Facebook Messenger video calling is now available globally

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Facebook introduced free video calling within its Messenger app back in April, though at the time it was only supported in select countries including the U.S., U.K., Canada, and a few others. The good news is that this changes today, as Facebook has now rolled out global access to the feature!

According to Facebook, there’s still a few countries where the feature isn’t live yet, but even these areas should see the feature “soon”, with Facebook working to improve video quality in these few remaining markets. Once you have the latest version of the app installed, you will simply need to tap the video camera icon on any open Messenger conversation to instantly connect with family and friends.

Facebook has been pushing hard to make Messenger a worthy alternative to other established messaging apps and services out there, and the addition of video calling in all regions certainly will help…

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Google Editions cases come with live wallpapers and a shortcut button

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Before you dismiss this as a slow-day news post, hear us out: these aren’t your run-of-the-mill phone cases. These are the first products Google has released under its new Editions project, a series of collaborations with artists to develop limited edition “live cases” for select Android phones. For this batch, Mountain View worked with electronic dance music producer/DJ Skrillex, who designed an outer space-inspired set. Now, here’s the cool part: in keeping with the space theme, the products come with live wallpapers showing images of the Earth from the statosphere during the day and constellations visible from your location at night. The tech giant actually launched a high-altitude balloon named after Skrillex’s dog Nanou to capture images of our planet and didn’t just take images from NASA.

In addition, the cases are built with a shortcut button — it leads to the DJ’s YouTube feed out of the box…

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Viber’s calling and messaging app launches on Chromebooks

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In order for Chrome OS to succeed, Google needs all the support it can get from developers. Hardware companies are certainly doing their part, namely by offering Chromebooks to people at affordable prices. That’s why it’s important when a popular service such as Viber launches on the platform, like today. Now users can start using the app to communicate with friends or family directly from their Chromebook, just as they would on iOS, Android or Windows Phone. Not only can you send text and picture messages, but also make phone and video calls to your contacts. It’s free too, which comes in handy if you’re trying talk to people across different countries.

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White ‘Halo’ Xbox One bundle coming to the US

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It’s no secret that people love white gadgets. And in case you missed out on the Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle from last year, now’s your chance to get one. Microsoft just revealed a kit that’s loaded with a white version of the console, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 500GB of storage and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial. The special edition is only available in the US and costs $350, which would save you about $50. But you better hurry if you want it — as usual, this will only be up for grabs in limited quantities.

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