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11th May, 2016

WhatsApp has a new desktop app for Windows and OS X

By Richard Lawler

Just like the web app, it syncs conversations and messages from your phone.

WhatsApp users now have a better way to stay in touch from their PC, as it has released a desktop app for Windows and Mac users. News of the desktop app leaked out early after it was detected by the Twitter accountWABetaInfo, which tracks changes in the service’s various clients. According to a company blog post, the desktop client is similar toWhatsApp Web in that it’s meant to be an extension of your phone, with synchronized conversations and messages. WhatsApp avoided the app stores available on either platform, choosing to make its desktop available for direct [...]

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20th April, 2016

Skype’s chat bots come to Macs and the web

By Jon Fingas

You can talk to AI helpers in more places.

You no longer have to be quite so picky about where you chat with Skype’s chat bots. The Skype team has made preview bots available on both the native Mac app and the web, giving you a way to ask AI for assistance on your platform of choice. The experience won’t be much different than what you’ve seen in Windows, but there are two new preview bots to try: Murphy (which finds and creates images to answer questions) and Summarize (which recaps a web page). Give this a shot if you’ve been waiting for first-hand experience with Microsoft’s software helpers.

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19th April, 2016

Apple just announced a rose gold MacBook


Apple has updated its MacBook laptop with new processors, batteries and, for the first time, a rose gold finish.

The addition of rose gold to its laptop line comes after the colour was also introduced on its iPhone and iPad lines.

Aside from the new colour, the updated 12-inch MacBook now comes with sixth-gen Intel Core M processors up to 1.3GHz (with ‘boost’ speeds up to 3.1GHz), Intel HD Graphics 515 and a claimed 10 hour battery life when browsing the web. There’s also USB-C port for charging and data transfer.

Apple has also made 8GB of memory the new standard configuration for the 13-inch Macbook Air.

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12th April, 2016

Airmail’s productivity-oriented email app comes to the iPad

By Steve Dent

The split-screen function will be a boon to multi-taskers.

Airmail is a popular Mac and iOS email app among power users, as it lets you use nearly any client and tailor the environment to suit your needs. While it recently came out on iPhone for the first time, the company just released version 1.1 for iPad which, along with the new features, should please hardcore users even more. Airmail now has split screen and multitasking, keyboard support for iPad Pro users, read receipts, smart folders, Touch ID support and a “send later” function for scheduled emails.

For those not into mega-customization, the price and time commitment may be a bit [...]

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