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WHO taps WhatsApp to share accurate COVID-19 info via new chatbot

WHO taps WhatsApp to share accurate COVID-19 info via new chatbot

WhatsApp has become a hive of misinformation related to the novel coronavirus, the COVID-19 disease it causes, and the state of outbreaks around the world. The World Health Organization is combating this fake news by launching its own chatbot called WHO Health Alert to spread accurate, timely information. The chatbot will provide direct information on the latest case numbers, myths related to the disease, and more.

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Huawei AppSearch helps users look for apps without Google Play Store

Huawei AppSearch helps users look for apps without Google Play Store

It's hard being a Huawei or even Honor fan outside of China these days. While the companies' phones are great, their latest models are devoid of any trace of Google. This has forced owners to search for apps from other and multiple sources, some of them less trustworthy than others. In order to get such users accustomed to relying on Huawei for their Android app fix, the company is making available a separate AppSearch app that is pretty much Google Search for Android apps outside of the Google Play Store.

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Camera Go brings a simpler app for Android Go Edition phones

Camera Go brings a simpler app for Android Go Edition phones

With all the focus on powerful high-end smartphones these days, it's almost too easy to forget that many in the world can't even afford, say, a OnePlus or an OPPO let alone a Samsung or an iPhone. Even some of the mid-range phones might not be accessible to certain people, which is why Google is still pushing its Android Go Edition phones to these markets. Part of that push is the creation of light and simple versions of popular apps and, this time, it's the Camera app that's getting a diet.

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Google Advanced Protection Program tweaks “outside” app installs

Google Advanced Protection Program tweaks “outside” app installs

Today the folks at Google responsible for the Google Advanced Protection Program let it be known that their security system would change. Ever-so-slightly, but in some extremely important ways, the Google Advanced Protection Program will modify the ways it handles Google Play Protect and the limiting of app installs from outside the Google Play Store. These changes will not affect Android, iOS, or desktop users not enrolled in the Google Advanced Protection Program.

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Google Play Games to get a curious “Play Together” social feature

Google Play Games to get a curious “Play Together” social feature

Thanks to the prevalence of all sorts of gaming today, the stereotype of gamers being anti-social loners is fading away. Gaming, especially thanks to the Internet, is now being seen as a social activity that connects people from diverse walks of life all around the world. Even mobile games, those ones you play glued to your screen, are social as well, or at least highly competitive. It seems that Google is finally taking note and will add some social features to its Android gaming platform, including a rather odd one.

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GitHub Android and iOS apps arrive just in time

GitHub Android and iOS apps arrive just in time

The COVID-19 pandemic has done more than just lock people in their houses. It has also forced many businesses to rethink their workflows and discovering some of it can actually be done online at home. Working remotely, however, has always been one of the staples of those working in the IT industry. Many software developers, in particular, have been able to take their work on their laptops and now GitHub is giving them the ability to do some of that work on their phones, too.

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Google Translate on Android can now transcribe speech in real time

Google Translate on Android can now transcribe speech in real time

Google is making it easier to understand people who speak foreign languages. In an announcement on Tuesday, the company said that Google Translate for Android can now transcribe spoken language in real-time, enabling the user to read what is being said on the screen as it scrolls by. The new feature is rolling out now with support for several major languages.

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Don’t download coronavirus (COVID-19) apps: Here’s why

Don’t download coronavirus (COVID-19) apps: Here’s why

If you're having COVID-19 problems, I've got news for you, son, there are plenty of proven sources and an app ain't one. A perfect example of a situation appeared today showing why apps should not be downloaded in a panic. The app was called COVID19Tracker, or Covid Lock, and it locked smartphone users' phones, demanding a ransom. This app went so far as to display a countdown and assurances that the user was being tracked via GPS - just to make extra sure the user, already in a panic over our current global pandemic, was sent into a frenzy.

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Apple cracks down on COVID-19 apps, bans games based on virus

Apple cracks down on COVID-19 apps, bans games based on virus

Apple is turning a critical eye toward apps that present information about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The company detailed how it is evaluating these apps; it also says that it has banned games and entertainment apps with themes related to the virus. In a statement on Saturday, Apple said, 'The App Store should always be a safe and trusted place for users to download apps.'

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YouTube finally rolls out mobile app Explore tab for everyone

YouTube finally rolls out mobile app Explore tab for everyone

After years of testing, YouTube is officially rolling out its Explore tab to everyone. The new experience is found in the service's mobile app, where users get access to Trending Videos, as well as other content categories that are neatly sorted in individual buttons. The Explore tab is something like a central hub for all varieties of popular content, including gaming, news, and more.

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Google Play Store dark mode is finally here and optional

Google Play Store dark mode is finally here and optional

What once may have been a fad is now one of the most expected features on any mobile platform and even desktops. It may still be debatable how much darkness is needed or how truly effective it might be, but Dark Mode support for apps is often requested or even expected to be there from day one. Despite Android 10 actually getting the feature, Google has been a bit slow in pushing it out to its own apps on other versions of Android. The latest to get that is Google Play Store and, fortunately, it isn't being forced on anyone.

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iOS 14 may include a guided workout app

iOS 14 may include a guided workout app

The launch of the Apple Watch represented something of a health-focused shift for Apple. The watch allows people to track their activity, track their heart rate, and log work outs, but in iOS 14, we might see Apple take things one step further. Apparently, Apple is planning to launch a guided workout app with iOS 14 as a separate offering from its existing Activity app.

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