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Facebook Messenger adds personalization tools, Photo Magic

Facebook Messenger adds personalization tools, Photo Magic

Facebook has updated Messenger with some features designed to make holiday chatting and sharing a little more fun. As part of that, Photo Magic is rolling out to more users, enabling them to share photos with friends who are in them automatically. As well, Messenger is also getting more customization features, namely selectable colors for different group threads and conversations with friends.

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Xbox Fitness nixes Kinect requirement, adds downloads

Xbox Fitness nixes Kinect requirement, adds downloads

Microsoft has pushed out an update for Xbox Fitness that removes the Kinect requirement. The change opens Xbox Fitness to a larger number of Xbox users, but with a lesser experience in that Kinect is required to fully take advantage of what Xbox Fitness is capable of. Joining this change also comes workout downloads for offline playback, making it easier to sidestep connectivity troubles and data caps.

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Facebook Events on iOS adds browsing by category

Facebook Events on iOS adds browsing by category

Facebook has turned its attention to Events, the part of the service you’re likely familiar with but never too happy about. Events works well enough, but has its downsides — a bunch of unwanted notifications being among them — that have gone mostly untouched. Things are changing for iOS users, though; Facebook has announced an update that makes it easier to find events in certain cities using search.

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Skype for Business launches on Android

Skype for Business launches on Android

Skype for Business has launched on Android following months in the company’s preview program. Skype has designed the app to maximize productivity and give users what they need most. As part of that, Skype for Business on Android has a redesigned dashboard with better placements for things like the contact search bar, recent chats, and meetings coming up.

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Facebook Messenger’s new ride hailing feature taps Uber

Facebook Messenger’s new ride hailing feature taps Uber

Facebook Messenger users will soon see a new car icon at the bottom of the app that, when pressed, orders an Uber ride from directly within Facebook’s app. The new feature is currently being tested with some users, and will launch for those located in cities with Uber service. Says Facebook, it will partner with other transportation services ‘soon,’ which will make the feature available to more Messenger users.

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Nexus 6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update ads to Google’s growing list

Nexus 6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update ads to Google’s growing list

This week Google has added the original Nexus 6 to their ever-growing list of updates to Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, the newest version of their mobile operating system. This joins the Nexus Player, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9 LTE, and Nexus 9 Wi-fi, as well as a bunch of Android One phones internationally. You'll also find Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X on this list, of course. This list is for those that know what's going on with the downloading and the flashing and so forth.

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Google’s Project Fi adds support for data-only devices

Google’s Project Fi adds support for data-only devices

Google has announced that Project Fi, its mobile service, will cover more than just your Nexus smartphone. With this new update, Project Fi adds support for data-only devices like your tablet; you’ll need to pick up one of its data-only SIMs to get it (availability is rolling out gradually). Google is going with a simple pricing structure, a flat rate of $10 for every gigabyte.

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Facebook updates real name policy in response to criticism

Facebook updates real name policy in response to criticism

Since Facebook rolled out their real names policy, the company has gotten a lot of (justified) negative feedback. More than a few of my own friends have been affected by the policy, for one reason or another. While I can understand that they want to ensure that people know who they're communicating with, it's had many adverse effects on a host of people. Thankfully, the company has announced some forthcoming changes that should help.

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Almond router update enables Nest integration

Almond router update enables Nest integration

Securifi is a company that makes the cool Almond+ and Almond 2015 routers. Those routers have been updated to support Nest products. Say the word Nest and we immediately think of the Nest thermostat, but Nest has other products to its name like the Protect smoke alarm and Cam security camera. Nest integration adds another layer of control for the router that already has integration for Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Phillips Hue devices.

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Facebook Moments has killed off Photo Sync

Facebook Moments has killed off Photo Sync

In June, Facebook introduced a new app called Moments, which enables users to create a private gallery comprising multiple users’ photos. Before Moments arrived, though, Facebook rolled out a feature called Photo Sync back in 2012 — with it, Facebook would automatically upload one’s photos into a private album for faster sharing with other users. Now that Moments has arrived, Facebook is going to kill off Photo Sync.

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Google app for iOS updated with 3D Touch support

Google app for iOS updated with 3D Touch support

The Google app for iOS has been updated with 3D Touch support, giving iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users some added functionality. Users can, for example, hard press on the Google app’s icon to pull up shortcuts for common activities: voice search, image search, and search. The update brings with it a couple other changes, as well, that aren’t limited to the latest iPhone models.

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Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, El Capitan 10.11.2, and tvOS 9.1

Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, El Capitan 10.11.2, and tvOS 9.1

Apple released a bunch of updates today, including iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, Apple TV OS 9.1, and El Capitan 10.11.2. Some of the updates are more substantial than others - the watchOS update just brings additional language support and bug fixes, for example. Notable changes include Siri support for Apple Music in tvOS 9.1, Arabic support with Siri in iOS 9.2, several improvements in El Capitan, and more.

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