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Google Assistant will now predict delayed flights

Google Assistant will now predict delayed flights

We're fast approaching a time when a lot of people will be traveling around the country, and it isn't holiday travel without delays. Google today announced that it's rolling out new functionality to Google Assistant that will alert you to potential flight delays before they're made official. We're also getting a new feature in Google Maps that will help visitors to a new city discover things to do.

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Oculus Go gets Sling TV, ESPN, FOX NOW and a new holiday promo

Oculus Go gets Sling TV, ESPN, FOX NOW and a new holiday promo

The standalone virtual reality headset Oculus Go has been on the receiving end of three new apps for video content: ESPN, Sling TV, and FOX NOW. The latest additions join a number of existing video options, including Pluto TV, Netflix, Plex, YouTube, and more. As well, Oculus is offering customers the opportunity to get an $80 credit for Sling TV, a livestreaming television service.

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Facebook Messenger gets a selfie portrait mode and Boomerang support

Facebook Messenger gets a selfie portrait mode and Boomerang support

Facebook Messenger's camera is getting a pretty significant update today. This update adds a handful of new features to the app, including a new selfie mode and support for AR stickers. Messenger is also adding native support for Boomerang today, which was launched by Instagram a couple of years back.

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Facebook has a plan to track you offline

Facebook has a plan to track you offline

This week a plan for a future Facebook app feature was revealed in a patent for "Office Trajectories" by the USPTO. In this patent, Facebook detailed a method for determining the current location of an individual - even when their phone is turned off and/or their GPS is deactivated. How might Facebook achieve this, you might scream? They'll just use all the information you've already given them, jam it all in a computer with Machine Learning, and spit out the most likely location - it's easy, really!

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Facebook API bug exposed photos of millions of users

Facebook API bug exposed photos of millions of users

Facebook's seemingly never-ending string of privacy and security scandals continues today. The company has announced a security flaw in its photo API that has affected as many as 6.8 million users. This bug potentially exposed user photos to apps that use the photo API, even in some cases impacting photos that were never posted.

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Tumblr returns to App Store following explicit content ban

Tumblr returns to App Store following explicit content ban

Tumblr is once again available to download from the App Store. The return follows the platform's controversial adult content ban, which many view as an excessive response to the concerns leading to its App Store removal. The revived app lists the new community content restrictions, but the policy doesn't go into effect until next week.

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Google Maps adds Lime scooters to transportation options

Google Maps adds Lime scooters to transportation options

Google Maps already supports quite a few transit options, but today it's getting one more. Google has announced that it's partnering with Lime to show the locations of the latter company's scooters and bikes within Google Maps. The roll out is starting small, but should be expanding to more areas soon.

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Pandora mobile apps get new podcast discovery platform

Pandora mobile apps get new podcast discovery platform

Pandora has pushed out updates for its Android and iOS apps to bring personalized podcast recommendations. The company first revealed plans to offer the feature earlier this year, later deploying it as a beta to a limited number of users. As with its music service, the podcast discovery feature helps users find new podcasts that they're likely to enjoy based on what they already listen to.

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Apple’s rumored Texture relaunch leaves some news publishers unconvinced

Apple’s rumored Texture relaunch leaves some news publishers unconvinced

Earlier this year, Apple acquired Texture, which is often described as "the Netflix of magazines." With Texture, users pay a monthly fee to access around 200 different magazines - that rate used to be $14.99 per month, but not long after picking up Texture, Apple dropped it to $9.99. As it turns out, Apple might have even bigger plans for Texture besides a simple price drop, but some publishers aren't that thrilled about what Apple it plotting.

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Google Photos ends unlimited free storage for unsupported videos

Google Photos ends unlimited free storage for unsupported videos

Google switched things up back in 2015, offering unlimited free image and video storage on Google Photos at relatively high resolutions, but now the company is back with a small change. Going forward, Google Photos will still offer unlimited free image and video storage...except for video formats that it doesn't support.

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Instagram is testing new accounts for influencers and celebrities

Instagram is testing new accounts for influencers and celebrities

As it stands, high-profile Instagram users have an experience that's pretty much the same as an average user's. That may not be the case for much longer, as Instagram has revealed that it's testing new "creator accounts" for celebrities, influencers, or pretty much anyone with a substantial following on the platform. These new account will give those creators more insight into how their content performs on the social media site.

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Instagram rolls out direct short voice messaging option for all users

Instagram rolls out direct short voice messaging option for all users

Instagram is rolling out voice messaging support to all users across the globe, the company has confirmed. With the new feature, which was first tipped earlier this year, users are able to easily send brief voice messages to another user privately, a feature already available on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

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