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Adobe Creative Cloud reboots trials to lure in users

Adobe Creative Cloud reboots trials to lure in users

Adobe has been pushing its Creative Cloud, which gives users access to Adobe software and services in exchange for a subscription fee. Despite some grumblings about the service, it has been going strong for a few years now and has been updated regularly. Adobe is still trying to get more users on board with it, though, and so it is dangling a new piece of incentive: a second round of free trials. The company recently announced that it has reset the Creative Cloud trials in honor of the 2015 release.

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Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram has introduced a revamped Explore page and improved search, enabling users to more easily find and explore content uploaded to the service. Instagram says these are “major updates”, and will make it easier for users to find trending content, such as videos of popular recent events. The trends show up in real time, but there are also curated collections based on topic, making it easier to explore what is on the service and narrow down content based on interest.

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Apple WatchOS 2 Beta 2 released with updates for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

Apple WatchOS 2 Beta 2 released with updates for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan

This week Apple released three big updates to their Beta software to developers for multiple devices. This includes Apple's OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta for developers, build 15A204h, as well as updates for mobile devices. For iPhone and iPad, iOS 9 Beta 2 has been seeded. Apple's second WatchOS 2 Beta has also been seeded for the Apple Watch. All of these updates are accessible by hitting the "Software Update" button in each respective developer-signed device. To access Apple WatchOS 2's update, the user must have iOS 9 Beta installed on their connected device.

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What you need to know about the free Windows 10 confusion

What you need to know about the free Windows 10 confusion

This weekend brought a bit of confusion about Windows 10 and who is getting the free upgrade. If you counted yourself among those confused, you're not alone. This Monday the folks at Microsoft have come back with a clarification, clearing up the muddled information and (hopefully) making it all more understandable for those looking to take the Windows 10 plunge. Chief among them is that, says Gabe Aul, you'll have to decide whether you want to keep being a Windows Insider.

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Moto 360 gets Wi-Fi, improved notifications, and more

Moto 360 gets Wi-Fi, improved notifications, and more

Motorola’s round smartwatch, the Moto 360, is getting the newest version of Android Wear, and with it comes some new features that make the wearable a little more appealing. Wi-Fi is one of them, lending a connectivity option that expands beyond Bluetooth. There will likewise be an always-on mode, says the maker, and faster access to favorite app and one’s contacts. Notifications, too, will be benefiting from the update, becoming more easy to access and visible for users who are already doing something on the watch. Full list of changes after the jump!

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Adobe announces 2015 update to Creative Cloud suite

Adobe announces 2015 update to Creative Cloud suite

Adobe has announced this year's updates to Creative Cloud suite of applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and more. While the 2014 versions were all about making the cloud the central component to all the software, the 2015 Creative Cloud update brings about refinements and performance enhancements. One example includes Linked Assets, which allows content within Creative Cloud Libraries to be automatically updated when one member of a team makes changes, even from within multiple applications.

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Netflix rolling out its ‘first major update’ in years

Netflix rolling out its ‘first major update’ in years

Netflix announced today that it is rolling out a big update, something it says is its 'first major update' in the past four years. It is making its way to users now, and involves a complete rehash of the user interface that brings with it easier and faster ways to find the content you want. The previous interface (which is still the current one for many users) was white and introduced last summer, and not well liked among users. This latest interface is more akin to what some smart TV and set-top box users have enjoyed.

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Google Slides gains Chromecast support

Google Slides gains Chromecast support

If you’re enmeshed in Google’s ecosystem, you likely use its Slides offering rather than PowerPoint (they both do basically the same thing, if you’re unfamiliar). It would be handy to present those slides via Chromecast, but until today that has not been possible. With today’s Google Slides iOS and Android update, however, such functionality has been added, as well as the ability to play Slides presentations over AirPlay. It is a welcomed update, and makes the service a bit more appealing over Microsoft’s offering.

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Twitch Whisper tosses private messages into chats

Twitch Whisper tosses private messages into chats

Twitch has announced its new Whisper feature, a way for users to send private chat messages without having to leave the chat they’re currently in. It is called whispering because the chats sent privately between two users will show up in-line with whatever chat is currently going on, but it is only between those two users — as if, you see, they had whispered it amongst themselves. The chat will clearly show, however, that the message was sent from one particular user to another specific user. The feature simply speeds things up.

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Twitter now lets users share their block lists

Twitter now lets users share their block lists

Spam accounts and abusive accounts are numerous on Twitter, and accounts with a high number of followers likely have a high number of these accounts blocked. To help others preemptively block these unwanted but not-yet-banned accounts, Twitter has made it possible for users to export and share their block list, allowing others to copy it and uniformly block those users, too. It makes the entire process faster, and is the latest in Twitter's numerous efforts to decrease abusive activity on the service.

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AT&T installs LG G4 update without asking first

AT&T installs LG G4 update without asking first

In the Android world, where Android maker Google doesn't have nor exercise full control, software updates of take some time. It has been the practice, thanks to some informational pictures from some OEMs, to lay the blame of delays on carriers, who are the last step in getting out updates in a timely manner. It seems, however, that one carrier might have been a tad too eager to change that reputation. Owners of the LG G4 on AT&T's network are reporting that they are receiving an update that is being installed without even being asked about it.

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HTC One M9 gets updated: camera and cooling improved

HTC One M9 gets updated: camera and cooling improved

HTC might be getting a lot of flak lately over it's dismal performance and its disappointing flagship, but one can't fault the OEM for lack of trying. Ever since it launched, the HTC One M9 has repeatedly been update to address some common complaints, particularly around the camera and the overheating that Qualcomm still denies. At least, as much as software updates can fix them. Another round of updates is working its way to devices in waves, bringing in some more improvements, like better noise reduction and smarter heat management.

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