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Xbox now supports speech-to-text and text-to-speech accessibility features

Xbox now supports speech-to-text and text-to-speech accessibility features

Gaming is and should be for everyone, but games and gaming platforms weren't always designed with everyone, and we mean everyone, in mind. Developers and console makers have fortunately been making strides in the accessibility department, and some have hailed Microsoft's Xbox as leading the pack, especially with its unique Xbox Adaptive Controller. For June, Xbox is once again diving into opening the platform to all types of gamers, allowing them to chat the way they can or even want to.

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Google Messages end-to-end encryption is now enabled for everyone

Google Messages end-to-end encryption is now enabled for everyone

Messaging has become so common among smartphone and Internet users that people often take it for granted that their conversations may not always be just between them. Unlike face-to-face or even telephone conversations, the chances of third parties, especially unauthorized actors, snooping in on private dialogue are so much higher in Internet-based messaging services. To fight such privacy intrusions, Google is finally flipping the switch for E2EE, short for end-to-end encryption, on its Messages platform. Provided you meet certain requirements, that is.

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Piracy app passed Apple App Store review as Sudoku app

Piracy app passed Apple App Store review as Sudoku app

One of Apple's biggest justifications for its complete control over its App Store is quality and security. Through its strict policies and manual review process, it is able to ensure that only safe and legitimate apps become available for users to install with confidence and peace of mind. Once in a while, however, something gets past that scrutiny that seems to throw Apple's defense out the window. That seems to be the case with Zoshy+, a pirated video streaming app that stayed in the App Store for almost a month by masquerading as a puzzle game.

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Google asks developers which OEMs aggressively kill their apps

Google asks developers which OEMs aggressively kill their apps

For the longest time, Android users criticized iOS for the way it aggressively killed apps running in the background. Android phones' multi-tasking capabilities, larger memory pools, and larger batteries were waved around as examples of the platform's superiority. Of course, there are consequences to such features and even Android itself has mechanisms to prevent background apps from running astray. Some manufacturers, however, have taken it upon themselves to enforce stricter measures that may even go against Google's policies and the Android maker now wants to know who these OEMs are.

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Discord is down for many – it’s not just you

Discord is down for many – it’s not just you

If you're having problems with Discord at the moment, we've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that it isn't just you having these issues, which means that it (probably) has nothing to do with your hardware. Of course, that means the problem is much more widespread, and at the moment, there aren't any details on when these issues might be fixed.

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Facebook Messenger update makes money transfers easier

Facebook Messenger update makes money transfers easier

Facebook is primarily a social networking platform but it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone these days that it has grown far past that narrow definition. The tech giant has its hands in pretty much anything that can be associated with being social, including virtual reality or even money. Going beyond the usual culprits of product ads and purchasing stuff on Facebook, it has turned its Messenger platform into a P2P money transfer service of its own, one that may have just become easier in Facebook's latest update.

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New Among Us Hide & Seek mode, Visor Cosmetics, Achievements

New Among Us Hide & Seek mode, Visor Cosmetics, Achievements

The developers that make Among Us revealed today that they're bringing a new game mode to the title. This new mode will be called Hide & Seek. For a game as simple as Among Us, a whole new "mode" of gameplay can mean everything. In this case, it could make or break the future of the viral hit. There are also a bunch of new roles coming to the game - and new colors and skins, too!

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FaceTime could be the generic “video call”, but Apple won’t allow it

FaceTime could be the generic “video call”, but Apple won’t allow it

The brand name "FaceTime" could be genericised if Apple were willing to release it to alternate platforms. Here in June of 2021, Apple revealed that FaceTime would soon move just a TINY bit beyond iOS and macOS devices, courtesy of a web browser-based system for the video call platform. Once iOS 15 is out for new iPhones and iPadOS 15 is out for iPad, Windows and Android devices will be able to participate in FaceTime calls.

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Google Measure AR app joins the notorious graveyard

Google Measure AR app joins the notorious graveyard

Google is not one to one to "retire" apps, services, and products, sometimes with little prior notice. That's true for products that have cost Google a lot of money as well as some products that do make Google some money, it's even more true for those that don't. Apps come and go, regardless of their importance or significance, and one of the most recent to get the boot is Measure, one of Google's earliest mobile AR apps and one that it used to highlight its AR technology even before mobile AR became a thing.

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Google Search Choice Screen to be free for rival search engines

Google Search Choice Screen to be free for rival search engines

Google might be the most popular search engine in the world but it is hardly the only one. There are several of those around, some trying to survive in their local markets against the might of Google's resources. In Europe, the tech giant was legally forced to present Android users with a Choice Screen, letting them select the browser and search app of their choice. That choice didn't come without cost for those search engines, however, but now Google is removing the hurdle that forced those search engines to pay to be even on that Choice Screen list.

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Outlook gets nifty voice features on iOS, but Android users have to wait

Outlook gets nifty voice features on iOS, but Android users have to wait

Microsoft has a new update for its Outlook mobile app that targets users who prefer speaking rather than typing when it comes to getting things done. The update brings Cortana to the app in a big way, enabling users to ask questions about their agenda, schedule meetings, and other tasks, as well as using voice to search through their emails and related content. The update is only available on iOS for now, however.

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Mega Special Pokemon GO weekend event incoming

Mega Special Pokemon GO weekend event incoming

There's a "Special Raid Weekend" event coming to Pokemon GO this month, complete with monstrous potential for Mega Evolution. This event will feature more frequent raids of all sorts, including both five-star Raids and Mega Raids. If you're looking for the most worthy raids of the bunch, you'll be taking a crack at the likes of Timburr, Snorlax, and Registeel, each of which have the potential to appear as a Shiny Pokemon upon defeat!

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