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Microsoft Band and Health get first big content update

Microsoft Band and Health get first big content update

Microsoft's relatively new Band wearable (check out our review) has received its first big content update, and with it comes a particular focus on Guided Workouts, which is said to be one of the more popular offerings consumers get with the device. Likewise the Health app has been updated as part of this, and Microsoft promises this is the first of what will soon be a series of updates -- more details on those future updates will be forthcoming soon enough.

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Email app CloudMagic adds security features, paid tier

Email app CloudMagic adds security features, paid tier

Email is seen in many different lights, but one thing is certain: we all have and address, and use it. In that respect, it’s important to have an email app you can trust. Google recently made a splash with Inbox, but that’s a rethinking of email that some aren’t fond of. We shared our picks for best email app that was more true to form, with CloudMagic taking the reigns. Now the service has been updated, and brings in more features, as well as a paid model.

AMBER alerts are coming to your Facebook timeline

AMBER alerts are coming to your Facebook timeline

You spend a lot of time staring at your phone or tablet — and that’s alright. We do, too. Sometimes, the more important details of life can get past you, though. To better serve the public interest, Facebook is announcing a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to bring AMBER alerts to your timeline. In bringing alerts to your news feed, Facebook promises not to overwhelm you. Rather than feed you blanket alerts, you’ll get ones specific to your area, and where a targeted search is being executed.

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Apple delivers first ever automatic software update to Macs

Apple delivers first ever automatic software update to Macs

There are bug fixes and there are bug fixes. And then there are bug fixes so severe that they need to be plugged up immediately. But no matter how fast software providers try to patch up things on their end, bad users habits sometimes mean that these patches don't get downloaded or applied immediately, if at all. That is why Apple is making use of a feature it already had launched two years ago to deliver a critical bug fix to Mac users without them having to lift a finger.

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Google+ for iOS brings new sharing option, HD

Google+ for iOS brings new sharing option, HD

Google’s own social network, Google+, has been updated for iOS users. The new-look social app brings in a higher resolution to better support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as some updated (and much needed) sharing options. The sharing is interesting because it adapts a very Android-y feature found in iOS 8, giving you the ability to add Google+ to your sharing options. Google+ users on iOS will also get the ability to vote on polls.

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RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper has pushed out an update that brings some requested features to smartwatch owners (certain smartwatches, at least). The most notable of the changes is support for wearables that have their own GPS, eliminating the need to lug a phone around while out running or doing other activities. Those who have earbuds with heart rate monitoring can now use them with the latest update, as well, eliminating the need to use a less convenient heart monitor like a chest strap.

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Google+ adds auto enhancement feature for videos

Google+ adds auto enhancement feature for videos

Google Plus's Auto Awesome feature has been improving its users' images for a while now, and we've seen different updates related to it roll out over the months. Back in December of last year, Google added its year-in-review videos, for example, and it now it has added an auto-enhancement feature that improves uploaded videos (if the user wants). The enhancements improve sound quality as well as the footage itself. We have a comparison video showing the enhancements in action after the jump.

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Angry Birds Epic update brings player vs player feature

Angry Birds Epic update brings player vs player feature

Rovio teased its new Angry Birds Epic back in March, rolling it out a short while later with all its epic battles, worlds, characters, and upgrades in tow. Unlike most Angry Birds games, "Epic" features turn-based battles with the birds fighting against the green piggies. Ahead of Christmas and potential new downloads, Rovio has pushed out a fairly big update that brings with it, among other things, player vs. player battles, letting gamers go at it with friends rather than digital enemies.

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Report: Note Edge, Note 4 to get Lollipop upgrade

Report: Note Edge, Note 4 to get Lollipop upgrade

The Samsung Note 4 and Note Edge have a lot of similarities. Under the hood, the two are nearly identical. Face-forward, the story changes quite a bit. The rounded screen on the Note Edge is a neat add-on, but many wonder how it will hold up to the Android upgrade cycle. As it turns out, you may have nothing to worry about. A new report suggests Samsung will update both the Note 4 and Note Edge to Android 5.0 Lollipop soon.

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Instagram has five new filters, slight layout change

Instagram has five new filters, slight layout change

Twitter, in an attempt to make themselves a bit more like Instagram, recently introduced photo filters. Those filters struck an eerie resemblance to Instagram’s, which is now challenging Twitter with regard to user metrics. If we’re playing the photo filter tit-for-tat, Instagram just took their turn, and has introduced five new looks for your photos. With so many filters, Instagram is also altering how you access them, and letting you re-arrange how they’re ordered. If you’re curious what the new filters are all about, keep reading.

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