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First big Windows 10 update starts today

First big Windows 10 update starts today

Microsoft has announced that their first substantial update to the Windows 10 operating system will commence today. This update will be for PCs and tablets, primarily, while updates for Windows 10 mobile will be taking place in the near future. This update will also affect the company's gaming console - Microsoft suggests that "Windows 10 also starts rolling out to Xbox One today". This update will affect the performance of your machine, primarily, while updates to Cortana and Microsoft Edge (the web browser) are also on the docket.

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SwiftKey 6 arrives with double-word prediction and more

SwiftKey 6 arrives with double-word prediction and more

SwiftKey has announced a new update for Android, rolling out SwiftKey 6 to users. The app first went into a public beta a few weeks ago, and after some further refining it is rolling out to the general public. The new version brings with it several new features, chief among them being double-word prediction, which predicts the next pair of words you’ll say in a single instant rather than just single-word predictions.

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Periscope update adds new Global Map, skip-ahead feature

Periscope update adds new Global Map, skip-ahead feature

Periscope has pushed out an update for both its Android and iOS apps, adding a revamped Global Map and the new ability to skip ahead on replays, the latter of which caters to the more time-pressed users out there. In addition, for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners, there’s also 3D Touch shortcuts, including Search People, Teleport, Broadcast, and Broadcast Mutuals. Those on Android specifically have scored pinch-to-zoom.

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Pinterest’s updated mobile profiles make searches easier

Pinterest’s updated mobile profiles make searches easier

Pinterest, following its new — and quite interesting — visual searching feature, has announced updated user profiles. Users often pin things they want to save for later: gift ideas, decorations, and the like. Finding those pins when you want them isn’t always easy, though, and that’s why Pinterest has announced a new update to user profiles. With this change, users won’t struggle to find the pins they want…if they use the service on mobile, that is.

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Flickr updates iOS app with 3D Touch support

Flickr updates iOS app with 3D Touch support

Flickr has pushed out a new update for its iOS app, giving it new support for some of the latest iOS features. Most prominently is new support for 3D Touch, allowing users to do things more quickly using various presses and taps, and maybe a swipe or two, depending on the task. The update is available for users now via the iTunes store, and brings with it a few select other features, including Spotlight search, universal links, and more.

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Pinterest (finally) brings Buyable Pins to Android

Pinterest (finally) brings Buyable Pins to Android

Back in June, Pinterest began rolling out its Buyable Pins on its iOS app, limiting the feature to the service's iPhone and iPad users. Now, nearly half a year later, Pinterest has announced that Buyable Pins are rolling out on Android, giving those on Google's platform the same opportunity to shop within the app. At this point, Pinterest says there are more than 60 million Buyable Pins on its service, so Android users will, at least, have ample pins to explore.

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PlayStation Now scores 105 new games

PlayStation Now scores 105 new games

Sony’s subscription service PlayStation Now has been updated with 105 new games, the company announced on Tuesday. That is a massive library update, bringing the total title count to more than 250 options at this point. This is PlayStation Now’s single biggest release so far, with Capcom contributing greatly to the mix. A total of 21 of the new additions are Capcom titles new and old, including things like Resident Evil and Street Fighter.

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MakerBot Desktop 3.8 brings 30% faster printing

MakerBot Desktop 3.8 brings 30% faster printing

MakerBot has announced an update to its desktop software, MakerBot Desktop 3.8. This new version brings with it a few changes and improvements, not the least of which is 30-percent faster printing over previous editions. In addition to the faster speeds, the new version also boasts the ability to print with “stronger structural support,” something facilitated by a new Brilliant Cut Diamond infill pattern.

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Sonos update will break Audible playback support

Sonos update will break Audible playback support

Sonos has announced that it will be updating its software next week, and while updates are almost always a good thing, this one will unfortunately come with an unwanted side effect: it will break support for Audible, meaning downloaded Audible audiobooks won’t be playable over Sonos. Says Sonos, “We realize this is frustrating. It frustrates us, too.”

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Facebook tweaks ‘real name’ policy over continued criticism

Facebook tweaks ‘real name’ policy over continued criticism

Facebook has long been criticized for its 'real name' policy, a policy in which users are required to use their 'real' names and, in cases of doubt, provide multiple forms of proof to confirm their authentic identity. While many users don't have a problem with that, many others do, and for a variety of valid reasons. Some are simply wanting an extra layer of privacy, while other cite dangers in using their real name and more.

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Google Photos Update v1.8 lets you Hide People

Google Photos Update v1.8 lets you Hide People

Ever wanted to hide the people you don't want to see in your photo collection? Now Google appears to have listened to your plea. Inside the latest version of Google Photos for Android devices, users are able to "hide a person from appearing under People." This same feature stops "events with that person" from appearing under "Rediscover this day" cards in your Photos Assistant. This update may not yet have been pushed to the Google Play app store when you read this article, but you can download it via APK right this minute.

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Google Play Music teases new podcasts portal

Google Play Music teases new podcasts portal

Podcasts are all the rage lately, and they partly have Serial to thank. Following the resurgence in popularity, we’ve seen music services increasingly advertise offering them, and now Google is getting into the mix. Today, the company announced that podcasts will soon be arriving on Google Play Music; the audio shows will have their own dedicated portal, which is currently up for podcasters to access.

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