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Google Home Netflix, Photos integration gets official

Google Home Netflix, Photos integration gets official

A couple days back we talked a bit about reports that some Google Home users were seeing some new features turn up, but those new features weren't officially announced. The new features include integration for controlling Netflix and Google Photos using your voice. Google has now made the announcement official that Netflix support is here for Google Home.

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Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Privacy in saved information in Evernote might not be what it used to be come January 2017. According to the company itself, they'll be updating their service to "process and take action on [your thoughts] - to think." If that weren't creepy enough, they're also updating their privacy policy which now includes an opt-out provision which says Evernote Engineers wont "look at your data to improve the service."

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Samsung Pay Mini for iOS won’t launch following Apple rejection

Samsung Pay Mini for iOS won’t launch following Apple rejection

We’ve been hearing for months that Samsung planned to launch a version of its mobile payment app for iOS, but now it seems those plans have been scrapped. According to a new report, Apple rejected Samsung's mobile app from its App Store, the reasons for which aren't clear, and the South Korean company doesn't plan on resubmitting the app. Samsung will instead double down in its focus on Android.

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Microsoft Translator now translates your in-person conversations

Microsoft Translator now translates your in-person conversations

Microsoft Translator is taking another step toward eliminating the language barrier separating many people, making it possible to see real-time translations during your conversation with someone speaking a different language. It's an essential business tool and a great way to expand your horizons while traveling, and it only requires each person to have a phone and the Microsoft Translator app.

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Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

This week the folks at Snap are bringing Snapchat Groups to the chat platform. This system allows up to 16 people to chat in the same room - almost like a chatroom! It's like we're back in the year 1998 and America Online has allowed us to go online and be in message groups about topics we love and chatrooms that are still in their infancy - only now, we do it with photos and brief video clips instead of text.

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Logitech Circle Security update adds Person Detection and customizable Motion Zones

Logitech Circle Security update adds Person Detection and customizable Motion Zones

Logitech has announced some new features for users of the Logitech Circle Home Security Camera. The new features include Person Detection and customizable Motion Zones. The catch is that these features are available only to Circle Safe Premium subscribers. That service costs $9.99 per camera monthly or $99.99 per camera per year.

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Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Daydream View owners take note, because your wait is over: Netflix has finally arrived. Now you'll be able to use Netflix instant streaming to watch movies or original shows like Stranger Things or House of Cards in wonderful virtual reality. Of course, you could do that before thanks to the Gear VR, but now you can also do it on the Daydream View.

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Sony XAV-AX100 Now Shipping, Adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your Ride

Sony XAV-AX100 Now Shipping, Adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your Ride

Back in August we first talked about the Sony XAV-AX100 car audio system. The big features of the device is that it brings both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to vehicles that didn't come with that capability from the factory. When the AX100 was first announced it was set to launch in late November. It is available now via Amazon.com for $499.99.

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TP-Link Smart Plug Mini works with Amazon Alexa with no hub needed

TP-Link Smart Plug Mini works with Amazon Alexa with no hub needed

TP-Link has debuted a new product called the HS105 Smart Plug Mini that has the ability to control connected devices from anywhere using the Kasa app. The device is also fully compatible with Amazon Alexa with no hub needed for connectivity. The HS105 is designed to be small at 1.5-inches thick and allows consumers to plug the device into an outlet without blocking outlets nearby.

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Facebook bug has old updates and photos reposted as new

Facebook bug has old updates and photos reposted as new

Facebook seems to be once again digging up the past for its users, but not quite in an intended way like the Year In Review video feature. A large number of users on Friday began noting how random photos and updates from months prior began reappearing on their timelines, but with new timestamps making them look like they were just shared. Turns out the cause is an annoying bug on the social network, and while it's not known how widespread it is, Facebook says it's looking into the issue.

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AirDroid updated to fix major security holes

AirDroid updated to fix major security holes

Last week it was reported that AirDroid, the popular app that allows Android users to read/send messages and remotely access files on their device from a PC/Mac, has been plagued with several security holes over the last several months. Security research firm Zimperium detailed how hackers could easily gain access to users' information and Android device. Fortunately that news spurred AirDroid's developers to take action, as fixes are now available for both the mobile app and PC/Mac clients.

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Use the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to play piano with this app

Use the MacBook Pro Touch Bar to play piano with this app

We've already seen a few creative uses of the Touch Bar on Apple's new MacBook Pro; some useful, like a dedicated task-switching app, and some silly, like running the original Doom on the super-narrow OLED touchscreen strip. Now there's another option that falls somewhere in-between: a dedicated piano app.

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