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The Amazon Music app just borrowed some killer Alexa features

The Amazon Music app just borrowed some killer Alexa features

Back in September of last year, Amazon brought Alexa to its Amazon Music app. It was a move we could all see coming from a mile away - while Alexa might not be readily available on Android or iOS devices, adding the AI companion to its various apps was an obvious move for Amazon. Today, Alexa is getting easier to access from within the Amazon Music app, allowing you to quickly summon her at times when you may not be able to devote your full attention to your phone.

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Google Photos will soon let you star and heart favorite images

Google Photos will soon let you star and heart favorite images

Google is pushing out an update to Google Photos that helps users identify their favorite images, helping locate them among the mass of hundreds or thousands of images captured with their smartphone. The new feature, once it arrives for everyone, lets users put a "star" on images they like the most, an icon that automatically earmarks them for the Favorites folder.

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Dropbox mobile apps get better file activity tracking and sharing tools

Dropbox mobile apps get better file activity tracking and sharing tools

Dropbox has updated its Android and iOS apps with new features that help users stay up to date with their files while better managing content, previewing documents, simplified file commenting, and more. The new features launched on iOS today, and the company promises that Android users will get access to the new features "soon."

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Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

YouTube Music's 2018 reincarnation just launched, and it's available for SOME users. If you live in the United States, Mexico, Austalia, New Zealand, or South Korea, you might be in luck. Today Google launched "early access" to YouTube Music for some users - but not ALL users.

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Google Voice adds voicemail greeting control on mobile

Google Voice adds voicemail greeting control on mobile

Google has released an update for Google Voice, the maker's free voice and texting service, that adds voicemail greeting support on mobile. This is one of the biggest additions since the major update Google released last year, enabling users to easily set up a custom voicemail greeting in the same way they'd create one for their smartphone or home voicemail system.

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Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law

Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law

Apple has taken new action against app developers in order to comply with new cybersecurity laws in China. The company has begun warning iOS developers that any apps using Apple's CallKit will be pulled from the Chinese App Store unless they remove the framework's integration. This comes after China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has started to enforce regulations that see CallKit as a way to help bypass censorship and surveillance.

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Google Duo brings screen sharing to Android

Google Duo brings screen sharing to Android

Google's Duo app has become one of the most popular video calling app on Android since its debut in 2016, and now it's introducing a rare feature for mobile platforms: screen sharing. The latest version of Duo is rolling out with the ability to share what's displayed on a phone's screen while on a call, allowing the other person to follow along in real-time.

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The best note-taking apps for the iPad Pro and Pencil (2018)

The best note-taking apps for the iPad Pro and Pencil (2018)

The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are arguably the best tablet + stylus pairing currently available. When used with a good note-taking app, the slate is revolutionary in educational settings, opening the door for natural handwritten notes paired with features not possible with pen and paper. The best hardware in the world, though, would be wasted on a low-quality note-taking app, and that's where this list comes in.

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Leaked Instagram feature shows how much time you waste

Leaked Instagram feature shows how much time you waste

A leaked Instagram feature shows users how much time they spend on the service. Whether the feature, which is called Usage Insights, will be launched as a regular offering for all users isn't clear at this point. The new tool was discovered during an APK teardown, and shows the user the time spent on the app, though there aren't enough details to know the scope of the data provided.

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Netflix HDR support expands to another 3 Android smartphones

Netflix HDR support expands to another 3 Android smartphones

Netflix has expanded HDR support to additional mobile devices, enabling a greater number of subscribers to view high dynamic range content with their smartphones. The HDR videos are only available on devices with a suitable display, of course; though the number of compatible smartphones is still small, the list now includes a total of 10 different handset models.

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Hulu mobile update adds portrait viewer, enhanced scrubbing, and more

Hulu mobile update adds portrait viewer, enhanced scrubbing, and more

Hulu has detailed new features that will be coming to its Android and iOS apps next week. According to the company, it has experienced a huge increase in the number of subscribers who are watching shows using their mobile device instead of a television. This new update improves the experience for them, helping viewers scrub through videos, get directly to live channels, and more.

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YouTube incognito mode will stop the annoying video suggestions

YouTube incognito mode will stop the annoying video suggestions

It's a common issue all YouTube users face: you can't resist the lure of a clickbait title, click on it out of interest, and suddenly your recommended video list is full of similar garbage. Users have complained about this issue and requested an incognito mode to avoid it; by using this mode, any videos watched wouldn't influence recommended videos.

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