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Gmail for iOS makes life easier with quick actions, sharing

Gmail for iOS makes life easier with quick actions, sharing

iOS 8 has introduced a lot of new features that add convenience and speed to the platform, but not all apps have immediately taken advantage of those. Some are just starting to catch up to go with the times. Google has just pushed out a few updates to its apps on iOS, but most notable perhaps is Gmail. In the latest 4.0 version of the app, Google has added three new features that let you handle your email or create one right then and there, without batting an eyelash.

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Sonos 5.3 launches for Android, iPhone

Sonos 5.3 launches for Android, iPhone

If you're a Sonos fan, you might have known the company has been beta-testing Sonos 5.3, but even if you didn't, we've good news: the company revealed today that the update is available now for mobile devices (assuming they're running Android or iOS). Both new functionality and bug fixes come with it, with Sonos promising that users will find room control to be more simple henceforth, and the design for tablet users in particular has been polished, among other things.

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Google updates Contacts with fresh look, automatic contact updates

Google updates Contacts with fresh look, automatic contact updates

Today, Google is announcing an update to Contacts. In the preview, you’ll notice straight away that Google has rolled in a bit of the Material Design flavor, giving your Contacts page a fresh look and feel. Not only a facelift, Contacts also gives you some new features, most notably the ability to easily find and merge (or delete) duplicate contacts. Still in preview, the new Contacts feature is already much better that what you might be using now, and makes finding people much easier.

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BBM update pulls in Android Wear support

BBM update pulls in Android Wear support

BlackBerry was once accused of dragging it heels when it came to finally adding support for Android devices for BBM, but now that the gates have been opened, it seems that the company is happily making strides. In fact, while it doesn't have yet a wearable device of its own, it is jumping onto the market by proxy. BlackBerry has just announced an update to BBM on all platforms with a lot of new features, one of which lets you view and reply to messages on your Android Wear smartwatch.

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YouTube adds video trimming tool for Android

YouTube adds video trimming tool for Android

When it comes to videos, everything about the sharing process is more difficult than their photo brethren. The troubles with them have gotten easier over the years, but after shooting a video, any edits that the footage needs are a cumbersome process for those without video-editing software -- and the trouble is amplified when the edits need to be made from a mobile device rather than a laptop. There are existing apps, of course, that try to simplify the process, but YouTube wants you to bypass those entirely.

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The Evil Within DLC pack drops in March

The Evil Within DLC pack drops in March

Bethesda's horror game The Evil Within will be receiving its first DLC next month, and it is dubbed "The Assignment". Bethesda Softworks released the DLC's trailer on Wednesday, and during it we get a look at Juli Kidman, partner to Sebastian. Those who have played the game and found her mysteries to be enticing should be excited, then, because Bethesda and Tango have decided to give gamers exactly what they want: answers. Gamers will be playing as Kidman, and they'll need to be extra stealthy.

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Spotify for desktop update brings lyrics feature

Spotify for desktop update brings lyrics feature

Spotify has announced an update for its desktop application, and with the update will come one big feature: lyrics. That's not the only benefit you'll get with updating, but it's definitely the most notable of the bunch, and one those with a karaoke bend will be excited about. The lyrics are powered by Musixmatch, which is hailed as the largest lyrics library in the world, and they're accessible simply by clicking a "Lyrics" button. Details on the other features after the jump!

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LG Watch Urbane update brings LTE, NFC

LG Watch Urbane update brings LTE, NFC

LG has taken its Android Wear efforts up a couple notches with its upcoming LG Watch Urbane, an incredibly stylish and sophisticated smartwatch that blends in among other snazzy timepieces while bringing smart functionality that trumps the average wrist wearable. LG will be showing off the watch at Mobile World Congress 2015 next week, but it's not letting that timeline slow it down: the maker has already pushed out an update for the watch, adding more features that increase its appeal.

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Plex updates its Roku app with sleek new look

Plex updates its Roku app with sleek new look

Regardless of whether you're a cord cutter, you probably watch your own locally-stored content, and you probably do so on multiple devices. Media software that manages it all while making content available in a convenient and easy-to-use way is the most common way to access and watch locally-stored shows, and while XBMC is a long-standing favorite for this, Plex remains the top option, and for good reason: it is sleek and easy to use, and available for many devices. Roku, of course, is one of the most popular devices.

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Microsoft pulls Google and Facebook chat from Outlook

Microsoft pulls Google and Facebook chat from Outlook

If you logged into your Outlook account today, you were likely greeted with a message bearing grave news (or mention of a feature you didn't even realize was available): Facebook and Google chat are going away. Until now, Outlook users were able to tie in their other accounts and chat with contacts on both of those aforementioned services -- something that was incredibly convenient and oft requested. All of it is set to fizzle away in the next few weeks, however, and Microsoft isn't being 100-percent clear about why.

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