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Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux

Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux

Netflix does not officially support Linux, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used on the platform. Linux users have been able to play Netflix streaming content using Chrome on Linux for the last couple of years, and now there’s a new browser with the same ability: Firefox. Netflix itself announced the new support, saying that those using Linux should be able to play content using Firefox as of yesterday.

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A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

This morning the folks at Niantic responsible for developing Pokemon GO have made one big change to Evolution Items. Also known as "Special Items" in the game, Evolution Items are a series of special items that only drop very rarely in the game from Pokestops. Or at least they were very rare in the past. Now they’ll be dropping one whole heck of a lot more commonly - at least for the time being.

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How to download Android O update features for your phone

How to download Android O update features for your phone

Today Google released Android O Developer Preview for smartphones of several types. Users that wish to partake in this download will want to pay attention to the warnings from Google made this afternoon. This release is different from those in the past in that it's specifically NOT part of the Android Beta program - instead, it's meant for developers extra-specifically.

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Apple Clips taps face recognition and AI to make social movies

Apple Clips taps face recognition and AI to make social movies

Apple has a new app for iPhone and iPad video editing, with Clips promising a simple way to create perfect content for Instagram, Facebook, and more. Set to hit the App Store in April, Clips won't replace iMovie for iOS, Apple's existing video editing app for its mobile devices. Instead, it'll offer a different - and in many ways much easier - way to put short videos together.

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Microsoft ‘Mac to Surface Assistant’ makes it easy to abandon Apple

Microsoft ‘Mac to Surface Assistant’ makes it easy to abandon Apple

Microsoft has quietly announced a new tool that makes it easy to abandon Mac in favor of its own Surface products. Aptly called ‘Mac to Surface Assistant,’ this tool allows macOS users to quickly back up folders of their own choosing to a USB flash drive or hard drive, which can then be used to transfer the content to a Surface laptop as a single ZIP file.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 Creators Update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 has had its fair share of controversy over the way it downloads and forces system updates, and while it's gotten better over time, the upcoming Creators Update looks to make the issue a hot topic once again. While these changes won't be an issue for those with a stable internet connection, it will be of concern for users with limited service. To put it simply, Windows will force downloads of essential updates even when using a metered connection.

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This Google algorithm shrinks JPEGs without ruining their quality

This Google algorithm shrinks JPEGs without ruining their quality

JPEG files are, by their nature, lossy and of lesser quality than things like TIFF. However, even JPEGs can have excellent quality…if you’re not picky about file size. Problems start when you require both a certain level of quality, a certain resolution, and a certain maximum file size. Compressing a photo to reduce its file size is simple, but maintaining its high quality at the same time is tricky. Thusly enters Google’s new Guetzli tool.

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Vista next month

Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Vista next month

Despite Microsoft's continuous efforts to get people to upgrade the latest version of Windows, hold outs who stick to old versions will always remain. If you're still on Windows Vista, though, you may want to consider upgrading, as Microsoft will be dropping support for that particular version next month.

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Microsoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 users globally

Microsoft Teams rolls out to Office 365 users globally

Microsoft Teams, the company’s alternative to Slack, is now rolling out to Office 365 customers globally, Microsoft has announced. This means the software is now available in 19 languages across 181 markets, giving Office 365 users a new option for holding team and office chats. According to the company, Microsoft Teams already has more than 50,000 organizations using the platform, including big-name companies like Alaska Airlines and Expedia.

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Galaxy S8 launcher found with icons

Galaxy S8 launcher found with icons

The launcher for the Samsung Galaxy S8 has appeared this afternoon thanks to an anonymous tip to SlashGear. This launcher is appearing just before the full reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S8, a device that'll do battle with the iPhone 8 and/or the iPhone 7s before the end of the year. Until then, there's the LG G6, a device which will have the shortest wait to launch as it comes to market first of the three this year.

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How to get Relay 8.1 Beta app for Android with more Material

How to get Relay 8.1 Beta app for Android with more Material

This afternoon we're having a look at the newest version of the Reddit browsing app Relay - in its newest Beta edition. This newest edition has a set of features which make it indispensable to users on the fringe of browsing madness. If you're still here, you're quite likely prepared to have a peek at this newest version of the app.

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Plex Cloud service goes live for all Plex Pass subscribers

Plex Cloud service goes live for all Plex Pass subscribers

Back in September, Plex announced a new service called Plex Cloud, a way to store media files in the cloud rather than on their own hard drive. The feature has its appeal, mostly the easy expansion of cloud storage relative to the huge amounts of time it takes to upgrade and backup 1TB+ hard drives at home. Plex Cloud has thus far only been available to some users as a beta, but it is now available to all Plex Pass holders, the company has revealed.

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