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BlackBerry delivers first PRIV monthly security update

BlackBerry delivers first PRIV monthly security update

At the height of the Stagefright Android scare, there were a lot of raised voices pushing for regular security updates, mostly on a monthly basis. Considering the almost convoluted process involved in releasing updates, it isn't surprising that so far very few have been able to keep their promises. One of those few is BlackBerry, who today is announcing its first stability update for its high-profile fully Android BlackBerry PRIV. Included in that batch is its promised security update, the first of hopefully many more regular monthly releases.

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WhatsApp for Android gets rich link previews, starred messages

WhatsApp for Android gets rich link previews, starred messages

WhatsApp users on iOS received an update earlier this month that added, among other things, rich previews for shared links. Android users didn’t get an update, however, and a week rolled by without anything showing up. Fast-forward to yesterday, and those users finally received their own update, getting the same rich previews as well as a handful of other changes, one of which that is limited only to those running Android 6.0 and higher.

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Viber users can now delete messages from recipients’ phones

Viber users can now delete messages from recipients’ phones

Messaging app Viber has been updated, and with that update comes a very welcomed feature -- the ability to delete a message from any device, including the recipient's phone. That means the next time you peck out a message you immediately regret, you can scrub it from every device that received it and, hopefully, move on as if nothing ever happened. This update takes Viber to version 5.6.5.

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Bing Maps update adds traffic camera video feeds

Bing Maps update adds traffic camera video feeds

Microsoft has updated Bing Maps with a new traffic camera option that allows users to view video feeds from one of thousands of traffic cameras located around the globe. The idea is that seeing the actual current conditions beats out any weather and traffic report, and also gives travelers a bit of an idea of what to expect in a region. The feature allows multiple camera feeds to be monitored at once, as well.

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Vine arrives on Apple Watch, adds new discovery tool for iPhone

Vine arrives on Apple Watch, adds new discovery tool for iPhone

Vine has arrived on the Apple Watch, allowing users to browse their “Favorites” as well as Featured content from the comfort of their wrist. In addition, Vine has pushed out an update for its iPhone app, adding a new discovery tool that makes finding more Vines as simple as swiping left on a post. This past October, Vine introduced its recommendation engine; this new discovery tool is part of that, adding an extra way for users to access new Vines.

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SwiftKey for iOS scores its second dynamic theme

SwiftKey for iOS scores its second dynamic theme

An update for SwiftKey for iOS has been pushed out, bringing a new theme to iPhone users alongside a redesigned settings menu. The new theme is called “Bubble Gum,” and it is a dynamic offering, being both “light and airy” with a soft color palette. This is the company’s second dynamic theme for its iOS app, following on the heels of Shooting Stars, the first dynamic theme.

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Snapchat introduces “Story Explorer” feature

Snapchat introduces “Story Explorer” feature

Snapchat has added a new feature called “Story Explorer,” which makes its easy for users to explore moments that are related. This feature will tie together the hundreds or thousands of moments that are related to each other, such as snaps of breaking news events or sports games. The feature is launching first for Los Angles and New York Live Stories, and will be rolling out to cover “many more” unspecified stories in the near future.

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Google Fit update adds instant stats, Android Wear challenges, and more

Google Fit update adds instant stats, Android Wear challenges, and more

Google Fit, the company’s fitness tracking app, has been updated with several new features, not the least of which are instant insights into one’s fitness activities — walks, runs, bicycle rides, and such. Google Fit will gather data related to those activities, such as how fast you’re cycling or your running pace, and present it as a snapshot alongside a route presented on Google Maps.

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Google Photos is deleting your files… in a good way!

Google Photos is deleting your files… in a good way!

Android users of Google Photos will soon see an option to "Free Up Space", this feature then deleting files after upload on their device. Google Photos is an app that connects to Google Photos on the web, acting as a storage space for images and movies for Google users. This system works for Android and iOS as well as all desktop computers via a web browser. Google's latest update will allow users to free up space on their smart devices by deleting photos and videos automatically.

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5 new Windows 10 features worth looking into

5 new Windows 10 features worth looking into

Microsoft has just rolled out the biggest update to Windows 10 for PCs yet. Considering its new practice of flowing updates as they come, it might almost be unusual for Microsoft to dump such a huge update and yet here it is. Of course, this is more than just a maintenance release and if you've been following news and hints for the past months, you will most likely be familiar with some of the changes. But in case you're only jumping in now, here are some of the five most noteworthy changes to your Windows 10 experience.

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More Android Marshmallow updates announced: you may be next

More Android Marshmallow updates announced: you may be next

This week the folks at ASUS and OnePlus have made clear their intentions with a set of devices and their Google-made updates. According to ASUS, the next smartphone that'll be getting an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is the ZenFone 2. If you're not familiar, we've got a full review for you to look at. We called it "ASUS ZenFone 2 Review: a real mid-range smartphone kick in the pants." It's relatively inexpensive, it's available off-contract, and it's about to run the newest software available from Google.

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Snapchat rolls out paid lens store to some users

Snapchat rolls out paid lens store to some users

Following its launch of Lenses earlier this year, Snapchat has launched a for-pay lens store where users can purchase additional lenses for $0.99 and keep them forever. These for-pay lenses join the free lens options offered by Snapchat, and show up with them once a user makes the purchase. In the grand scheme of things, it is a small addition for users, but one that gives them a little more freedom while demonstrating the company’s latest effort to monetize itself.

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