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Spotify update includes “Fresh Finds” for rising talent

Spotify update includes “Fresh Finds” for rising talent

The newest update to Spotify will come this week, adding to their already popular "Discover Weekly" feature with "Fresh Finds." As if to say "please, please listen to something other than Coldplay or Skrillex," Spotify has created yet another way for users to find new and exciting rising musical stars. Five categories are being added as a part of this initiative, including Basement, Cyclone, Fire Emoji, Hiptronix, and Six Strings.

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PS4 3.5 update brings Remote Play for Mac, PC (but not in beta)

PS4 3.5 update brings Remote Play for Mac, PC (but not in beta)

The PlayStaton 4 beta 3.5 update arrives tomorrow, giving those who signed up (and were granted access) several new features including the oft-requested Remote Play feature supporting Mac and PC. Those in the beta will get first-hand access to the features soon, but Sony has detailed what the update includes for all PS4 users to get excited about. Other notable additions include going incognito and direct streaming to Dailymotion.

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YouTube’s newest team will battle video takedown blunders

YouTube’s newest team will battle video takedown blunders

Copyright violations — and claims of such — get videos taken down from YouTube everyday, and unfortunately they’re not all valid. Creators have long expressed discontent about mistaken YouTube takedowns, something the company has itself addressed in various ways over time. Most recently, YouTube has announced the launch of a new team dedicated to reducing the number of mistaken video takedowns, hopefully appeasing Creators and making its monetization platform a little more appealing all the while.

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Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Snapchat adds face swap tool, horror ensues

Forget the geofilters and birthday lenses — Snapchat has added a face-swapping feature, making it possible for two users to trade faces. The feature works exactly the same as all the face swapping apps dotting the respective app store landscapes, but is a fun addition for Snapchat users. Swapped faces have been plastering social networks today, and the results are, as you probably guessed, mostly horrifying.

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Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora for Android adds music discovery tool

Pandora has pushed out an update for its Android app, adding the new discovery feature that first launched on iOS. A new “Browse” option at the top of the app allows users to toggle from their stations over to a discovery tool where music is sorted into various categories, including things like popularity, genre, and decade. The feature is live now for those who update.

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Android N features: starting with menus

Android N features: starting with menus

Google's next version of Android has been spotted - sort of - in a developer preview for a simple function. This simple function allows developers to switch the operating system's "Dark" and "Light" themes on or off - or dark to light, however you want to say it - and contains a clue. This clue is the hamburger menu button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This button will allow the everyday user to open a drawer to the left of the screen, switching between sections in Settings menus with swiftness.

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Netflix for iOS adds 3D Touch and iPad Pro optimization

Netflix for iOS adds 3D Touch and iPad Pro optimization

Netflix has pushed out an update for its iOS app, adding some requested features like iPad Pro optimization but leaving out others, namely picture-in-picture support, much to users’ disappointment. The update brings Netflix for iOS up to version 8, which can be grabbed now from the iTunes store. In addition to iPad Pro owners, iPhones users are getting a treat with the update.

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Apple TV search adds Watch ABC, Disney Channel, XD and JR

Apple TV search adds Watch ABC, Disney Channel, XD and JR

Apple has added Disney XD, Disney Channel, Disney Jr and Watch ABC to its Siri search and universal search on the latest Apple TV, making it easier for owners to find content at those destinations through the device's interface. Now those destinations will appear as viewing options when pulling up an applicable show, for example, joining the option for iTunes and any others available.

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Waze adds Morgan Freeman’s voice as latest celebrity narrator

Waze adds Morgan Freeman’s voice as latest celebrity narrator

If you use Google’s navigation app Waze, you may be familiar with the celebrity voices option — instead of having a generic narrator giving you turn-by-turn voice directions, a well-known celebrity will give those directions. The celebrity narrator feature arrived back in 2013 with the voice of Kevin Hart, and has been updated at times since then, with the latest option being Morgan Freeman.

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Microsoft Translator adds offline, image translations for iOS and Android

Microsoft Translator adds offline, image translations for iOS and Android

Microsoft has pushed out an update for the Microsoft Translator app on Android and iOS. Once updated, the translation app, which is similar to Google Translate, will feature two new features, one per platform. Android users, for their part, will get a new artificial intelligence-powered translation engine, and iOS users will get a new image translation option that uses Microsoft's own Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

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Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum adds location tracking, history, geofencing

Verizon Hum, an automotive system comprised of an OBD reader, speaker, and mobile app, has been updated to include some new (and pretty useful) features like geofencing and driving history. Such features could prove useful in various situations, such as a home where a newly licensed teenager is being given the keys. The features have been added to the iOS and Android mobile apps.

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Facebook Live Video goes international (on iPhone)

Facebook Live Video goes international (on iPhone)

Facebook unveiled its Live Video feature in early December, and has more recently expanded it to all iPhones users in the U.S. While there's still no word about when Android users will be let in on the fun, iPhone users outside of the United States are also seeing the feature roll their way, with Facebook saying it is expanding the feature globally. Some users outside of the US are already reporting seeing the broadcasting option.

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