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4/20/2017

A number of popular iOS apps, such as iMovie and GarageBand, that were previously free only with the purchase of a new device are now free to all iOS and Mac users.

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iOS, Apple, Mac
4/20/2017

Amazon is opening the door to developers to incorporate its Alexa voice assistant in their own apps in a bid for dominance in the chatbot field. The move puts Amazon in direct competition with Google and Apple in the rapidly developing field of voice-directed computing.

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Amazon, Alexa, Google, Apple
4/19/2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the company's annual F8 conference that Facebook is the perfect place for experimenting with augmented reality. "Even if we were a little slow to add cameras to all our apps, I'm confident that now we're going to push this augmented reality platform forward," Zuckerberg said.

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Reuters
4/19/2017

Twitter is debuting in-stream video ads that partners, such as TV networks and news outlets, create. Twitter's Mo Al Adham wrote in a blog post that Twitter users who view video ads are 50% more likely to express awareness of the brand and are 18% more likely to purchase from a brand, per 406 Nielsen Brand Effect studies.

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4/19/2017

Internet-connected TV viewing, through devices such as Apple TV and Roku, rose 53.8% in March compared with last year and now accounts for 10% of total day viewing in the 18-to-49 demographic, Pivotal Research Group reports. The data also show that total programming grew 2%, while advertising hours rose 4%.

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4/19/2017

Instagram offers a tool on Android that allows users to review albums, browse feeds and use many of the app's features offline. The offline features may be released for iOS phones at some point, per Instagram.

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Android, Instagram, iOS
4/19/2017

Researchers at the University of Victoria in Canada are working on a new material that uses 10% less power than traditional RAM. LI-RAM, or light-induced magnetoresistive RAM, uses light to travel through computer systems, making it consume less power while letting off less heat.

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University of Victoria
4/19/2017

PayPal is offering its services on Android Pay, which gives customers the opportunity to pay for products and services through their PayPal accounts at participating locations. The deal with Alphabet is viewed as a major step in pushing use of the digital wallet to brick-and-mortar locations.

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PayPal, Android, digital wallet, The deal
4/19/2017

Instagram users now have the option of organizing their saved posts into private collections for easier future reference. It's part of an upgrade to the bookmarking tool introduced late last year.

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4/18/2017

LifeBeam has created the Vi fitness-tracking headset, which is designed to allow users to track fitness goals using GPS. The headphones were initially created as part of a Kickstarter campaign and can be purchased for $249.

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VentureBeat, CNET