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Facebook is trying to make the Poke happen again

Facebook is trying to make the Poke happen again Facebook’s “Poke” feature has never really gone away, but now the social network is giving it a more prominent placement – and is even considering expanding the set of casual greeting options to include others, like a wink, wave, high-five or hug. A number of people recently noticed the return of the Poke on Facebook’s mobile app. Though Facebook had never really discontinued the age-old feature, which serves as a quick way to get someone’s attention on its network, it has…

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Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music

Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music This fall, Amazon made a play to become your new alarm clock with the introduction of a combination smart speaker and clock called the Echo Spot. Today, the company is adding a new feature that will make the Spot – or any other Alexa device – function more like a traditional radio alarm clock, with the introduction of music alarms. According to Amazon, Alexa device owners can now choose to wake up to music from their preferred streaming service, including Amazon’s…

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HBO and Netflix top the list of Golden Globes nominations

HBO and Netflix top the list of Golden Globes nominations The Golden Globe nominations are out, and once again HBO and Netflix have come out on top as the most-nominated networks. HBO is down by two from last year’s total of 14, but still leads with 12 nods for series including “Big Little Lies,” “The Wizard of Lies,” “Game of Thrones,” and the “The Young Pope.” Meanwhile, Netflix is having a banner year – it scored 9 nominations, the most ever. That’s a big jump over last year for Netflix,…

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The NFL and Verizon’s new streaming deal will bring games to all mobile carriers

The NFL and Verizon’s new streaming deal will bring games to all mobile carriers Verizon will no longer be the exclusive U.S. mobile carrier for watching NFL games on smartphones and tablets. According to an announcement this morning, the company – and TechCrunch’s parent, by way of Oath – says that it has closed a new deal with the National Football League that will allow it to stream live games to fans regardless of mobile network. The deal includes in-market and national games, including national pre-season, regular season, playoff games,…

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Apple’s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store

Apple’s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store F ollowing its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released updated App Store guidelines that included a new rule allowing it to ban apps created by a “commercialized template or app generation service.” The understanding at the time was this was part of Apple’s larger App Store cleanup, and the focus was on helping rid the marketplace of low-quality clone and spam apps. But things have since changed. A number of app-building companies that had earlier believed themselves…

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Following controversies over kids’ content, YouTube makes several YouTube Red family shows free

Following controversies over kids’ content, YouTube makes several YouTube Red family shows free Amid controversies over how YouTube has been handling content aimed at children on its network, YouTube is making a number of its previously subscription-only YouTube Red shows available on its YouTube Kids application for the first time as part of a new promotion. The shows come from YouTube Red, the subscription offering launched in fall 2015 as another means of monetizing the YouTube network, while offering an upgraded experience to those who don’t want to deal with ads….

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Facebook Sound Collection lets you add effects and no-name music to videos

Facebook Sound Collection lets you add effects and no-name music to videos The right soundtrack can make a boring video interesting. So after years of reported discussions with the record labels, Facebook is launching video editing Sound Collection for inserting “songs, vocals, noises, and instrumental tracks spanning genres like hip hop, pop, jazz, country, and more” into Facebook and Instagram clips. What you can’t add is any music you’ve heard before. Sound Collection has huge potential, but lackluster execution, and probably won’t deter users from illegally adding popular music to…

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Facebook adds support for live streaming and video chats to Messenger games

Facebook adds support for live streaming and video chats to Messenger games Last November, Facebook launched Instant Games, a new platform for gaming with friends inside the Messenger chat app. Today, the company is announcing a couple of notable new features for this gaming platform, including support for live streaming via Facebook Live and video chatting with fellow gamers. The idea with Instant Games is to boost people’s time spent in Messenger by giving them something else to do besides just chat. It also serves as Facebook’s newest attempt to…

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iPhone models dominate Flickr’s list of most popular cameras in 2017 with 54% of top 100 devices

iPhone models dominate Flickr’s list of most popular cameras in 2017 with 54% of top 100 devices Apple’s iPhone remains the most popular camera used by the Flickr community, the photo-sharing site revealed today in its annual review of camera rankings and top photos. This year, the iPhone beat out other camera makers – like Canon and Nikon, the number two and three respectively – by accounting for 54 percent of the top 100 devices used on the site, the company found. In addition, all top 10 devices of 2017…

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Google’s mobile search results now include videos of celebs answering your questions

Google’s mobile search results now include videos of celebs answering your questions Google is testing a new feature that will allow celebrities and other notable figures to answer users’ search queries directly in the form of “selfie” videos posted in the Google Search results. The company says this program is initially being piloted on mobile with a handful of people for now, including Priyanka Chopra, Will Ferrell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gina Rodriguez, Kenan Thompson, Allison Williams, Nick Jonas, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Yeo and Dominique Ansel. Of course,…

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