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iTunes Microsoft Store release delayed, Windows 10 S users left waiting

iTunes Microsoft Store release delayed, Windows 10 S users left waiting

Windows users have long had access to iTunes, and the availability is as simple to get as going to Apple's website to download the software. Back in May, however, the companies announced that iTunes will be made available in the Microsoft Store -- that is, in Microsoft's online store for downloading apps. Why make it available there when users can download it from Apple? Because that's the only way Windows 10 S users will be able to get it.

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Canary cameras will get AI-based Person Detection feature next year

Canary cameras will get AI-based Person Detection feature next year

Canary has revealed a new feature for its security cameras: "Person Detection." The new ability enables the camera to detect when a person is in the picture, helping device owners better understand the context behind their motion alerts. The feature is most important for pet owners who receive frequent motion alerts due to a cat or dog moving through the room. With Person Detection, you'll know when a human is behind the movements.

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iOS 11.2.1 released: Here’s why you should update now

iOS 11.2.1 released: Here’s why you should update now

Apple has released iOS version 11.2.1, bringing a variety of bug fixes to iPhone and iPad owners. The update is available now, and you probably shouldn't put off installing it. Why? Amid the bug fixes is the solution to one particularly large bug, one that may not affect you at the moment but that could show up to ruin your day at the most inopportune time.

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A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

I bet you'd rather have something for free than have to dish out a rather large pile of cash to get a new phone. I've been on a two-year cycle for the past 7 years or so, and before that I had a non-smart phone - and I had that thing for 3-4 years, without issue. I saw the new phones, I wanted the new phones, but I certainly didn't want to pay for the new phones.

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Chrome Remote Desktop is now on a web browser

Chrome Remote Desktop is now on a web browser

If you are one of if not the only “techie” in your family or circle of friends, you are most likely acutely aware of how difficult it might be to remotely troubleshoot their computers over the phone or, worse, over text or instant messaging. That’s why tools like remote desktop access have been invented, to help ease the pain of tech support. If you’re still on the fence about which remote desktop software to use, you need not go much further than your web browser, thanks to Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop, now available on the Web.

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Google Home Mini update brings back the touch function

Google Home Mini update brings back the touch function

Google has an update for the Google Home Mini that restores its touch functionality, a feature that was stripped away shortly after launch due to a potential issue that some device owners faced. The update is bringing back the functionality, but doing so with a somewhat big change in how it works: rather than tapping the top of the device to give it a command, you'll instead need to long-press the side.

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Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple has begun warning templated apps that they face removal from the App Store, taking an unexpectedly hard line on what has traditionally been one of the easiest ways to release iPhone software. Although Apple has released various tools intended to make creating software for iOS devices more straightforward, for many the process is still too complex or time-consuming.

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Microsoft Whiteboard public preview spruces up collaboration

Microsoft Whiteboard public preview spruces up collaboration

Microsoft has fallen in love with ink. Ever since it put out the first Surface tablets, it has worked on making the stylus a first-class citizen in most of its products, both hardware and software. But most of those features have mostly been at the service of the individual. Earlier this year, Microsoft showed off a new Whiteboard app that brings that power to teams, especially those working remotely. After being secluded behind closed doors, Microsoft is making the app available for anyone with a Windows 10 device to try out for their own brainstorming session.

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iOS 11.2 released: Apple Pay Cash and Dec. 2 bug fix for iPhone

iOS 11.2 released: Apple Pay Cash and Dec. 2 bug fix for iPhone

Apple has released iOS 11.2, pushing out the major iPhone and iPad update in what appears to be an early launch to address devices affected by the December 2 crash bug. The update was released to iOS users this morning, and includes Apple Pay Cash which allows individuals to send and receive money through Messages or by asking the Siri assistant. There's also improvements in the update for wireless charging.

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BLU goes silent

BLU goes silent

This week the folks at BLU Products aren't having a great time dealing with a rather large mishap. They've released a software update for a phone which, in turn, locked up and/or destroyed all information within. That was just the beginning of this nightmare - not only for the company, but for the hundreds or thousands of users who owned that one phone.

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Galaxy S8 update broke fast charging for some users

Galaxy S8 update broke fast charging for some users

If you have a Galaxy S8, you probably had an update appear in the recent past; maybe you're even still postponing it until a more convenient time. If that's the case, you may want to wait a while longer, as some users who did update are reporting that fast charging no longer works. This applies to both the Galaxy S8 and the larger S8+.

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Pixelmator Pro is a Mac Photoshop alternative with AI features

Pixelmator Pro is a Mac Photoshop alternative with AI features

Pixelmator has just launched a powerful Adobe Photoshop alternative, and it only costs $60. Called Pixelmator Pro, this Mac exclusive boasts features that utilize machine learning for accomplishing certain tasks, not to mention a roster of other image editing tools. The app was previewed months ago and is now available for any Mac owner to buy straight from the Mac App Store.

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