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Viber adds public business profiles for easier customer messaging

Viber adds public business profiles for easier customer messaging

Viber, a messaging app similar to WhatsApp, just announced a major new feature: public profiles for businesses, making it easy for customers and Viber users to message brands. Viber calls these public profiles “Public Accounts,” and says its users will interact with them the same way they do other any other user, with the messages showing up in the chat list. The feature isn't dissimilar to Facebook's business messaging feature.

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Adobe Lightroom for Android gets full RAW support

Adobe Lightroom for Android gets full RAW support

Adobe Lightroom for Android has been updated with full RAW support, bringing it up to the same level as the company's Lightroom for iOS app. While the Android app received a form of RAW support earlier this year, it was only for the maker's own DNG RAW format and therefore of limited usefulness to photographers. This latest version, though, supports the RAW photos taken by your camera, making the software a far more useable mobile photography solution.

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Facebook testing Messenger ‘instant games’ for playing with friends

Facebook testing Messenger ‘instant games’ for playing with friends

Facebook introduced a couple games in Messenger in recent months, including one related to basketball and another related to soccer. As it turns out, both those games were experiments for a larger project called ‘Instant Games,’ at least per new sources who have cropped up, and we’ll be getting more games in the future. Instant Games may be rolling out in Facebook Messenger this month, the sources say, though it may end up launching at a later date. With it, Messenger users can play easily accessible games with their friends, perhaps drawing more people to the service.

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In Gmail for iPhone update Google tackles screwups and speed

In Gmail for iPhone update Google tackles screwups and speed

Google has detailed new updates coming to Gmail and Google Calendar on iOS, and if you use either of those apps, you probably won't want to miss them. Speaking about the Gmail update specifically, Google says this is the largest overhaul the iOS version has received in nearly four years. There's good reason for that claim, too, as this update brings a whopper of a feature with it: Undo Send.

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McDonald’s will soon offer in-app food orders and payments

McDonald’s will soon offer in-app food orders and payments

Over the last few years, a number of fast-food and take-out restaurants in the US have launched smartphone apps that allow customers to not only place their order ahead of time, but specify a location for pick-up and even pay in advance. This includes places like Taco Bell, Starbucks, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Now the biggest fast-food franchise of them all, McDonald's, is finally catching up.

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Pokemon Go’s ‘Nearby’ tracking feature begins working outside San Francisco

Pokemon Go’s ‘Nearby’ tracking feature begins working outside San Francisco

Pokemon Go players, those that are still playing, that is, might recall back in the heyday of the app's success, developer Niantic released an update with a new "Nearby" tool for identifying which creatures were near their location. This was meant to be a replacement for the previous version, which relied on footprints, and was essentially broken upon the game's launch. Well, until now, that new Nearby tracking tool has been limited to just San Francisco, but that's finally changing.

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WhatsApp ‘Status’ feature tipped as a Snapchat clone

WhatsApp ‘Status’ feature tipped as a Snapchat clone

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature called 'Status' that works in much the same way as Snapchat. The feature was discovered in the most recent public beta version of WhatsApp for both iOS and Android. With it, users can post status updates in the form of photos and videos and share them with friends. The status updates expire and disappear after 24 hours, and can include things like text and doodles.

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Uber has overhauled its app: three key differences

Uber has overhauled its app: three key differences

Uber has rebuilt its mobile app, making it cleaner and easier to use in comparison to the previous version. This update was necessary, says Uber, as the app had ‘become complicated and harder to navigate’ since the last big overhaul in 2012. By remaking it from the ground up, the app is now faster and, says the company, smarter — it can learn your routines if you’re a frequent rider, and pretty soon it’ll be able to tap your mobile’s calendar, too.

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Talkshow, the “Facebook Live for text chat”, is shutting down

Talkshow, the “Facebook Live for text chat”, is shutting down

Talkshow, the text-based live broadcast system that effectively promised to be Facebook Live for the camera shy, is shutting down after just six months. The service, which offered a way to broadcast text conversations, launched in April this year with the hope of taking Slack chats public. However, in an email to users today, the Talkshow team has conceded that interest just wasn't as big as had been expected, and that the only way forward is shutting the service down.

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This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

As announced earlier in the year, Sonos has rolled out new features focused on Spotify integration. Assuming you use Sonos speakers in your home, you can now use the Spotify app to control them directly. It's a nifty function, but it's launching in beta, meaning it's still a little rough around the edges and signing up can be a little confusing.

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InstruMMents creates a better tape measure with 01

InstruMMents creates a better tape measure with 01

If you have ever had the need to measure something, you had to resort to using a tape measure or ruler. Those are the same tools that people have been using to take measurements since 1860 when the tape measure was first invented. A company called InstruMMents, founded by the folks who created the Misfit Shine, have unveiled a new dimensioning device that can replace that old tape measure with something more modern and easy to use and the product is called the 01.

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Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

It seems this week's addition of Halloween-themed masks to Facebook Live was just the beginning Zuckerberg & Co.'s "borrowing" from Snapchat — actually, I guess Instagram Stories was the first step, but who's counting? Now the blue social network behemoth is moving on to Snapchat's main features: camera filters and effects within its main app, along with disappearing messages.

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