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iTunes ‘rent once, watch anywhere’ removes device shackle

iTunes ‘rent once, watch anywhere’ removes device shackle

iTunes has long offered digital movie rentals, and those digital movie rentals have historically been more or less shackled to the device from which it was rented or, in some cases, required syncing between devices. That changes with iTunes 12.6, an updated version that is bringing a so-called 'rent once, watch anywhere' functionality that removes the limitations. This functionality assumes the user is running the latest versions of iOS and tvOS, however.

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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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Instagram enables live video saving to phone (for broadcasters)

Instagram enables live video saving to phone (for broadcasters)

Instagram has announced the addition of a new feature that enables users to save their live videos directly to their phone once the broadcast is complete. The feature is a welcomed (and frequently requested) one that will allow users to hang on to their own formerly-live videos for future sharing or watching, even though the video itself will disappear from the app once the broadcast ends.

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WhatsApp is bringing back its text ‘Status’ feature

WhatsApp is bringing back its text ‘Status’ feature

Since its very beginning, WhatsApp featured a text-based ‘Status’ feature that allowed users to choose a status that their friends and other contacts could see. This feature persisted when messaging functionality was added to the app, but was stripped away late last month in favor of a Snapchat-like ‘reinvention’ of the feature — one that involved sharing videos and photos. Users, predictably, revolted.

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Signal launches encrypted video calling for everyone

Signal launches encrypted video calling for everyone

Open Whisper Systems has announced that its previously launched encrypted video calling feature in Signal has been taken out of beta and is now available for all users to enjoy. The feature first arrived as a beta that users had to opt-in to use; now it is available to anyone using the most recent version of the iOS or Android app, making it easy to make end-to-end encrypted video calls.

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VSCO adds GIFs, a new blocking feature, and more

VSCO adds GIFs, a new blocking feature, and more

VSCO, a mobile photography app similar to Instagram, has announced an update that brings new features, including support for GIFs. VSCO calls these ‘animated images’ and ‘DSCOs,’ and they can be made directly within the app, where they can also be shared. The app is also making it easier to curate one's social experience by introducing a new blocking feature to cut off certain users.

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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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Skype for Linux gets ‘beta’ status alongside new features

Skype for Linux gets ‘beta’ status alongside new features

A few months ago, Microsoft launched its Skype for Linux Alpha software, giving Linux users a chance to utilize the popular VoIP application. Things appear to be moving smoothly, as Microsoft has announced the launch of Skype for Linux Beta 5.0, marking the software’s transition from alpha to beta status. With this transition, says Microsoft, comes some new features for Linux users.

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How to get Google Assistant on your phone (APK download)

How to get Google Assistant on your phone (APK download)

This morning Google revealed that it was finally time to bring Google Assistant to more Android devices. Users that've purchase Android devices over the past couple of years likely have access as of today. To make this possible, Android device owners will need to download the newest version of Google Play services, which isn't necessarily out on the Google Play app store as of publishing time for this article.

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Prisma will soon let anyone create their own photo filters

Prisma will soon let anyone create their own photo filters

Prisma, the photo app that enables users to turn images into works of art, is planning to give users one of their top requested features: the ability to create their own filters. This feature is only available online and to superusers at the moment, though it should eventually make its way to everyone. In addition, the app has been updated with a new filter store that, despite the name, provides free access to new filters.

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Pokemon GO Gen 2 0.57 APK mine update: Johto, Shiny, New Items

Pokemon GO Gen 2 0.57 APK mine update: Johto, Shiny, New Items

This week we've seen one of the biggest updates to Pokemon GO since the first release of the game - Johto is here! This update from Niantic suggested that a line of new Pokemon will be in the game extremely soon - 80 new entries in the Pokedex, to be exact. Alongside the features already made live in the newest update, we've got a collection of finds from behind the scenes. The version 0.57.2 release of the Android APK for Pokemon GO - and our APK mine - is here.

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Nest app improves Cam notifications, adds Android shortcuts

Nest app improves Cam notifications, adds Android shortcuts

Nest has announced an update to its Nest app that brings a bunch of improvements, including app shortcuts for those using the Android version. Nest Cam owners in particular are blessed by this update, which improves notifications for Nest Aware customers via things like automatic door detection. As well, Nest Cam owners will get better alerts from Nest Protect, namely an automatic live video feed from your Nest Cam if carbon monoxide or smoke is detected.

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