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5 Financial apps to ease your tax season headache

5 Financial apps to ease your tax season headache

We've rolled into the new year, and that means tax season is upon us. The deadline to file your taxes won't roll around until April 18, however, getting started early will give you time to spread out the task and keep frustration low. Here to help are a handful of mobile apps designed specifically for finances and tax filing in particular, including the IRS's own under-utilized mobile offering.

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Samsung Gear smartwatches iPhone compatible with release of new apps

Samsung Gear smartwatches iPhone compatible with release of new apps

Is 2017 going to be the year that Apple and Samsung finally start playing nice together? Apple is opening its first retail store in Samsung's home of South Korea, and now Samsung's Gear line of wearables have their own iOS apps. Ok, so maybe playing nice is still out of the picture, but at the least the latter means owners of the Gear S3, Gear S2, and Gear Fit 2 can use their devices with an iPhone if they prefer.

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iOS App Store kicks off 2017 with record-setting New Year’s Day

iOS App Store kicks off 2017 with record-setting New Year’s Day

It looks like the iOS App Store is off to a strong start to 2017, with Apple announcing today that New Year's Day was a record-setting one for the digital storefront. On top of that, Apple also announced that 2016 was a "record-shattering year," for the App Store. It seems that now is a good time to be an Apple developer, assuming you can claw your way into the top grossing and most popular charts.

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WhatsApp drops support for some phones, but gives BlackBerry an extension

WhatsApp drops support for some phones, but gives BlackBerry an extension

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps available, and so there are likely going to be some users disappointed today: the app is dropping support for older phone platforms. This isn't a surprise, as the company gave a fair warning in the recent past that this day was coming. It's not all bad news, though -- WhatsApp has also announced an extension for certain devices.

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Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google is preparing to run a "Year-End" sort of celebration and cutting prices on a bunch of media. This includes apps as well as TV shows and movies. It also includes Google Books of many sorts - and comic books, which, if you haven't tried on a mobile device, I personally recommend you do. Google's method of display of comic books on mobile devices - tablets especially - is really top notch.

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Stealth turns your entire body into a game controller to get you fit

Stealth turns your entire body into a game controller to get you fit

Plenty of video games over the years have launched to try and help people have fun while getting fit. All you need to think about is the Nintendo Wii for a perfect example. A new video game system has landed on Kickstarter that uses your smartphone and your body as the controller called Stealth. Stealth is intended to help you get in shape while playing games on the smartphone.

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Samsung Focus is an all-in-one productivity app for Android

Samsung Focus is an all-in-one productivity app for Android

Samsung has announced what it calls an all-in-one productivity app, Samsung Focus. This app brings together all the things you’d normally consider part of a productive workday: your email, memos, phone contacts, and calendar, namely. Samsung Focus features a tabbed interface and serves as a single destination in which to access these items, including multiple email accounts. Users can even select specific keywords around which notifications will revolve.

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Super Mario Run for Android pre-registration opens

Super Mario Run for Android pre-registration opens

Super Mario Run has been breaking records and it has been doing its record breaking while only be available on one of the major smartphone platforms. Super Mario Run has been on iOS only since launch and has still ticked up about 40 million downloads. Android gamers will soon get to join in the action with Super Mario Run coming soon for Android.

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Snapchat drops up to $40M to buy Cimagine augmented reality platform

Snapchat drops up to $40M to buy Cimagine augmented reality platform

Snapchat has wrapped up its very first major acquisition in Israel according to reports. The purchase was of a company that has been around for four years called Cimagine. Cimagine has an augmented reality platform that allows customers to visualize products they want to buy in their locations. According to Calcalist News, Snapchat plunked down $30 - $40 million for the company.

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Opera Max ‘VIP Mode’ gives unlimited data saving…and puts an ad on your phone

Opera Max ‘VIP Mode’ gives unlimited data saving…and puts an ad on your phone

Opera offers an Android app designed to reduce the amount of mobile data you use throughout the day, and it’s pretty great at doing so. That has resulted in somewhere around 50 million Android users actively using the app every month, and Opera found itself in a bit of a pickle: while the free app shows an advertisement when you’re within the app, there was little reason to actually open the app and thus no one was looking at these ads with any sort of regularity. The company recently introduced a limitation that addresses that issue, and users weren't happy, so now the company is back with yet another change: VIP Mode.

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Uber now lets riders set a friend as their trip destination

Uber now lets riders set a friend as their trip destination

Uber is rolling out a new feature that allows its customers to choose a specific person as their trip destination rather than an address. This works via an in-app request for that person’s location, assuming they’re included in your phone’s contacts. As well, Uber has announced some custom Snapchat filters alongside Snapchat integration, enabling users to unlock these filters during a trip.

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Super Mario Run gains new friendly run mode

Super Mario Run gains new friendly run mode

The problem with a lot of mobile games is that they all require energy or something in the game to allow you to keep playing. In the case of Super Mario Run (check out our review here) you need Rally Tickets to play in the normal mode of the game. A new game mode has been added to the game called Friendly Run that allows you to play with your friends without having to shell out any Rally Tickets.

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