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Pokemon TCG Live app announced, but players may not be happy

Pokemon TCG Live app announced, but players may not be happy

For years now, fans of the Pokemon TCG have been using the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online app to play online with digital card collections. Pokemon TCG Online has been around for a decade at this point, and the Pokemon TCG community has been asking for upgrades for years. Today, The Pokemon Company announced a new app - dubbed Pokemon TCG Live - that will eventually replace Pokemon TCG Online, but at this early stage, it doesn't sound like much of an upgrade to us.

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Messaging app Telegram leveraged by hackers for data sharing

Messaging app Telegram leveraged by hackers for data sharing

There are numerous messaging apps that were originally intended to encrypt communications between users for privacy. However, those applications are also leveraged by criminals, terrorists, and various users for illicit purposes. Messaging app Telegram has reportedly become a hub for cybercriminals wanting to buy, sell, and share data they have stolen and the tools they use.

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Microsoft accounts are ditching passwords: Here’s how to go passwordless

Microsoft accounts are ditching passwords: Here’s how to go passwordless

Humans are bad at picking good passwords. When creating new sets of login credentials, many of us often take the lazy route and pick a password that is easy to remember and therefore easy to guess, making those logins prime targets for malicious actors. Microsoft's solution to this issue is a novel one, as the company announced today that it's giving users the option of ditching passwords altogether on their Microsoft accounts.

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Xbox Movies Anywhere app finally lets you sync your films on consoles

Xbox Movies Anywhere app finally lets you sync your films on consoles

There are tons of legitimate and legal sources for streaming TV shows and movies these days that it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of all of them. Not all sources play nice with each other, of course, so you often end up juggling multiple apps simultaneously. Movies Anywhere attempted to bring order to the House of Mouse, but its reach didn't include all entertainment devices. That changes today with the introduction of the Movies Anywhere app for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, turning the consoles into true one-stop shops for most of the movies you might have purchased.

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Apple Fitness+ adds Meditations, new Workouts, and 15 countries

Apple Fitness+ adds Meditations, new Workouts, and 15 countries

As much as it wants people to keep using its devices, Apple knows that physical and mental health is crucial to keeping its customers happy (enough to keep on using those devices). The company has invested a lot in health and fitness products, best exemplified by the Apple Watch. Of course, that isn't the extent of Apple's well-being campaign, and upcoming additions to its Fitness+ subscription service aims to not only expand its geographical reach but also expand beyond physical health to mental health.

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Google Messages nudge takes a page out of Gmail’s book

Google Messages nudge takes a page out of Gmail’s book

The amount of information that we're bombarded with every day is almost a sure-fire way for important things to slip through the cracks. While many will rely on their brainpower to remember things, it has been proven that the majority of people tend to forget too easily. Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of technological solutions that try to give as a nudge about forgotten but important tasks, and Google is bringing one such solution to its Messages Android app after baking for years in Gmail.

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iOS 14.8 closes FORCEDENTRY zero-click exploit linked to Pegasus spyware

iOS 14.8 closes FORCEDENTRY zero-click exploit linked to Pegasus spyware

Apple's privacy stance, even in the face of government pressure, may have endeared it to many activists and people of interest, but that also means its devices have become even bigger hacking targets. Several high-profile organizations and companies have made it their business to circumvent Apple's strong protections and pilfer data from compromised iPhones and Macs, often owned by people in danger of state-sponsored espionage. That seems to be the case with a new exploit discovered this year that has been traced to the notorious NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, and all that it takes to trigger the exploit is a seemingly innocuous GIF sent through iMessage.

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Android “Push” will mirror Pixel phone apps on Chromebooks

Android “Push” will mirror Pixel phone apps on Chromebooks

Google has long had two major platforms (three if you count The Web, more if you also count Fuchsia and other custom operating systems), but Android and Chrome OS haven't exactly crossed paths until recently. Fortunately, Google has been working on bridging the two, more than just running Android apps on Chromebooks. An upcoming feature might be Google's biggest push in that direction, figuratively and literally, with a "Push" function that will let Android phones, particularly Google's Pixel phones, stream their screens to Chromebooks.

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Windows Subsystem for Android performance benchmarks look promising

Windows Subsystem for Android performance benchmarks look promising

One of Windows 11's biggest highlights won't be available when the newest version of Windows launches next month. While end users will probably have to wait until next year to see Android apps running on Windows in action, Insiders might be getting a preview earlier than expected. It seems that Microsoft is preparing what it calls the Windows Subsystem for Android, and a batch of benchmarks paints a promising but potentially confusing picture of what performance to expect when the feature does finally roll out to the public.

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Apple must allow in-app purchases and Epic Games owes millions

Apple must allow in-app purchases and Epic Games owes millions

A ruling was reached today in an Epic Games vs Apple court case and legal battle that effectively started back in August of 2020. Apple is likely to appeal the part of the decision that'd otherwise allow additional permissions for iOS app developers. For now, the ruling is that app developers will not be prohibited from adding purchasing mechanisms in their apps.

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Google Assistant faces EU antitrust investigation

Google Assistant faces EU antitrust investigation

Google is no stranger to inquiries, investigations, and even lawsuits regarding its businesses and products, especially when it comes to anti-competitive behavior. From Search to shopping to news to even Chrome, Google has faced numerous legal challenges, especially within the European Union. Even while it faces the latest set of challenges over the Google Play Store, the European Commission is reportedly preparing to slap it another one, this time over how it may be forcing Google Assistant to be the default voice assistant on smart devices, particularly those running Android.

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Fortnite could be returning to the Apple App Store in South Korea

Fortnite could be returning to the Apple App Store in South Korea

Apple has long been criticized for its handling of its App Stores, especially on iOS, but it was Epic Games that really set off the chain of events that finally broke the camel's back, so to speak. Apple has had to make adjustments and concessions in the past year or so to appease developers, regulators, and courts, but one of its biggest losses happened barely two weeks ago in South Korea. Now the Fortnite developer is boldly testing those new waters by requesting the popular game's return to the App Store, at least in South Korea only.

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