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Snapchat update causing app to chew through data

Snapchat update causing app to chew through data

Snapchat is often a litany of updates and issues, and that pattern has repeated itself with this latest update. If you've recently updated the app, and have also noticed your data usage has skyrocketed, the two might be related, at least if reports from other users prove to be a trend. Following the update released in late January, users have started noticing that Snapchat is using quite a bit of background data, enough to deplete some users' monthly data allotment in a week or two.

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OS X 10.10.3 offers hints of diverse, multicultural emoji

OS X 10.10.3 offers hints of diverse, multicultural emoji

While the big news surrounding the release of the developer preview of Apple's OS X 10.10.3 was about the new Photos app, there were a few other, less prominent changes, especially in regard to emoji. First up are organization changes to the emoji menu which make it easier to find and enter the character you want. Second is the hint of a more diverse line-up of emoji, including the possibility to customize the skin color of certain characters.

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Chrome OS update lets admins lock stolen machines

Chrome OS update lets admins lock stolen machines

A locked device is a worthless device to many opportunistic thieves looking to pawn a gadget for a quick buck. For this reason, and due to the increasing number of gadget thefts, many states and advocates have pushed for better control over lost and stolen smartphones. Manufacturers have followed in line with this and added the ability to remotely lock or otherwise disable handsets, and with a new update, Google has given Chromebook users the same kind of security feature on their notebooks.

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Google updates Timely with Lollipop looks, Google Now support

Google updates Timely with Lollipop looks, Google Now support

Remember Timely? If you were using Google+ when it came out, you probably remember your feed being polluted with shares of the app’s link, which was an easy way to get in-app stuff. After its meteoric rise (which was really strange, since it’s really just an alarm clock app) Google purchased Bitspin, the studio behind Timely, and immediately made all the in-app content free. Since then, Bitspin (or maybe Google) has done little with the app, but an update today brings it full circle to Lollipop.

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World-bending changes: Warcraft III models in Starcraft II

World-bending changes: Warcraft III models in Starcraft II

If you are a fan of both of Blizzard's *Craft games, then soon you will get your chance to bring them all together into one messy whole. The game publisher has just announced that it is bringing thousands of Warcraft III assets into the StarCraft II world, first via the Public Test Realm (PTR) channel. This will give testers some time to dream up wars and scenarios, and maybe even reenactments, which Blizzard may spotlight once the patches roll out to the wider public.

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Amazon Echo now lets you control music streaming using voice

Amazon Echo now lets you control music streaming using voice

Amazon's own smart assistant, if you can call her/it that, just got smarter. Alexa now lets you control music streaming via Pandora, iTunes, and Spotify using only the power of your own voice, a feature previously limited to the mobile apps. And that's not the only skills Amazon Echo has learned. She/it has also increased her treasure trove of Wikipedia knowledge and now even knows how to play a game of "Simon Says." All thanks to the latest update that Amazon is now pushing to its cloud-powered smart cylinder.

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SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud has pushed out an update for its iOS and Android apps, with the Android version having received it back on Tuesday and the iOS version a couple days later on Thursday. The Android update is a fairly small one, bringing only minor changes; the iOS version, however, received a more substantive update specifically for those using the app on an iPad. iPad users will find a redesigned interface that boosts Apple's slate up to the same design level that has largely been available to iPhone users -- it is clean and easy to use, beautiful, and now lacking a Record button.

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HTC: We can’t meet our 90-day deadline for Android Lollipop

HTC: We can’t meet our 90-day deadline for Android Lollipop

When Android Lollipop hit AOSP, HTC was quick to announce they’d be updating their handsets within 90 days. In fact, they were the first OEM to give themselves a deadline for Lollipop, saying “We have the Android Lollipop code. We’ll be updating the HTC One (M8) & (M7) within 90 days form today.” That was November 3. As February draws near, fans have undoubtedly been wondering when HTC would update their handset. HTC now says they won’t meet their self-imposed deadline, and offer no new deadline for Lollipop.

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Tesla’s Musk: P85D speed was side effect, OTA update to make it faster

Tesla’s Musk: P85D speed was side effect, OTA update to make it faster

Though they face pushback when it comes to getting cars to potential owners via less-than-traditional retail means, Tesla is still on a tear. Their Model S is still in high demand, and CEO Elon Musk recently admitted they’d already sold through stock for their Model X. The Model 3 is coming soon, too. So are battery swapping stations, as well as the company speeding up the already ‘Insane’ P85D via a software upgrade. The car reaches speeds that, according to Musk, was an accident anyway.

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GoPro HERO4 footage shows post-update HD slow motion

GoPro HERO4 footage shows post-update HD slow motion

GoPro HERO4 owners will soon have a bit of additional functionality via their tiny action cameras: high-definition slow motion. The functionality will be delivered by a soon-to-arrive firmware update, which will bring 720p-resolution recording at 240fps. Users are still waiting to score such a feature, but at least one GoPro out in the wild has it, and thanks to the owner we can all see what kind of footage is produced. A couple videos have surfaced demonstrating the 720p slow-motion, and they're gorgeous.

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