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YouTube adds support for 60fps videos

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If you are a seasoned videographer or someone who regularly uploads gaming videos on YouTube, you’d have notice that the framerate was capped at 30fps, which meant regardless of the framerate of the original video file, once uploaded the video will only playback at 30fps max on YouTube. \

That changes today. YouTube has finally introduced the option of displaying higher framerates up to 60fps, so whether it is a video shot in 48fps or a gameplay video at 60fps, they will playback in all their high framerate glory on YouTube. Read more »

Microsoft OneDrive to offer 15GB free storage for everyone, cheaper upgrades

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Today Microsoft has decided to up the free storage allotment for its OneDrive service, matching what’s been offered by chief rival Google for a while.

Every OneDrive user will now get 15GB of free space, up from 7GB previously. What’s more, if you want to buy additional space that’s become cheaper too. Read more »

Twitter user growth is slowing down

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Twitter may still be growing its user count, but the growth is slowing compared to the past few years. The social network that focuses on brevity has seen growth declines in both its international as well as US-based monthly active users.

This is happening at a pretty quick pace, which means Twitter may have achieved peak growth a while back. The best growth it’s seen over the past three years was 140%, yet for the fourth quarter of 2013 that’s down to 40%. Read more »

Amazon adds Music to its Prime bundle, music streaming service with no ads

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Amazon just given you another reason to become a Prime member – a streaming music service with no ads that works offline too. The new Amazon Prime Music goes after Apple’s music streaming ambitions with Beats, Nokia’s MixRadio and independent services like Pandora and Spotify.

Prime Music works on anything from phones to desktops and doesn’t require an Internet connection – as long as you cache the songs before going offline you can listen to them all you want. Read more »

Viber updates desktop app, reaches 100 million users

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Viber has released a new version of its desktop app for Windows, OS X and Linux that puts a lot of effort and focus into stickers. The messaging company has also announced an important milestone – more than 100 million users are now using its service.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Viber stickers these are basically emoticons on steroids that are downloaded in sets – some of which are free and others cost a few bucks. Now that the new Viber for desktop is released users can dock a sticker menu alongside their conversations and even search for stickers within the app. Read more »

Google’s Hangouts now lets you choose custom message sounds and ringtones

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There’s a new update pushed to Android devices that adds some very useful features to the Hangouts messaging app.

The latest version of the app, 2.1.223, allows you to choose custom message and ringtone sounds for specific hangouts or people so that you can finally distinguish messages from one friend to another. Read more »

Google will flag faulty search results on mobile

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It’s happened to all of us – searching on Google on our mobile devices, tapping an article result and getting redirected to the website’s mobile homepage instead of the article we wanted. Well Google’s noticed and will start flagging such faulty links in its English results in the US so that we know before we tap.

But aside from leaving a comment – “May open the site’s homepage” – Google will still give you a Try anyway button if you’re eager to tread into the unknown. We hope the new feature makes its way outside of the US soon. Read more »

Apple users in Australia and New Zealand held at hackpoint

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Apple’s Find My iPhone users in Australia have been hacked by someone or a group of people hiding behind the pseudonym Oleg Pliss (otherwise a respected software engineer and technology scientist). Some of the affected devices are put into lost mode with a message saying “device hacked”. Some users report demands of $100 sent by PayPal as ransom.

The information comes from numerous Apple users that have gone to Apple’s support forums complaining about the issue. Allegedly there were also reports from New Zealand users and one Australian currently in London. Read more »

Springpad to shut down on June 25

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Popular note-taking service Springpad will be shutting down on June 25, the company confirmed through a blog post. The service was created over six years ago and since then has had over 5 million users.

Once shut down, all features will stop working and the data will be deleted from their servers. Springpad is working on an export tool that will be available for users to download and migrate their data elsewhere. The company will inform users about the availability of this tool via their blog. Read more »

Apple updates iWork for iCloud

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Some of you may not know this but Apple has a fully functional version of iWork, including Pages, Numbers and Keynote, available for free on the iCloud website for anyone with an Apple ID to use. The documents created can be accessed from any web browser or from iWork apps on iOS and OS X.

Apple has now issued an update that adds some new features and improves existing ones. One of the changes is the option to collaborate documents with up to a 100 people, which was previously limited to 50 people. Read more »

YouTube allegedly acquiring Twitch for over a billion dollars

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YouTube is in the process of acquiring Twitch, according to a report by Variety. YouTube will allegedly be paying over $1 billion dollars. The deal will be all-cash and is expected to be announced “imminently”.

Twitch is a video streaming that lets you watch live gameplay videos from gamers around the world. You can upload games from your PC, Xbox or PlayStation for others to watch and comment on. It is especially popular for streaming live gaming tournaments. Read more »

Google Maps now lets you avoid steep hills when biking

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Google has quietly added a new feature to its desktop Google Maps and now lets bikers avoid steep hills and climbs when you’re planning a route.

The feature will be much appreciated by bike enthusiasts as the elevation profiles will make it easy to choose that single best route without the need to use other software aside from Google’s Maps. Read more »

Twitter finally adds mute support

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Twitter is a great way to keep in touch with people and all that goes around in the world. But often, you may be following someone whose tweets you may not want to read on occasions but don’t want to unfollow them either. Muting, a functionality offered by many third party Twitter clients, enabled users to mute these people so that their tweets would be hidden from your timeline without their knowledge and without you having to unfollow them.

Not a lot of people use third party clients, however, and those who use the website or the official app have been asking for an official mute functionality from Twitter for a long time now. After years of requests, Twitter has finally obliged. Read more »

Snapchat to add innovative video call and texting options

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Popular photo messaging service Snapchat is adding two new features to its repertoire. The service is known for being able to send photos across that automatically disappear after a short time. Now, users will also get the option to do video calls and send text messages, in a way that fits Snapchat’s personality.

The new app will have the same basic interface design as the current version, but if you were to swipe right on the name of a contact in your inbox, you start a text chat with them. Here you can type and send messages, which disappear automatically when the other person reads them. Similarly, the messages they send disappear from your phone after you read them, unless you tap on them to save them. Read more »

Facebook introduces Anonymous Login and updated Facebook Login

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Facebook has announced two new ways of logging into apps using your Facebook account. The ability to log into other services using your Facebook account has always been a convenient option but the cost of that convenience was giving away your personal information to an app that you may not fully trust.

With the new Anonymous Login feature, you can now log into services without giving away any personal information. You will see the option to login anonymously on apps that support this feature along with the standard Facebook Login. Read more »