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Windows 8′s Xbox Video app now natively supports MKV files

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Blu-ray won the optical format wars while MKV won on the digital side. That’s why there was plenty of cheers (by which we mean grunts “Finally!”) when it was revealed that Windows 10 will support MKV files natively. It turns out we don’t have to wait so long – Windows 8.1 now supports them too.

The pre-installed Xbox Video app has been updated and it can now play “most MKV files,” provided they don’t use an unsupported codec. Read more »

Skype 7.0 for Windows lets you video call Lync users

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Skype has released an update for its Windows app today (the desktop Windows, mind you, not Windows Phone). Version 7.0 brings with it support for video calling people using Lync, as well as a few other things.

Audio calls and chats with Lync users have been possible since 2013, and now the video call functionality has finally been turned on between the two Microsoft-owned services. Lync is part of Microsoft Office, and it offers IM and presence, video conferencing, as well as telephony, being geared at businesses. Read more »

AirDroid 3 released with new Windows and Mac apps

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AirDroid for Android has been given a major update in v3.0. The app now has companion desktop apps for Windows and Mac that brings iOS Continuity like features to your Android device.

With the new desktop app, you can get notifications from your phone on your computer. You can reply to SMS from your computer or pick up or receive calls (calls can only be answered from the phone, however). You can also mirror apps on your computer, so you can, for example, reply to WhatsApp messages from your PC. Mirroring apps only works on rooted devices for now. Read more »

New Gmail feature brings editing office files to your inbox

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Gmail users can now edit office documents straight from their inbox. The button for the new feature is available alongside the options to download a file or save it to Google Drive.

When a user selects the newly available option, Gmail saves the file to Google Drive and automatically converts it to Google’s own office format. Read more »

Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak tool now available on OS X

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The Pangu dev team has now released their iOS 8 jailbreaking magic for OS X.

The Pangu jailbreak tool has been the go-to iOS jailbreak tool for quite some time now. Its latest version has has been released a few days ago, allowing you to jailbreak any device running iOS8 or iOS8.1. This includes the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Unfortunately, it has only been available for Windows computers so far. Today, this has changed. Read more »

Amazon Prime users now get unlimited photo storage

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Amazon increased the price of its Prime service early this year but it keeps adding new features to make it worth the $100 a year. The latest addition is that Prime members get unlimited photo storage for free.

Photos go in the Amazon Cloud Drive where they can be viewed on various smart devices – from smartphones to certain Smart TVs from Samsung and LG and, of course, through Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Read more »

Microsoft releases new Outlook for Mac

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Recently, a new version of Office for Mac was leaked. Although that is still in development, Microsoft has gone ahead and released the Outlook mail client for the Mac.

The new Outlook features a redesigned UI, new features, and improved performance. It is now available for download to Office 365 users. Read more »

Redesigned Apple iTunes Store is now rolling out

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Google Play Store is not the only content marketplace to get a refresh these days. Apple began rolling out redesigned iTunes Store app to users as well.

The new iTunes Store features design cues from OS X Yosemite and Apple iOS. Read more »

Adobe updates its Creative Cloud for desktop by adding new sharing capabilities

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Adobe has outed a new update to its Creative Cloud family that not only brings new features to popular programs like Photoshop CC, but also adds new cloud-based sharing services.

These include curated content selections for user-created brushes and vectors, as well as workflow optimizations for designers and developers. Read more »

Leaked Windows 9 video shows a brand new Notification center and Multi-Desktop support

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Windows 9 is close to announcement (September 30) and the leaks of some of the new features have already started cropping up. Today’s leak shows us something that looks like a centralized Notifications center and a new Multi-Desktops feature.

We already showed you the leaked video of the revamped Start menu, but this time the same source has shared demos of the new Notification center and the Multi-Desktop feature, which will be part of the new edition of Windows. Read more »

Microsoft updates Windows Store app policy, removes over 1500 fake apps

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Microsoft recently reported that a large number of its Windows Store apps are misleading users with inaccurate titles and descriptions. This has prompted the company to purge more than 1500 apps from its app catalog.

The removal of the apps in question comes as part of an attempt by Microsoft to improve the quality of its app selection, and is also reflected by the company’s updated app certification requirements. Read more »

Chrome 37 brings DirectWrite support on Windows

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Google has released v37.0.2062.94 of the desktop version of Chrome for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it brings with it a highly requested feature on Windows: DirectWrite support.

DirectWrite is a set of API from Microsoft for rendering text and glyphs on screen. It allows higher quality rendering of fonts that look noticeably better than the standard GDI or Graphics Device Interface method of rendering. This is something Firefox and Internet Explorer have had for years on Windows but Chrome is just getting now. Read more »

Microsoft appears to have a Chromecast competitor in the works

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It looks like Microsoft has a Google Chromecast competing device in development. Filings in FCC and the Wi-Fi alliance revealed the Redmond giant’s potential plans.

The filings reveal that the gadget will pack Wi-Fi, HDMI, and a USB port – right in line with what the Google Chromecast has to offer. Read more »

Apple releases Yosemite public beta 2 and iTunes 12

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Apple has released the first update to the public beta that was released last month. Unlike the developer version, the public beta is not regularly updated, so this should bring quite a few changes.

The Yosemite public beta 2 is essentially the same as the developer preview 6 that was released earlier this week. It has several design changes, including new iconography throughout the UI (nothing you saw until now was finalized and things keep changing in the betas), new wallpapers, and some other bug fixes and general improvements. Read more »

Microsoft will reportedly release a Windows 9 preview on September 30

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According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30. The Redmond giant is tipped to be planning a press event, where a developer preview of the OS will be revealed.

The late September release date has been mentioned in past reports. Read more »