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Spotify is making it easier to create playlists for road trips

Spotify is making it easier to create playlists for road trips

Spotify has launched a new feature that makes it easy for users to generate playlists for their upcoming road trips. Called 'Soundtrack your Ride,' the new tool taps Google Maps to power a route-based music playlist long enough to cover the entire distance. Spotify pairs the map tool with a small quiz that'll help ensure the user gets the type of music they'll enjoy.

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Apple removes nearly 200 vaping apps from App Store

Apple removes nearly 200 vaping apps from App Store

Vaping is something that's garnered a fair amount of controversy lately. The CDC has linked at least 42 deaths to lung illnesses associated with vaping, with more than 2,000 non-lethal cases reported as well. With these reports out in the open, Apple has decided to remove almost 200 vaping apps from the App Store.

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Google Search lets you practice pronunciations directly in results

Google Search lets you practice pronunciations directly in results

Google may have Google Translate but, especially on mobile, it requires installing a separate app or navigating to the Translate website. In this Google-centric world, the go-to solution is for people to type in a query on their phones or browsers That's fine when trying to find out how a word is pronounced but what if you wanted to try saying it yourself? Thanks to speech recognition and machine learning, you can now do that too right within Google Search.

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Google just enabled Android RCS SMS+ chat in the USA

Google just enabled Android RCS SMS+ chat in the USA

Users will soon get a more comprehensive and "rich" experience in SMS text messaging in Android. This is thanks to Google's push for RCS (Rich Communication Services) in SMS text messaging over the past few years, enabled here in the USA in late 2019. To enable this newly-enabled more powerful chat system, users will need the official SMS text messaging client from Google called Messages - which can be downloaded as the Messages app in the Google Play app store.

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Facebook app sees you, here’s how to stop it

Facebook app sees you, here’s how to stop it

It was revealed this month that the Facebook app for iPhone had a bug that sorta... kept your camera open. There's been no proof that Facebook used this oddity to capture any imagery, video, or audio unbeknownst to the app user - but still, there's a lesson we can take from this. In the past, this is where I'd suggest simply deleting the Facebook app outright - but not today. Today we're going to talk about prevention.

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DJI mobile app will let anyone identify drones in flight

DJI mobile app will let anyone identify drones in flight

Drones have become more common these days especially in the consumer market. All sorts and sizes of flying robots, controlled by phones or dedicated controllers can be found in any toy store and hobby store. The use of drones extends to business and even military which has naturally raised red flags when it comes to privacy. But while most groups are calling for stricter drone regulations, DJI is offering an alternative that would allow anyone with a smartphone to identify registered drones flying as far as 1 kilometer away.

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Google Maps and Google Translate work together to make trips less stressful

Google Maps and Google Translate work together to make trips less stressful

Google gets a lot of flak when it comes to privacy and monopolistic practices but it remains unchallenged because of the almost indispensable services and products it provides. Google Maps has long changed the way we get around places, both locally and abroad, while Google Translate grows more accurate and helpful every year. Now Google is bringing these two products closer together to save you from the most harrowing travel experience: trying to get around a foreign country.

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Google Pay erases transit passes and tickets when you uninstall the app

Google Pay erases transit passes and tickets when you uninstall the app

Digital wallets and mobile payment systems all promise the convenience of nothing having to worry about paper bills and plastic cards. That goes for both having to carry them around in your pocket or bag as well as worrying about losing these separate pieces. You can lose your phone, though, or even lose the app that holds then. And when it comes to the latter, Google Pay offers the exact same assurance as physical transit passes and tickets: nothing.

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Facebook app camera glitch is bug not spying insists exec

Facebook app camera glitch is bug not spying insists exec

Over the past couple of weeks, Facebook users on iOS have reported a concerning issue: the company's mobile app triggering the iPhone's rear camera, which was noticed operating in the background. Multiple users have been able to replicate this phenomenon, spurring privacy concerns and raising questions over the cause of this unusual behavior. Facebook has responded, saying the camera app activation is the result of a bug.

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Pokemon GO Sword and Shield Galarian Forms leaked and analyzed

Pokemon GO Sword and Shield Galarian Forms leaked and analyzed

A variety of Pokemon already in Pokemon GO will get Galarian Forms some time after the launch of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. Today we're taking a peek at what's known and expanding on what's already in the game Pokemon GO to make some next-level analysis a reality! We can make some big stabs at the near-release future of Pokemon GO here now largely due to the leak of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex last week!

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Minecraft Earth early access just launched in the USA

Minecraft Earth early access just launched in the USA

Today the game Minecraft Earth was released in "early access" mode for the United States. This game uses GPS location information and allows users the ability to play a version of Minecraft wherever they may roam. Augmented reality and item searching show the game to be in a vein very similar to that of Pokemon GO, and it's ready to roll now in the USA.

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Disney Plus starter kit: 10 key details at launch

Disney Plus starter kit: 10 key details at launch

You just opened Disney Plus (or Disney+ if you prefer) for the first time and you're feeling overwhelmed. Or you've been using Disney Plus for a while now, and you wonder if there's anything you've missed. If you're looking for a "what to watch on Disney Plus" sort of article, you can find that on SlashGear too - but THIS article is all about getting started out right.

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