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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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Evernote for iOS update brings scanning, Apple Watch features

Evernote for iOS update brings scanning, Apple Watch features

For many, Evernote is the go-to for digital note taking and document storage. A good portion of those users are also on iOS, and Evernote’s recent update keeps those users in mind. The core Evernote app (there are a lot of satellite offerings form the company) will now let users scan documents and have them turned into digital representations of their physical selves. Also, that previously discussed Apple Watch version of Evernote is alive and well in the update.

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Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype has announced some new updates today, chief among them being the introduction of Skype 5.3 for Android, bringing some features that have already been available in the iOS version. Skype promises this is a big update, and amongst the new features are improvements to the app's design itself, boosting the visual appeal of Skype's chat and making the overall experience a bit "more consistent". The new chat layout in Android is similar to the layout those who use the service on the desktop and iOS have had access to, among other things.

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Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Today, Twitter’s live-streaming app, Periscope, is getting an update. Still locked into iOS, the update is pushing some fine-tuning forward. When you head into Periscope, the streams from folks you follow will now be pushed to the top of the heap, making them easier to see in the sea of streaming. Periscope has also made some tweaks to notifications, turning off follower notifications by default. One potential flaw in Periscope, the ability to zoom in on your location, has been mitigated by the option to tag your location.

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TweetDeck for OS X now supports Teams, group DMs, GIFs

TweetDeck for OS X now supports Teams, group DMs, GIFs

Twitter users, especially those who track multiple accounts for business purposes, are likely aware of TweetDeck. The homegrown Twitter app is handy for keeping tabs on multiple items, and is now seeing an important update for the Mac client. After a succession of updates on other platforms, the OS X version of TweetDeck is now getting the service’s ‘Teams’ feature. TweetDeck users on Mac will also see GIFs animated within the app, in-line video, and group DMs — handy for use with Teams.

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