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Roku updates iOS and Android apps with voice search and more

Roku updates iOS and Android apps with voice search and more

The Roku app can do more than just toggle to the next Netflix episode, and with its latest update (for both iOS and Android) it can do even more. With the update comes Roku Feed and voice search, both of which were previously announced last month and are also now available on the current generation Rokus, including Roku TVs. Those on Windows Phone, as I’m sure they expect, will have to continue waiting for these features, as they’ll be coming on “a later date”.

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Snapchat update brings Discover clips feature

Snapchat update brings Discover clips feature

Today Snapchat released updates for its iOS and Android apps, bringing both to version 9.7.0. There are a couple new features, but the most notable of the two aims to make users more aware of (or, perhaps, more inclined to use) Discover, the discovery feature the app added in the relatively recent past. Though the feature has been around since January, statistics show that it isn't being utilized very often...something Snapchat is apparently hoping to change with this newest update.

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Plex gets into the beat with improved Music experience

Plex gets into the beat with improved Music experience

Plex is one of the household names when it comes to setting up a personal media library that can be streamed to other devices and locations. But even Plex's own crew shamefully admit that its music capabilities aren't really enough to take on your local iTunes library just yet. That period of shame is now over, so claims Plex. The vast improvements they are rolling out to Plex Music is promised to cover majority of most requested features to make Plex worthy of a music library showdown.

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Bing Maps updated with expanded transit coverage

Bing Maps updated with expanded transit coverage

Bing Maps has received another update, this one proving useful for commuters all over the world. Earlier this week, Microsoft added transit coverage from more than 3,000 transit agencies in several countries. With this, commuters are able to better plan out their transportation for the day, or for a special event like when on vacation or traveling for work. This includes expanded transit coverage in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Australia, and more (there's a total of 30 countries).

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Amazon Instant Video update adds cellular streaming for iOS

Amazon Instant Video update adds cellular streaming for iOS

If you use your Amazon Prime membership for more than just fast, free delivery, chances are you stream TV shows and movies via Amazon Instant Video. If you’re doing so via the iOS app, we’re willing to bet you’ve noticed shortcomings. Streaming was only available over WiFi (which defeats the purpose quite a bit), and you couldn’t cast your content to Apple TV. With an update to their Instant Video app, Amazon is fixing both of those issues, so you can watch over a cellular connection (even in HD) and redirect to Apple TV.

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Facebook Messenger scores video calling feature

Facebook Messenger scores video calling feature

Even if you don’t use Facebook as a way to share every mundane snippet of your day, there’s a good chance you use the social network’s Messenger app, which allows users to chat with each other, send files, and make voice calls. Joining that starting today is another feature, one that is keeping it on par with some other chatting app alternatives: video calling. With this, and as you’d expect, users can call each other and do so with live video feeds so they can see the person they’re talking to.

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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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