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Android N release now: Google makes it official

Android N release now: Google makes it official

While there was a bit of a leak earlier today, Google has made Android N official with a news release of their own. Now we're able to see Google's own devices running the software and the developer preview software links are live. Now you too can get your hands and eyeballs on Android N right the minute. Download Android N Developer Preview for your Nexus device now or... you know... do it later.

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How to download the Android N update

How to download the Android N update

This week a bit of a slip of the publish button seems to have revealed a whole lot of details about the next version of Google's Android. The dessert known as Android N, more than likely Android Nerds, or Nougat, will be launching this week as a developer preview on multiple devices. If a leak (now pulled) from Ars Technica is to be believed, this will include the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Pixel C, Nexus 9 (tablet), and a single Android One phone by the name of General Mobile 4G. Strangely enough, this is not the first time this has happened.

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Skype Live Translator adds Arabic support

Skype Live Translator adds Arabic support

Skype Translator, the nifty (to understate things) tool for translating spoken conversations in real time, has just added support for Arabic. With the support, Skype Translator can be used to translate to and from Modern Standard Arabic, the version of Arabic used by journalists and others throughout Arabic-speaking countries. This brings Skype Translator up to eight supported (spoken) languages.

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Pebble major update: Jumbo emojis, fresh new iOS app

Pebble major update: Jumbo emojis, fresh new iOS app

Pebble has just announced the rollout of firmware and app updates and while these benefit everyone, those on iOS have a lot to look forward to in this round. The firmware for the smartwatch itself has been update with both serious and whimsical new features while the Android app has gotten more multi-lingual. The iOS app, on the other hand, gets the biggest chunk of changes, starting with a totally new look. Plus, it also gets some new abilities, like being able to keep your notifications silent.

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Spotify update includes “Fresh Finds” for rising talent

Spotify update includes “Fresh Finds” for rising talent

The newest update to Spotify will come this week, adding to their already popular "Discover Weekly" feature with "Fresh Finds." As if to say "please, please listen to something other than Coldplay or Skrillex," Spotify has created yet another way for users to find new and exciting rising musical stars. Five categories are being added as a part of this initiative, including Basement, Cyclone, Fire Emoji, Hiptronix, and Six Strings.

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PS4 3.5 update brings Remote Play for Mac, PC (but not in beta)

PS4 3.5 update brings Remote Play for Mac, PC (but not in beta)

The PlayStaton 4 beta 3.5 update arrives tomorrow, giving those who signed up (and were granted access) several new features including the oft-requested Remote Play feature supporting Mac and PC. Those in the beta will get first-hand access to the features soon, but Sony has detailed what the update includes for all PS4 users to get excited about. Other notable additions include going incognito and direct streaming to Dailymotion.

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YouTube’s newest team will battle video takedown blunders

YouTube’s newest team will battle video takedown blunders

Copyright violations — and claims of such — get videos taken down from YouTube everyday, and unfortunately they’re not all valid. Creators have long expressed discontent about mistaken YouTube takedowns, something the company has itself addressed in various ways over time. Most recently, YouTube has announced the launch of a new team dedicated to reducing the number of mistaken video takedowns, hopefully appeasing Creators and making its monetization platform a little more appealing all the while.

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Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Forget the geofilters and birthday lenses — Snapchat has added a face-swapping feature, making it possible for two users to trade faces. The feature works exactly the same as all the face swapping apps dotting the respective app store landscapes, but is a fun addition for Snapchat users. Swapped faces have been plastering social networks today, and the results are, as you probably guessed, mostly horrifying.

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Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora has pushed out an update for its Android app, adding the new discovery feature that first launched on iOS. A new “Browse” option at the top of the app allows users to toggle from their stations over to a discovery tool where music is sorted into various categories, including things like popularity, genre, and decade. The feature is live now for those who update.

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Android N features: starting with menus

Android N features: starting with menus

Google's next version of Android has been spotted - sort of - in a developer preview for a simple function. This simple function allows developers to switch the operating system's "Dark" and "Light" themes on or off - or dark to light, however you want to say it - and contains a clue. This clue is the hamburger menu button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This button will allow the everyday user to open a drawer to the left of the screen, switching between sections in Settings menus with swiftness.

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Netflix for iOS adds 3D Touch and iPad Pro optimization

Netflix for iOS adds 3D Touch and iPad Pro optimization

Netflix has pushed out an update for its iOS app, adding some requested features like iPad Pro optimization but leaving out others, namely picture-in-picture support, much to users’ disappointment. The update brings Netflix for iOS up to version 8, which can be grabbed now from the iTunes store. In addition to iPad Pro owners, iPhones users are getting a treat with the update.

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Apple TV search adds Watch ABC, Disney Channel, XD and JR

Apple TV search adds Watch ABC, Disney Channel, XD and JR

Apple has added Disney XD, Disney Channel, Disney Jr and Watch ABC to its Siri search and universal search on the latest Apple TV, making it easier for owners to find content at those destinations through the device's interface. Now those destinations will appear as viewing options when pulling up an applicable show, for example, joining the option for iTunes and any others available.

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