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Facebook Popular Photos test mimics Instagram’s scrolling image feed

Facebook Popular Photos test mimics Instagram’s scrolling image feed

Facebook is testing a new feature called Popular Photos that mimics the image scrolling feed found on Instagram. The test was recently spied within the company's main mobile app, where users are presented with Popular Photos after they open an image posted by another user. The feature hints at another Instagram-like feature that Facebook may plan to bring to its main social media platform.

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Google Assistant Ambient Mode rolls out on more Android phone models

Google Assistant Ambient Mode rolls out on more Android phone models

In early September during IFA 2019, Google announced a new version of Ambient Mode for Google Assistant that brought the feature to Android smartphones and tablets. The feature imitates the one originally only made available on smart displays, but it had very limited availability on mobile. That has started to change with users noticing a wider rollout in recent days.

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Cortana for Android and iOS will disappear in multiple markets soon

Cortana for Android and iOS will disappear in multiple markets soon

Microsoft plans to stop supporting the Cortana mobile app in select markets starting in early 2020, the company quietly revealed on its support website. It's unclear how broadly the app will be removed -- based on Microsoft's message, it will happen in at least three countries. Microsoft's personal assistant will remain available on Windows 10, of course.

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Sony aibo robot dog gets whimsical features in new major update

Sony aibo robot dog gets whimsical features in new major update

Sony has released a major software update in the US and Japan for its aibo robotic dog, the company has announced. Software version 2.50 is made for the ERS1000 aibo model, bringing 'whimsical' capabilities that include the ability to potty train the dog, feed it virtual cookies, and other fun things. As well, the robot dog also has a new web-based API with visual programming for beginners.

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MacBook Pro 16-inch keyboard first look video shows Magic scissors

MacBook Pro 16-inch keyboard first look video shows Magic scissors

The favorite website of anyone attempting to fix their own broken gadgets, iFixit, has published a new video of its 16-inch MacBook Pro 'Magic' keyboard teardown. The team recent highlighted the new keyboard and its scissor switches in a live stream, giving future buyers the opportunity to see what they're getting. The previous, and mostly hated, butterfly switches are a thing of the past.

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Files by Google app finally gets support for Chromecast

Files by Google app finally gets support for Chromecast

In mid-September, Google introduced Chromecast support in its Files app, but only for beta users. That same feature has finally gone live for everyone, making it possible for users to directly cast their local files to Chromecast and other devices that support casting. The new casting feature can be used with audio, video, and images stored on the user's smartphone or tablet.

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Spotify is making it easier to create playlists for road trips

Spotify is making it easier to create playlists for road trips

Spotify has launched a new feature that makes it easy for users to generate playlists for their upcoming road trips. Called 'Soundtrack your Ride,' the new tool taps Google Maps to power a route-based music playlist long enough to cover the entire distance. Spotify pairs the map tool with a small quiz that'll help ensure the user gets the type of music they'll enjoy.

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Hulu will increase the price of its Live TV plan in December

Hulu will increase the price of its Live TV plan in December

Hulu has offered a live television service in addition to its on-demand streaming service for a couple of years now, enabling its users to watch shows as they air in addition to streaming content that has already aired, as well as originals. In an announcement today, the company revealed that it is increasing the price of its Hulu + Live TV plan starting next month.

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MacBook Pro 16-inch, 2019, released to stores and shipping

MacBook Pro 16-inch, 2019, released to stores and shipping

The newest 16-inch MacBook Pro (16-inch model) was made available at Apple Stores today, with a reserve system. This means you could, potentially, walk into an Apple Store without any interaction with the Apple website - but we wouldn't recommend it. If you're going to really jump in on this device and absolutely need to purchase the machine today, you're going to want to go to the Apple Store online, first.

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Motorola RAZR foldable display technique shown in testing

Motorola RAZR foldable display technique shown in testing

Motorola released a video this week showing how they developed the Motorola RAZR, and in the process, they showed the bend. You can see the process they use with the display to push the panel up and out, while said panel remains relatively safe from harm. This seems to bypass the less-than-stellar open-gap situation present with the first wave of Galaxy Fold (review release) devices.

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Apple removes nearly 200 vaping apps from App Store

Apple removes nearly 200 vaping apps from App Store

Vaping is something that's garnered a fair amount of controversy lately. The CDC has linked at least 42 deaths to lung illnesses associated with vaping, with more than 2,000 non-lethal cases reported as well. With these reports out in the open, Apple has decided to remove almost 200 vaping apps from the App Store.

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New Motorola Razr is eSIM-only: Here’s what that means

New Motorola Razr is eSIM-only: Here’s what that means

The newest Motorola smartphone Moto Razr 2019 was revealed on November 13, 2019, with no SIM card. No physical SIM card, that is to say. There's SIM functionality in this device, but it's embedded in a piece of hardware soldered to the device's motherboard. That means that you can't just go buying this phone from Verizon then switch over to another carrier with a quick flip of the SIM card - because there is no SIM card.

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