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Spotify introduces family payments

Spotify is to introduce a new "family payments" system that will mean up to four family members can each have essentially their own Spotify Premium account - but with one person paying all of the bills. If you share Spotify with a family member, then you'll know how frustrating it is when you're air-drumming away…

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Flickr gets an iPad app

Yahoo has announced the arrival of a new Flickr app for iPad, that offers photo tweaking, filters and the ability to browse high-resolution photos. Here's how the company describes the new app: "This version of the Flickr iOS app is optimised to take full advantage of the larger screen on iPad, while delivering the gorgeous…

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The Digest: Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning

  Microsoft has again been forced to pull a patch to prevent nasty side-effects, according to The Register: "The patch that aimed to add 'SHA-2 Hashing' to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has instead raised some concerns among Redmond's customers. The company is therefore 'investigating behavior associated with this update' and…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch… and 5 other things people are talking about this morning
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Facebook adds Safety Check for when your friends are caught up in disaster areas

Have you ever seen a big disaster on the news, and worried that your family and friends might be in the middle of it? Brilliantly, Facebook has just added a new tool that will put minds at ease. Safety Check will activate when there's a disaster and Facebook knows that you're nearby - either through…

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HBO joins the 21st century – 5 takeaways

HBO, the US premium cable channel that produces the likes of Game of Thrones and True Detective has just announced that it will soon be launching a version of its on-demand product "HBO Go" that doesn't require US customers to have a cable subscription and a cable HBO subscription on top of that.…

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Amazon Instant Video can now play your videos too

Amazon has just made it easier to get your photos and videos on the big screen. The company has hooked up Amazon Instant Video (its Netflix-style service) with Amazon Cloud Drive (a bit like Dropbox) - so that if you have photos and videos uploaded there, you can now view them through the Instant Video…

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Microsoft launches Skype Qik video messenger

Remember Qik? The video streaming app has been reborn as a messaging service in the mould of WhatsApp. The difference? This time you have to communicate using video. According to UberGizmo Skype Qik can record up to 42 seconds per message, and doesn't need to process before sending. Apparently if the recipient doesn't have the…

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It’s okay, Dropbox HASN’T been hacked

Worry not! Your friends posting about the hack on Facebook are wrong. Rumours of Dropbox's compromise appear to have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to the Dropbox blog. The company says: "Recent news articles claiming that Dropbox was hacked aren’t true. Your stuff is safe. The usernames and passwords referenced in these articles were…

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James O'MalleyIt’s okay, Dropbox HASN’T been hacked
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New ComiXchat app turns your messages into a comic strip

A new messaging app has been announced today at New York Comic Con which will turn your conversation with friends into cartoon-strip style conversations. ComiXchat launches today and works a bit like WhatsApp, but your conversations will end up looking more like the above. Once you've signed up, all you have to do is pick…

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