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Microsoft update quietly preps Windows 7, 8.1 for Windows 10

Microsoft update quietly preps Windows 7, 8.1 for Windows 10

While it might be a bit too early to start getting excited over the Windows 10 update, which isn't expected to arrive until summer, Microsoft seems to already be warming up people's computers just the same. A recommended, and therefore purely optional, update for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 has been discovered to be laying the groundwork for those machines' eventual upgrade to Windows 10. The details of this update also reveal how Microsoft might try to convince users to update to the latest Windows version.

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RSS app Reeder 3 for Mac update teased

RSS app Reeder 3 for Mac update teased

While the technology behind RSS hasn't changed in years, and its use may sometimes appear to be on the decline with services like Twitter often being used for website updates, the shutdown of Google Reader in 2013 showed there is still a widespread desire for a RSS syncing service. In the wake of Google Reader, services like Feedly and Feedbin rose to prominence, and with them the client Reeder was updated to version 2 to take advantage of more services. Now it looks version 3 of the Mac app is on its way, with an overhaul to match the changes brought about by OS X Yosemite.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track browser default

Microsoft drops Do Not Track browser default

Microsoft has announced that it will be changing its Do Not Track default in future iterations of its browsers -- namely that it will no longer be enabled by default. The company points to industry standards and the refinement of such, with the latest draft saying that the "signal sent MUST reflect the user's preference", and, further into it, that "In the absence of user choice, there is no tracking preference expressed." Says Microsoft, given that latter portion, it has elected to change the Do Not Track default to avoid any "misunderstanding" regarding whether the chosen implementation follows the standard.

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Evernote for iOS update brings scanning, Apple Watch features

Evernote for iOS update brings scanning, Apple Watch features

For many, Evernote is the go-to for digital note taking and document storage. A good portion of those users are also on iOS, and Evernote’s recent update keeps those users in mind. The core Evernote app (there are a lot of satellite offerings form the company) will now let users scan documents and have them turned into digital representations of their physical selves. Also, that previously discussed Apple Watch version of Evernote is alive and well in the update.

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Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype has announced some new updates today, chief among them being the introduction of Skype 5.3 for Android, bringing some features that have already been available in the iOS version. Skype promises this is a big update, and amongst the new features are improvements to the app's design itself, boosting the visual appeal of Skype's chat and making the overall experience a bit "more consistent". The new chat layout in Android is similar to the layout those who use the service on the desktop and iOS have had access to, among other things.

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Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Today, Twitter’s live-streaming app, Periscope, is getting an update. Still locked into iOS, the update is pushing some fine-tuning forward. When you head into Periscope, the streams from folks you follow will now be pushed to the top of the heap, making them easier to see in the sea of streaming. Periscope has also made some tweaks to notifications, turning off follower notifications by default. One potential flaw in Periscope, the ability to zoom in on your location, has been mitigated by the option to tag your location.

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TweetDeck for OS X now supports Teams, group DMs, GIFs

TweetDeck for OS X now supports Teams, group DMs, GIFs

Twitter users, especially those who track multiple accounts for business purposes, are likely aware of TweetDeck. The homegrown Twitter app is handy for keeping tabs on multiple items, and is now seeing an important update for the Mac client. After a succession of updates on other platforms, the OS X version of TweetDeck is now getting the service’s ‘Teams’ feature. TweetDeck users on Mac will also see GIFs animated within the app, in-line video, and group DMs — handy for use with Teams.

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Dropbox improves browser document previews

Dropbox improves browser document previews

Dropbox has been introducing new features and tweaks in recent times, and newest among them is an improvement to how documents are previewed when using a Web browser. According to the cloud storage service, the changes bring with them faster loading speeds and a better look, both of which are important in their own ways. The new features were announced today, but will be rolling out over the remainder of the week and so you mightn't be seeing them for a little while still. Fortunately, we've all the details for you after the jump!

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Windows 10: latest preview build brings Spartan browser

Windows 10: latest preview build brings Spartan browser

Microsoft has pushed out the latest Windows 10 Preview Build (10049), and with it comes the long-coveted Project Spartan browser. That's just about the only notable addition to the latest build, which follows the release of Build 10041 we recently discussed. Some of the issues brought on by the last build are fixed in this latest one, as well, such as getting stuck when locking the PC. Project Spartan is the big focus this time around, however, something Microsoft likewise detailed today to get users up-to-date on what all it has to offer.

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Grand Theft Auto V update will fix graphics quality issue

Grand Theft Auto V update will fix graphics quality issue

If you're an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 owner and you've recently updated Grand Theft Auto V with Title Update 1.08, you've likely noticed a problem that has managed to catch Rockstar Games' attention: the graphics quality took a nose dive, and the enjoyability of gameplay went with it. Gamers have been complaining about this issue, and today Rockstar announced that it has set its sights on the problem. There's no fix yet, but one is being looked into, and as you'd expect, gamers will be given an update about when it is available.

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