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OnePlus 7 Pro Zen Mode, Screen Recording APKs land on older models

OnePlus 7 Pro Zen Mode, Screen Recording APKs land on older models

Almost all Android phone makers, with extremely few exceptions, add some extra features to their flavor of Android. Mostly these are frowned upon by advanced users but some do like the value that those add-ons offer. Some even demand it for their previous gen models. That's what some OnePlus owners want from the OnePlus 7 Pro's Zen Mode and Screen Recording features and while OnePlus did promise it will happen eventually, some have taken matters into their own hands.

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Google Calendar and Google Keep get dark mode on Android

Google Calendar and Google Keep get dark mode on Android

When Google revealed version 2 of its Material Design language, one of the most immediate reactions of users was that it was too white and bright. Never mind how it threatened to sear images onto people's retinas, it seemed almost antithetical to the whole "dark mode" movement that's trying to save batteries and eyes. since then, Google has started updating at least its mobile apps to offer dark themes and the two latest to get that option are Google Calendar and Google Keep.

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How secure is your messenger app? Things you should know

How secure is your messenger app? Things you should know

A common misconception: "Internet security isn’t important, I’ve got nothing to hide anyway." Your conversations may be trivial for now, but you never know when you and your friends or colleagues discuss matters that could be of value to someone else who shouldn’t be eavesdropping.

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Android Live Transcribe will soon let you know when dogs are barking

Android Live Transcribe will soon let you know when dogs are barking

Smartphones are becoming more sophisticated and more powerful but, truth be told, almost all of those features are designed for well-abled users. While those may represent the majority of paying customers, that's no reason to not make life easier for all kinds of users as well. On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google is announcing an upcoming feature for Live Transcribe that will help users with hearing problems be more aware of their surroundings and keep a record of some critical conversations as well.

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Google Podcasts can finally auto-download new podcast episodes

Google Podcasts can finally auto-download new podcast episodes

Google Podcasts is slowly developing into a proper podcast app with the addition of new -- and some would say, basic and expected -- features already available in many competing products. With the most recent update, Google Podcasts can now be set to automatically download the newest episodes in the podcasts you listen to, eliminating the need to manually find and download the content.

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Google Trips is a one-stop hub for your vacation plans

Google Trips is a one-stop hub for your vacation plans

Google has brought its simplified travel planning system to the desktop, integrating flights, hotels, and ideas for actives into a single, comprehensive hub. The move combines Google Flights, Hotels, and more into one Google Trips location, that promises to be more useful than a fanny pack for your passport and travelers checks.

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Google Rivet helps kids learn to read using speech recognition and AI

Google Rivet helps kids learn to read using speech recognition and AI

There still an ongoing debate on the positive and negative effects mobile devices and apps have on kids today but the cat is already out of the bag. Phones and tablets and apps are here to stay and some would rather turn those into learning tools than burn them at the stake. Unsurprisingly, Google is one such proponent of crafting tools to educate rather than hinder and its skunkworks arm Area 120 has developed Rivet exactly for that purpose.

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Photoshop CC for iPad closed beta opens up applications

Photoshop CC for iPad closed beta opens up applications

Not too long ago, Adobe promised that it would be bringing the full, or at least almost full, powers of Photoshop to Apple's newest computer, the iPad Pro. Given all the bad rap it's getting these days, Adobe could use some good publicity. Perhaps it's just a coincidence, then, that Adobe has opened up the process for getting into its exclusive Photoshop on the iPad beta program. Provided, of course, you can make a case why you should be part of that exclusive club.

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Twitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partner

Twitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partner

Often times you only hear of bugs or even "features" that violate users' privacy after someone reports it on the Internet. Often times the companies involved have to deal with the PR mess and backlash involved after the fact. Perhaps learning from its peers, Twitter has decided to beat others to the news and own up to its own privacy blunder. While it doesn't exactly excuse them from making such a simple misstep, it has to at least be complemented for not waiting until the last minute to come clean.

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WhatsApp bug allowed Israeli spyware to infiltrate phones

WhatsApp bug allowed Israeli spyware to infiltrate phones

There are currently quite a number of messaging services, a handful of them from Google itself, but few have withstood the test of time and of the market. WhatsApp, even before its acquisition by Facebook, was already making waves but its popularity and notoriety rose after being snatched up by the social networking giant. It prided itself for its end-to-end encryption, one of the few mainstream platforms to advertise such a feature, but that turned out to be pretty useless if a vulnerability allowed certain actors to inject spyware into phones by simply ringing up the phone.

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Apple’s new TV app arrives on iOS, Apple TV, and Samsung smart TVs

Apple’s new TV app arrives on iOS, Apple TV, and Samsung smart TVs

Apple has announced that its new Apple TV app has arrived in more than 100 countries for its device owners, as well as for users who own select Samsung smart TVs. The redesigned app is made to meet all of your entertainment needs, bringing a huge movie and television collection alongside major video apps and an overhauled design. Samsung boasts that it is the first TV manufacturer to offer the Apple TV app and AirPlay 2.

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Bitcoin mobile payments arrive at Whole Foods, other major retailers

Bitcoin mobile payments arrive at Whole Foods, other major retailers

A number of major retailers, including Whole Foods and Bed Bath & Beyond, now accept Bitcoin payments made with the Flexa SPEDN app. A total of 15 retailers are accepting the cryptocurrency payment method, which also includes the Bitcoin alternatives Gemini Dollars, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum. Flexa's app is currently available for iPhone and will arrive on Android in the near future.

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