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Facebook Messenger gets quoted replies to keep chats organized

Facebook Messenger gets quoted replies to keep chats organized

Facebook has pushed out a Messenger update that makes it easier to keep track of the messages each user is responding to. The new ability essentially brings threaded messages to the chatting app, which in this case means replies that quote and respond directly to a previous message. These direct replies support GIFs, emoji, images, and other media in addition to text.

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Android to ask European users their preferred browser, search app

Android to ask European users their preferred browser, search app

While it remains mostly unchallenged in the US, Google has been facing tough opposition in Europe. It has fought and lost not a few legal battles with the European Commission, forcing it to change many of its practices and business strategies just for that region. Those changes aren't done yet and the latest might be more of a nuisance rather than an inconvenience. Without going into much detail, Google says that Android users in Europe will be asked which browse and search app they'd like to use, even if the majority of them will probably answer "Google" anyway.

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Inbox by Gmail going away: Plus Google’s other app closing concurrently

Inbox by Gmail going away: Plus Google’s other app closing concurrently

Inbox is going away. The folks at Google responsible for Inbox by Gmail are likely just as bummed about their work's fate as those that made Google Plus. That's the social network Google made, and the Gmail suite of services - a new interface for the email service - that's proved itself less-than-necessary. Google started notifying users via Gmail and Inbox (inside of which there is Gmail) that Inbox is going away on April 2nd.

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Google Tasks becomes more useful with starting and recurring times

Google Tasks becomes more useful with starting and recurring times

Google Tasks isn't new. It has been around for as long as Google Calendar was. Until recently, however, it was mostly an obscure feature available only on the Web version of the app. Google has recently given it a makeover and its very own mobile app but it has mostly remained as a simple checklist. Now it's adding yet another critical and long-overdue feature, allows users to set a starting time for a task as well as repeated occurrences.

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Security report: These antivirus scanner apps work in 2019

Security report: These antivirus scanner apps work in 2019

A study done by independent security software test group AV-Comparatives showed how few mobile malware scanners actually worked. This group was founded around the turn of the millennium as a student project, and continues to this day in its quest to test the testers - judging and grading security applications of all sorts. The good news is that not many of the apps on the Google Play app store are malicious - the bad news is that the majority of "security apps" available to Android can't detect more than 30% of common Android malware samples.

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Spotify takes another shot at “monopolist” Apple

Spotify takes another shot at “monopolist” Apple

Last week, Spotify filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Apple. While the complaint is a multifaceted one, the long and short of it is that Spotify claims Apple has an unfair advantage when it comes to competing on the App Store. Since Apple gets the final say when it comes to what's published on the App Store, it can use that power to disadvantage competitors while giving its own apps (Apple Music in this instance) a leg up.

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Facebook leans into gaming with app’s new dedicated tab

Facebook leans into gaming with app’s new dedicated tab

For several years now, Facebook has attempted to strengthen its reputation as a gaming and streaming platform, desperately trying to catch up to leaders like Twitch and YouTube. The social network has made some bold moves in the past, including deals to broadcast some of the biggest games from Activision Blizzard, including Call of Duty and Overwatch, along with esports events. Its latest is updating the main app with a dedicated gaming tab.

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Gboard for iOS adds text translation support: Here’s how to use it

Gboard for iOS adds text translation support: Here’s how to use it

Google has released an update for its Gboard mobile keyboard for iOS, adding text translation support for all languages supported by Google Translate. The new feature enables iPhone and iPad owners to directly translate text-based messages without toggling to the separate Google Translate app, speeding up the entire process and decreasing disruption to ongoing conversations.

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Twitter subscriptions test hints at easier way to follow threads

Twitter subscriptions test hints at easier way to follow threads

Twitter has confirmed that it is working on a subscription feature that will enable users to subscribe to specific conversations, providing a cleaner, simpler alternative to liking or replying to a tweet. The feature was first revealed by software engineer Jane Manchun Wong, who has an excellent track record with uncovering unannounced features hidden in popular apps.

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Snapchat’s big gaming push might be right around the corner

Snapchat’s big gaming push might be right around the corner

For a while now, it's been rumored that Snapchat is looking to implement gaming in some form. While it might be a little strange to think of Snapchat branching out into gaming, it isn't that odd. After all, Snapchat's biggest competitor, Facebook, has been focusing on games with Messenger, so Snapchat may be looking to implement games of its own to even the field. Today, we're learning that the launch of Snapchat games might be right around the corner.

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Android Q will break clipboard manager apps

Android Q will break clipboard manager apps

Just as it should, Google is always changing Android in order to harden it not just against hackers but also against unscrupulous app developers. You know, the ones that might not give a second thought about stealing your private data from under your noses. Sometimes, however, those changes entail removing privileges and access to features that some developers and users may have become accustomed to. In the upcoming Android Q, such another change will be coming and, this time, the ax will fall on apps read and manage items you copy to Android's clipboard.

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SimBad adware infects 206 apps on Google Play Store

SimBad adware infects 206 apps on Google Play Store

The Android platform and even Google's Play Store app market have been criticized for being less secure, especialy in comparison to Apple's iOS ecosystem. Almost every week we hear of a new malware that creeps into Google Play Store, threatening to compromise smartphones and their owners. And while Google is swift to act on removing those errant apps, sometimes it's often too late save thousands if not millions of already compromised devices that have already downloaded the infected apps.

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