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Razer servers fail again, profiles flicked to default

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 5:52 am

Razer has had yet another cloud storage server failure, the second in March, with Razer peripheral owners forced back to their default settings - yes, everyone - all across the world.




The server outage happened over the weekend, when millions of gamers are you know - gaming. The profiles are stored both on the cloud, and on your local machine - but as TechPowerUp notes, you'll need to "use a XML editing hack to get the software in offline mode to make it actually use the local profile on your machine. Otherwise, the software prefers to just go to defaults and give the end-user an arguably irritable situation".


One of the TPU readers said that Razer lets you create "Tournament Mode" drivers, which makes an offline installer with your driver and profile in one spot. Razer doesn't advertise this, but with two cloud server outages and profile wipes in a month... I'd recommend doing this.

Facebook Messenger now features mentions and reactions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 7:38 am

Facebook has made quite a few tweaks to Messenger, with reactions and @-mentions added - you can now react to individual messages, or even tag a specific friend in a group chat.




When you're using Messenger, reacting to a message is as easy as pressing and holding a message to see Facebook's love/laugh/cry emojis to show up. A small counter will add up the reactions, showing you who exactly is spamming that emoji button - it even has its own notification on your lock screen, a nice touch by Facebook.


Moving onto the mentions feature, where you just need to use the @ symbol, and then Messenger will show a drop down menu of all of the people in the chat - you can then tag their name, and they'll receive an individual notification.


These new features should be rolling out to Messenger users now, and over the next few days.

GPU-Z 1.18.0: support for AMD's new Radeon RX 500 series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 16, 2017 3:31 am

GPU-Z has teased the upcoming release of the unconfirmed Radeon RX 500 series, with TechPowerUp's new GPU-Z v1.18.0 has support for the Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 560, and RX 550.




Most AMD partners are phasing out the older Radeon RX 400 series cards in favor of the upcoming rebranded RX 500 series cards, with a rumored price of $199 on the new Radeon RX 580, and just $149 for the new Radeon RX 570.


As for the GPU-Z 1.18.10 changelog, here it is:


  • Added support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Quadro P4000, P1000, P600, P400
  • Added support for AMD Radeon RX 580, RX 570, RX 560, RX 550, HD 6430M
  • Added support for Intel HD Graphics 500 (Apollo Lake Pentium N4200)
  • Update check will now display the latest version number available
  • Fixed error message display during BIOS upload
  • Improved tray icon creation code when GPU-Z is launched during Windows startup
  • Fixed clocks read as -1 on Pascal cards with overclocking disabled
  • Invalid readings are no longer included in sensor average calculation (avoids -1.$ output)
  • Added support to display Boost clocks on Intel

YouTube announces streaming TV service, $35 per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 28, 2017 9:29 pm

So YouTube has just made a major announcement, with a new streaming TV service called YouTube TV with a monthly cost of $35 - offering broadcast TV channels, some cable channels, and of course the near unlimited library of videos on YouTube.




YouTube is aiming at AT&T's DirecTV Now service, and Hulu and Sling - but there will be iOS and Android apps, as well as support for set-top products like Chromecast. Google won't be providing a massive lineup of channels, but YouTube TV will be offering up Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC, as well as a bunch of cable channels like ESPN, Fox News, and Bravo.


YouTube TV will have an unlimited cloud-based DVR, a spiffy Google-powered recommendation system, and more. The question is: will you pay $35 for YouTube TV?

WhatsApp now enables two-step verification

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 10, 2017 1:21 pm

WhatsApp has introduced two-step verification feature for its Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users. The feature was initially available only to beta users, but now is officially available to everyone.




The feature is optional, and it allows you to create a six-digit passcode which you will have to enter when your phone number is being verified on the app.


To enable two-step verification, open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.

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YouTube pushes out mobile live streaming to some users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 11:32 am

I have been live streaming from my smartphone to Facebook Live for over a year now, and finally - finally, Google is catching up with YouTube and mobile live streaming.



YouTube originally pushed into the mobile live streaming game in mid-2016, but it was limited to a very small handful of people. Now, YouTubers with over 10,000 subscribers can get into mobile live streaming, with the rest of the world needing to wait until later this year.


If you have over 10K subs, you can use the mobile live streaming feature to set a custom title, enable/disable the live chat, and choose whether to send a notification to all of your subscribers. YouTube allows mobile live streamers to blast their video in portrait or landscape, with messages appearing on the screen in fast-moving bubbles.


Better yet, there are some "new revenue opportunities with the introduction of SuperChat", reports TechSpot, which will "allow users to highlight their messages for a fee". These messages will be highlighted with bright colors, and will be pinned to the top of the chat window for up to 5 hours.

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Google's Instant Apps: use apps without installing them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 26, 2017 4:23 am

The push into the cloud is taking more shape, with Google teasing the future with their announcement of the testing of Instant Apps - a feature that will run select Android apps, without needing to install them.



Google makes Instant Apps work by being a smaller version of their native Android apps that run as soon as you tap their URL, without an installation. Once you've closed the app, it will disappear from your phone with no memory of icons on your desktop, but stays in your phone cache for a few hours if you open the link again.


A few applications work with Instant Apps, including Buzzfeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki. Google Play software engineer Aurash Mahbod explains: "By collecting user feedback and iterating on the product, we'll be able to expand the experience to more apps and more users".


Why would Instant Apps be useful? For the apps you might install once, it is perfect - no installation, and it doesn't take additional space on your storage. You can quickly install the app without going to the Play Store, without installing it - if it's not good, no installation. Move onto the next, find something more suitable, try it out - and then download it.

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Facebook rolls out Group Video Chat in Messenger

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 3:31 pm

Just last week, Facebook introduced a new camera feature in their Messenger that lets you add special effects and art on your photos and videos. Now, they have launched another feature - Group Video Chat in Messenger.




Group Video Chat is rolling out to Android and iOS devices and the desktop version of Messenger, worldwide.


You can see up to six people at a time, but up to 50 people can join in and choose just to listen in and join via voice, or be on camera. Once more than six people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.

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'One Dance' - First song to a billion streams on Spotify

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 1:33 pm

Your music preference is your thing; there is no reason to debate the music taste. So, whether you like it or not - Drake made history with his song 'One Dance'.




Billboard announced that Drake became the first artist to reach one billion plays on Spotify for a single track with his song 'One Dance'. The Canadian singer also dominated Apple Music's year-end charts.


The 'One Dance' track was released in April, and it became the most streamed song ever on Spotify.

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Facebook turns Messenger's camera into a Snapchat copy

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 16, 2016 2:35 pm

Instagram recently added a new feature Stories, which is a clear copy of Snapchat. Now, Facebook introduced a new camera feature in their Messenger that lets you add special effects and art on your photos and videos. Sounds familiar?




On their official blog, Facebook says that users send over 2.5 billion emojis, photos, stickers and videos every day on Messenger, and they expressed hope that this new feature will enable even more visual messaging.


In some ways the camera is now replacing the keyboard. As more people use Messenger in their everyday lives, we wanted to make it faster, simpler and more fun to send photos and videos - so we built the new Messenger camera.


The new Messenger Camera will debut 3D masks and special effects "which make it super easy to apply an artistic filter to your full-screen photo and to turn your world into a work of art," says the company.

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