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Huawei Cloud lets you run Windows 10 on a Huawei phone

Huawei Cloud lets you run Windows 10 on a Huawei phone

Being able to fit your PC experience in a device that you can fit in your pocket has been one of the more eccentric dreams of the tech industry. But short of futuristic devices and 3D holograms, we are pretty much left to settle with compromises. A few companies have already tried their hand at that compromise but there’s plenty of room for one more. At CES Asia 2018, Huawei showed off what is actually its second “your phone as your PC” idea, this time by running a full Windows 10 system through, not on, a Huawei phone.

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Steam Link on iOS won’t allow buying games

Steam Link on iOS won’t allow buying games

Apple has very strict rules for what apps are allowed on its iOS app store. One of those is that the app shouldn't offer its own marketplace, be it for other apps or even digital content. That is the reality that Amazon has faced with its Kindle app and that is the same reality Valve will now have to face. That is, if it wants its Steam Link game streaming app to be allowed back into the App Store for good.

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Gmail, Google Keep swipe actions: here’s what they do

Gmail, Google Keep swipe actions: here’s what they do

Given the two-dimensional nature of our smartphone screens, there’s a very limited set of ways we can interact with them. In ages past, all we could do was tap and tap and hold, sometimes with some dragging action. These days, we have pinches, two to three finger panning or rotating, and swiping. Google is finally taking advantage of one of those to give a bit more functionality to its mobile apps. Yes, Google is finally letting you reassign the Swipe gesture in Gmail to more actions and has a special feature for swiping in Google Keep.

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Notion now on Android to revolutionize your digital workspace

Notion now on Android to revolutionize your digital workspace

Few apps and services have changed the way we do work or collaborate with colleagues that they have become household names in the industry. There was Skype for voice and video calls, Evernote for note-taking and data collection, and Slack for text-based team chats. Notion, one of the newest contenders in the space, is trying to carve out a name for itself by offering an almost all-in-one solution for all your personal and work productivity needs. And now that it has an Android app, it might very well close to achieving that.

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iOS app on Macs: here’s how it will go down

iOS app on Macs: here’s how it will go down

iOS and macOS are not going to merge. Apple CEO Tim Cook already set his foot down on that matter. That’s just the TL;DR version, though. The fine print, however, does mention something about a more “unified” experience. At WWDC 2018 earlier this week, SVP Craig Federighi made a not so surprising and still surprising revelation: iOS apps will, in the near future, run on Macs. Not so surprising because it is what rumors and leaks have been leading up to but also surprising because Apple has admitted as much.

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Google Lens standalone app available now, if you can get it

Google Lens standalone app available now, if you can get it

It seems that Google is really pushing its AI-empowered computer vision technology to all Android users as fast as it can. Google Lens has been around for a while now, residing in the Photos app, Google Assistant, and the Pixel phones’ camera app but Google wants to spread it around even more. At I/O last month, it announced that Google Lens will be integrated into OEMs’ native camera apps. Now, rather surprisingly, it is even providing a standalone app to make it even easier to launch Google Lens with a tap.

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iOS apps are coming to macOS – eventually

iOS apps are coming to macOS – eventually

Apple has given a sneak peak of its attempt to bring iOS apps to the Mac, teasing how iPhone and iPad apps will run on macOS. The news comes amid another denial from Apple that iOS and macOS will ever merge, though it will eventually mean apps currently only available through the App Store will also run on MacBook, iMac, and other Mac hardware.

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The Instagram algorithm just spilled its secrets

The Instagram algorithm just spilled its secrets

Fewer likes on your Instagram selfies are probably just because they're bad photos, not because the app's algorithm is trying to neg you. At least, that's the takeaway from the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing service drawing back the curtain - at least a little - on just how it decides what and when to show content each time you open the app.

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Apple lifts Telegram block

Apple lifts Telegram block

Apple has lifted its alleged block on updates to secure messaging app Telegram, after the company's CEO accused the Cupertino firm of unfairly locking down the software. Pavel Durov, chief exec of Telegram, announced earlier this week that the messaging app had gone more than a month without receiving a single update, blaming Apple's over-zealous reaction to complaints from Russia.

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Google Lens AI features landing on default camera apps

Google Lens AI features landing on default camera apps

Google is all about AI these days, much to the concern of some in the tech industry. But while the hotly debated Duplex call is, in away, the pinnacle of its AI ambitions, there are other places where Google is making AI shine. One of those, of course, is Google Lens and its ability to not just see but also "understand" the world around you. Now two of its newest features, Style Match and Smart Text Selection, are rolling out. And, even better, they're rolling out to default camera apps on Android phones.

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Google app bug shows your SMS history, Internet goes crazy

Google app bug shows your SMS history, Internet goes crazy

Developers, especially game developers, are known for hiding unrelated, surprising, and often useless features or pieces of code known as "Easter Eggs". This recently discovered behavior on the Google search app almost looks like one except for one critical difference: it actually gives anyone who has physical access to your unlocked Android phone read your text messages. It is more likely to be a bug and it's sending Android users into a frenzy. That said, "fixing" it is easy but does come with a drawback.

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AR Expeditions show it’s not all about fun and games

AR Expeditions show it’s not all about fun and games

Virtual reality and, to a lesser extent, augmented reality have the connotation of mostly being about entertainment. The current selection of VR and AR experiences, plus the media and buzz surrounding them, do reinforce that misconception. That is why proponents like Google are trying to push new experiences that give these technologies a more serious tone. Like AR Expeditions, a "spinoff" of its VR-centric Google Expeditions, that utilize augmented reality for educational purposes. It might not be a game, but it can still be just as fun.

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