Amazon will take on iMessage with new ‘Anytime’ messaging app

Amazon is working on a new “Anytime” service that plans to take on the likes of Apple iMessage. The retail giant has begun asking customers what they would like to see from a new messaging app, which promises to incorporate texts, video chat, and “a whole lot more.”

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Chrome for Android now supports PIP, but you probably can’t use it

One of the most exciting features Android O is set to bring to the table is support for picture-in-picture (PIP) video. It’s something that’s been a part of Android TV since Nougat, but will finally make its way to smartphones and tablets with the next major build of the open-source operating system.

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Microsoft’s new cloud clipboard lets you paste from a Windows 10 PC to an iPhone

Microsoft is unveiling a new cloud clipboard service today at the company’s Build developers conference in Seattle. While the software maker has been experimenting with a variety of clipboard services, it has finally settled on one that will be implemented directly into Windows 10. The new cloud-powered clipboard will let Windows 10 users copy content from an app and paste it on mobile devices like iPhones or Android handsets.

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You can finally use your PayPal account to pay for goods through Android Pay

In addition to introducing compatibility for 18 more banks and credit unions in the United States, Google has announced that it has partnered with PayPal to provide customers with the facility to spend their PayPal Balance using Android Pay.

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Google updates Search app with a new web app launcher

Google puts the utmost importance on keeping its apps updated with the best features possible. Just last week it updated its Motion Stills app to fix an annoying Live Photos quirk, and today, according to The Verge, it’s updating its Search app with a web app launcher. The new feature is being called “tappable shortcuts” by Google and will include web apps like Translate, coin flip and a level tool.

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The Google app won’t be getting a major redesign; tappable shortcuts will live along its existing card interface that can be accessed within the app. Other apps that can be quickly accessed include Movies, Sports, Entertainment and nearby locations. Unfortunately for iOS users, a few tappable shortcuts will be exclusive to Android, such as currency converter, Solitaire, tip calculator and animal sounds. No word on whether those shortcuts will ever make their way into the iOS version, but I’d imagine they will in a future update.

When will the update arrive?

The update should roll out for Android and iOS sometime today.

 

You can now stream small video attachments in Gmail

If you open up Gmail on your PC today and have a short video waiting for you in your inbox, you should notice that it’ll go ahead and play directly in your browser, eliminating the need to download it to your hard drive and open it with a media player.

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Google Play Store updates inbound

A new Google Play Store update is on the horizon. Google is constantly working to improve the experience for Android users who use the Google Play Store to purchase apps. Just last week, for example, Google announced that it’s making changes to help prevent fraudulent apps and reviews. More is coming.

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Facebook Live streaming app gets massive update, new dedicated tab

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Facebook on Wednesday announced a massive new update to Facebook Live, its livestreaming application that competes directly with other services such as Periscope.

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Snapchat tricked by scammers into revealing employee information

Snapchat posted a public apology to its employees this weekend, confirming the company had fallen for a phishing scam that revealed internal payroll information.

The scammers apparently sent an email to Snapchat’s payroll department impersonating the company’s Chief Executive Officer and requesting employee information. It worked, unfortunately. Snapchat noted that its servers weren’t breached, but some current and former employee identities were compromised.

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Aww: Twitter replaces stars with hearts

This is an announcement that might have made a bit more sense on Valentine’s Day. Twitter on Tuesday announced that it’s switching its “Favorites” icon on Vine and Twitter from a star to a heart. Previously, if you liked something someone said, or maybe just wanted to save it for later, you’d “favorite” the post by tapping a star. Now you tap a heart.

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