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Apple Music, Podcast apps might be coming to Microsoft Store

Apple Music, Podcast apps might be coming to Microsoft Store

It has been less than two years since Apple retired the venerable iTunes, both the brand and the app. But while Apple itself has already moved on with its separate apps, those on Windows are still living in the past with an old version of iTunes. That, however, may soon be a thing of the past, too, if these rumors of Apple Music and Apple Podcasts coming to Windows have meat to them.

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Spotify Playlists launched for Spotify Kids

Spotify Playlists launched for Spotify Kids

This week the folks at Spotify launched a major upgrade for their shared family plan feature. Spotify Kids is a feature within Spotify that curates the Spotify music universe in a way that makes the whole experience safe for a kid. With a shared account, a parent can give access to their child via an account made specifically for said kid. With this latest update, they'll have access to Shared Playlists, too.

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Telegram reports huge surge in new users as WhatsApp backlash grows

Telegram reports huge surge in new users as WhatsApp backlash grows

Telegram has reported a mass of new users over the past 72 hours, an uptick no doubt spurred by Facebook's recent controversial decision involving WhatsApp and data-sharing. WhatsApp has presented itself as a secure messaging platform, including having introduced encrypted chats. However, last week it was revealed that users will need to agree to share their data with Facebook or move to a different app.

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Parler prepares to go offline ahead of Amazon Web Services ban

Parler prepares to go offline ahead of Amazon Web Services ban

A leaked email has revealed that Amazon plans to boot the social media platform Parler off its web services, forcing the collective to find a new host. The report claims Parler will lose its AWS access just ahead of midnight tonight (time zone unclear), and the platform's CEO indicated in a recent post that the site may be offline for up to a week.

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OnePlus Band design and features confirmed by new OnePlus Health app

OnePlus Band design and features confirmed by new OnePlus Health app

OnePlus has long been expected to soon launch its first-ever wearable and leaks have been rather abundant about what that will be. Now it seems that even the company itself is throwing breadcrumbs for us to follow, intentionally or otherwise. It has published a new OnePlus Health app on Google Play Store for the public to see and, fortunately for us, it holds a lot of clues about the upcoming OnePlus Band, except perhaps its name.

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Simple and Azlo shutting down – Here’s what happens next

Simple and Azlo shutting down – Here’s what happens next

Banking apps Simple and Azlo will soon be shutting down, parent company BBVA USA announced today. These shutdowns seem to be part of PNC's impending acquisition of BBVA, which was announced back in November to the tune of $11.6 billion. As you might imagine, there are a number of Simple and Azlo users who are upset by this news, even as BBVA promises to migrate them to BBVA USA accounts in the future.

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Chrome OS Camera app is finally getting QR code support

Chrome OS Camera app is finally getting QR code support

The use of QR codes has seen a surge in the past few months despite being around for more than a decade. A distant cousin of bar codes, the indecipherable patterns are able to hold more information, usually links to websites or online documents. This has become especially handy during the ongoing pandemic where QR codes are used for almost anything, from menus to contact tracing forms. Fortunately, smartphone cameras have become more capable of handling those codes and Chrome OS will finally be catching up.

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Facebook yields to iOS 14 privacy changes, leaves businesses a warning

Facebook yields to iOS 14 privacy changes, leaves businesses a warning

Apple has initiated rather big changes to its privacy policies and, unsurprisingly, there are a few that are not so happy about it. Also unsurprisingly, Facebook has been the loudest voice opposing changes to user data tracking across sites and apps but it has also accepted the reality that Apple isn't going to give in, no matter how loud it cries. Now it's telling businesses and partners that it has no choice but to comply with Apple's requirements that will have a negative impact on those businesses in the long run, at least according to Facebook.

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Mint budget tracker app can now monitor your subscriptions

Mint budget tracker app can now monitor your subscriptions

Mint, the money-management app, has pushed out an update for iPhone users that brings a number of new features, as well as a refreshed design. Among other things, the changes enable users to monitor their subscriptions, get personalized insights into their finances, and more. Android users will soon get these features, too.

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Netflix is dropping support for two Nintendo consoles this year

Netflix is dropping support for two Nintendo consoles this year

If you use either a Nintendo 3DS or a Wii U as your main Netflix-viewing platform, you'll want to find something different to use soon. Netflix and Nintendo have announced that both machines will lose support for Netflix later this year. That, importantly, means that Netflix won't be available on any Nintendo console, which seems like a big oversight.

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Google iOS apps to finally get App Store Privacy Labels this week

Google iOS apps to finally get App Store Privacy Labels this week

Apple's new privacy rules for iOS, though by no means sudden or arbitrary, have been painted in a negative light by Facebook. In contrast, Google has actually been silent on the new cross-tracking limitations and requirements despite being a business that relies heavily on such systems. In fact, Google might have been too silent, some have insinuated, because it has also silently stopped updating its iOS apps since December to comply with the App Store's new rules. Apparently, it was just a matter of clashing schedules and holidays.

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Trump bans transactions with Alipay, WeChat Pay, WPS Office

Trump bans transactions with Alipay, WeChat Pay, WPS Office

The US political landscape is again under a tense atmosphere as people count down the days before a critical change in government. Before that happens, however, the current administration under President Donald Trump seems to be making haste to implement orders and make new rules that have been in the making for months. The latest in that list is an executive order that finally does what Trump has long threatened to do and ban transactions with certain Chinese apps, including those used for money transfers like WeChat Pay.

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