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Can an Android launch save Meerkat? SXSW must seem like a long time ago for the folks behind the livestreaming app that took Austin by storm back in March. It was just a few weeks later that Twitter launched Periscope, which, thanks to the social network's clout and a better user experience, has q...

April 16th 2015 at 7:36am 0 Comments
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Think that iOS' music player is overdue for a remake? You're going to get your wish. Apple has released the first iOS 8.4 beta to developers, and its centerpiece is a shiny, new Music app. The refresh includes at least a few long-sought changes, including some borrowed from iTunes: There's a mini...

April 13th 2015 at 6:37pm 0 Comments
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Intrepid folks running Chrome OS beta will soon get to test a huge new feature that's not quite ready for stable release: Chrome Launcher 2.0. This version looks more like a new tab on the Chrome browser than the platform's current, more traditional one that's basically a windows that shows app ic...

March 28th 2015 at 11:20am 0 Comments
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Halo is making a triumphant, if border-blocked, return to PC with Halo Online, a free multiplayer-only game set to launch in Russia this spring. The Russian launch is a closed beta, as Microsoft figures out the best way "to welcome new fans to the Halo universe," according to a post on Halo Waypoi...

March 25th 2015 at 4:04pm 0 Comments
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Chrome's push notification feature has graduated from the Canary channel and is now part of the latest Beta release. And you know what that means, right? It's just one step away from being incorporated into the stable browser. Chrome Beta 42 (for all platforms) comes with two new APIs that allows...

March 12th 2015 at 11:03pm 0 Comments
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Yes, yes, iOS 8.2 was only released on Monday, but Apple's got you covered in case that's just not bleeding edge enough for you. After getting plenty of apparently helpful feedback during OS X Yosemite's public beta period over the summer, the company is (as expected) kicking off a public beta pro...

March 12th 2015 at 4:47pm 0 Comments
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Sony's PlayStation 4 has been a sales success since its launch and recently crossed 20 million units sold to customers. Of course, now that gamers have one they're expecting new features and Sony might be about to pick up the pace. Posts on NeoGAF and Twitter reveal the PlayStation MVP program (ap...

March 6th 2015 at 5:12pm 0 Comments
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If you've been anxious to try Apple's Photos app and kick iPhoto to the curb, you now have a (relatively) easy way to do it. The Mac maker has just released the first public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, which includes the simpler, streamlined imaging tool as a matter of course. This test relea...

March 2nd 2015 at 1:55pm 0 Comments
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If you're disappointed that current emoji characters don't reflect your skin tone, don't worry: Apple is getting ready to accommodate you. Both the latest betas of iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3 include modifiers that let you choose the skin color of some icons. There are more flags, too. And Apple coul...

February 23rd 2015 at 8:58pm 0 Comments
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Worried that the next iOS update could repeat last year's glitchy rollout of iOS 8? We imagine the folks in Cupertino feel the same way, and according to a report from 9to5Mac, they plan to avoid it by adding public beta tests to the mix. Specifically, the move will mirror its early test of OS X Y...

February 20th 2015 at 8:54pm 0 Comments
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A couple of weeks ago Microsoft's Phil Spencer teased a screenshot feature coming to the Xbox One and tonight the company announced it's rolling out to beta testers. Part of the planned March system update, the often-requested feature (that the PS4 has had since launch) will let gamers take a free...

February 18th 2015 at 9:28pm 0 Comments
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The public beta for an upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection content update, designed to tackle ongoing matchmaking and party system issues, is canceled. Matchmaking has been busted in myriad ways since The Master Chief Collection's launch in November on Xbox One, and Microsoft-owned developm...

February 10th 2015 at 5:31pm 0 Comments