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Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack, one of the hottest tools in the realm of team and work communications has just flipped the switch to make its promised voice call feature available for anyone and everyone. It might seem almost antithetical to Slack's original, primarily text-based nature, but it is an admission that sometimes typed words or even images just aren't enough to get things rolling in the office. It is also a declaration of war and an incursion into the territory mostly dominated by Skype.

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Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Just because Pebble is in the middle of a very hot and again wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble 2 and Pebble Core, it doesn't mean it has forgotten about its existing throng of very loyal users. It has just announced the availability of Firmware 3.13 for existing smartwatches, as well as matching updates for its iOS and Android apps. It might not be as earth-shattering as the upcoming Actions feature, but it's still a refinement worth noting and a welcome reminder that Pebble hasn't forgotten its fans.

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The Sims 4 update frees up gender customization options

The Sims 4 update frees up gender customization options

The Sims 4 has received a free update that is removing gender customization options, allowing for players to set up a more diverse range of Sims that express the features they want. If you want a female Sim with a manly walking style, a male Sim with a feminine voice, or any other arrangement, this update makes it possible.

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Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Android just got a whole lot smarter. This afternoon Google released new abilities for Now On Tap, a system built in to Android Marshmallow. Users can now use their smartphone's camera to find out information about whatever is in front of them. This functionality is not strictly new to Android - we've seen it before in an infamous and sorely under-used app by the name of Google Goggles. Remember Google Goggles? They're back.

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Marshmallow Galaxy S5 update live (plus a few more Verizon Android changes)

Marshmallow Galaxy S5 update live (plus a few more Verizon Android changes)

This week Verizon has released a list of current and near-future updates to Android device versions, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S5. At long last, this device has received its update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, just a few weeks (or months) after its closest brethren. As for the rest of the Android universe, we've got some good news and we've got some bad news. Verizon has provided a list of what's happening, what's happened, and what's about to happen.

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Google app for iOS update makes it ‘faster every step of the way’

Google app for iOS update makes it ‘faster every step of the way’

Google wants all you iPhone and iPad users to know something: the Google app for your devices is faster than ever. Loading times have been slashed. New features have been added. It all, Google proclaims, is available now to help save you precious minutes. You may not notice the speed differences, Google says, but rest assured that they're there and they're saving the collective lot of Google iOS mobile users 6.5 million hours throughout the rest of 2016.

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Samsung S Health updated with faster heart rate checking

Samsung S Health updated with faster heart rate checking

Samsung has updated its S Health fitness app, bringing it up to version 4.8.9.0085. With the new version comes some new features, including the option to contrast your step count with those of other users, including your friends. If you use a fitness tracker or other fitness apps, as well, S Health can show all the steps that have been recorded by/in other products.

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Adobe Spark is a free, super simple way to make attractive things

Adobe Spark is a free, super simple way to make attractive things

Adobe has a new product aimed at the everyday user who needs something simple and wants something attractive: Adobe Spark. Part of Creative Cloud, Adobe Spark is a web app that works with a trio of Spark iOS apps for creating “social posts and graphics,” says the company, as well as animated stories and “web stories.” The service is free for anyone to use.

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iOS 9.3.2 reportedly bricking some 9.7-inch iPad Pros

iOS 9.3.2 reportedly bricking some 9.7-inch iPad Pros

Software updates are usually made in order to fix problems, not make matters worse. But sometimes even the best laid intentions and plans can end up in a spectacular fail. That is what some owners of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro are discovering right now. After applying what seemed to be a normal iOS 9.3.2 update, they found themselves caught in an endless loop that won't even let them restore to a back up or a previous iOS version. In other words, they're left with a completely non-working tablet.

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iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

Google has brought on virtual reality-like viewing to the YouTube for iOS app at last, weeks and months after adding such functionality to the Android version of the app. This functionality for the YouTube app for iPhone and iPad is very similar to that of the Android version, adding a "Cardboard" icon to the app's user interface when a video is 360-degree-enabled and the device that's playing it is turned to its side (landscape mode, that is). This move extends VR functionality to iOS just days before Google's big yearly developer conference.

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NVIDIA updates original SHIELD Tablet with Vulkan, enhancements

NVIDIA updates original SHIELD Tablet with Vulkan, enhancements

Although NVIDIA isn't exactly a prolific Android device maker, it has largely been regarded by some as a good Android citizen, by providing a nearly vanilla Android experience and timely updates that sometimes rivals Nexus devices. The past months, it has also poised itself as a strong advocate of Vulkan, the API that will eventually replace OpenGL. NVIDIA has rolled out updates to both the SHIELD Android TV console and the SHIELD Tablet K1 adding that feature and now it is doing the same for the original SHIELD Tablet.

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Google Photos shared albums get comment support

Google Photos shared albums get comment support

Google is updating Photos with a couple of new features, the most notable of which is the ability to leave comments on shared albums. Shared albums, of course, are photo albums that more than one person have access to; anyone with whom the album was shared can add their own photos to it, making the commenting feature a welcomed addition. As of now, users who are part of the album can leave a comment for the album itself or a specific photograph within it.

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