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Google Family Link adds much-needed teen Android management

Google Family Link adds much-needed teen Android management

Last year, Google launched a new app called Family Link for Parents. This app introduced a number of parental controls for parents of children using Android devices, allowing them to see things like their child's device activity, manage in-app purchases, and set limits on screen time. Today, Family Link is getting a rather interesting expansion, as Google says that parents will soon be able to use it to monitor their teens' devices as well.

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Google Podcasts adds Cast support, but many key features still missing

Google Podcasts adds Cast support, but many key features still missing

Earlier this year, Google introduced Google Podcasts, a new app designed to compete with the vast number of existing podcast apps. The app is free but was heavily criticized for its lackluster features...it fell far below the standards offered by popular alternatives Stitcher and Pocket Casts, for example. Now the company is doing something about it.

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Instagram adds personalized Shopping channel to Explore tab

Instagram adds personalized Shopping channel to Explore tab

Following a leak alleging as much, Instagram has officially launched a new e-commerce feature in its main app. A new experience and an update to an existing one has arrived, the first involving a new Shopping channel located in the Explore tab; the other is an expansion of Shopping in Stories. The new shopping experience will be available globally.

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Sinemia brings its unlimited movie plan to the US as MoviePass flounders

Sinemia brings its unlimited movie plan to the US as MoviePass flounders

Back in August, MoviePass effectively killed off the $10 monthly unlimited plan that made it famous among cinema enthusiasts. Though the $10 plan still exists, customers are now limited to just three movies per month. Seeing an opportunity to step in and scoop up some moviegoers who became comfortable with seeing movies as often they wanted, Sinemia has decided to bring its unlimited plan over to the United States.

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Facebook competitor Path is shutting down: Download your data now

Facebook competitor Path is shutting down: Download your data now

This morning we've got some bad news for those of you who claim Path as your social network of choice, as its creators have announced that it will soon be shutting down. Path has been with us for nearly eight years now, originally launching back in November 2010. It isn't quite going make it to its eighth birthday, however, as the shut down is scheduled to happen next month.

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Gboard glide typing issue gets very simple bug fix

Gboard glide typing issue gets very simple bug fix

Yesterday, complaints from Android users surfaced citing trouble glide typing with Google's Gboard mobile keyboard. Glide typing, of course, is the action of swiping one's finger across the letters on the keyboard rather than tapping them. Google had acknowledged the reports, offering users a troubleshooting option while it worked on a fix. Now, only hours later, that fix is live.

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Hulu update adds channel filters to personalize Live Guide

Hulu update adds channel filters to personalize Live Guide

Hulu has released a big update for its Android app, adding new features for Live TV customers specifically, as well as default autoplay on collection clips and the ability to seek during playback. Similar features haven't arrived in the iOS app, though it's possible we'll see an update with them drop in the near future.

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Project Verify unveiled by major US carriers to eliminate app passwords

Project Verify unveiled by major US carriers to eliminate app passwords

The United States' four biggest wireless carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile -- have teamed to launch Project Verify, a single sign-on service that reduces how many passwords someone needs. Project Verify is designed for smartphone users, existing to authenticate any apps that require logins so the user doesn't have to enter a unique password.

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Inbox isn’t Google’s only email app casualty this year

Inbox isn’t Google’s only email app casualty this year

Yesterday, Google announced its decision to discontinue Inbox by Gmail, citing the fact that many of its features are now available in Gmail proper. With that in mind, it isn't surprising to see the purge continue, and now Google has announced that it will discontinue the Gmail Offline Chrome app as well. The shut down officially happens later this year.

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Instagram pop-up offers support for opioid addiction

Instagram pop-up offers support for opioid addiction

Instagram has started displaying a pop-up notification that appears when users search for certain drug-related hashtags. The message is a proactive way of encouraging users who potentially have a problem to get help. Included with the pop-up message is a direct link to support services, though users also have the option of viewing posts related to the hashtag.

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Inbox by Gmail will be shut down in March 2019

Inbox by Gmail will be shut down in March 2019

Google has officially announced an end for Inbox by Gmail, something users expected following the introduction of the new Gmail experience. Inbox by Gmail isn't going away immediately -- users will have until March 2019 to decide on an alternative. Fortunately, many of the features users enjoy are available in the new Gmail.

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eBay tapped Apple’s iPhone AR tech for hands-free shopping

eBay tapped Apple’s iPhone AR tech for hands-free shopping

Today, eBay made an announcement most probably wouldn't expect: it's been working behind the scenes on AI-powered assistive technology. In a broad sense, the open-source HeadGaze project, as it's called, uses the front-facing camera on the iPhone X and 3D information from Apple ARKit to allow users to navigate apps by moving their head. eBay has also created an app called HeadSwipe using HeadGaze technology.

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