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Apple Books makeover has Amazon in its sights

Apple Books makeover has Amazon in its sights

By now, Amazon's stranglehold on the ebooks market is fairly obvious. By and large, when people are looking for an ebook, they're going to Amazon, and while that obviously isn't true for everyone, it certainly is for many people. Apple is looking to do something about that dominance, renewing its focus on ebooks by working on a revamped Books app.

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Samsung’s official 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics app now available

Samsung’s official 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics app now available

Samsung has launched The Official App of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the South Korean company has announced. This app was created in partnership with the IOC -- the International Olympic Committee, that is -- as well as the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, otherwise known as the POCOG.

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Pokemon GO’s new shiny Aggron just went HAM!

Pokemon GO’s new shiny Aggron just went HAM!

This morning it was revealed the Pokemon GO has a brand new shiny Pokemon in Aron. This Pokemon evolves into Lairon, then evolves into Aggron, one of the most awesome Pokemon in the game! Users can find Aron in all the Rock and Steel Pokemon regions. That means parking ramps, train stations, quarries, downtown, near highways, and in shopping malls - that's where you'll want to go.

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Instagram Stories embrace the GIF

Instagram Stories embrace the GIF

Instagram Stories already offer quite a few different features for you to take advantage of, but if you ever feel like the stories you post need a little extra pizzaz, the new feature rolling out today might be for you. Instagram has announced that Stories now support animated GIF stickers, allowing you to add a little extra flair to the photos and videos you post as stories.

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Pokemon GO update: Flygon and this Gen 3 list just released!

Pokemon GO update: Flygon and this Gen 3 list just released!

This morning Niantic revealed a new set of Pokemon from Gen 3 in the Pokemon GO universe. This expansion comes from the Ruby and Sapphire Pokemon games and blasts well beyond the initial set of 150. Even though we've STILL got no Mew, we've got a whole lot of other Pokemon from the furthest reaches of HOENN!

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Samsung Cloud will delete third-party app backups next month

Samsung Cloud will delete third-party app backups next month

Samsung is changing its Samsung Cloud service's backup policy, the company has announced in an email sent to users, a change that will affect app backups. According to the email, Samsung Cloud will stop supporting third-party app data backups soon, at which point Samsung will purge the data it has already backed up from these apps. Users only have a couple weeks to arrange an alternative.

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Twitter Bookmarks feature appears in beta on Android

Twitter Bookmarks feature appears in beta on Android

Back in October, Twitter announced plans to add a feature that allows its users to save tweets for later. The feature was referred to as "Save For Later," but its in-app name will actually be "Bookmarks." With Bookmarks, a user can privately save specific tweets, a feature the company says has been a frequent request from users.

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Alexa app finally has a voice

Alexa app finally has a voice

An update for the Alexa app for Android was given an update this morning with support for Alexa voice interaction. This update brings Alexa voice interaction on all Androids, not just a few - all just as long as they have at least Android 4.4 or newer. That's the basic requirement for the app itself - and was before this update, too.

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Instagram DMs get “last active” feature: here’s how to disable it

Instagram DMs get “last active” feature: here’s how to disable it

Instagram has added a feature that has some users upset: a small notice that alerts others to when you were last active on that app. As with Facebook's past decision to add read receipts to its chat platform, Instagram's new feature makes managing one's digital social life a little trickier. Fortunately, the company has given its users the ability to disable the activity status, making it possible to stop others from snooping on your habits.

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WhatsApp Business begins worldwide roll out on Android

WhatsApp Business begins worldwide roll out on Android

Though WhatsApp was first envisioned as a communication app for regular people, its impressive growth over the years has driven businesses to sign up for it too. Having a social media presence is important for a lot of businesses these days, so WhatsApp has decided to facilitate them better by launching an app made specifically for them. Today a new app called WhatsApp Business has launched on Android, and while it's mostly the same WhatsApp we're already familiar with, it comes with a handful of enhancements for business users.

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Google Photos update adds free storage codes

Google Photos update adds free storage codes

This week the folks at Google released a new version of their photos app, Google Photos. Android users will likely be first in the update line for a number of new features, including the most important one: free stuff support. Everyone loves free stuff, and Google knows how everyone loves free stuff, so they've added more free stuff to Google Photos.

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ProtonMail’s VPN Android app launches with free, unlimited access

ProtonMail’s VPN Android app launches with free, unlimited access

Last summer, the team behind the encrypted email service ProtonMail announced its own VPN service, giving the public access to secure browsing. The service came out of beta back in June 2017, though not for every platform. That changed on Monday with the launch of ProtonVPN for Android, bringing secure mobile browsing to smartphones and tablets around the world.

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