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    Low-end devices with constrained resources can keep using in-app messaging

    Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use the core Facebook app to do their chatting. Though this change will be rolling out globally, there will be exceptions in place for lower-powered Android devices that apparently can’t handle  [Read More...]

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    Amazon UK has launched a dedicated store that features various wearable devices across categories like activity trackers, smartwatches, smartglasses, wearable cameras and more. With over a 100 different products already listed, Amazon’s wearable technology store currently offers the largest selection of wearable devices.

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    It was a few months ago that we reported that Facebook would be killing in-app messaging. Facebook instead prefers users to chat with the dedicated Facebook Messenger app. Facebook is now notifying users that transition will happen over the next few days.

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    Humble Bundle provides a seriously great service to consumers. You get to buy DRM-free content at your own price and choose who the profits go to, whether that’s the game developers, Humble Bundle itself or charity. Thanks to Android’s ability to install third-party apps, the platform has enjoyed exclusivity on Humble Bundle’s Mobile Bundles, which are about to change for the better.

    Starting today, Humble Bundle will release a new Android-exclusive Mobile Bundle every other week. Humble Bundle has opened a  [Read More...]

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    It takes a few steps, but the Google Keyboard has some useful options tucked inside

    Here’s one of those things that’s been around for a little bit, but well hidden. If you’re a fan of the stock Google keyboard but would love to have a dedicated number row — particularly given the size of many of today’s smartphones — you can do it. It’s not just an Android 5.0 Lollipop feature, so you’re able to do this  [Read More...]

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    Samsung has reportedly created a team of around 200 employees to work exclusively on display technology for Apple products, as well as strengthening relations between the two giants.

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    Twitter is adding a dedicated GIF button that will allow you to search GIFs from Giphy and Riffsy to easily add them to your tweets. Whether composing a new tweet or direct message, you’ll be able to search and browse a huge collection of GIFs to find the perfect one for your message. You’ll be able to browse by category or search by keywords to help you find just the one you are looking for.

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    A fresh update is now rolling out to the Google Camera app, bringing along a slew of interface tweaks and more. Of note are some interesting icon tweaks, with the shutter button losing its blue accent and the camera switcher changing to a circular design. Eagle-eyed users will also spot some slick new animations.

    Meanwhile, there’s also now an option to launch directly into a dedicated slow motion video mode (on the Nexus 5X  [Read More...]

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    Xiaomi is launching a Mi Community for its Indian fans. The manufacturer is taking registrations for 500 beta testers, and the forum is set to go live on June 20. Through the Mi Community, fans will be able to share feedback, suggest new ideas, take part in contests, and more. The members in the community will also be eligible to attend product launches, and win “exclusive prizes.”

    We’ll let Hugo Barra take it from here:

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    Google has opened a new Machine Learning research group in Europe. Based at its Zurich offices, Google Research in Europe will be able to further develop ideas and projects released to AI and the like. The Zurich office is already responsible for Google tech like Knowledge Graph, as well as the conversation engine powering the assistant in Allo.

    As confirmed by the official announcement, this new research group will focus on three key areas:

    Machine Intelligence  [Read More...]

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    After integrating a built-in VPN in its desktop browser and rolling out a dedicated VPN app for iOS, Opera is now bringing the service to Android users. While there are several VPN services available for Android, Opera is looking to differentiate its offering by providing free unlimited access.

    The VPN is powered by SurfEasy, a company Opera acquired last year. The app offers a quick way to mask your location, access content that’s locked to a  [Read More...]

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    Google Now gets broken up into two feeds.

    An update rolling out to the Google app breaks up the feed into two separate sections — one dedicated to news updates, and an “upcoming” section that details your personal info, including daily schedule, flight info, appointments, and more.

    The app still pulls in data from Gmail, Calendar, and other sources, but all that information now lives in the upcoming tab. By default, you’ll see  [Read More...]

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    The new app for Android TV pairs with the Tablo Tuner to put OTA TV on the Shield without the use of a local network.

    Tablo is a pretty terrific product for cord cutters in North America, and the company’s most recent product, Tablo Dual, was its first to incorporate a built in DVR. Now, they’re back with another hot new product and this time it’s for the NVIDIA Shield TV.

    Tablo Engine and Tablo Tuner are  [Read More...]

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    WhatsApp wants to connect businesses with customers.

    WhatsApp started rolling out verified business accounts last week, and the comapny is now detailing its monetization plans. WhatsApp will offer a Business app that makes it easier for businesses to respond to messages, share updates, and more. WhatsApp basically wants to be the app you turn to when you want to place an order with a local bakery or get flight updates from your airline.

    As for monetization,  [Read More...]

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    Prepare yourself for a story told across multiple consoles.

    One of the biggest questions I saw after E3 this year was about the amount of work needed to prepare for Kingdom Hearts 3. If you think all you have to do is play the Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 remakes on your PlayStation 4, you have been misinformed. The Kingdom Hearts franchise sprawls across multiple consoles, including the Nintendo 3DS and even a mobile game with a  [Read More...]