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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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Skype for Business comes to Mac, Skype iOS gets Siri messaging support

Skype for Business comes to Mac, Skype iOS gets Siri messaging support

Microsoft's messaging and video calling platform Skype has released two updates heading into the weekend, one each for the Mac and iOS. The first isn't technically an update, but a brand-new app for the desktop: Skype for Business, the platform's service that focuses more on inter-office communication and productivity, along with heavy Office integration. The second is an update the regular Skype app on iOS, which introduces the ability to send messages by dictating them to Siri.

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Apple’s ‘TV’ app won’t have Netflix or Amazon Prime Video content

Apple’s ‘TV’ app won’t have Netflix or Amazon Prime Video content

If you watched Apple's event yesterday, you probably noticed a certain popular video service was missing during the 'TV' app unveiling: Netflix. That's because Netflix won't be available in the app, which is more than a little surprising (and disappointing). In addition, and quite the opposite in terms of expectation, Amazon Video won't be available on 'TV,' as the service has never been available on Apple TV.

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Facebook Lifestage, the teen-only app, arrives on Android

Facebook Lifestage, the teen-only app, arrives on Android

Facebook Lifestage, the teen-only app released back in August, has now arrived on Android. The app is targeted primarily at high schoolers, and serves to address the decline in youth participation on Facebook, a service many kids now consider less-than-cool thanks in part to the mass influx of parents and grandparents. Lifestage first arrived on iOS, and now it is expanding onto Google’s mobile OS.

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Vine mobile app discontinued: What you need to know

Vine mobile app discontinued: What you need to know

Twitter and Vine have made a rather surprising announcement today, revealing that the two have plans to discontinue the Vine mobile app. The mobile app won't be going offline immediately, with Twitter and Vine saying it will flip the switch in the "coming months." Just as interesting as the decision to pull the plug is the fact that they didn't reveal why they're doing it.

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Microsoft Paint 3D preview available for Windows Insiders

Microsoft Paint 3D preview available for Windows Insiders

While Microsoft announced a slew of new hardware yesterday, primarily focusing on the Surface Studio all-in-one, another pleasant surprise was the debut of the Paint 3D app, a modern version of the classic MS Paint program from previous generations of Windows. Coming to Windows 10, Paint 3D has been overhauled from the basic, rudimentary drawing tool to an application supporting stylus and touch input, and capable of quick, easy 3D object creation.

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Get spooky on Facebook Live with Halloween-themed filters

Get spooky on Facebook Live with Halloween-themed filters

The scariest time of year has arrived, and I don't mean election season. To help users get in the Halloween spirits, Facebook Live has taken a page from Snapchat and rolled out some spooky new face filters that take the form of masks. Among the options to choose from are a witch, skull, jack o'lantern, and a handful of animals, including a panda.

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Delta adds luggage-tracking feature to mobile app

Delta adds luggage-tracking feature to mobile app

Remember the RFID bag tracking luggage tags Delta introduced earlier this year? They replaced barcodes, which have to be scanned by hand, and now they’re being implemented in an even better way: with the airline’s mobile app. The company is rolling out luggage tracking at 84 airports through the United States, allowing travelers to view where their bags were last scanned, as well as where they originated from.

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10 apps you should have on your new iPhone 7

10 apps you should have on your new iPhone 7

Every new iPhone comes with a new iOS release, so getting a new iPhone is always more than just getting new hardware. It’s like stepping into a whole new world that, in some cases, nobody else in the past can experience. Now that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have more or less settled in, it’s time to take stock of the apps that can best take advantage of the iPhone 7’s new, and some old, features. Here are top picks, crossing all categories, from entertainment to productivity to Pokemon stickers!

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You might download iMessage for Android soon

You might download iMessage for Android soon

Apple's iMessage for iPhone, iPad, and OS X machines might not stay away from Android forever. It has seemed like Apple wanted to keep the app to their own devices through the future, but that may change. Word from the rumor wire suggests that Apple is testing at least one version of iMessage for Android now.

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1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold via $1M Apple Pay purchase

1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold via $1M Apple Pay purchase

In-app purchases are mostly used for things like getting extra features or unlocking additional game content, but imagine using it to purchase a car — and not just any car, but a historic Aston Martin priced at just over $1 million. That's exactly what happened in the UK this week, when local automobile auction house Coys of Kensington sold a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 within an app, completing what it says is the largest known in-app purchase, as well as the single largest Apple Pay transaction.

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