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Samsung Cloud will delete third-party app backups next month

Samsung Cloud will delete third-party app backups next month

Samsung is changing its Samsung Cloud service's backup policy, the company has announced in an email sent to users, a change that will affect app backups. According to the email, Samsung Cloud will stop supporting third-party app data backups soon, at which point Samsung will purge the data it has already backed up from these apps. Users only have a couple weeks to arrange an alternative.

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Twitter Bookmarks feature appears in beta on Android

Twitter Bookmarks feature appears in beta on Android

Back in October, Twitter announced plans to add a feature that allows its users to save tweets for later. The feature was referred to as "Save For Later," but its in-app name will actually be "Bookmarks." With Bookmarks, a user can privately save specific tweets, a feature the company says has been a frequent request from users.

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Alexa app finally has a voice

Alexa app finally has a voice

An update for the Alexa app for Android was given an update this morning with support for Alexa voice interaction. This update brings Alexa voice interaction on all Androids, not just a few - all just as long as they have at least Android 4.4 or newer. That's the basic requirement for the app itself - and was before this update, too.

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Instagram DMs get “last active” feature: here’s how to disable it

Instagram DMs get “last active” feature: here’s how to disable it

Instagram has added a feature that has some users upset: a small notice that alerts others to when you were last active on that app. As with Facebook's past decision to add read receipts to its chat platform, Instagram's new feature makes managing one's digital social life a little trickier. Fortunately, the company has given its users the ability to disable the activity status, making it possible to stop others from snooping on your habits.

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WhatsApp Business begins worldwide roll out on Android

WhatsApp Business begins worldwide roll out on Android

Though WhatsApp was first envisioned as a communication app for regular people, its impressive growth over the years has driven businesses to sign up for it too. Having a social media presence is important for a lot of businesses these days, so WhatsApp has decided to facilitate them better by launching an app made specifically for them. Today a new app called WhatsApp Business has launched on Android, and while it's mostly the same WhatsApp we're already familiar with, it comes with a handful of enhancements for business users.

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Google Photos update adds free storage codes

Google Photos update adds free storage codes

This week the folks at Google released a new version of their photos app, Google Photos. Android users will likely be first in the update line for a number of new features, including the most important one: free stuff support. Everyone loves free stuff, and Google knows how everyone loves free stuff, so they've added more free stuff to Google Photos.

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ProtonMail’s VPN Android app launches with free, unlimited access

ProtonMail’s VPN Android app launches with free, unlimited access

Last summer, the team behind the encrypted email service ProtonMail announced its own VPN service, giving the public access to secure browsing. The service came out of beta back in June 2017, though not for every platform. That changed on Monday with the launch of ProtonVPN for Android, bringing secure mobile browsing to smartphones and tablets around the world.

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WhatsApp tests warning to stop users from forwarding spam

WhatsApp tests warning to stop users from forwarding spam

WhatsApp may be testing a new feature that aims to prevent -- or at least decrease -- the sharing of spam and other unwanted content between users. Though WhatsApp isn't talking about the apparent test, some users report seeing a warning when they're about to share spammy content. The alert warns the user that the content has been forwarded many times before, basically highlighting its potential chain-letter nature.

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Facebook Messenger commits to trimming the fat in 2018

Facebook Messenger commits to trimming the fat in 2018

These days, Facebook Messenger is a service attempting to wear many hats. Over the past couple of years, we've seen Facebook pack Messenger with a bunch of different features, whether that's processing payments or playing games with friends. While some of those services are good, feature creep has caused the Messenger we use today to feel a little bloated.

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Galaxy Note 8 gets Thrive app to help users manage their time

Galaxy Note 8 gets Thrive app to help users manage their time

Following an announcement a few months back, Samsung has launched the time-management app Thrive for Galaxy Note 8 owners. The app itself comes from Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington's company, and it aims to improve the quality of users' lives by helping them limit how much time is spent using their phone. Among other things, users can stop the majority of inbound notifications with the exception of important things.

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Best app on Pixel 2 ported to more Android phones

Best app on Pixel 2 ported to more Android phones

This week the folks behind CarbonROM revealed they'd ported Pixel 2's best feature to other devices. This is a big deal for those that desperately wanted the Pixel 2, but haven't yet made the jump from their slightly older smartphone. Why move when you can get the features for free?

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Google Arts and Culture app now shows your fine art lookalike

Google Arts and Culture app now shows your fine art lookalike

Google has updated its Arts and Culture app with some nifty new functionality. If you download the app (or apply the new update, assuming you already had the app installed), you can share a selfie and have the app attempt to find your fine art doppelgänger. Unsurprisingly, this new functionality has taken the internet by storm, receiving a lot of attention on social media over the weekend.

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