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Layar AR app updates with redesign and new history feed

Layar AR app updates with redesign and new history feed

Augmented reality is still fairly underground, but more and more people are starting to get in on the phenomenon to bring digitized content to the physical world. Layar is one service that's looking to make a splash in the augmented reality universe, and they've just updated their mobile app with a new look and some new features.

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Windows 8.1 officially confirmed for mid-October arrival

Windows 8.1 officially confirmed for mid-October arrival

It was just recently rumored that the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8 would begin rolling out to the general public sometime in mid-October, and Microsoft has confirmed this morning, that is indeed true. Windows 8.1 will begin taking off on October 18, starting at midnight in New Zealand, which would be the 17th for those in the US.

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Skype update brings 720p video to Retina-display iOS devices

Skype update brings 720p video to Retina-display iOS devices

The latest Skype update has arrived in the iOS App Store and this one has a focus on video calling. Specifically, those sporting an iPhone 5 or fourth-generation iPad will now be able to make 720p HD quality video calls. While the 720p video is limited to the Retina-display devices, that is not where this update has stopped.

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Sonos Android update adds support for wireless audio streaming

Sonos Android update adds support for wireless audio streaming

Sonos is one of the go-to companies for wireless streaming options, and Android users can finally get in on the fun, thanks to an update to the Sonos Controller app. The update now enables users to play music and audio stored on their Android phone or tablet anywhere that they have a Sonos wireless speaker or player.

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Flipboard magazines hit the web with new “Big Ideas” category

Flipboard magazines hit the web with new “Big Ideas” category

You might remember back in May when Flipboard introduced custom magazines that allowed users to curate different kinds of content into one magazine and share it with the world. That feature as now hit the web, allowing users to read these custom-curated magazines from any browser on any device with an internet connection.

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Instagram embeds arrive for third-party sites

Instagram embeds arrive for third-party sites

It may be hard to believe, but before today, there was no way to embed Instagram content on other websites. However, the social photo-sharing company has finally announced the feature and launched embeds for both photos and videos. This will allow users to show Instagram content on their own website without just having to link to it.

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Twitter updates with direct message syncing

Twitter updates with direct message syncing

Users love when things can be synced across multiple devices, so it should come as a big relief that a Twitter update today now includes syncing of direct messages across multiple devices. The update applies to a slew of platforms: Android, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, the Twitter web interface, and the mobile web app, as well as TweetDeck.

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Windows 8.1 going out to OEMs late next month

Windows 8.1 going out to OEMs late next month

Microsoft released a public preview version of Windows 8.1 late last month, and it seems things are going well so far. As a result, it looks like Microsoft is ready to set a date for the final version to be sent out to OEMs. The company is planning to push out a final version of Windows 8.1 to PC makers sometime in "late August."

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Vine for iOS updates with channels, new camera tools, and “revining”

Vine for iOS updates with channels, new camera tools, and “revining”

In what is most likely a response to Instagram's recently-announced video features, Vine has added some hefty new features to its iOS app, including channels, new camera tools, as well as a "revining" feature that lets you share Vines on your own profile, similar to how retweets work.

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BlackBerry 10.2 leaked screenshots reveal quick-reply notifications, WiFi Direct

BlackBerry 10.2 leaked screenshots reveal quick-reply notifications, WiFi Direct

While BlackBerry 10.1 was just rolled out about a month ago, ramblings of version 10.2 are beginning to pop up in the form of leaked screenshots. The revealing screenshots show a few new features, including improved notifications that let you quick-reply to messages and email right from the lock screen, as well as WiFi Direct support.

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HTC One S abandoned: No more Android updates for 2012 phone

HTC One S abandoned: No more Android updates for 2012 phone

While only over just a year old, the HTC One S was quickly overtaken by newer devices, but it remains as one of our favorite mid-range devices. Sadly, HTC has confirmed that the device will no longer be receiving Android updates, officially putting the device in the archives as an obsolete handset.

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Spotify for iPhone updated with Discover and new Now Playing view

Spotify for iPhone updated with Discover and new Now Playing view

Spotify for iPhone received a healthy update today, and it now comes with the music streaming service's new Discover mode that allows the app to recommend new music to you based on your listening preferences and playlists. Furthermore, the app also has a new Now Playing view, as well as a new icon (if the previous icon was looking a little boring on your iPhone home screen).

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