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YouTube updates Kids app to appease worried parents

YouTube updates Kids app to appease worried parents

YouTube launched an app early this year that tried to harness the wealth of information and knowledge available on the video streaming site for the benefit of children. It was a laudable goal but YouTube Kids was immediately beset with problems, from searches that lead to inappropriate content to the usual problem of ads. Now YouTube has updated its child-friendly app in order to allay those fears, or at least some of them. But even YouTube admits it isn't perfect and tries to enlist the help of parents themselves.

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Mac update OS X El Capitan available now

Mac update OS X El Capitan available now

How do I download OS X El Capitan? That's the question we've heard many times since WWDC earlier this year. This morning Apple flipped the switch for OS X El Capitan, allowing users around the world to access their newest operating system. This version of OS X brings a revamp to a number of core apps - Maps and Spotlight in particular. Battery performance will be given a kick in the pants, as will processing performance. This update is all about refining and improving what was released with OS X Yosemite last year - and it's a solid update you'll be glad you initiated.

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HTC One Marshmallow update coming to M9, M8, not M7

HTC One Marshmallow update coming to M9, M8, not M7

A "preliminary" list of HTC devices is shared by an inside source with knowledge of the company's plans to update to Android Marshmallow. The list includes devices that will have updates to Android Marshmallow and HTC's Sense version 7. This includes the HTC One M9 and HTC One M8, of course, but does not include the HTC One M7. Also included are a wide variety of "M" devices, "E" devices, and Butterfly 2 and 3. This list, being preliminary, may be a bit deceiving for some devices that do not have enough base storage for Marshmallow in the first place.

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August Smart Lock’s new Android app adds Auto-Unlock

August Smart Lock’s new Android app adds Auto-Unlock

The August Smart Lock has a new Android app, and with it comes a new feature: Auto-Unlock. As the name suggests, Auto-Unlock is a feature that automatically unlocks your door as you get near it, removing the need to use your hands in any way — something particularly handy when your arms are full of groceries. That’s not the only change that comes with the new Android app, however — says the company, it has completely re-designed the mobile offering.

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Facebook Notes gets custom styles, challenges Medium

Facebook Notes gets custom styles, challenges Medium

Facebook Notes — surprised the feature still exists? You’re not the only one. The social network hasn’t given Notes the same attention it has some of its other features, and many people ignore it altogether. Still, there’s a subset of users who like penning long narratives or using Facebook as their personal blog, and that’s where Notes comes in. Attention was drawn to the feature back in August when the social network began tweaking with it again, and today the company announced a full update.

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Adobe debuts Photoshop and Premiere Elements 14

Adobe debuts Photoshop and Premiere Elements 14

Just as they do every year, Adobe has announced new versions of its Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements software, their consumer-level photo and video editing applications. Both packages have received brand new tools and features, as well as improvements to the existing set, making editing easier for those not interested in the full-blown professional suite of software. Both Photoshop and Premiere Elements will be released later this year on both Mac and Windows, for $99 each or together for $149.

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Sling TV updates user interface on Xbox One

Sling TV updates user interface on Xbox One

Dish Network's Sling TV has a bunch of visual changes up its sleeve, and those changes are arriving first for those on Xbox One. The service announced the new changes today; included among them is a new channel guide and more details than before. Says Sling TV, subscriber feedback directly influenced this newest improvement. As such, the company is wanting more feedback — if you have a Sling TV subscription, you can tweet your feedback at Sling and make your voice known.

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Fitbit Surge update doubles battery life, adds running alerts

Fitbit Surge update doubles battery life, adds running alerts

Fitbit my be the darling of the fitness wearable market, but it has seen increased competition, and sometimes even lawsuits, in a once niche industry. To stay on top of its rivals, it needs to continuously update its existing devices with new features, without requiring users to buy a new one. Almost a year old now, the Fitbit Surge is getting another major update, the last one rolled out last March, which not only adds a new mode to the smartwatch but also improves its longevity.

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Gmail adds block and unsubscribe options for Android, web

Gmail adds block and unsubscribe options for Android, web

Email — it’s great most of the time, but like all things, it can be annoying at other times. One of those times is when someone you don’t like keeps emailing you — an annoying distant uncle who is somehow under the impression you’ve won the lottery, or someone you ticked off in the comments section of a website at some point. Equally annoying are subscription emails you don’t remember signing up for and can’t seem to unsubscribe from.

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New Xbox One Experience preview goes out to some testers

New Xbox One Experience preview goes out to some testers

Microsoft has been teasing major changes coming to the Xbox One later this year and most are probably excited about the promised backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games. But while that in itself is of course a major highlight, November's update will of course feature a lot more than that. Now for the first time, this New Xbox One Experience is rolling out to a subset, not all, of the console's preview program members, delivering the public's first hands-on brush with a new interface that's promised to be faster at getting things done.

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Xbox 360 update brings 2GB of cloud storage to previous gen

Xbox 360 update brings 2GB of cloud storage to previous gen

All eyes are naturally on the current generation of gaming consoles, but fortunately for Xbox 360 owners, Microsoft hasn't completely forgotten about them. Yet. The company has finally rolled out its latest system update, collating the previews and features that it has been teasing so far. And while the update brings a lot of new features to the fore, perhaps the highlight feature would be the expanded 2 GB cloud storage. Almost ironically, it's more meant to support the Xbox One than just the Xbox 360 alone.

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iTunes 12.3 update brings two-step verification security

iTunes 12.3 update brings two-step verification security

While you might be busy updating your iPhone or iPad to the latest iOS 9, you might want to also check the iTunes program sitting on your Mac or PC. How on the heels of the rollout of the latest version of the mobile platform, Apple is also pushing out version 12.3 of iTunes out the door. Aside from the expected support for iOS 9 and the upcoming OS X 10.11 El Capitan, this version adds a long overdue two-factor authentication to help protect users' accounts.

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