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May 4, 2015

QR Codes Are Back…in Snapchat Form

It seems that Snapchat has found a way to spread its gospel from the digital world to the physical one in the form of “Snapcodes,” specific, individualized images that allow Snapchat users to connect with other users through smartphone camera scans. Just like QR Codes that sent users to different websites, Snapcodes are unique identifiers that a user photographs to gain access to other users.

Snapchat continues to come up with new ways to engage its users.

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April 30, 2015

New Custom Voice Actions Hitting Google Now

One of Android’s coolest features—its voice-activated “Okay Google” feature, powered by Google Now—is about to get a little cooler. The company announced today that a new batch of custom voice commands were just launched, with even more on the way.

So far, Google has two examples. Say “Okay Google, listen to NPR” will launch an audio stream on the NPR app, while “Okay Google, show attractions near me on TripAdvisor” does, well, that. It’s a nice couple of additions, and it’s even better that Google has plans for even more [...]

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April 20, 2015

Google Making Huge Android Wear Update

Google announced a fun and functional bunch of new features set to debut on Android Wear in the coming weeks. The update will be the biggest improvement to the Android Wear OS yet, with new ways to interact with notifications and a smarter way to access apps, among other added tweaks.

Smarter Apps, Less Talking

Navigating Android Wear’s UI to find the apps you want has been something of a chore to this point; users have had to either flick through a variety of menus or use voice commands, which isn’t always convenient. [...]

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April 17, 2015

Google Launches “Works with Google Cardboard”

In an effort to keep its burgeoning VR ecosystem humming along, Google announced a new certification initiative called Works with Google Cardboard on Thursday. It’s pretty simple: by registering with Google’s program, Google Cardboard viewer-makers and app developers will be able to ensure that everything a user does works without a hitch.

It’s a pretty ingenious solution, especially from the manufacturer side of things. As you’re probably aware, there are more than a few varieties of Android handsets out there, with different [...]

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April 14, 2015

New Apple Music App in iOS 8.4 Beta

The new Music app from Apple has made its first appearance in the iOS 8.4 beta that was released on Monday evening, 9to5Mac reports. Built in collaboration with Beats, which Apple acquired in 2014, the new Music app is expected to be officially announced at WWDC this summer.

There are a whole bunch of features described in the app’s release notes, helpfully listed in the above-linked 9to5Mac post, but none of them are particularly incredible one way or another. They seem mostly like solid UI choices: like putting the Recently [...]

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April 7, 2015

Amazon Instant Video Makes its Way to Android, and It’s About Time

Did you know that Amazon’s Instant Video service wasn’t available on Android until today? I was emailed a release from the company earlier this morning, and my first thought was, “Wait… Android didn’t have Instant Video?”

It’s an easy mistake to make. After all, Amazon shows love to ALL platforms with many of its services. Kindle and Amazon Music apps are available no matter where you go. The company even makes its Android Appstore available to all Android devices, regardless of whether [...]

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April 2, 2015

Office Lens: A New Scanning App for Android & iOS

A new cross-platform scanning app called Office Lens from Microsoft hit Android and iOS devices on Thursday. It’s the latest move in the company’s ongoing initiative to bring users on different platforms into the Microsoft ecosystem.

Office Lens, which was originally released last year exclusively for Windows Phone is essentially a handheld scanner that relies on your smartphone or tablet’s built-in camera. With it, you can take photos of documents, screens, whiteboards—basically anything with text on it—and save it to OneNote, [...]

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March 30, 2015

Spartan is Out Now – For Windows Insiders Only

If you’ve been dying to take Microsoft’s new web browser, Spartan, for a spin, you can do so right this second—but only if you’re a Windows Insider. Membership is free in terms of money, but you will have to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your computer. If you’re okay with using an experimental, constantly changing, somewhat unstable operating system on your machine, get going on that. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to wait until Windows 10’s official release later this summer.

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March 25, 2015

Here’s An AR App to “Try on” an Apple Watch

If you’re interested in seeing what an Apple Watch might look like on your wrist, a new augmented reality app from Belgian developer Underside may pique your interest. Called ARWatch (via a post on FastCompany), the app works with your iPhone’s camera and a strip of paper users can print out to simulate the presence of an Apple Watch on your arm.

The process is and result is relatively simple: print out a paper replica of the 38mm version of the Apple Watch and slap it on your wrist. After that, boot up the app on your iPhone and [...]

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March 24, 2015

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 SDK

We’re inching closer and closer to the official release of Windows 10 from Microsoft. For proof, look no further than a Microsoft blog post published on Monday, which tells us that there’s a new SDK available for the creation of new Windows 10 apps and programs. Huzzah!

In addition to whatever apps developers come up with, Windows 10 will be armed with a new web browser called “Spartan.”

Among the big bullet points discussed in the post is the operating system’s new emphasis on its [...]

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