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Google Play Valentine’s Day code gives you a whole dollar

Google Play Valentine’s Day code gives you a whole dollar

Today Google's revealed a Google Play code that'll give users a whole dollar on the app and software store. The Google Play app store also has music and movies and magazines and such, but it would appear that this code only works with apps, and only for apps - not in-app purchases. It would appear that Google's Valentines Day code only works inside the United States right this minute.

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iPhone hackers are using Apple’s own developer certificates against it

iPhone hackers are using Apple’s own developer certificates against it

Apple's once-innocuous enterprise certificates have been in the news a lot lately. First it was revealed that both Facebook and Google were using enterprise certificates to deliver data-collecting apps to iPhone users. Apple offers those enterprise certificates so businesses can test apps internally without having to publish them to the App Store first, so obviously, the way Facebook and Google were using them doesn't really line up with their intended purpose.

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Instagram confirms bug caused huge drop in follower numbers

Instagram confirms bug caused huge drop in follower numbers

A day after Twitter revealed that "an issue" was removing Likes from tweets comes a similar statement from Instagram, which says that a bug is responsible for the massive drops in follower numbers some users have experienced. Complaints about the follower decrease spurred speculation that Instagram was purging inauthentic accounts, but the company has revealed that an ongoing issue is to blame.

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Netflix finally launches Smart Downloads feature on iPhone and iPad

Netflix finally launches Smart Downloads feature on iPhone and iPad

Netflix has announced the arrival of its Smart Downloads feature for iOS, enabling customers with an iPhone or iPad will enjoy the same intelligent download management feature as Android and Windows 10 users. Apple device owners already had access to the video platform's download feature for offline watching, but until now they've been required to manually delete and add content.

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Regrettable Microsoft ads bash Office 2019

Regrettable Microsoft ads bash Office 2019

By now, most of us are aware that Microsoft would much rather have us subscribing to Office 365 instead of buying something like Office 2019 and calling it good. Microsoft, in fact, wants you to buy a subscription to Office 365 so bad that it has absolutely no problem trashing Office 2019 in a new series of ads. Yes, you read correctly: With these ads, Microsoft is attempting to show how bad its own software really is.

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NYPD wants Waze GPS app to stop revealing DWI checkpoints

NYPD wants Waze GPS app to stop revealing DWI checkpoints

Navigation app Waze is popular in part because of the extra information it provides to drivers, namely alerts about upcoming wrecks, traffic conditions, speed traps, and checkpoints. The latter two alert types have caused friction with law enforcement officials who, in some past instances, have attempted to feed fake alerts to dilute the real warnings. In the latest example of contention over the feature, the New York Police Department has sent Google a cease-and-desist letter.

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Google pulls 29 camera apps from Play Store over security issues

Google pulls 29 camera apps from Play Store over security issues

Google removed more than two dozen camera apps from the Play Store today due to a variety of security issues. Many of these apps involved "beautification," artistic filters for images, and stickers, but all of them had one thing in common: anyone who downloaded them was left vulnerable to malicious ads, hidden icons, and other security problems.

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Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages – if you’re quick

Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages – if you’re quick

Remember last year when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg purged some of his messages from various Messenger conversations? There was a bit of an uproar at the time, and Facebook later said that Zuck's disappearing messages were part of an "unsend" feature the company was testing. Now, nearly a year later, that feature is rolling out to Messenger users.

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Newton email app back in business, thanks Essential

Newton email app back in business, thanks Essential

This morning the Newton email app and organization turned their porch light back on and all apps were returned to full functionality. Almost like they never went out of business in the first place. This return to business is largely because of the acquisition of Newton parent company CloudMagic by the company called Essential. This is the same company that released the Essential Phone PH-1 - that company - and Newton is now available for use by all users, business or otherwise.

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Flickr deleting photos starting tomorrow: How to prepare

Flickr deleting photos starting tomorrow: How to prepare

When Smugmug bought Flickr at the end of last year, folks who were using it as a repository for their photos received some bad news. Instead of the 1TB of storage Flickr had been offering when it was owned by Yahoo, Smugmug changed that to a mere 1000 photos, unless of course you signed up for a Flickr Pro subscription, which runs $50 a year. Those who don't shell out for a Pro subscription will have their photos purged until they're at the 1000 photo threshold, and that purge begins tomorrow.

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Warby Parker’s iPhone app uses ARKit to let you virtually try on glasses

Warby Parker’s iPhone app uses ARKit to let you virtually try on glasses

Shopping for glasses is something that typically needs to be done in person, as you generally want to see how a set of frames both fits and looks on your face. With the rise of augmented reality, though, the process of trying on a pair of glasses is something that could be done anywhere, anytime. That's what Warby Parker thinks at least, as it's rolled out a new feature for its iPhone app that allows you to try on glasses without having to first head into a brick and mortar store.

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Google launches two new Android apps for the hard of hearing

Google launches two new Android apps for the hard of hearing

Google today launched two new Android features that are geared at helping the deaf and hard of hearing gain more independence. One feature, called Sound Amplifier, is one we already knew about, as it was revealed at Google I/O last year. The second, Live Transcribe, is making its debut today, and is arguably the bigger launch of the two.

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