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Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, El Capitan 10.11.2, and tvOS 9.1

Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, El Capitan 10.11.2, and tvOS 9.1

Apple released a bunch of updates today, including iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, Apple TV OS 9.1, and El Capitan 10.11.2. Some of the updates are more substantial than others - the watchOS update just brings additional language support and bug fixes, for example. Notable changes include Siri support for Apple Music in tvOS 9.1, Arabic support with Siri in iOS 9.2, several improvements in El Capitan, and more.

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Android 6.0.1 update isn’t just about emojis

Android 6.0.1 update isn’t just about emojis

Google has just pushed out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which will, of course, be available to Nexus devices first before everyone else. But contrary to popular belief and media, the update isn't about emojis only. As part of Google's new monthly update schedule, it also contains necessary security patches. There are also a few hidden gems in the update that will benefit other Android users, especially those on tablets, who don't really give much of a care for putting whimsical fonts and faces in their text messages.

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Mortal Kombat X pack 2 adds Leatherface, Xenomorph

Mortal Kombat X pack 2 adds Leatherface, Xenomorph

Following a leak, the new characters coming to Mortal Kombat X in the Kombat pack 2 have been officially revealed: Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Xenomorph from Alien. In addition, the game will also get Bo Rai Cho, a classic Mortal Kombat character, and Tri-Borg, a new “Kombatant” comprising series characters Cyrax, Sektor, and Robot Smoke.

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Google Photos update brings Photo Sphere viewing to the web

Google Photos update brings Photo Sphere viewing to the web

Google Photos has been updated to bring Photo Sphere viewing in the web. Fire up your regular desktop browser and you’ll be able to view your uploaded photo spheres using Google Photos, no mobile device necessary, though a mobile web browser and the Android app can also be used. If you don’t have your own uploaded spheres, you can also view existing ones via Street View.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV users get Twitch viewing

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV users get Twitch viewing

Earlier this year, NVIDIA launched its SHIELD Android TV device, enabling its customers to stream content from places like Netflix, YouTube and more in Ultra HD; the device can also be used for gaming. The system has seen updates since then, not the least of which is today’s announcement: SHIELD Android TV now offers Twitch viewing, bringing game play footage to the living room.

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Amazon Fire tablets get night-friendly display mode

Amazon Fire tablets get night-friendly display mode

Amazon is pushing out a software update to its Fire tablets, and among the features it brings is one becoming increasingly common — a nighttime-friendly mode that reduces blue light output to increase one’s odds of falling asleep. The idea is that blue light makes it harder to fall asleep, and thus the nighttime use of tablets and phones disrupts one’s sleep quality...unless they have this kind of display mode.

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BlackBerry delivers first PRIV monthly security update

BlackBerry delivers first PRIV monthly security update

At the height of the Stagefright Android scare, there were a lot of raised voices pushing for regular security updates, mostly on a monthly basis. Considering the almost convoluted process involved in releasing updates, it isn't surprising that so far very few have been able to keep their promises. One of those few is BlackBerry, who today is announcing its first stability update for its high-profile fully Android BlackBerry PRIV. Included in that batch is its promised security update, the first of hopefully many more regular monthly releases.

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WhatsApp for Android gets rich link previews, starred messages

WhatsApp for Android gets rich link previews, starred messages

WhatsApp users on iOS received an update earlier this month that added, among other things, rich previews for shared links. Android users didn’t get an update, however, and a week rolled by without anything showing up. Fast-forward to yesterday, and those users finally received their own update, getting the same rich previews as well as a handful of other changes, one of which that is limited only to those running Android 6.0 and higher.

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Viber users can now delete messages from recipients’ phones

Viber users can now delete messages from recipients’ phones

Messaging app Viber has been updated, and with that update comes a very welcomed feature -- the ability to delete a message from any device, including the recipient's phone. That means the next time you peck out a message you immediately regret, you can scrub it from every device that received it and, hopefully, move on as if nothing ever happened. This update takes Viber to version 5.6.5.

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Bing Maps update adds traffic camera video feeds

Bing Maps update adds traffic camera video feeds

Microsoft has updated Bing Maps with a new traffic camera option that allows users to view video feeds from one of thousands of traffic cameras located around the globe. The idea is that seeing the actual current conditions beats out any weather and traffic report, and also gives travelers a bit of an idea of what to expect in a region. The feature allows multiple camera feeds to be monitored at once, as well.

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Vine arrives on Apple Watch, adds new discovery tool for iPhone

Vine arrives on Apple Watch, adds new discovery tool for iPhone

Vine has arrived on the Apple Watch, allowing users to browse their “Favorites” as well as Featured content from the comfort of their wrist. In addition, Vine has pushed out an update for its iPhone app, adding a new discovery tool that makes finding more Vines as simple as swiping left on a post. This past October, Vine introduced its recommendation engine; this new discovery tool is part of that, adding an extra way for users to access new Vines.

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SwiftKey for iOS scores its second dynamic theme

SwiftKey for iOS scores its second dynamic theme

An update for SwiftKey for iOS has been pushed out, bringing a new theme to iPhone users alongside a redesigned settings menu. The new theme is called “Bubble Gum,” and it is a dynamic offering, being both “light and airy” with a soft color palette. This is the company’s second dynamic theme for its iOS app, following on the heels of Shooting Stars, the first dynamic theme.

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