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WhatsApp video calling coming soon

WhatsApp video calling coming soon

WhatsApp has been around for a while and the company has been good about bringing out features that its user base is clamoring for. One of the big features that WhatsApp users have been requesting for a long time is the ability to make video calls within the app. WhatsApp has announced that after lots of requests it is bringing video calling to the mix.

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Lyft Amp to replace the pink stache and provide in-car communications

Lyft Amp to replace the pink stache and provide in-car communications

The way you knew a car was your Lyft ride for since the service started was to look for the pink Glowstache. Things are changing at Lyft and the company has unveiled the next generation of in-car communications for drivers and riders and it is called Amp. The Amp is an in-car communications device that helps drivers and passengers find each other.

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Samsung Pay Rewards gives users points for mobile payments

Samsung Pay Rewards gives users points for mobile payments

Samsung has announced the launch of rewards for Samsung Pay users located in the U.S., something the company says is a first among mobile payment platforms. The rewards work in a way similar to credit card rewards — every time you make a payment with Samsung Pay, points are applied to your account and can be used toward various rewards. The company points out that in the case of credit cards with rewards, this may enable users to earn double the points — rewards from Samsung and from their card issuer.

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Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google has announced a big update to Google Play Music. The update brings machine learning to the table in an effort to figure out what music you like based on what you are doing. The machine learning algorithm takes into account your location, activity, weather and playlists to personalize the music for where you are and what you are doing. The new updates roll out this week on Android, iOS, and the web.

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Snapchat Spectacles vending machine is now in Big Sur, California

Snapchat Spectacles vending machine is now in Big Sur, California

Snapchat created a lot of buzz a few days ago by launching its new Spectacles wearable — sunglasses equipped with a camera — through a bright yellow vending machine placed in Venice Beach, California. The surprise release came without warning, and what's more, the vending machine is the only way to buy a pair of the $130 glasses. But the big yellow box has appeared in a second location today, giving those in central California another chance to snag a pair.

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Facebook begins testing Messenger Rooms for public chatting

Facebook begins testing Messenger Rooms for public chatting

Longtime users of Facebook's various chatting and messaging services may remember Rooms, the feature that debuted in 2014 that allowed users to create public rooms based on interests or topics where people can discuss and form communities. While the service never really caught on, the social media giant appears to be giving it another shot as Messenger Rooms, with a new public trial launching in Canada and Australia for Android devices.

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iBooks StoryTime app brings children’s books to Apple TV

iBooks StoryTime app brings children’s books to Apple TV

With no previous announcement, Apple has debuted a new tvOS app for the latest fourth-gen Apple TV that helps kids read along to some of their favorite books. Called iBooks StoryTime, the app, available for free on the App Store, displays interactive books on the TV screen with the Read-Aloud feature, as well as lets pages be flipped with the Siri Remote's touch pad.

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Instagram says yes, it really is working on live video

Instagram says yes, it really is working on live video

Last month, hints surfaced indicating that Instagram is working on a live video feature. The move wouldn’t be surprising considering how many competing products already offer it. However, the company never outright confirmed that the feature is the pipeline…until now. Company CEO Kevin Systrom recently confirmed the news in an interview with the Financial Times, saying, “Live is really exciting for [Instagram]."

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Pinterest’s new feature helps track things you’ve already tried

Pinterest’s new feature helps track things you’ve already tried

Have trouble remembering which recipes, projects, and other things you’ve already tried? Pinterest is here to help with its new ‘tried it’ feature, enabling users to mark pins they’ve completed as ‘tried’ for both your and other users' future info. Those who mark something as tried can leave feedback about their results, as well, helping others decide whether the project or recipe is worth their own time and effort.

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Instagram Stories get mentions and Boomerang mode

Instagram Stories get mentions and Boomerang mode

Instagram has announced Boomerang mode for Stories; with it, users can generate mini videos composed of photos stitched together. The Boomerang videos play forward and backward, and can be shared as part of a larger story. Joining Boomerang mode is the addition of “@mentions” to stories, making it possible to mention other users the same way you would in a comment or caption. Instagram is also making it easier to 'see more' things related to stories.

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WhatsApp beta gets two-step verification option

WhatsApp beta gets two-step verification option

WhatsApp has finally added two-step verification as an account security option, but it appears to only be available in some of the beta versions of the app presently. As expected, the feature can be found in the Account menu under “Security.” Enabling it will require a 6-digit passcode to be entered before registering your phone number with WhatsApp.

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Google Maps beta reveals new features, including default satellite view

Google Maps beta reveals new features, including default satellite view

It would seem a new update that adds a few noteworthy features is on the way to Google Maps. The update to version 9.41.0 isn't officially here yet, but it has entered beta, giving us a good look at what's coming up. The folks over at Android Police got their hands on the beta and have put together a changelog that details the biggest additions this update will offer.

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