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Facebook blasts Apple for iOS Gaming app ‘inferior experience’

Facebook blasts Apple for iOS Gaming app ‘inferior experience’

Today, after a long wait, Facebook launched its Facebook Gaming app for iOS, but it's arriving in a state that many users probably weren't expecting. While the Android version of the app allows users to watch livestreams and play Instant Games, the iOS version of the app is missing some of that functionality. Specifically, the iOS version of Facebook Gaming is launching without Instant Games, meaning it's entirely dedicated to gaming livestreams on Facebook.

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Android’s new In-App Review system could become annoying quickly

Android’s new In-App Review system could become annoying quickly

It's easy to take for granted the power of word-of-mouth advertising but many people rely on customer or user reviews when deciding about a product or even an app purchase. Unfortunately, review systems have proven to be easily gamed or even inconvenient for people who do actually want to leave legit feedback. Google is rolling out a new In-App Review API for Android to fix the latter problem but it remains to be seen if it won't worsen the former in turn.

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Quibi short-form video service just launched an ad-supported free tier

Quibi short-form video service just launched an ad-supported free tier

Short-form video streaming service Quibi -- one that is designed to watch during short moments of free time using a smartphone -- has had a bit of rocky start. Though millions of people downloaded the app shortly after it launched in early April, the service hasn't caught on in any sort of significant way, raising questions over its viability in a crowded market -- something no doubt made harder by its niche design. What could help? An entirely free tier.

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides upgraded to face a new world

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides upgraded to face a new world

You can almost do anything on smartphones these days, especially if you connect a large display and peripherals. Even more so on tablets with their large screens and keyboard accessories. That said, there are still many things you can't do on a phone, or at least can't do comfortably on such a small screen. One of the biggest culprits there is productivity or office suites that are designed by nature to be used on larger devices. But with the world moving towards a more remote and more mobile reality, Google is updating its G Suite to make the experience less painful on phones.

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Virginia first in the US to use Apple-Google exposure notification tech

Virginia first in the US to use Apple-Google exposure notification tech

There are many facets to fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus but when it comes to stemming its infection, the most basic strategy is also the most difficult. Contact tracing relies mostly on people remembering who they've been in contact with or where they've been, an arduous and inaccurate task at best. That is why many are turning to technology to help automate some parts of that process and the State of Virginia is the first in the US to release an app that utilizes the exposure notification technology co-developed by Apple and Google just a few months back.

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Galaxy Tab S7 gets exclusive Clip Studio Paint for Android

Galaxy Tab S7 gets exclusive Clip Studio Paint for Android

Android has long had devices with active styluses, mostly from Samsung but also from Huawei and, just recently, even LG. Unfortunately, a vicious cycle has pretty much left it lacking in terms of creativity apps, especially when compared with the latecomer iPad Pros. It seems that Samsung at least is giving it a stronger push with the latest Galaxy Tab S7 and the gigantic Galaxy Tab S7+, providing the slates with one of the most sought-after drawing apps in the market that isn't Adobe Photoshop.

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Twitter security bug on Android left some private messages exposed

Twitter security bug on Android left some private messages exposed

Twitter has disclosed the discovery of a security bug that impacted only a small percentage of users, according to a brief note detailing the matter. According to the company, it has already fixed the bug, as expected, one that potentially left some private messages exposed to malicious actors who may have been aware of how to exploit the security issue. Twitter says this bug was related to a larger Android security issue that impacted older versions of the mobile OS.

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TikTok bans deepfakes over concerns about election interference

TikTok bans deepfakes over concerns about election interference

Controversial video-based social media platform TikTok has banned deepfakes from its platform, citing concerns about the use of the technology to interfere with elections and otherwise spread misinformation. The move comes amid concerns about TikTok and its alleged potential impact on national security, as well as the general vulnerability of social media platforms to manipulation and election interference.

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Files by Google app gets a Safe Folder feature for real

Files by Google app gets a Safe Folder feature for real

Google wasn't initially fond of the idea of having a file manager on Android, seemingly inspired by the locked-down strategy used by Apple on iOS. To its credit, it didn't prevent others from developing third-party file manager apps even if it tried harder to keep aberrant apps from accessing files. Suddenly, Google released Files, initially for Android Go devices, which saw an explosion of users, perhaps to Google's surprise. Now Google is pushing the Files app forward by providing a long-awaited feature, the ability to put some files and folders under lock and key.

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WhatsApp hopes new Search the Web tool will debunk fake forwards

WhatsApp hopes new Search the Web tool will debunk fake forwards

WhatsApp is adding an easier way to fact-check forwarded messages, a shortcut to potentially better debunking viral information and fake news. The new tool adds to the messaging service's limits around forwarding that were added back in April, and which were billed at the time as a way to stem the spread of conspiracy theories and false claims which had proved to be rampant.

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Google Pixel Live Caption feature gets support for video and voice calls

Google Pixel Live Caption feature gets support for video and voice calls

Google's Live Caption feature is getting a big expansion, building upon its existing video and audio captioning to include another useful feature -- video and voice call captions. With this new capability, users will be able to read captions generated for their ongoing conversations, helping the user follow the conversation without having to turn up the audio in a situation where it may not be appropriate. Only certain devices have access to this feature, however.

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CVS Pharmacy taps PayPal and Venmo to offer touch-free payments

CVS Pharmacy taps PayPal and Venmo to offer touch-free payments

CVS Pharmacy has tapped PayPal and Venmo to offer touch-free payments in its stores, the companies have announced. There's an obvious reason for using contactless payments -- you don't need to expose yourself to someone else's germs in order to pay for your goods, something particularly important during the coronavirus pandemic. The new checkout 'experience' is coming to more than 8,000 stores across the US.

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