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Apple Pay lands in Russia with partners MasterCard and Sberbank

Apple Pay lands in Russia with partners MasterCard and Sberbank

In early September we first got word that Apple Pay would be rolling out in Russia this fall. At the same time word surface that Apple Pay would also be coming to Japan and New Zealand this fall as well. As of today, Apple Pay has landed in Russia with cooperation from MasterCard and Sberbank.

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Oakley Radar Pace uses Intel tech to coach athletes in real-time

Oakley Radar Pace uses Intel tech to coach athletes in real-time

Oakley is one of the biggest names in sunglasses and it has teamed up with Intel on a new project aimed specifically at athletes. The new sunglasses are called the Radar Pace and have an integrated real-time voice activated coaching system inside. The Pace glasses create dynamic and personalized training programs, track performance, coaches in real time and responds to spoken questions from the user.

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Facebook Marketplace takes aim at Craigslist for peer-to-peer selling

Facebook Marketplace takes aim at Craigslist for peer-to-peer selling

Citing the fact that 450 million Facebook users are participating in buy and sell groups each month, Facebook has decided to roll out a new feature called Marketplace. This new feature seems to be taking aim at Craigslist, offering location-based discovery instead of a general online storefront where people can sell to anyone anywhere in the world.

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Facebook Messenger Lite aims at Android users with slow connections

Facebook Messenger Lite aims at Android users with slow connections

Facebook wants everyone to use its social network and to use its apps. The problem for users on Android in some countries is that their connections are slow and it makes using the full-blown version of Facebook messenger a bit tedious. To help fix that issue Facebook has announced that it has a new Messenger Lite stand-alone app that will be for Android devices.

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The CW network releases cable subscription-free Apple TV app

The CW network releases cable subscription-free Apple TV app

US television network The CW is making the jump into set-top box streaming in a way that can only be described as a cord cutter's dream come true: with no requirement for a cable subscription. In addition to updating its iOS app, the network has released a new app for the fourth-gen Apple TV that allows viewers to watch The CW — including brand-new episodes of its shows — for free with no login or authentication of a cable subscription.

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Apple threatens its first ban on iMessage prank sticker app

Apple threatens its first ban on iMessage prank sticker app

Depending on your point of view (and probably your age bracket), Apple's introduction of stickers and screen effects to iMessage is either a blessing or a curse. For those who dig stickers, there's plenty of funny and creative third-party offerings on the App Store. One popular option — the most popular, in fact, sitting at the top of the paid iMessage apps list — is "Phoneys," a sticker pack with blue text bubbles that are designed to replace a message sent from a friend. Apple, however, doesn't find this funny, and is about to put a stop to it.

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SwiftKey’s neural network keyboard adds three new languages

SwiftKey’s neural network keyboard adds three new languages

SwiftKey is shaking up the way its keyboard works, and it involves neural networks. This is a first for keyboards, according to the company, and it better enables it to understand what a person is trying to type. The SwiftKey language engine was remade from the ground up, and unlike before, it can now better predict the rest of your sentence by looking at the whole rather than only parts of it. Thanks to the new technology, the keyboard can even make accurate predictions for sentences it hasn’t previously been exposed to.

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Facebook Messenger testing feature akin to Snapchat Stories

Facebook Messenger testing feature akin to Snapchat Stories

Mostly everyone is familiar with Snapchat Stories at this point, and Instagram recently rolled out its own Stories feature that is similar in many ways. Now Facebook is apparently looking into getting into the mix, and is testing a somewhat similar feature for Messenger apparently called "Messenger Day." The feature cropped up via a user in Poland who is apparently one of the people with access to the test.

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Microsoft News Pro app lands on Android

Microsoft News Pro app lands on Android

Android users can now download Microsoft’s News Pro app, joining the iOS users who got access to it awhile ago. With the app, users can sign in using one of four methods (email, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook) to view personalized news from all sorts of categories, as well as sign up for an email digest. In addition to delivering a variety of news based on personalized interests, the app also enables users to search for specific news items or categories.

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Google Maps gains new voice commands via “OK Google”

Google Maps gains new voice commands via “OK Google”

It’s not a good thing when you are driving to take your eyes of the road for any reason. This includes taking eyes off the road to mess with your navigation device. Google Maps has gained some new voice controls that will make it easier to control Maps while you drive without having to touch the smartphone. When in navigation or driving mode, say "OK Google."

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Google expands Waze Rider ride-sharing service to San Francisco

Google expands Waze Rider ride-sharing service to San Francisco

Waze started as a navigation app with the goal of giving you better directions and allowing crowd-sourced maps and traffic information to be shared via the app. It has now expanded into a ride-sharing platform called Waze Rider that has quietly been expanded into the San Francisco area. The expansion is part of the pilot program for the service that sees Google stepping in to challenge Uber and other ride hailing apps.

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Skype for iOS updated with Siri support

Skype for iOS updated with Siri support

Now that Apple's iOS 10 has been out for over a week and is making its way to most users' iPhones, lots of popular apps are updating to take advantage of the software's new features. One such release is today's update for Skype, which allows the app make use of the new Siri API for third-party developers. Now users can ask Siri to place a Skype call to someone without even opening the app.

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