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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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HTC One A9 Unlocked promises 15-day “Nexus” upgrade cycle

HTC One A9 Unlocked promises 15-day “Nexus” upgrade cycle

Today HTC has promised that their newest device, the HTC One A9, will have updates within 15 days of Google's own Nexus devices. HTC's exact wording - via tweet, was as follows: "The One A9 unlocked edition will provide every software update within 15 days of Google's first push to Nexus." We must hypothesize that this means that HTC has successfully detached their own software from the base build of Android enough that they're able to upgrade the innards without having to mess with their own code abundantly - that's what'd slow them (or any other manufacturer) down otherwise.

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Waze 4.0 update: new design, lower battery usage

Waze 4.0 update: new design, lower battery usage

The navigation app Waze has been updated to 4.0, and with that update comes a refreshed design. The new design, says Waze, improves the functionality by making things easier to use; less taps are needed achieve the same tasks, for example, which is ideal for drivers who need to quickly pull something up. In addition, Waze has added a new reporting menu and reminders while reducing how battery-intensive the app is.

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Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whoops! Windows 10 might come to your computer automatically

Whether you like it or not, here might be coming your computer's update to Windows 10. A recent update to genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers has apparently included a checked box intended to be opt-in for an automatic update to Windows 10. As it were, this checkbox was checked by default instead. This means that many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users that've updated their system (but not to Windows 10) recently might just be getting that big update anyway. Whether they intended to or not.

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Skype now lets anyone join a chat via direct links

Skype now lets anyone join a chat via direct links

Skype has announced a small change that it promises will make big waves in how Skype users go about using the software — a link that, when shared, invites anyone who receives it to join in on a Skype chat, even if it is sent through something other than Skype. That means you can drop the link into a chat on Facebook Messenger, for example; it gets friends on board with your current Skype chatting session, regardless of whether they have a Skype account.

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Apple pushes out iWork updates for iOS 9 and El Capitan

Apple pushes out iWork updates for iOS 9 and El Capitan

Apple has updated its iWork suite of applications for iOS, Mac and iCloud, the company has announced. The update brings support for the various new features in iOS 9 and El Capitan, including Split View and Picture in Picture, among other things. In addition, iWork for iCloud has been taken out of beta, and has gained a bunch of new features, including version history for better collaboration with others.

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Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ now filters out bad memories

Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ now filters out bad memories

Facebook has tools/features that let you relive past moments, but not all moments are something you want to see crop up in your newsfeed. Lost loved ones, ex lovers, broken friendships...all things that may pepper your past Facebook statuses, tags, photos and more. Some users may even avoid features like "On This Day" because they don't want something painful to pop up. Now Facebook lets you filter them out forever.

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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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