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Google Hangouts for iOS updated with new UI and ability to share multiple photos at once

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The Google Hangouts iOS app has received an update, bumping it to version 4.0. The update brings a new design that the company claims makes it faster to start new conversations, and add stickers, emoji, and photos.

The updated app features a new Dialer UI for better phone calling experience, as well as a new quick compose button that allows you to quickly find contacts with whom you chat most frequently. Read more »

Google Maps will soon list all railroad crossings in the US

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Last year there was a big rise in the number of rail crossing accidents in the US, and the authorities are working with Google to try and do something about it. Namely, you will soon find all of the railroad crossings in the US inside Google Maps.

We’re talking about around 215,000 crossings in total, of which 130,000 are public and 85,000 are private. Not only will you be able to see each railroad crossing placed on the map inside Google’s app, but you’ll also be notified when one’s approaching if you’re in navigation mode. Read more »

Facebook’s new iOS photo uploader will reportedly let you overlay Snapchat-like filters, text, and stickers on images

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Facebook is currently testing a new iOS photo uploader which will allow users to put Snapchat-like filters, text, and stickers on their pictures, according to a TechCrunch report.

Facebook emulating Snapchat’s features shouldn’t really come as a surprise given that the world’s largest social network in 2013 tried to acquire the latter for $3 billion but the offer was turned down. Facebook’s Slingshot app is also widely perceived to be a Snapchat clone. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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These are some of the best apps and games that came out this week. Read more »

Facebook’s new ‘Add a Link’ feature lets you easily find and share Web links

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Facebook has launched a new feature that allows you to easily find and share Web links on the social network. Dubbed Add a Link, the feature is currently only available for iPhone users, but will eventually launch on Android and the company’s Messenger app as well.

“Now, whenever you want to share a specific web link in your posts, just tap the new link icon, type in a few keywords to search for a link from our index of posts, and share it,” the company said. So effectively, the feature makes sure that users won’t have to leave the Facebook app when searching for Web links. Read more »

Facebook Messenger no longer requires a Facebook account

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WhatsApp and similar mobile-first (or mobile-only) messaging apps have pioneered the concept of using your phone number to log in years ago. But so far Facebook’s Messenger has required people to have a Facebook account in order to use it. Not anymore.

Starting today, you can sign up for Facebook Messenger even if you don’t have a Facebook account. After you install the Messenger app, when you run it for the first time, you’ll see the screen above. You can choose “Not on Facebook?” to be able to sign up using your phone number. Read more »

iOS 9 updates will temporarily delete apps to make room for themselves

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A few weeks ago, at WWDC 2015, the new iOS 9 was officially unveiled along with the promise for a free update on eligible devices this fall. There is no doubt that Apple wants to push the new version of its popular mobile OS as cleanly as possible and on a broad a scale as possible. Mass adoption will ensure better uniformity on the market and create a more-favorable environment for development and innovation.

If you have been an iPhone user for some time now, you surely remember the major update problems associated with iOS 8. Its 6GB free space requirement left a lot of Apple users struggling to cram everything in on their phones. This, along with some serious initial bugs, led to a slow rate of adoption, a setback that Apple doesn’t want to repeat with iOS 9. Consequently the tech giant has taken measures. An iOS 9 beta adopter managed to spot a rather intriguing prompt, revealing that if your device has insufficient storage to install the update, Apple can automatically delete some of your apps, with the promise of reinstalling them immediately afterwards. Read more »

Latest Instagram update brings revamped Explore tab and better search

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Instagram 7.0 for iOS and Android has been made official today, and it should become available in both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store within the next few hours. The newest version of the popular photo sharing app comes with some pretty big changes, though unfortunately one of them is US-only for now.

The Explore page inside the app has been completely revamped. It now shows trends as they emerge, making it easy for you to follow current events and conversations through Instagram. You will see trending tags as well as trending places. Read more »

Google Play Music gets free, ad-supported radio in the US

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Clearly meant as a response of sorts to the launch of Apple Music, Google has today announced it’s adding a free tier to its Play Music streaming service. Previously, this was accessible only through a subscription.

From this point on, however, it also has a free, ad-supported radio version. Unfortunately it’s only going to be available in the US for the foreseeable future (Google has yet to announce when it will go international). Read more »

Here Maps now has live traffic coverage in 50 countries

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Here Maps (still owned by Nokia, but that’s something that may change soon) has announced a new milestone today. The service now has live, real time traffic information in 50 countries across the globe. In the map below, every territory that’s blue is covered.

The light blue places are the newest additions, joining the other 44 countries from today. So, starting now you’ll also get live traffic coverage in Bahrain, Bulgaria, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Romania. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Here are the best apps and games that came out this week. Read more »

Legend gives the Apple Watch a bespoke luxury treatment and new name

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After adorning the iPhone 6 family and the Samsung Galaxy S6 lineup in gold and exotic leather, the Finnish maker of luxury accessories Legend turned its attention to the Apple Watch. The Helsinki-based company turned the wearable into a bespoke luxury item and dubbed it Tempo.

The Apple Watch Tempo features a body covered in 24ct gold and a crocodile leather strap with a deployment buckle made from the same metal. Read more »

Apple discontinues the original iPad mini

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Apple quietly removed the first iPad mini slate from its official online store. The original model came out in late 2012, contradicting previous Apple public statements that the smaller tablets are useless.

Followed by the highly popular iPad mini 2 with Retina display and iPad mini 3 with Touch ID, the original mini slate was and still is quite a decent position due to its lower price and current iOS version. Read more »

Facebook’s recently launched Moments app won’t be available in Europe

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Just days after Facebook released Moments – a private photo-sharing app that uses facial-recognition technology to identify people in images, the company has said that the app won’t be available in Europe.

According to the company‚Äôs European policy chief Richard Allan, the decision was taken in the wake of concerns raised by European regulators over the facial-recognition technology used by the app. Read more »

Check this infographic about the Tablet Evolution

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The Apple iPad may have reopened the tablet market, but it surely wasn’t the first one to come. Many have tried before but none quite succeeded. The guys over Mobile Madhouse made an infographic on The Evolution of the Tablet and you can learn what was before the iPad.

As it turns out Apple didn’t make the first ever slate, but the company has a good track record of taking niche gadgets and turning them mainstream and earn good money doing it. Read more »