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Pinterest (finally) brings Buyable Pins to Android

Pinterest (finally) brings Buyable Pins to Android

Back in June, Pinterest began rolling out its Buyable Pins on its iOS app, limiting the feature to the service's iPhone and iPad users. Now, nearly half a year later, Pinterest has announced that Buyable Pins are rolling out on Android, giving those on Google's platform the same opportunity to shop within the app. At this point, Pinterest says there are more than 60 million Buyable Pins on its service, so Android users will, at least, have ample pins to explore.

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PlayStation Now scores 105 new games

PlayStation Now scores 105 new games

Sony’s subscription service PlayStation Now has been updated with 105 new games, the company announced on Tuesday. That is a massive library update, bringing the total title count to more than 250 options at this point. This is PlayStation Now’s single biggest release so far, with Capcom contributing greatly to the mix. A total of 21 of the new additions are Capcom titles new and old, including things like Resident Evil and Street Fighter.

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MakerBot Desktop 3.8 brings 30% faster printing

MakerBot Desktop 3.8 brings 30% faster printing

MakerBot has announced an update to its desktop software, MakerBot Desktop 3.8. This new version brings with it a few changes and improvements, not the least of which is 30-percent faster printing over previous editions. In addition to the faster speeds, the new version also boasts the ability to print with “stronger structural support,” something facilitated by a new Brilliant Cut Diamond infill pattern.

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Sonos update will break Audible playback support

Sonos update will break Audible playback support

Sonos has announced that it will be updating its software next week, and while updates are almost always a good thing, this one will unfortunately come with an unwanted side effect: it will break support for Audible, meaning downloaded Audible audiobooks won’t be playable over Sonos. Says Sonos, “We realize this is frustrating. It frustrates us, too.”

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Facebook tweaks ‘real name’ policy over continued criticism

Facebook tweaks ‘real name’ policy over continued criticism

Facebook has long been criticized for its 'real name' policy, a policy in which users are required to use their 'real' names and, in cases of doubt, provide multiple forms of proof to confirm their authentic identity. While many users don't have a problem with that, many others do, and for a variety of valid reasons. Some are simply wanting an extra layer of privacy, while other cite dangers in using their real name and more.

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Google Photos Update v1.8 lets you Hide People

Google Photos Update v1.8 lets you Hide People

Ever wanted to hide the people you don't want to see in your photo collection? Now Google appears to have listened to your plea. Inside the latest version of Google Photos for Android devices, users are able to "hide a person from appearing under People." This same feature stops "events with that person" from appearing under "Rediscover this day" cards in your Photos Assistant. This update may not yet have been pushed to the Google Play app store when you read this article, but you can download it via APK right this minute.

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Google Play Music teases new podcasts portal

Google Play Music teases new podcasts portal

Podcasts are all the rage lately, and they partly have Serial to thank. Following the resurgence in popularity, we’ve seen music services increasingly advertise offering them, and now Google is getting into the mix. Today, the company announced that podcasts will soon be arriving on Google Play Music; the audio shows will have their own dedicated portal, which is currently up for podcasters to access.

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Facebook app update expands notifications with new cards

Facebook app update expands notifications with new cards

Facebook has announced an updated notifications tab for mobile users. The social network’s mobile app has an update rolling out now that brings with it an “expanded, personalized notifications tab” that makes it easier to stay up to date on what’s going down in your friends’ lives. Feedback from users factored into the changes, says Facebook, and those users will be able to customize some of the content that shows up as notifications.

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Chrome, Feedly, iMovie, Vivint Sky get iOS 9 updates

Chrome, Feedly, iMovie, Vivint Sky get iOS 9 updates

iOS 9 has not only brought a lot of features to Apple's platform itself, it has also opened up iPhones and most especially iPads to a whole set of functionality coming from third party apps. Of course, adoption of those features didn't happen overnight, with updates happpening mostly in waves. This week, we're seeing a couple of new ones spread across different types of app, from Apple's own iMovie, to the Google Chrome browser, to Feedly news reader, and even Vivint Sky smart home control.

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Facebook fixes iOS app battery-draining issue

Facebook fixes iOS app battery-draining issue

If you use the Facebook for iOS app, you might have noticed that it is very battery intensive, lowering your precious charge level far faster than it should. Users have become increasingly vocal about this, and in light of that outcry, Facebook issued a statement this week saying it was looking into the matter. Earlier today, the social network pushed out an app update, and though its update log doesn't mention it, the new version fixes the battery issue.

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Android Marshmallow demands devices show ALL battery info

Android Marshmallow demands devices show ALL battery info

Google's collection of "Compatibility Definition" requirements for Android 6.0 Marshmallow includes a clause on battery transparency. What you're going to find there - if you're a manufacturer - is a note on Power Consumption Accounting. While manufacturers working with previous versions of Android had a bit more freedom in what they did and did not show to the end user, this version requires that device implementations of Marshmallow "MUST be able to track hardware component power usage and attribute that power usage to specific applications."

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New emoji as iOS 9.1 fixes Live Photos’ big problem

New emoji as iOS 9.1 fixes Live Photos’ big problem

Today has seen Apple release the first major patches to both OS X 10.11 El Capitan and iOS 9 in the form of ".1" updates to each. OS X 10.11.1 and iOS 9.1 both focus on several bug fixes and improvements, but most important of all is that they bring a slew of new emoji characters to the desktop and mobile platforms. The updates are available now, with OS X users just needing to visit the Mac App Store and iOS users navigating to System Update in the General section of the Settings app.

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