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Microsoft Garage Ink to Code turns doodles into prototypes

Microsoft Garage Ink to Code turns doodles into prototypes

A great deal of importance has lately been attached to the efficiency of pen (or pencil) and paper. Anything, even a napkin, can be used as the launchpad for greater things. In fact, there are many tales woven around napkin or back-of-the-envelope brainstorming. That said, when brainstorming for what would eventually be a digital product anyway,s starting off with paper only adds an unnecessary step to the development process. That’s why some of the folks over at Microsoft Garage cooked up Ink to Code, which turns digital drawings into prototypes ready to be imported into Visual Studio.

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Fire TV update brings Single Sign-On support for cable apps

Fire TV update brings Single Sign-On support for cable apps

The Fire TV is popular with cord-cutters, but many users still pay for a live television service. With that live TV service -- whether cable, satellite, or OTT -- comes the option of authenticating cable apps that provide users with on-demand and, in some cases, livestreaming access to content. Actually authenticating those apps, though, is a long, annoying process.

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iOS 11.3 Beta download: how to and where

iOS 11.3 Beta download: how to and where

This afternoon Apple released the newest version of iOS for iPhone and iPad, iOS 11.3 (in public beta form.) Users will be able to download this software whenever they get the opportunity, starting earlier today. Users with an iPad or iPhone released in the past 3 years will be able to make with all the download'n right this minute.

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iOS 11.3 public beta released now: New Animoji and more

iOS 11.3 public beta released now: New Animoji and more

If you want to get your hands on the latest version of iOS there's no need for more patience, with Apple releasing the iOS 11.3 public beta today. Part of the opt-in Apple Beta Software Program, it comes only a day after the Cupertino firm released the first iOS 11.3 developer beta.

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Apple iOS 11.3 beta 1 released for eager developers

Apple iOS 11.3 beta 1 released for eager developers

Apple has released the first beta of iOS 11.3, the new version of its software for iPhone and iPad. Unveiled earlier today, iOS 11.3 brings with it numerous new features including ARKit 1.5 support and brand new Animojis. Today's release is targeted at developers aiming to get up to speed with what will be hitting Apple's phones and tablets later this year.

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Messages on iCloud returns in today’s iOS 11.3 beta

Messages on iCloud returns in today’s iOS 11.3 beta

Apple has quietly brought back one of its most eagerly-anticipated - and sorely missed - messaging features in the iOS 11.3 beta 1, which has been released for developers today. Messages in iCloud had been part of the original iOS 11 release back in mid-2017, promising to not only synchronize all of your conversations more effectively across any device signed into the same Apple ID, but also save space in the process.

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iOS 11.3 battery throttling switch gives older iPhones the choice

iOS 11.3 battery throttling switch gives older iPhones the choice

Apple will give iPhone owners the ability to turn off its controversial power throttling system in iOS 11.3, the latest in its ongoing mea-culpa over slowing older devices. Confirmed as part of the upcoming iOS 11.3 release - though not quite ready for today's developer preview - the new features will not only offer more information about battery health, but also give users control over whether Apple's performance safeguards are applied.

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Huge iOS 11.3 ARKit update previewed by Apple today

Huge iOS 11.3 ARKit update previewed by Apple today

Apple is gunning hard to make iOS the platform of choice for augmented reality, revealing the latest update of its technology in iOS 11.3 today. The new ARKit 1.5 is a core part of iOS 11.3, which is being released for developers to get to grips with now, but which will arrive for all iPhone and iPad users in the spring of 2018.

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DuckDuckGo tracker blocker now on browsers, mobile

DuckDuckGo tracker blocker now on browsers, mobile

The Internet can be a scary place, and not just because of those who lurk in the shadows, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting prey. Even those that swear to respect users’ privacy are often the first ones to also violate them. There is no shortage of tools and services that promise to do better and save you from yourself and from these tech giants. DuckDuckGo is one such champion, best known for its privacy-focused search engine. Now it’s breaking new ground by updating its tools to keep you safe and anonymous not just when searching but when doing anything on the web.

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Photoshop AI feature automates image subject selection

Photoshop AI feature automates image subject selection

The AI-based selection feature Adobe introduced back in November is now available to users. The feature arrived in Photoshop version 19.1 and it is called "Select Subject." With this -- and thanks to Adobe Sensei -- Photoshop is now capable of isolating the main subject in an image from its background automatically, saving users time. Select Subject is joined by several other features.

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Firefox Quantum update brings smoother rendering, faster speeds

Firefox Quantum update brings smoother rendering, faster speeds

Back in November, Mozilla introduced Firefox Quantum, a new "really fast" version of the Internet browser. Today the company announced an update for Firefox Quantum, adding new features while improving speeds and offering a smoother rendering experience. In addition, Firefox for Android is on the receiving end of some new capabilities, not the least of which is better Progressive Web Apps support.

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Running Windows apps on Android is slowly getting there

Running Windows apps on Android is slowly getting there

Our smartphones are getting so powerful that they’re being used for sometimes crazy things, like bitcoin mining or running as a desktop. How about running a desktop? Been there, done that, at least as far as Linux is concerned. But running Windows programs on Android, without tricks like remote desktops or virtual machines, is a different thing entirely. It could, however, be close to becoming reality thanks to the latest WINE 3.0 release, which paves the way for running Windows win32 programs on Android almost natively.

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