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Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better — For almost two years now, Google has been automatically enhancing the photos you upload to Google+ and starting today it will do (almost) the same with videos, too. It won't do this automatically, though. Instead, whenever Google now thinks it can improve a video you upload, a banner will appear in the Google+ web app that asks you if you want to preview the potential changes.

Canonical’s “Snappy Ubuntu” Lands On AWS — Canonical's stripped down " Snappy " edition of Ubuntu Core is now available on Amazon's AWS cloud computing platform. If you've followed along over the last few weeks, that's not a major surprise. Snappy first launched on Microsoft Azure at the beginning of this month and then arrived on Google's Compute Engine platform earlier this week.

Hands-On With The 3DRobotics Iris+ Drone — The 3DRobotics Iris+ is the one that got away. Literally. I've flown my fair share of drones lately - anywhere from over empty football fields and beaches to small rivers. They all came back unharmed. But not the Iris+. It's the first drone I tested that simply flew away from me.

Yahoo Starts Prompting Chrome Users To “Upgrade” To Firefox — If you're visiting any Yahoo property today, chances are you'll see an "Upgrade to the new Firefox" link in the top-right corner of your browser window. The prompt also appears if you're using Internet Explorer, Opera and even the new Yandex browser.

Adobe Acquires Stock Content Marketplace Fotolia For $800M In Cash — Adobe today announced that it has acquired Fotolia, a popular marketplace for stock photography and video, for approximately $800 million in cash. The idea is to integrate the service into Adobe's Creative Cloud and make it easier for Creative Cloud members to use (and purchase) the over 34 million images and videos in the company's portfolio.

Google Maps Rolls Out Improved High-Res 3D Imagery For NY And SF — Google's 3D imagery for New York and the San Francisco Bay Area is getting a major makeover today. The company's 3D imagery in Google Maps and Earth has always been pretty good, but it was never perfect.

Google App For iOS Gets Material Design Update, Easier Navigation And Maps Integration — All of Google's apps are now being upgraded to match the company's new Material Design user interface guidelines. After the YouTube app for Android got its redesign yesterday, the Google app for iOS is getting its due today. This is more than just a design update, though.

Google Updates Its Cardboard VR App, Launches SDKs For Android And Unity — Google Cardboard was the big surprise of this year's Google I/O and Google today announced that more than 500,000 of these extremely minimalist, phone-based virtual reality viewers have shipped since then. The early cardboard app was a lot of fun, but over the last few months, it felt like development had stalled a bit.

Threat Stack Raises $5M For Its Cloud Security Service — Last month, at Amazon's re:Invent conference, Threat Stack launched its cloud security solution out of beta during Amazon CTO Werner Vogel's startup launch keynote. The service helps companies that want to use Amazon's cloud computing service to monitor their infrastructure and applications for potential threats.

MyHeritage Wants To Bring Genealogy To The Mainstream With Instant Discoveries — Genealogy is a hobby I don't fully understand, but many people are apparently really interested in their family's history - enough to make this a $2 billion market. For the most part, that means laboriously filling in family trees - either in an old-school desktop app or online with services like Ancestry or MyHeritage.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better by @fredericl

Dec 17, 2014

Google’s End-To-End Email Encryption Tool Gets Closer To Launch

Dec 17, 2014

RT @rachelsimrell: Get those #pdxcarpet feet selfies while you still can, folks, because it's being replaced.

Dec 17, 2014

Another lesson from the latest Sony leak: don't save your passwords in your Outlook contacts... and try to vary them a little bit...

Dec 16, 2014

I guess everybody in Hollywood now has new phone numbers and email addresses after all the Sony email leaks.

Dec 16, 2014

Gmail Now Protects Your Inbox From Malevolent Extensions

Dec 16, 2014

now there's a massive surprise: External traffic to Spanish news sites plummets after Google move…

Dec 15, 2014

Wrike Brings Deep Customization Options To Its Project Management Service

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