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Here are all the cool software changes Tesla made yesterday

Here are all the cool software changes Tesla made yesterday

A benefit of owning a Tesla — aside from being an early adopter in a pretty cool company — is their update cycle. Unlike the car the rest of us own, Tesla updates their automobiles over-the-air, and it’s not just to change the clock for daylight savings. Tesla usually brings significant updates to their cars, and yesterday was no different. Plenty of cool new changes are incoming for Tesla owners, and if you happened to miss it — here’s a tidy little recap for you.

 

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FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

FREAK security hole: Passwords on Android and iOS apps at risk

At first, we thought the FREAK security vulnerability was isolated to Internet browsers. Then, it became clear that Windows OS is vulnerable to FREAK attacks. The latest news is that this problem is now able to affect smartphones and mobile devices through apps on Android and iOS. The FREAK vulnerability is a security backdoor created by an old Clinton administration era government policy which required all exported software and hardware to have weak encryption keys. Obviously their policy was passed without much foresight. FREAK attacks cripple HTTPS security, allowing for sensitive data like passwords and credit card information to be snatched by hackers savvy to the susceptibility.

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VSCO Cam update brings batch editing to iOS, Android

VSCO Cam update brings batch editing to iOS, Android

VSCO Cam is a widely used photo editing tool for mobile devices, and might just offer up the best suite of tools available. Those who take and edit a lot of photos rely on it heavily, and it’s those VSCO seems to have in mind with their latest update. Now, with VSCO Cam 4.1 for iOS and 3.2 for Android, users gain the ability to batch edit. Once you apply a set of edits to one photo, a quick selection of others populates your edits to them as well.

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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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Tumblr updates make it more of a blogging platform

Tumblr updates make it more of a blogging platform

After teasing an update to users last night, Tumblr has made changes that could make the service much more than GIFs and fun pictures of weird stuff. Editing features for text are finally being added, suggesting Yahoo is taking Tumblr seriously in the wake of their new Creatrs announcement. The new features will also bring in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get window when creating a post on Tumblr, so there are no surprises once you hit publish.

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Apple rolls out iOS 8.1.3, requires less open memory for updates

Apple rolls out iOS 8.1.3, requires less open memory for updates

Apple has just released iOS 8.1.3, their third iteration on the release of iOS 8. After a series of errors surrounding iOS 8 upgrades, this one fixes some minor problems. We’ll now need less space to update an iPhone or iPad device over the air, and iOS 8.1.3 fixes an issue where Spotlight failed to display app results. Thankfully, Apple also fixed their frustrating multitasking gestures bug on iPad (five-finger pinch to close, among others). The update is rolling out now.

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Email app CloudMagic adds security features, paid tier

Email app CloudMagic adds security features, paid tier

Email is seen in many different lights, but one thing is certain: we all have and address, and use it. In that respect, it’s important to have an email app you can trust. Google recently made a splash with Inbox, but that’s a rethinking of email that some aren’t fond of. We shared our picks for best email app that was more true to form, with CloudMagic taking the reigns. Now the service has been updated, and brings in more features, as well as a paid model.

Report: Note Edge, Note 4 to get Lollipop upgrade

Report: Note Edge, Note 4 to get Lollipop upgrade

The Samsung Note 4 and Note Edge have a lot of similarities. Under the hood, the two are nearly identical. Face-forward, the story changes quite a bit. The rounded screen on the Note Edge is a neat add-on, but many wonder how it will hold up to the Android upgrade cycle. As it turns out, you may have nothing to worry about. A new report suggests Samsung will update both the Note 4 and Note Edge to Android 5.0 Lollipop soon.

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Report: Apple working on 3 new iOS 8 updates

Report: Apple working on 3 new iOS 8 updates

Though iOS 8 was a good iteration of the mobile OS from Apple, building nicely on the aesthetic twist iOS 7 brought in, it lacks some punch. Certain aspects of iOS still go largely untouched, and the update itself can be a bit buggy. Now it seems three new updates to iOS are in the pipeline, and may be coming soon.

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Chrome for iOS updated, adds extensions

Chrome for iOS updated, adds extensions

As iOS 8 finds its way to more devices, Developers will start to update their apps. Though Safari is the default browser for Appel products, many insist on downloading Chrome to take its place. Those fancy extensions Apple bragged up for iOS 8 and Safari are now available on Chrome, via an update.

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