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How to link Uber to your phone’s calendar app

How to link Uber to your phone’s calendar app

Uber wants to make it a bit easier to get to your appointments and other scheduled events, and so it has introduced a new way to link your phone's calendar to the Uber app itself. By doing so, you'll see a small calendar icon with an event and time upon opening the Uber app, assuming you have something planned and scheduled. Tap it and you'll have the event's address and details plugged directly in the trip page, but only after you link the two together.

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As Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, full screen video ads enter testing

As Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, full screen video ads enter testing

Instagram's Stories feature is still relatively new, but parent company Facebook is wasting no time in monetizing it. Today Instagram announced that full screen video ads will soon play within Stories, and it starts with partnerships with around 30 different businesses. From there, it seems safe to assume that Instagram will expand Stories ads quickly, letting more and more companies run ads.

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Top 5 smart personal assistant apps for iOS (2017)

Top 5 smart personal assistant apps for iOS (2017)

Siri's great, no doubt, but she's not for everyone. Maybe you're looking for a particular feature Siri doesn't offer, or you're just looking for something different in general. Regardless, iPhone and iPad users have many smart personal assistant apps to choose from, some designed with a particular slant, others offering a wide array of assistance features. Here are five popular options, Siri aside.

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Next Pokemon GO update may summon Legendary New Year Event

Next Pokemon GO update may summon Legendary New Year Event

The next update to Pokemon GO may indeed be the one where Legendary Pokemon appear for the first time. Word from the underground (and our anonymous source with knowledge on the subject) suggests that considerations are being made for China's sake. After being blocked in China just this week, Niantic is seeking a way to come back with a bang (once they've got their issues sorted with China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or "SAPPRFT".)

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Voxer walkie-talkie latest chat app to be encrypted end-to-end

Voxer walkie-talkie latest chat app to be encrypted end-to-end

This morning the folks at Voxer have released their first walkie-talkie functionality in their own app. This functionality will work with end-to-end encryption, making it the only end-to-end encrypted walkie-talkie-specific messenger on the market right this minute. This release from Voxer will be made available for iOS and Android devices immediately.

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Top AI personal assistant apps for Android (2017)

Top AI personal assistant apps for Android (2017)

Thanks to Siri and, more recently, Amazon Alexa, most people are familiar with AI-powered personal assistants, yet few utilize them. That's unfortunate, as AI personal assistants can perform many actions that save you time, including getting quotes for rides, sending messages, checking the weather and your email, making lists, and scheduling tasks. If you'd like to experience this yourself but you don't have an iPhone and aren't in the market for an Echo, try out one (or all) of these AI assistant apps for Android.

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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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