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Dropbox have enabled two-step verification process

I'm a big fan of Google's two-step verification process, and it seems that cloud-based storage giant, Dropbox, have followed through with some added security of your precious data by enabling two-step verification.


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In order to turn on the feature, you'll require the most up-to-date beta desktop version of Dropbox's client. Once you've acquired that, you can jump over to the Dropbox website, and enter the beta, where you can turn on the two-step verification.


It works pretty much identical to Google's two-step verification, where you'll be prompted to enter a limited-time, one-use password that you can receive by text, or an app similar to Google Authenticator. If you were to lose your phone, you would get a one-time use backup code, but there's only one, so you'd have to be very careful where you put it.

Facebook Messenger 1.9 for iOS and Android is now available

Social networking site, Facebook, updated their iOS app just yesterday and now they've begun rolling out the latest version of their Messenger app.


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Facebook Messenger has reached version 1.9, and includes some UI changes, as well as some new features. Version 1.9 also brings the app into direct integration with the main Facebook app, for the first time.


The new version of Messenger sports full emoji support, one-click access to friends' Facebook Timelines, as well as indications marking whether or not a friend is 'active'. Version 1.9 also includes a "last active" indicator, telling you when the last time your friend was online. You can grab the iOS version from the App Store, and the Android version from the Play Store.

Flickr for Android gets updated, receives freshly painted UI, new features

Facebook for the iPhone received its much needed update a few hours ago, and it looks like photo sharing service, Flickr, have updated their Android application. Flickr for Android hasn't been updated for close to twelve months now, and it has needed an update to catch up to its iOS counterpart.


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Flickr for Android now sports a new UI which features a navigation menu, and the Explore menu now sorts photos out much better, where it sorts them according to location and level of interest. Within the photo library search, the menu also sports notifications, profile, camera and upload options.


A pull-down refresh function keeps it feeling fresh like most other socially-orientated apps, and when the camera tab is tapped, you'll be prompted to either choose your camera, or your personal camera app of choice to take that photo. The ability to edit details/metadata on pictures and HTML content in comments and descriptions.

Samsung offers up some free apps for Galaxy Note 10.1 owners

Usually it doesn't pay to be an early adopter of technology, but in the case of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, it does. The company have teamed up with a bunch of high-profile developers, where they've provided some free apps to the Note 10.1 tablet.


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I thought there'd only be two or three, but there's actually quite a good list. Samsung have also said that all of the free apps on offer have been optimized for use with the Note 10.1's Wacom-based S Pen.

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Facebook intros faster iOS Facebook app

Facebook has finally updated its aging app to improve its performance. Unfortunately, this update only takes care of iOS users as there has been no announcement regarding Android. However, if you are an iOS user, this update should make you significantly more happy with the Facebook app as it is quite a bit faster.


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According to the Facebook post, "Facebook 5.0 for iOS is twice as fast as the previous version when launching the app, scrolling through news feed and opening photos in feed." This speed increase is due to the app being completely rewritten from the ground up. A quick update and you'll be able to see for yourself just how much better it is.


The changes are as follows:


App opens quickly: We've rebuilt the app from the ground up, so now the app opens much faster and your news feed and notifications load right when you open Facebook.


Stories scroll smoothly: As you scroll down your news feed, all your friends' stories appear faster than ever. A banner lets you know when new stories come in, and you can tap once to immediately see the latest updates.


Photos load instantly: Tap on any photo and it opens right away. Pull down to close it with a single swipe.


An updated and quicker app is an important thing for Facebook to focus on. They need to keep users' eyes on the app so that it becomes an attractive platform for advertising.

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Skype updates iPhone and iPad app with performance increases and Photo Sharing feature

Skype is a popular platform for communication among all walks of life. According to the post, "millions of people use Skype for iPhone or Skype for iPad each month." These users have requested features, and Microsoft has obliged with one of the most requested feature: Photo Sharing. They've also updated the apps for speed.


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"In addition, we've made some improvements to the performance of the app, as we know many of you want to keep Skype running on your mobile devices all the time." The new feature allows users to send photos that were taken with a user's iPad or iPhone directly to friends and family via Skype. There is no file-size limit.


This means the feature can be used to avoid MMS fees or e-mail attachment size limits. Regarding the performance tweaks:


Over the last couple of releases, we've started to improve the overall performance of Skype's mobile apps. The prior release began to make them less battery hungry when running in the background, so you can answer Skype calls throughout the day when they come in. And, as you'll be able to keep Skype open, you can respond to or send IMs to friends and colleagues all day long. In addition, this latest release improves the app start and the contact list loads even faster, so you can do all the things you love to do with Skype more quickly.

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Preview of Firefox for Windows 8 to launch next month, sports 'Modern UI', asks Metro to take a seat elsewhere

It looks as though a preview of Mozilla's Firefox for Windows 8 is coming next month, which should show off the company's Modern UI styling and windowless Flash. We've known about the UI for a while, but this was before the whole Metro issue, as it was named Metro UI and has now had a makeover and unveiled as Modern UI.


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New details are leaking out about the web browser for the upcoming OS, with a few screenshots to tease us with. A developer on the project, Brian R. Bondy, has posted an update on his blog that talks of Mozilla's progress with the app and their goals for its release:


Work on the Metro style enabled desktop browser has progressed steadily and things are looking really good.

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Ustream unveils 'Broadcast for Friends', lets you stream live video from your phone to Facebook

Ustream have just announced a new app called 'Broadcast for Friends', which does quite the amazing thing - lets smart device users stream live video from their phones, to Facebook, where their friends can access it live, and see what's going on.


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After the broadcast has completed, the video is saved and placed into the user's profile, where it can be accessed by anyone with appropriate permission (Facebook friend/subscriber, depending on your profile setup). Broadcast for Friends is free, which is one of the best things about it, with the app having a variety of color options to shoot in, just like Instagram.


The app will land in the App Store next week, with an Android-based application in the works. Broadcast for Friends is said to work on 3G connections, but compared to Wi-Fi, we suspect you wouldn't get the best results. Broadcast for Friends will also detect a low-bandwidth connection, where it will grab the video, automatically record it and upload it. Broadcast for Friends requires a Facebook account, at a minimum.

Google flicks the switch on smart updates for Android-based apps

Google talked about this feature at their I/O developer conference earlier this year, but it looks like they've turned on delta updates for apps running on Android 2.3+. These new smart updates enable users getting to sit back and not needing to download the complete app when there's an update.


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Instead, just parts of the app that have been changed will be acquired, saving bandwidth, and time. When Google first announced this feature, the company's engineers estimated that the now-live feature would download around one-third the size of the app when updating. Better yet, developers won't need to touch a thing in order to have this feature enabled, as the feature went live just hours ago.


Android Police are reporting that an update for ezPDF Reader is out, which would normally come in at 6.3MB, but with smart update, only consumes 3MB. Instagram, which just hit version 3.0, would normally be a 13MB download, comes in at just 3MB post-smart update. This is a great change from Google, especially if you want to quickly grab that app and you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Instagram reaches version 3.0, adds Photo Maps, infinite scrolling and speed improvements

Quick, Instagram has been updated, better go out for lunch or dinner and snap a photo! I kid. But, Facebook's acquisition of Instagram hasn't stopped the photo-sharing service from hitting version 3.0, where there's some nice updates.


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Instagram has smashed through 80 million users, and has unveiled a new user interface (UI) overhaul today, where geolocation is a very important part of that. Geotagging has its benefits, but the gem here is most likely going to end up being a Photo Maps view. It overlays photos with a map underneath, showing users where they've taken their photos, very cool.


Instagram 3.0 also adds "mutli-line caption editing, more streamlined photo uploading, speed improvements and infinite scroll". There has been a removal of something quite strange, the Twitter "Find Friends" feature, which is due to Twitter turning off their API to Instagram last month, I wonder why. Instagram user? Your thoughts on the new version?

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