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Android 12 feature will free up storage space by hibernating apps

Android 12 feature will free up storage space by hibernating apps

Android fans are looking forward to Android 12 when it launches, and some details on features for the coming operating system have been surfacing. One feature that was discovered in an APK teardown for Android 12 is an app hibernation feature. The hibernation feature is designed to automatically hibernate unused apps to free up space on the smartphone.

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Google Search AR summons Pac-Man on your palm

Google Search AR summons Pac-Man on your palm

Google may have ditched its Daydream VR platform but it's still holding on to augmented reality, at least without the headset. Google recently released WebXR, short for Extended Reality, experiments that showcased more practical uses for AR on your phone but most of its AR experiences really revolved around entertaining or sometimes educational experiences instead. Google's mobile Search, in particular, has been putting virtual objects in the real world via your phone's screen, and its latest trick is to call forth Japan's most iconic characters, wherever you are in the world.

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Nextdoor app targets toxic behavior with anti-racism warning

Nextdoor app targets toxic behavior with anti-racism warning

Nextdoor, the app that allows neighbors to connect with each other and share details about their communities, is introducing a new feature that will detect and warn against potentially racist content. The company announced the new feature today, explaining that it will ask users to reconsider their posts before sharing them if certain offensive language is detected.

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Facebook plans huge audio push with Soundbites, podcasts, and tools

Facebook plans huge audio push with Soundbites, podcasts, and tools

Facebook has announced some big plans related to audio and its place on the company's primary social media platform. Starting later this year, the company plans to introduce multiple changes for its users, including the addition of sound creation tools backed by artificial intelligence and a new audio format the company calls Soundbites.

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Google Photos makes documents easy to find – so you can delete them

Google Photos makes documents easy to find – so you can delete them

A Google Photos update this week added a Documents tab to assist in the process of finding documents in one's photo collection. This might not seem all that important if you believe you've never used your smartphone or smart device camera to "scan" a document before. Why would you? As some users are finding out, they've captured far more personal, private, or otherwise important information via casual smartphone snap than they initially believed.

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Galaxy Tab S7 Good Lock modules offer powerful customization options

Galaxy Tab S7 Good Lock modules offer powerful customization options

Despite cleaning it up, Samsung's One UI still adds a lot of changes on top of what is commonly known as the "stock Android" experience. For some Android users, that's already too much but others still crave more ways they can tweak their devices. Samsung's suite of Good Lock modules tries to offer those optional tweaks and power features and, now that Good Luck is compatible with Android 11 devices, owners of the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ can enjoy those options as well to increase their productivity.

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Android 12 Recycle Bin, automatic app translation seen in leaked build

Android 12 Recycle Bin, automatic app translation seen in leaked build

Thanks to its history, lineage, and convention, the Android mobile platform is closer to desktop operating systems compared to something like iOS or even the augmented iPadOS. Many of the conventions and features people enjoy on desktops are sometimes available on Android, though it often requires OEMs or third-party apps to implement them. Sometimes, however, Google itself eventually gives in and makes those features available for all Android users, like two that may be coming in Android 12 that will give users access to a "Recycle Bin" and get apps translated even if the developers didn't provide any translations themselves.

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Shiny Smeargle in Pokemon GO Snap event: Timed rarity

Shiny Smeargle in Pokemon GO Snap event: Timed rarity

This week the folks at Niantic made ready their first Pokemon SNAP event for Pokemon GO. This event will feature the first ever appearance of the Shiny version of Smeargle, all orange with a red tail instead of slightly lighter tan with a green tail - at last! As you may have guessed, this event will feature far more snapshot-based tasks than your average event.

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Dogecoin goes up and Robinhood goes down

Dogecoin goes up and Robinhood goes down

Some things in life you can count on, and it seems like Robinhood crashing just when the finance market is getting interesting is one of them. The popular finance service - which has seen particular success with first-time and novice investors - has been suffering several periods of downtime during volatility in crypto trading, particularly Elon Musk's favored Dogecoin.

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Oculus Quest subscriptions roll out for games and apps

Oculus Quest subscriptions roll out for games and apps

Oculus today announced that it's now allowing developers to offer subscriptions to their apps. While perhaps not the best fit for gaming - which Oculus was centered around at the beginning of its life - the company says that by offering subscriptions, it can offer monetization options that make Quest a better fit for other types of apps. Obviously there's no one-size-fits-all solution for subscription offerings, but in today's announcement, Oculus listed several different apps that will offer them to start.

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Pokemon Home is about to ditch these Android and iPhone models

Pokemon Home is about to ditch these Android and iPhone models

It's been a little while since we last heard from Pokemon Home, but today the developers behind it announced that the app will soon stop supporting certain OS versions and devices. This will affect both Android and iPhone users, so if you use Pokemon Home to manage your Pokemon collection, you'll definitely want to make sure that you're on a supported device by the time this update arrives later this summer.

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Facebook’s NPE Team has quietly launched a speed-dating app

Facebook’s NPE Team has quietly launched a speed-dating app

Facebook's New Product Experimentation (NPE) Team has quietly launched a new app for testing. Sparked, as it's called, is a video-based speed-dating app for Facebook users, connecting strangers who get a few minutes to chat with each other before deciding to move on or continue their talk for a bit longer. You'll need a Facebook account to use the service, though.

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