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Kid-focused Fitbit Ace hits shelves worldwide

Kid-focused Fitbit Ace hits shelves worldwide

A few months back, Fitbit announced and opened pre-orders for its first kid-focused fitness tracker. Dubbed the Fitbit Ace, this new device wants to get kids motivated to put down the screens for a little while and go get some exercise. Today, the Fitbit Ace is launching worldwide, landing at many of the biggest retailers here in the US.

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Instagram now lets you share stories you’ve been mentioned in

Instagram now lets you share stories you’ve been mentioned in

Instagram has launched an interesting new feature for Stories that builds the feed resharing capabilities it launched last month. With the latest update to Instagram on iOS and Android, you can now share stories created by others that mention you. You can even share that mention as part of your own story, so you can dive pretty deep down the sharing rabbit hole if you so choose.

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Instagram hour-long and vertical video support tipped

Instagram hour-long and vertical video support tipped

Instagram is gearing up to launch support for hour-long videos, according to a new report. The support will reportedly be part of a new feature that centers around vertical, rather than landscape, video content. Assuming such a feature is released, it'll mark a big change over the platform's current 1-minute video length limitation.

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Steam Link on iOS gets a second chance with Apple’s new App Store rules

Steam Link on iOS gets a second chance with Apple’s new App Store rules

Valve's announcement that it would be bringing Steam Link to mobile device is one that garnered a lot of attention and excitement. The Android release of Steam Link went off seemingly without a hitch, but it was a different story on iOS. As it turns out, Apple didn't take too kindly to the idea of Steam Link on iOS, and the app was denied when it was submitted for approval.

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New Mac App Store revealed: video previews, tips and more

New Mac App Store revealed: video previews, tips and more

Apple has unveiled a totally redesigned Mac App Store arriving in macOS Mojave. The new App Store brings over some features you'll recognize from iOS, such as video previews for apps on the Mac version of the store for the first time. Apps are split into new sections, reviews are more prominent, and the company is even bringing tips directly to the store.

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Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie released at last, 4 years later

Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie released at last, 4 years later

When the Apple Watch was first introduced in the year 2014, Apple revealed a Walkie-Talkie feature. That feature never really made it to prime-time. Four years later at WWDC 2018, Apple's re-revealed the Walkie-Talkie feature for Watch OS. This is watchOS 5, if you're keeping count, and it'll be the first place a Walkie-Talkie feature is available in real life on the Apple Watch, for real.

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iOS 12 and Do Not Disturb: What’s new for mindfulness

iOS 12 and Do Not Disturb: What’s new for mindfulness

Apple's Craig Federighi made clear this morning that while some apps "demand our attention," it's important that we pay attention to how much of our time is spent using screens. To make this new awareness a reality, Apple's adding several features to iOS 12.

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Apple Photos adds For You tab with smarter sharing in iOS 12

Apple Photos adds For You tab with smarter sharing in iOS 12

Apple's WWDC keynote for 2018 is all about software, and one of the apps that's due for some enhancements is Photos. Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi spent a brief time covering what's new for Photos in iOS 12 (at least compared to the amount of time spent talking about new AR features), but don't take that to mean that the app isn't getting some significant updates. In fact, Federighi had a lot to reveal about the future of photos, even though he only spent a few minutes of his larger presentation talking about the app.

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ARKit 2: All the iOS AR Apple showed at WWDC 2018

ARKit 2: All the iOS AR Apple showed at WWDC 2018

Today we're having a peek at all the new features revealed by Apple for iPhone X (and a few other devices) for augmented reality. Apple suggested they'd worked with Pixar, of all the places, to develop a new file format for all things AR. That new file format is USDZ, and it's made to work with multiple apps. "It's something like AR Quick Look." said Craig Federighi.

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Pokemon GO VS Let’s Go: Details and a brand new monster!

Pokemon GO VS Let’s Go: Details and a brand new monster!

Still reeling from the news that the Nintendo Switch game Pokemon Let's Go will be an extension of Pokemon GO? You're not alone. We're running through the latest announcements and clarifications on what this game will bring to the public, what it'll mean to already have a Pokemon GO account now, and what the new Pokemon will be - and how you'll get it!

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Groove’s Android and iOS apps are shutting down later this year

Groove’s Android and iOS apps are shutting down later this year

Back in October, Microsoft signaled its intention to pull the plug on Groove Music. The service officially shut down on December 31, 2017, but Microsoft kept Groove's mobile apps up and running so users could still access their uploaded music. Those mobile apps aren't long for this world, as Microsoft has announced that it will be retiring them later this year.

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Just a Line AR doodle app arrives for iOS with cross-platform support

Just a Line AR doodle app arrives for iOS with cross-platform support

Earlier this year, Google launched an augmented reality app for Android called "Just a Line." The app enables users to draw virtual doodles in the air using just their smartphone, a fun AR experiment free for anyone to download. The company expanded upon that experiment today, launching Just a Line for iOS that brings the same ability to iPhone. That makes Google's experimental app the first cross-platform AR doodling app of its kind.

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