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Quibi quick-bite video streaming app arrives with pre-registration

Quibi quick-bite video streaming app arrives with pre-registration

Quibi, the upcoming video service that promises short-form videos ideal for watching on a smartphone, has launched its mobile app on the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store. The service itself still hasn't launched, but interested future subscribers can now pre-register for the service to make sure they get notified when it is live. Among other things, Quibi plans to revive Reno 911! and reboot Legends of the Hidden Temple.

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HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

The year 2020 will prove to the world just how ready Huawei is to live in a world without Google on Android. Huawei was blocked last year from working with Google directly, leading them to seek an alternative to GMS: Google Mobile Services, aka official license from Google to include Google apps and the Google Play digital content store on Android devices. Here in 2020, Huawei's about to release their first phone with both the Huawei app store and HMS: Huawei Mobile Services, and it won't be the last.

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Pokemon HOME hits a big milestone right out of the gate

Pokemon HOME hits a big milestone right out of the gate

Earlier this month, Nintendo launched a new app for Switch and mobile devices called Pokemon HOME. Meant to be a companion to modern games in the Pokemon series - namely Pokemon Sword, Shield, Let's Go Pikachu, Let's Go Eevee, and Pokemon GO - Pokemon HOME offers a lot of functionality, whether that's transferring Pokemon between games or storing large collections long-term.

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Google kicks out 600 apps from Play Store over bad ads

Google kicks out 600 apps from Play Store over bad ads

Google recently boasted that Google Play Store has netted $80 billion in revenue for developers. Those figures are, of course, only from the legitimate ways app developers earn money, either from outright app purchases, in-app buys, subscriptions, or even ads. The last source of income, however, is rather problematic even for Google who manages the sanctioned apps these apps can use. This is mostly due to less than savory advertising methods which the company has now given the boot from Google Play Store.

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Disney+ heads to Vizio SmartCast today

Disney+ heads to Vizio SmartCast today

For Vizio TV owners, it just got a lot easier to watch Disney+. Today, Vizio announced that it has added Disney+ to its SmartCast platform, which means that those who have a SmartCast TV can watch Disney+ directly through the app. Previously, users were able to stream Disney+ to Vizio TVs through either Apple AirPlay 2 or Chromecast, which come built-in on some sets.

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Microsoft Defender ATP anti-virus on iOS and Android soon, Linux preview now

Microsoft Defender ATP anti-virus on iOS and Android soon, Linux preview now

Today Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux was made available for public preview, and a version for iOS (for iPhone and iPad) and Android were announced. The Android and iOS versions of Microsoft Defender ATP will be released later this year. Today's preview of the Linux version was first shown at Ignite 2019 running on Ubuntu.

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Uber’s latest feature lets riders discreetly complain about drivers

Uber’s latest feature lets riders discreetly complain about drivers

Uber has introduced another safety feature, this one designed to let riders betray their drivers by discreetly reporting small disturbances that don't warrant a larger report. If your driver sends a message while driving, doesn't seem like they're paying enough attention to the road, brakes too hard, or other potential safety issues, you can now report them using this tool.

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Microsoft Office app reunified in major update: And why it’s my new default

Microsoft Office app reunified in major update: And why it’s my new default

Five years ago, Microsoft suggested we "try the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps", as the lot replaced the "Office Mobile" app. This week, Microsoft decided they were better off pushing those apps back into a single app, now re-named "Office." If you never deleted the Office Mobile app from your phone back then, all you need to do now is hit the update button. Easy as pie!

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Google app’s dark mode now available to all beta users on Android

Google app’s dark mode now available to all beta users on Android

The Google app's dark mode feature is now available to all Android users who are part of the beta testing program, the company has announced. The dark mode was previously only available to owners of Pixel devices that are running Android 10. The feature has been heavily requested by Google users, according to the company, which says the general availability of dark mode for all beta testers went live last week.

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Firefox beta VPN subscription service gets an Android app

Firefox beta VPN subscription service gets an Android app

Firefox Private Network, the company's subscription VPN service that is still stuck in private beta, has been updated with support for its own Android app. This expands the software support from Windows 10 and ChromeOS, though apps still aren't available for macOS, iOS, or Linux. The service isn't free, but it is quite inexpensive...assuming you can get an invite to sign up for the service, that is.

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New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

A new version of the Pandora app for Apple Watch was launched that requires no assistance from an iPhone or iPad or smartphone of any sort. This app is what's called a "standalone" app for Apple Watch, meaning Pandora's claim for "on the go" functionality is about as true as it's ever going to get. This app allows music and podcasts to be played on Apple Watch devices right out the gate.

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Microsoft Office all-in-one Android app snubs tablets

Microsoft Office all-in-one Android app snubs tablets

Microsoft is doing more than putting a new coat of Fluid paint on its apps and services across different platforms. It has, for better or worse, started to merge three of its core Office apps into one app to rule them all. After going in and out of private testing, that unified Microsoft Office app is now available for all on Android. For some reason, however, Microsoft has chosen to ignore the one or two places where this app could have the most beneficial impact.

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