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Google Voice updates are inbound, company confirms

Google Voice updates are inbound, company confirms

Google Voice, the company’s seldom mentioned VoIP service, is going to be on the receiving end of some updates soon. News of the updates first arrived via a link some users were seeing when they visited Google Voice. The link and notification encouraged users to click to see the new Google Voice, but the related web page isn’t live at this time. Having accidentally revealed its efforts, Google has since confirmed that yes, it is working on some new updates.

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WhatsApp drops support for some phones, but gives BlackBerry an extension

WhatsApp drops support for some phones, but gives BlackBerry an extension

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps available, and so there are likely going to be some users disappointed today: the app is dropping support for older phone platforms. This isn't a surprise, as the company gave a fair warning in the recent past that this day was coming. It's not all bad news, though -- WhatsApp has also announced an extension for certain devices.

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Plex Cloud is dropping Amazon Drive support soon

Plex Cloud is dropping Amazon Drive support soon

Plex recently announced a feature that makes life easier for some users: Plex Cloud, a way to access and stream content stored on a cloud service. Amazon Drive was named as one of the cloud storage options for Plex Cloud (the only one initially), but troubles soon started for the company. Unfortunately, those troubles have proven too much to handle, and so Plex is dropping Amazon Drive support entirely.

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Verizon will kill the Galaxy Note 7 on January 5

Verizon will kill the Galaxy Note 7 on January 5

Verizon has apparently changed its mind, and now states that it will release an update that disables the Galaxy Note 7's ability to charge on January 5, 2017. This follows previous statements to the contrary, with Verizon initially declining to send Samsung's update on to customers. Though the carrier reversed its decision regarding the update, the reasons Verizon gives for the January date are staying the same.

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Affinity Photo for Windows launches alongside major Mac update

Affinity Photo for Windows launches alongside major Mac update

Serif’s inexpensive feature-heavy alternative to Photoshop, Affinity Photo, has officially arrived on Windows. This version brings the same slew of features we find in the macOS version, including the new features from Mac update 1.5, at a discounted rate until December 22. The app offers pro-level image editing, including the new ability to edit 360-degree images, and as we've previously noted, it'll soon be joined by an iPad version.

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DOOM free update 5 adds Infernal Run multiplayer mode and bots

DOOM free update 5 adds Infernal Run multiplayer mode and bots

DOOM has turned out to be one of the coolest games launched this year and Bethesda has been making gamers even happier about the game with free updates since launch. Free update five is now available and it adds in some cool new features that players will be thrilled about. One of the biggest additions in the update is a new multiplayer mode.

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Light L16 camera begins mass production in Q2 2017, will ship soon after

Light L16 camera begins mass production in Q2 2017, will ship soon after

Light's L16 camera, a model that features many small lenses and image sensors to capture multiple shots of the same subject, will enter mass production in the second quarter of 2017, the company has announced. This follows a previous delay and means those who pre-ordered will see their purchase shipping "as possible after mass production begins," assuming no further delays surface. Assuming the camera meets the company's claims, it'll produce DSLR-quality images despite its much smaller form factor.

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Instagram’s new anti-cyberbully tools: disabling and liking comments

Instagram’s new anti-cyberbully tools: disabling and liking comments

Instagram has introduced some new tools intended to reduce cyberbullying and improve positivity on its platform. All users will soon have access to a feature that was previously limited to select accounts: the ability to disable comments on a specific post. As well, Instagram is adding a way to ‘heart’ individual comments, bump followers from a private account, and anonymously report certain posts.

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Android Nougat update 7.1.1 brings Pixel to the masses

Android Nougat update 7.1.1 brings Pixel to the masses

Inside the newest update to Android is a set of features that'll change the way users interact with their phones. Some of these features were present last month already on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, while others are completely new. This update will be delivered to a number of devices starting today and rolling over the next several weeks.

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Nest Cam owners get clip sharing, Android TV and Apple TV support

Nest Cam owners get clip sharing, Android TV and Apple TV support

Nest has pushed out a software update that brings some new features for Nest Cam and Nest Cam Outdoor owners. Says Nest, users now (finally) have the ability to create video clips and then share them with others via the Nest mobile app. This involves only two taps, according to the company. As well, those with an Apple TV or an Android TV device can watch their Nest Cam video feeds through the devices on a television.

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Todoist unveils AI-powered Smart Schedule feature

Todoist unveils AI-powered Smart Schedule feature

Todoist, the app that makes it easy to keep track of the things you haven’t done yet, has announced a new feature called Smart Schedule. This feature is powered by artificial intelligence, according to Todoist, and aims to help users better schedule their tasks for an increased completion rate. Says the company, more than 70-percent of its users have overdue tasks — with smart scheduling, they can have those tasks intelligently rescheduled all at once.

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Pinterest’s new feature helps track things you’ve already tried

Pinterest’s new feature helps track things you’ve already tried

Have trouble remembering which recipes, projects, and other things you’ve already tried? Pinterest is here to help with its new ‘tried it’ feature, enabling users to mark pins they’ve completed as ‘tried’ for both your and other users' future info. Those who mark something as tried can leave feedback about their results, as well, helping others decide whether the project or recipe is worth their own time and effort.

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