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    Google Earth is Now Your Worldwide Tour Guide

    Google Earth just became one of the internet’s premier procrastination enablers (if it wasn’t already). Google is pushing out a highly anticipated update this week, helping everyone explore the world from their computer or smartphone. Google Earth has always been a good way to explore the world, using satellite images, maps, and 3D representations to […]

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    Google AutoDraw Transforms Your Terrible Doodles Into Something Pretty

    Google’s not out to judge your doodles — well, it kind of is. With their new AutoDraw tool, their machine learning technology can take a look at your doodles, guess what you’re trying to draw, and then replace your, er, work with something more pleasing to the eye. AutoDraw is a web-based canvas, sort of. It’s […]

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    Snapchat is About to Start Snooping on Where You Shop

    It’s a pattern we’ve seen play out many, many times — an awesome free social apps gets created and blows up. Everyone loves it until IPO day — the day when the free app actually needs to become a business. Now that Snap’s IPO has happened, they’ve got to start making that transition by any means necessary. […]

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    YouTube Releases an App Optimized for Slow Internet Connections

    With many of the affluent markets already saturated with tech, greater and greater attention is being paid to lower-income markets. Already this year, we’ve seen an affordable new Nokia phone for emerging markets and Amazon Cash, a service that makes it easier to shop on Amazon without having a debit or credit card. Today, it’s […]

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    Amazon Just Made it Possible to Buy Stuff Without a Credit Card

    A popular term in finance tech circles is ‘the unbanked’ — those without a bank account, whether they be low-income people or younger people who seem to get by fine only using services like PayPal (which itself has become something of a bank). It’s been tabbed as a huge growth market for anyone in the financial […]

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    Google Puts Ms. Pac-Man on Google Maps for April Fools

    April Fool’s Day falls on a weekend this year. Google, worried that they wouldn’t be able to prank office managers around the world, did us all a solid and got things started a day early. Your time-waster for today is Google’s April 1 tradition — Pac-Man on Google Maps. For 2017, they’ve got Ms. Pac-Man chomping […]

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    Here’s What to Expect From the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11

    Last October, Microsoft revealed their planned yearly update to Windows 10 for 2017. Dubbed the Creators Update, it’s a continuation of Microsoft’s new commitment to Windows 10 as an ongoing platform instead of simply the latest in a line of operating systems. Today, Microsoft is announcing that the Creators Update will become available on April […]

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    Facebook Basically Just Added All of Snapchat’s Features

    The Snap IPO went pretty well, all things considered. Facebook wants things to be all downhill from there. The past year has seen a massive campaign against Snapchat on the part of Facebook, with copies of Snapchat’s Stories feature appearing in all of Facebook’s social properties — Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Today might represent the climax — […]

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    Netflix Finally Has a Skip Intro Button

    Last week, word finally started getting out that Netflix has been quietly working on something they’ve no doubt got a lot of requests for over the years. Some users are now seeing a skip intro button that will get them past the opening credits, and it’s going to become the best friend of binge watchers […]

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    iTunes Movies Rentals Can FINALLY Be Watched on Multiple Devices

    Usually, Apple is at the forefront of the tech world, but no one’s perfect. The company is finally rectifying one of those imperfections this week by finally allowing its users to watch movie rentals across all their devices. After years of so many companies championing the power of the cloud and letting us access everything […]

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    Square Cash is Seriously the Easiest Way to Share Restaurant Bills

    Dinner and drinks with friends? That’s what makes the work week worthwhile. Figuring out the bill and doing the money shuffle? Less fun, especially in the post-cash era (I’ll be honest with you, I can’t remember the last time I saw actual green in my wallet). Thankfully, there’s a new shade of green I’m seeing […]

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    Will the March Madness Live App Work for You?

    It’s about time for March Madness to begin, and fans around the world are clamoring to see what this year’s NCAA men’s and women’s basketball teams have to offer. Each game is going to have incredible moments that will be seen in clips and memes for weeks to come. Each team is going to be […]

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    Facebook Fully Rolls Out Their Latest Snapchat Clone, Messenger Day

    Continuing their apparent corporate strategy of undermining Snapchat, Facebook is launching their new Messenger Day feature this week in an update to the Messenger app. Introduced as a limited beta in Poland and some other markets late last year, Messenger Day is, essentially, Snapchat Stories — a compilation of photos and short videos that you take […]

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    WhatsApp Adds Snapchat-Like Status Feature

    The popular messaging app WhatsApp has been a long time favorite for people who want to communicate with friends in real time. Since the app launched in February 2009, it has gained it’s own little community and millions of people worldwide to communicate with friends, family, and acquaintances. Some have even gone so far as […]

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    Facebook is Going to Start Autoplaying Audio Along With Videos Soon

    Some things never change. As it seems it’s always been, Facebook is making a big change and a whole lot of people think it’s bad. This time, Zuckerberg and company are trying to gin up more video engagement by turning sound on by default for the videos that appear in your news feed. Unfortunately, that works […]

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    Windows 10 Creators Update Will Bring a Picture-in-Picture Feature

    When we first heard about the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update last year, we saw a lot about features meant for the artistically-inclined. Well, now that Microsoft’s newest preview build is out, we’re seeing a feature everyone can appreciate — picture-in-picture. Picture-in-picture will be an extension of what’s largely — but not universally — possible in Windows 10. […]

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    Facebook Reportedly Working on a TV App to Compete with Netflix

    Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and Hulu might have some new competition soon. Facebook’s push into video has mostly been relegated to the news feed, but a Wall Street Journal report suggests that could be changing soon. Sources tell the paper that Facebook is working on an all-video app for set-top boxes and interfaces. The report also indicates […]

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    You Can Now Tell Alexa to Order You Some Starbucks

    Alexa learned a new skill this week, and it’s one Starbucks frequenters are going to be using a lot — especially if you have a usual. But, Alexa ordering you the usual is nothing compared to what Starbucks has planned for later in the year — a powerful voice assistant that can understand any order coming […]