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Plex integrates TIDAL and offers subscriptions on the cheap

Plex integrates TIDAL and offers subscriptions on the cheap

Today, Plex announced a somewhat surprising team up with TIDAL. Beginning today, Plex users can sign up for a subscription for TIDAL and integrate music from the service with their own Plex library. Plex is even offering TIDAL subscriptions at a discount as well, which might just be the most exciting part of this whole promotion.

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Google Maps hashtag support quietly appears on Android

Google Maps hashtag support quietly appears on Android

Google has added support for hashtags to reviews posted on Google Maps. The new support enables users to tag relevant keywords in their reviews, which may then help other users find content that discusses what they are specifically interested in. Someone could tag a restaurant as being #quietandcozy, for example, or #familyfriendly.

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Instagram tests cleaner, simplified user profile design

Instagram tests cleaner, simplified user profile design

Instagram is testing redesigned user profiles that enable users to "better express" themselves and connect with other users. The company says that some of its users may be seeing the new design at some point in the next several weeks, either on their own profile or others. The changes include re-arranged buttons, icons, and tab navigation.

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Instagram declares war on fake likes

Instagram declares war on fake likes

Social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook obviously attract a ton of people, and when you have platforms as massive as these are, some have the temptation to artificially inflate things such as likes and follows to increase their popularity. This is something that runs rampant on pretty much every social media platform out there, and today, Instagram announced that it has had enough.

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Office 365 issues affect MFA users [UPDATE: Maybe fixed]

Office 365 issues affect MFA users [UPDATE: Maybe fixed]

This morning the folks at Microsoft responsible for Office 365 had a bit of a problem on their hands. It would appear that an error occurred at the point at which users sent themselves password resets. Because of this, any user who'd forgotten their password and reset said password were from that point unable to access their account at all, whatsoever.

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Instagram Shopping adds three big features for the holidays

Instagram Shopping adds three big features for the holidays

Instagram has launched new features for the holiday season, including the ability to save a shopping collection, shop for goods through business profiles, and shop from feed videos. This is the latest expansion to Instagram’s Shopping platform, which brings e-commerce to the traditionally photo-centric platform.

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Microsoft Emoji8 uses machine learning to judge emoji imitation

Microsoft Emoji8 uses machine learning to judge emoji imitation

Microsoft has unveiled a fun new app that utilizes its machine learning technology to judge facial expressions imitating emoji. The Emoji8 tool is a sample UWP application, according to Microsoft, that uses a device's webcam to monitor users imitating randomly selected emoji expressions. Emoji8 is provided both through the Windows Store and on GitHub.

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Facebook Messenger unsend feature starts rolling out to some users

Facebook Messenger unsend feature starts rolling out to some users

Facebook's anticipated Messenger "unsend" feature is finally rolling out to users. The feature was promised seven months ago following a report revealing that Facebook had quietly removed some private messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg. The company was quiet about the project until recently; screenshots of the "unsend" option surfaced a few weeks back followed by an update preview last week.

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How does Google Night Sight work?

How does Google Night Sight work?

Today we're taking a peek with Google at their Night Sight feature for the Google Camera app on Pixel phones. The basic concept begins with keeping the Pixel's camera's shutter open longer than normal - allowing more light in on the camera's image sensor. With more light comes more information with which the camera can create a less dark image. That's where Google started - they then brought in the Machine Learning to do some magic.

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Digital Wellbeing out of Beta, version 1.0 APK released

Digital Wellbeing out of Beta, version 1.0 APK released

Today users of Google Pixel and other Android 9 Pie devices (if they're lucky) have the ability to work with Google's Digital Wellbeing app. Before now, users of Google Pixel devices with Android 9 Pie were able to join the Digital Wellbeing Beta. This included all users with said requirements, and did not require that the users be a part of the Android P Beta Program. Now Digital Wellbeing is available for all - with some basic requirements.

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Spotify Apple Watch app out now: It’s basic

Spotify Apple Watch app out now: It’s basic

There's a new wearable app from Spotify this week, one made by the company to work specifically on the Apple Watch. This app works with the controls you might expect - playback controls, switches between devices, playlists, and the like. The bit you might be surprised about, however, is the fact that the app needs to be connected to a secondary device to play music.

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Google’s Squoosh proves web apps are the way of the future

Google’s Squoosh proves web apps are the way of the future

There's a new web app for Chrome called Squoosh this week, made by Google to prove the next generation of web apps are viable. That might seem pretty boring to everyone that's already got their traditional apps already downloaded - but the future is coming. With this app, Developer Advocate Jake Archibald and Drawsplainer Mariko Kosaka show how Javascript in a web browser can make the impossible task of up-scaling a photo quite possible indeed.

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