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Facebook says it fixed the issue behind its latest product outage

Facebook says it fixed the issue behind its latest product outage

The previous week has been a rough one for Facebook, which experienced a widespread outage across its product family that left many people scrambling for alternative platforms. October 4 brought a massive outage that spanned from Facebook to Oculus, though the company resolved it after several hours. A few days later, the company was hit by another outage.

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Google Search can now tune an instrument

Google Search can now tune an instrument

Google Search has several useful features lying in wait for searchers to stumble upon them, and today it's getting one more. Google has added a chromatic tuner to the service, which means you can now use Google Search to tune an instrument. If you need to tune something like a guitar and don't have a tuner handy, then Google's tuner could be handy in a pinch.

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Galaxy Watch 4 now has Samsung’s Internet web browser

Galaxy Watch 4 now has Samsung’s Internet web browser

One of the last things you'd probably want to do on a smartwatch is read a text-heavy piece of content, whether it be a long email, a book, or a website. All those use cases, however, may happen a few times in a smartwatch user's lifetime, and it's probably reassuring to know that they can do so if they really need to. Of course, you'll need to have the right app for that, and Samsung just rolled out the smartwatch version of its rather popular Internet browser for its latest Galaxy Watch 4 series.

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Galaxy Book Windows 11 update highlights ties with Samsung phones

Galaxy Book Windows 11 update highlights ties with Samsung phones

With the launch of Windows 11, a few PC makers have raised their hands to call attention to new PCs that will be shipping with Microsoft's latest OS out of the box. Other OEMs, however, might not have the same resources to push out completely new laptops and desktops and are content just to announce that existing products will be eligible for the free upgrade. Of course, Samsung is also taking the opportunity to remind its customers that they can already enjoy integration with their mobile phones even before Windows 11 gets that promised native support for Android apps.

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Tinder and Lyft team to simplify transportation to and from dates

Tinder and Lyft team to simplify transportation to and from dates

Ridesharing service Lyft has teamed with Tinder to offer a new feature for those hoping to go out on dates again. For those times you match with someone who doesn't have a car of their own, you can now use Lyft to send that Tinder user a ride credit to the place where you'll meet up. This avoids the potential risk and hassle of picking a date up in person.

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Amazon adjusts the Alexa app to better accommodate those with disabilities

Amazon adjusts the Alexa app to better accommodate those with disabilities

Amazon announced this week that it's adding a new feature for its Alexa app available for Android and iOS devices. The adjustment Amazon is making to the app allows Alexa to wait longer for speech input. The change was made to improve support for Alexa users that have speech impediments.

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Twitter tests feature that warns when conversations may get heated

Twitter tests feature that warns when conversations may get heated

Twitter has detailed a number of experimental features and tests over the summer, and it doesn't look like its plans are slowing down any time soon. This time around, the company revealed that it is testing a prompt that will appear for mobile users when they encounter a conversation that "could get heated or intense."

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Google Maps gains new green navigation options

Google Maps gains new green navigation options

Google has announced some updates to Google Maps that will give commuters sustainable navigation options. Google says its new navigation options will allow people to make greener choices when getting around. The update includes the ability to choose routes that are more fuel-efficient than others, updated biking directions, and bike and scooter sharing information directly in the Google Maps app.

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Tinder is getting its own virtual currency for users desperate to match

Tinder is getting its own virtual currency for users desperate to match

Dating app Tinder will soon roll out its own virtual in-app currency for users who want to increase their chances of matching with someone. The currency was first tested with a small number of users but will soon be available for anyone on the platform to earn...or to buy with real money if they've run out earlier than expected.

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Firefox Focus mobile privacy browser redesign adds shortcuts and dark theme

Firefox Focus mobile privacy browser redesign adds shortcuts and dark theme

Mozilla has announced a redesign for its Firefox Focus mobile privacy browser, retaining the same simple and private browsing experience while improving things a bit for those who use the product regularly. Among other things, Firefox Focus now features shortcuts, an arguably vital feature for a browser that aims to get users to their destinations as easily as possible.

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Facebook outage: Twitter, TikTok, more buckle as social refugees flood rivals

Facebook outage: Twitter, TikTok, more buckle as social refugees flood rivals

Most of you already know this, but Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have been down for most of the day. What might be even more surprising than those three services being down for more than a few minutes at a time is the fact that this outage is having a noticeable knock-on effect on the rest of the internet. In fact, many other social media websites are buckling under the strain of Facebook and Instagram users who are flocking to other services.

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WhatsApp Disappearing Messages and a whole new look

WhatsApp Disappearing Messages and a whole new look

Early peeks at software in development with WhatsApp showed info on Disappearing Messages and new chat bubbles this week. The bit with Disappearing Messages appear to be coming to iOS next, with message timer choices aplenty. This update in testing shows message timers at 24 hours, 7 days, 90 days, and (off).

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