Bixby Voice is Arriving Today in the US on the Galaxy S8! (Updated)

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Bixby Voice just showed up on my Galaxy S8, so I’m assuming they are starting to roll it out to those who signed up for the Bixby Early Access Program at the end of last week. And that makes sense since we saw the Galaxy S8 and S8+ receive a bunch of updates to Samsung apps that added Bixby Voice support, within the past few days. I’ve hardly had a chance to play with it yet, but there are a whole bunch of settings to tweak ...

You Can Now Send a Replay of Your Live Video to Instagram Stories

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Instagram announced this morning that it has 250 million daily users on Stories. That’s an impressive number. To go along with that, with the latest update to the Android and iOS app, you can now share your finished live video to Stories for 24 hours, a function that hasn’t been available until now. To put this simply, if you’ve just wrapped up a live video where you interacted with friends and had a blast, you can immediately share that live video to Stories, allowing anyone and ...

Firefox Focus Browser Now Available for Android, Includes Ad Blocking

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Firefox Focus, once available only to iOS devices, is now available on Google Play for Android. Focus is Firefox’s more privacy-focused mobile browser, highlighting the ability to block annoying ads and wiping your browsing history quickly. It’s all about privacy inside of Focus. As listed by Firefox, there are three main keys to this launch. If a user wants to view how many ads are being blocked, that is now available. In addition, users can disable the ad tracking blocker if things aren’t working correctly, plus ...

Start a Duo Video Call From Right Inside Allo, Thanks to Update

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Allo and Duo were announced alongside each other at last year’s Google I/O, but surprisingly, there wasn’t much integration between the two. Thanks to an Allo update rolling out this week, users of the services can now begin a Duo video call from right inside Allo. With the updated version of Allo, if you are inside of a chat with someone who uses Duo, you can now quickly video call that person. It’s a simple concept, one we’re surprised wasn’t there from the start. Regardless, it’s ...

AccuWeather Update Brings 7-Day Allergy Forecast, Dark Theme for Maps

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An update for the AccuWeather app on Android is rolling out this week, available to all users. Inside, there are two new features, as well as bug fixing. For the features, AccuWeather now includes a 7-day forecast for allergies, perfect for anyone who needs to track the risk of pollen and other such hazards in the air. In addition, the Maps section has a new dark theme to play with. If you don’t already use AccuWeather, there is the paid version and free version. Both versions work ...

Galaxy S8 Owners Get Exclusive Google Play Music Station

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Over the weekend, owners of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (possibly other Samsung devices too) who use Google Play Music welcomed in a new exclusive feature. It’s a special radio station called “New Release Radio,” and yep, it plays a “personalized mix of newly released songs.” It’s also updated daily, according to the station listing. We’re not sure if this radio station will ever not be an exclusive to Samsung devices, but it seems likely that it’ll come to other users eventually. It’s not like ...

Samsung Opens Up Bixby Early Access Program to Test New Features

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Want to test new Bixby features from Samsung before they go public to everyone? Now you can, thanks to a new Bixby Early Access program that opened up today in the US. As of today, the early access page says specifically that “new voice features are coming” and that you’ll be able to test that feature on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ first. As was demoed back during the Galaxy S8 launch event, voice access in Bixby lets you send texts, change settings within your ...

Twitter Just Refreshed Its Look and You’ll be OK

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Twitter looks different today, you may have noticed. People are freaking out a bit because some things are now round and the buttons have different icons. And look, this wouldn’t be Twitter if people didn’t have obnoxiously volcanic takes on Twitter changes, so just roll with it and ignore them. The new look has actually been in the Android beta for a good week or so. We’ve been using it, getting used to it, and not throwing tantrums about its freshness. I kind of like it, ...