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Google’s group sharing app Spaces is being shuttered

Google’s group sharing app Spaces is being shuttered

Google has a lot of messaging and social apps/services these days, but today the company revealed that it's putting one of the lesser-known options out to pasture: the group sharing and messaging service Spaces. Launched less than a year ago, Spaces was designed for users to organize group conversations and sharing based on specific topics.

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Samsung Secure Folder arrives for Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

Samsung Secure Folder arrives for Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users have some additional security coming their way today, as Samsung has launched a new Secure Folder for those two devices. As the name suggests, Secure Folder is a place where you can put your apps and data to give them an extra layer of security. Secure Folder is backed by Samsung Knox technology, creating an encrypted space on your smartphone.

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Minecraft didn’t abandon Windows Phone, but also sort of did

Minecraft didn’t abandon Windows Phone, but also sort of did

This week the folks at Microsoft's Mojang have announced an update for Minecraft on Windows Phone. Not just any Windows Phone, but Windows 10 Mobile - specifically NOT Windows Phone 8. You see, Minecraft stopped getting updated for Windows Phone 8 back in October of 2016, and will never be updated for that OS ever again. For Windows 10 Mobile, however, it's time to get some new features!

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Instagram’s 10x photos or videos per post is just a blog

Instagram’s 10x photos or videos per post is just a blog

The newest update to Instagram will allow users to insert up to 10x photos or 10x videos in a single post. As Instagram makes this change, they also pave the way to the future - a future in which users are able to post more than 10 photos, and more than 10 videos, and put as much text as they want, and maybe even someday have comments and more share buttons, too. Maybe Instagram's next move will be to allow users to post quotes, audio without video, and insert links too. Is Instagram just becoming Tumblr?

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Oculus Rift gets HTC Vive’s greatest VR art app – Tilt Brush

Oculus Rift gets HTC Vive’s greatest VR art app – Tilt Brush

Google released their virtual reality art app for Oculus Rift this week after months of exclusivity on HTC Vive. This app allows the user to paint in 3D space, using a variety of brushes and different sorts of "paint." The user is allowed to paint with paint, and the user is allowed to paint with light. Inks and drippings can move, and objects created sit in space while the artist transforms their universe.

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WhatApp’s revamped Status feature sure seems a lot like Snapchat Stories

WhatApp’s revamped Status feature sure seems a lot like Snapchat Stories

We're dealing with a bit of déjà vu today, as WhatsApp has decided to roll out a massive update to its years-old Status feature. Early adopters will remember that WhatsApp launched as an application for sharing your status with friends and family, which means this feature was in place before even messaging - now the main draw of WhatsApp - was introduced. Today's update to the Status feature is a revamp in every sense of the word, but you'd be forgiven if you find it instantly familiar.

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How to get Special Items in Pokemon GO: Some Guidance

How to get Special Items in Pokemon GO: Some Guidance

This week we're tearing through the Pokemon GO Gen 2 update to see how everything works - today's subject: Special Items. What the game calls "Special Items" are also called Evolution Items, or Evolution Requirements by the game. There are several Pokemon which require one of these items to evolve into their next-level Pokemon. That, and a healthy dose of patience to capture many times over or carry along as a Buddy Pokemon for Pokemon Candy.

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Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List updated, Feb Week 3: the Takumi era

Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List updated, Feb Week 3: the Takumi era

This week in Fire Emblem Heroes with the release of a whole new collection of heroes, we've got some adjusting to do. Adjusting to the big Tier List, that is to say - deciding which characters belong on which rank level based on their skills and statistics. For the most part the rank list has remained largely the same. With the rise of overpowered characters like Takumi, however, it's become time to make some changes.

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Comcast Xfinity Stream app will offer live TV streaming and offline downloads

Comcast Xfinity Stream app will offer live TV streaming and offline downloads

Comcast says it will soon launch its new ‘Comcast Xfinity Stream’ app, a successor to the Xfinity TV app that’ll offer a bunch of features including media ratings from Common Sense Media, a Spanish-language guide, and more. The app will be provided for free to Xfinity TV subscribers, and will bring one’s full television lineup to mobile devices over the subscriber’s home WiFi, as well as outside of the house.

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Nest app improves Cam notifications, adds Android shortcuts

Nest app improves Cam notifications, adds Android shortcuts

Nest has announced an update to its Nest app that brings a bunch of improvements, including app shortcuts for those using the Android version. Nest Cam owners in particular are blessed by this update, which improves notifications for Nest Aware customers via things like automatic door detection. As well, Nest Cam owners will get better alerts from Nest Protect, namely an automatic live video feed from your Nest Cam if carbon monoxide or smoke is detected.

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Google Maps now lets you create and share lists of places

Google Maps now lets you create and share lists of places

Most of us have a wishlist of places we'd like to visit, but with a world as wide as ours, keeping them all straight can be a little tough sometimes. Google Maps is coming to the rescue with a brand new feature being rolled out today: shareable lists. Beginning today, you can use the Google Maps app to create lists of your favorite places and share them with family and friends.

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Pokemon GO update has secret features and 3x new Gen 2 spawns

Pokemon GO update has secret features and 3x new Gen 2 spawns

A number of references to features not yet active in Pokemon GO have been found in the latest version of Pokemon GO. We've done another APK mine of the newest version of Pokemon GO and have found quite a few of these rather interesting bits and pieces. Alongside a set of three new Pokemon just a couple of lines of code away from release, a set of adjustments for Gen 2 has appeared.

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