in it access to system updates and features before they drop for the general user base. Those Preview Program users are now gaining some new functioning with a new system update being pushed through it. Most notable among its changes is the inclusion of 2TB support, expanding its usefulness as a media center or storage device. Those who aren't part of the Preview Program will still have to wait a while before they can get the same feature, however.

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