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Update your old Amazon Kindle if you want to stay connected

Update your old Amazon Kindle if you want to stay connected

If you happen to be an owner of an "older" Amazon Kindle e-book reader, specifically one from 2012 or earlier, better heed this critical message from Amazon. Regardless of your actual use of the device, you will need update your Kindle to the latest software version by Tuesday, March 22, 2016. That is, if you ever want to be able to connect to the Internet again using the device. Considering most of the regular content you will read on the Kindle will most likely come from Amazon's store, that is pretty much a given.

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Facebook Messenger has a secret basketball game

Facebook Messenger has a secret basketball game

It's March Madness time, and as such Facebook has added a 'hidden' basketball game to Messenger. The game came with the app's latest update, and simply involves sending someone a basketball emoji, after which point you'll be tasked with flicking digital basketballs into a digital hoop, aiming to beat your own best score. Get the details on how to play after the jump!

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Windows 10 update released to Windows Phone

Windows 10 update released to Windows Phone

A number of smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 begin to receive Windows 10 Mobile via Microsoft today. According to Michael Fortin, CVP Windows and Devices Group Core Quality, the list of devices that'll be seeing a Windows 10 Mobile update today is not the same as the list that's currently part of the Windows 10 Mobile Insider program. "As Windows 10 delivers significant new innovations," said Fortin, "many older devices are not able to successfully upgrade without an impact on the customer experience."

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SPMC (XBMC) re-released by disgruntled KODI Android dev

SPMC (XBMC) re-released by disgruntled KODI Android dev

Open-source multimedia app KODI's main Android developer leaves, decides to resurrect SPMC with focus on Android only. The many, many Android users of the app KODI can once again rest (sort of) easy - their hero developer has returned - though not in the way we might have expected. This new SPMC app will be released with a focus on the platforms that've been being used the most: Android TV, Amazon FireTV, and - for good measure - Amlogic.

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Uber’s new family profiles support up to 10 riders

Uber’s new family profiles support up to 10 riders

Uber has finally introduced a new profile option that allows everyone in a family to share an account. The feature is launching first in Phoenix, Dallas, and Atlanta, and supports up to 10 riders on a single profile. The move makes it easier for family members, friends, and other small groups to order rides using the same payment method — if your kid needs a ride after school, for example, they can use the family plan to order a car, and the receipt will go straight to the parent’s inbox.

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How to turn on YouTube’s background loading feature

How to turn on YouTube’s background loading feature

So you've heard that YouTube has a new way to load videos while you're doing something else on your smartphone. You want that feature. That's the sort of feature you've been wanting forever. Ever since you first saw that your smartphone could load a 4K 60-frames per second video (or whatever you were super hyped about) for the first time and you realized it'd take an hour to buffer, you wanted the ability to load it all while you did something else. That time is now!

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Instagram tweaks feed order to show users preferred content

Instagram tweaks feed order to show users preferred content

Instagram is shuffling your feed, and you’ll hopefully be seeing more of the content you’re interested in as a result. According to the social network, users miss out on an average of 70-percent of the content in their feed, an issue that itself grows as Instagram’s user base expands and the amount of content with it. To address that issue, Instagram will soon ditch the chronological feed order in favor of a specialized one.

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You’ll be happy with this Android update with Material Design

You’ll be happy with this Android update with Material Design

This week Google updated their spec guidance for bottom navigation for developers making Android apps - for the apps you use. What does this mean for you? It means that the apps you're working with tomorrow should look a whole lot more pleasing than they do today. ...If they're following Google's rules, that is. Google's Material Design library makes all apps look like they belong in the Google Android universe, and with this update, they'll be ready to tap through with extreme ease.

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Skype for Web adds landline and mobile phone calling

Skype for Web adds landline and mobile phone calling

The Web version of Skype has added support for calling landlines and mobile phones directly, making it a bit easier to make cheap calls from your browser. That’s not the extent of its update, though — the service has also added support for watching YouTube videos within Skype for Web, as well as adding anyone (including non-Skype users) to a Skype for Web conversation, and new notifications that appear in the browser.

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Adobe Flash Player update fixes critical vulnerabilities

Adobe Flash Player update fixes critical vulnerabilities

In a story similar to many from the company's history, Adobe has pushed out a new emergency update that patches many critical Flash Player bugs. In a security bulletin released yesterday, Adobe announced updates for Linux, Windows and Mac that fix several affected versions of Flash, including Flash Player for Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11, and Linux. These ‘critical vulnerabilities’ were used to initiate some cyberattacks.

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Waze update 4.0 aims to replace Google Maps

Waze update 4.0 aims to replace Google Maps

Release after release, Google's own Google Maps has made the case for being the best - and only - maps app for Android. Now comes along Waze 4.0 for Android (incidentally also owned by Google) to try to take the crown. Can swanky graphics and what may be a more personal set of controls do the trick for you, the Android-based Google Maps addict? Could you possibly replace the most basic map app in the world with one that's... just a little bit different?

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What’s New in Android N?

What’s New in Android N?

This week we've been running down the many features that appear in the next version of Android from Google. As we remember that this is only a developer preview release thus far, we can also conclude that not all features will be delivered to end-users by the time OEMs get onboard. What we've got today is a video from Google. This video shows what's new in Android N for everyone able to load the software right this minute.

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