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Google Maps can now search by plug when looking for EV charging stations

Google Maps can now search by plug when looking for EV charging stations

Can you imagine a world where each appliance company used its own proprietary plug? While plugs do differ between countries and regions, they are mostly standardized across all products. Sadly, that's not the case with electric cars which are still in their infancy stage. Fortunately, Google Maps continually makes it easier for EV owners to find charging stations, particular the ones that have sockets compatible with their brand.

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Apple, Google could be forced to ask apps to disclose foreign ties

Apple, Google could be forced to ask apps to disclose foreign ties

Mobile apps have helped changed our modern lives, often for the better but sometimes also for the worse. That's especially true for those apps that, in exchange for entertainment or free services, gather unknowing users' data for less conscientious purposes. The US government has taken a particular interest in that phenomenon, especially when it's the data of US citizens that is in question. Lawmakers are now asking if Apple and Google, the two largest mobile platform makers, require app developers to disclose their ties to foreign countries, in particular to China.

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Samsung Internet Android browser to support more extensions soon

Samsung Internet Android browser to support more extensions soon

In typical Samsung fashion, the smartphone maker develops its own suite of mobile apps as stand-ins for Google apps. This includes Samsung Internet, a browser that's based on Chrome but also competes with it. Samsung Internet would have normally flown under the radar, just like any other Samsung Android app, if not for how Samsung's developers seem to be very active in developing new features like an upcoming Web Extensions support that could make it one of the more interesting browsers on Android.

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Google Podcasts gets new personalized recommendations tab

Google Podcasts gets new personalized recommendations tab

Google Podcasts, the company's lackluster audio app, has added another feature that brings it closer to competing with the market's existing dominant products. Users have recently noticed the arrival of a new 'Recommended' tab that shows users personalized content recommendations based on their past listening habits. Users can directly access and play specific episode recommendations from this new tab.

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Google Assistant Interpreter Mode released for your phone today

Google Assistant Interpreter Mode released for your phone today

Live voice translation was activated for your phone today via Google's own Google Assistant in Interpreter Mode. This system was first revealed in its current form back in January of 2019, where it appeared prepared for Google Home speakers and Smart Displays. This is what Google calls their "real-time translation feature" for Google Assistant, new in this iteration, but a long-time-percolating in the Google apps ecosystem.

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Android Messages gets Verified SMS and spam protection to combat scams

Android Messages gets Verified SMS and spam protection to combat scams

Google is bolstering Android Messages with two important features today. The first is Verified SMS, which will help you make sure that text messages you're receiving from certain companies are legitimate. The second feature is spam protection, which will warn users of suspected spam and potentially keep them safe from phishing attempts.

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Facebook Messenger gets Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker features

Facebook Messenger gets Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker features

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres in theaters next week, and with a property as big as Star Wars, there are bound to be plenty of tie-ins. Today, Facebook announced one such tie-in for Messenger, which will be outfitted with a number of limited-time features for The Rise of Skywalker. New features include Star Wars-themed stickers, reactions, and even AR effects.

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Tasker 5.9 opens the door wider for the ultimate Android control

Tasker 5.9 opens the door wider for the ultimate Android control

iOS' Shortcuts, born from the former third-party Workflow app, has seen a lot of positive coverage because of how it empowers iPhone and iPad users to somewhat go beyond the limitations of the platform. Just because Android is more open, however, doesn't mean it's trivial to do things that you want that the OS doesn't provide. That's where Tasker, THE Android automation framework, comes in and its most recent stable release, version 5.9, almost gives you superpowers to control your phone at a tap of an icon.

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Edison Mail Assistant will make sure you won’t miss meetings and flights

Edison Mail Assistant will make sure you won’t miss meetings and flights

There has been no shortage of attempts to kill or at least overhaul email but, just like SMS, it will take a concerted effort from almost everyone who uses email to switch to something else. In the meantime, email continues to flood people's inboxes with a varied mix of content, sometimes causing important schedules and information to be buried and forgotten. Taking a cue from the trend in the tech industry, Edison Mail has updated its Assistant to do more than just manage receipts but be an even more useful secretary to remind you of things before, not after, they're due.

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Windows 10 Your Phone turns tablet PC’s into drawing tablets for phones

Windows 10 Your Phone turns tablet PC’s into drawing tablets for phones

After failing in its efforts to create its own mobile platform, Microsoft is applying a different strategy to remain relevant in the smartphone space. In particular, it is developing a link between Windows 10 computers and mobile devices, especially Android, that almost seamlessly integrated the two in one Windows space. An upcoming update is both impressive but also puzzling, allowing owners of Windows 10 computers with active pens to use that stylus to indirectly draw on an Android phone.

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Pokemon GO December holiday events report: As predicted!

Pokemon GO December holiday events report: As predicted!

Today we're taking a peek at some details released by Niantic about the Holiday Events in Pokemon GO for 2019. This is the first time Niantic's made this series of events official, so they've not revealed ALL the info about each bonus or Pokemon that'll be involved - but we can start our score chart right this minute! Let's start with our predicted date range!

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Adobe Lightroom for iOS gets direct import and advanced export features

Adobe Lightroom for iOS gets direct import and advanced export features

As the company recently promised, Adobe Lightroom for iOS has been updated with support for directly importing images. With this new capability, users can add images from an SD card or other storage devices to their iPhone or iPad. The direct import capability joins other additions in this update, including advanced export options for users who need extensive control over the images they save.

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