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Kindle for Android update brings Word Wise and more

Kindle for Android update brings Word Wise and more

Amazon has pushed out a new Kindle for Android update, and with it comes the Word Wise feature, as well as a handful of other changes that round out the overall product. Word Wise allows users to have definitions for hard words automatically displayed above the word, aiding in the reading process without slowing the user down. Other features include the ability to make flash cards and improved manga navigation, among others. Also coming with the update are some bug fixes.

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HTC reportedly pushing software update for One M9 camera

HTC reportedly pushing software update for One M9 camera

The HTC One M9 has left most who have their hands on it torn. It’s a very nice phone, and a solid upgrade over the One M8. Still, we were all somehow expecting more. HTC also ditched their ho-hum Ultrapixel tech in favor of more megapixels — 20 of them, to be precise. Even that left most scratching their heads as they were unable to get consistently good results from the smartphone shooter. It seems HTC has an update coming, though — one that will remedy the camera issues.

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Snapseed update brings it up-to-date with other photo editors

Snapseed update brings it up-to-date with other photo editors

When Google bought Snapseed, the assumption was that they’s simply shutter the app and roll those features into Google+ Photos. Google instead let the app languish, largely untouched, while updating Google+ Photos several times. Today, Snapseed gets its first major update since 2012, when Google purchased the team behind it, Nik Software. With version 2.0, Snapseed gets a few standard photo editing features like lens blur and a non-destructive editing feature that copies edits to new images. The changes affect both Android and iOS, too.

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iTunes update brings better support for Photos

iTunes update brings better support for Photos

In our preview of Photos for OS X, the line “Photos has two advantages there out of the gate, and it's both faster and easier to use than the software it replaces” was (and is) telling. Photos is just plain better than iPhoto in so many ways, and Apple is keen to take advantage of it quickly. Now that the new software is out for both OS X and iOS, Apple is also updating iTunes to aide with syncing photos in Photos across all your devices.

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Skype Translator update brings Mandarin, Italian

Skype Translator update brings Mandarin, Italian

Skype Translator, that wonderful science fiction-like tool that allows people to talk in real-time in two different languages, has been updated, and with that update it is now a little bit smarter. The software has gained knowledge of how to understand and speak Mandarin and Italian, opening it up to more users who want to chat with foreign speakers in their own native language. This joins the two languages the Preview software kicked off with, English and Spanish.

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Periscope for iOS update brings simplified blocking

Periscope for iOS update brings simplified blocking

Periscope has pushed out a new update for its iOS app, and with it comes some new features, not the least of which is the ability to more easily block viewers while you're streaming. As expected, the update also brings a few bug fixes in tow, such as that caching issue that was presenting the wrong user profile picture, as well as the problem that prevented some from watching broadcasts that were being heavily watched by others. We've the full change log after the jump!

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iOS 8.3 now available, fixes a ton of bugs and issues

iOS 8.3 now available, fixes a ton of bugs and issues

Having been in beta for what seems like forever, Apple has released iOS 8.3. In many regards, iOS 8.3 closely mirrors the OS X fixes behind the scenes, with WiFi and Bluetooth fixes inbound. In fact, this update is absolutely ripe with little tweaks and fixes — a pleasant side effect of Apple’s new iOS beta program, no doubt. Much of the ‘fixing’ seems to hit Safari, but Apple has also improved app launching, Messages, and Control Center. the full changelog is below.

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Microsoft update quietly preps Windows 7, 8.1 for Windows 10

Microsoft update quietly preps Windows 7, 8.1 for Windows 10

While it might be a bit too early to start getting excited over the Windows 10 update, which isn't expected to arrive until summer, Microsoft seems to already be warming up people's computers just the same. A recommended, and therefore purely optional, update for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 has been discovered to be laying the groundwork for those machines' eventual upgrade to Windows 10. The details of this update also reveal how Microsoft might try to convince users to update to the latest Windows version.

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RSS app Reeder 3 for Mac update teased

RSS app Reeder 3 for Mac update teased

While the technology behind RSS hasn't changed in years, and its use may sometimes appear to be on the decline with services like Twitter often being used for website updates, the shutdown of Google Reader in 2013 showed there is still a widespread desire for a RSS syncing service. In the wake of Google Reader, services like Feedly and Feedbin rose to prominence, and with them the client Reeder was updated to version 2 to take advantage of more services. Now it looks version 3 of the Mac app is on its way, with an overhaul to match the changes brought about by OS X Yosemite.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track browser default

Microsoft drops Do Not Track browser default

Microsoft has announced that it will be changing its Do Not Track default in future iterations of its browsers -- namely that it will no longer be enabled by default. The company points to industry standards and the refinement of such, with the latest draft saying that the "signal sent MUST reflect the user's preference", and, further into it, that "In the absence of user choice, there is no tracking preference expressed." Says Microsoft, given that latter portion, it has elected to change the Do Not Track default to avoid any "misunderstanding" regarding whether the chosen implementation follows the standard.

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