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Best iPhone Games of Summer 2016

Best iPhone Games of Summer 2016

Today we're running down the best mobile games on all platforms for the Summer of 2016. That's pretty specific, but it only refers to the time in which we played the games, not the time in which the games were originally released. In this way we're able to bring you the best games on the market in their current state, which is great for games that've matured and become far better than they were at launch, of which there are many in this environment. New games have come up to fight for the top spot, too!

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WhatsApp updates privacy policy, will begin sharing user info with Facebook

WhatsApp updates privacy policy, will begin sharing user info with Facebook

WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy, and this is one its more than one billion users will want to pay attention to. In the update, WhatsApp says that it will begin sharing some information on its users with Facebook, a first for the company despite the fact that it has been owned by the social media giant for more than two years now.

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Microsoft Cache app for Windows, iOS smells like OneClip

Microsoft Cache app for Windows, iOS smells like OneClip

Instead of simply keeping all its eggs in its own Window 10 or Windows 10 Mobile basket, Microsoft, either officially or through its Garage skunkworks arm, has been steadily putting out mobile apps that cross the platform divide into iOS and Android territory, ranging from the useful to the insane. One of the latest, fortunately, straddles the “useful” category. Microsoft Garage’s “new” Cache app lets you clip anything and sync those between Windows and iOS devices. We say “new” because, truth be told, it sounds a lot like Microsoft’s “OneClip” tool from last year.

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VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

VIZIO SmartCast app enhanced, Google Play Movies & TV coming

Even with Android TV, Google’s formal presence on TV sets and boxes remains rather week. That, however, doesn’t always matter considering how its Google Cast technology exists in every Android TV and beyond, providing a bridge to Google’s services and content. Case in point is VIZIO’s Cast-ready SmartCast products, which, thanks to an updated SmartCast app, will soon be able to stream videos from Google’s own selection of movies and TV shows from Google Play Movies & TV, in addition to other services like Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu.

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Facebook testing new ‘Add Contact’ option in Messenger

Facebook testing new ‘Add Contact’ option in Messenger

Facebook Messenger is testing a new feature that will make the app entirely more useable for some individuals: the ability to request adding a contact with another Messenger user rather than having to add that individual as a ‘friend.’ The new feature is aptly called ‘Add Contact,’ and would exist between Facebook friendship and messaging someone sans any formal affiliation with them; you can, for now, message someone who isn’t a friend by sending them a message request.

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Lenovo to bundle Office and other Microsoft apps on Android devices

Lenovo to bundle Office and other Microsoft apps on Android devices

Lenovo and Microsoft have announced that they are teaming up to deepen their strategic tires. The team up will mean that Lenovo will now load Microsoft productivity apps by default on its Android powered devices. That will presumably mean tablets and smartphones. Lenovo expects to ship millions of Android devices globally over the next several years.

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Uber and Lyft rides to be taxed under new Massachusetts law

Uber and Lyft rides to be taxed under new Massachusetts law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a new law that will impose a fee on every ride generated through ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber. The fee will only come in at 20 cents per ride, and the good news for consumers is that they won't see the fee tacked onto the cost of their ride, as this law bans the service providers from passing the cost of the fee onto consumers.

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Pandora rumored to launch on-demand service to compete with Spotify

Pandora rumored to launch on-demand service to compete with Spotify

Pandora, one of the oldest players in the streaming music market, appears to finally be stepping up its service from simply radio-only to an actual on-demand option for users. A new report indicates that following the purchase of Rdio last year, Pandora is nearing the release of a premium on-demand music service that would allow it to compete with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and others.

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Samsung shutting down Milk Music service next month

Samsung shutting down Milk Music service next month

Owners of Samsung Galaxy and Note device take notice: if the company's Milk Music is your streaming audio service of choice, your time is now limited. The phone maker has announced that it will be shutting down Milk Music in the US on September 22nd. First launched in 2014, the service was Samsung's attempt to attract customers to its devices with exclusive streaming media offerings. Along with Milk Music there was Milk Video, but that was shuttered last September.

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Facebook releases Lifestage, an app for teens only

Facebook releases Lifestage, an app for teens only

As the world's most popular social network, Facebook's biggest competition in recent years has been Snapchat, the messaging app that's hugely popular with teens. In order to prove that it's still hip and cool to the younger generations, Facebook has just released a new social media app for iOS called Lifestage, and to make sure it doesn't catch on among boring adults, it can only be used by those who are 21 or younger.

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Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google's plan to spin-off the two main functions of its Hangouts app — messaging and video calls — into separates apps officially became a reality this week as Duo, the company's take on FaceTime, was released on both Android and iOS. While Duo has both advantages and disadvantages compared to other video calling apps, Android users around the globe can now give it a try as it's available on the Play Store worldwide, not just in the US.

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Pokemon GO update: great news for non-cheaters and hack haters

Pokemon GO update: great news for non-cheaters and hack haters

This week the as the ban-hammer falls for masses of Pokemon GO hackers, cheaters, and GPS spoofers, legit players around the world are reporting a very happy side-effect. It would appear that loads of Pokemon Gyms are being left unoccupied. Imagine that! Gyms throughout the United States seem to be getting knocked down to level 1 and unoccupied or down several levels at least as the biggest and baddest Pokemon caught by illegitimate Pokemon trainers are kicked from the game.

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