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LEGO Star Wars Battles incoming: 9 films, dark and light decks

LEGO Star Wars Battles incoming: 9 films, dark and light decks

There's a new game coming to the Star Wars universe with content from all 9 of the main-series films as well as Clone Wars and Rogue One. This means we've got everything from Porgs to Boba Fett, AT-ATs to the Millennium Falcon. The game goes by the name LEGO Star Wars Battles, and it'll be a free download starting in 2020.

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ZAO deepfake face swapping app raises privacy concerns in China

ZAO deepfake face swapping app raises privacy concerns in China

AI and machine learning have crept into almost every part of modern technology and products but one of its most whimsical applications is face-swapping. Dubbed "deepfakes", these programs can almost convincingly stitch your face on someone else's. One such app named ZAO became an overnight sensation in China because of how impressively convincing its end results were. That, however, quickly gave way to fear and concern once it became evident how the technology could be misused for criminal acts.

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Spotify brings automatic track previews to Facebook Stories

Spotify brings automatic track previews to Facebook Stories

Spotify has made it easier to share tracks on Facebook, the company announced this week. With the update, tracks from Spotify shared on Facebook Stories will offer 15-second previews of the audio before the user taps to listen to it. The feature is particularly useful for creators who share their music to an audience on Facebook, but viewers will need to tap through to Spotify to hear the entire track.

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Nike Adapt Huarache has Siri controls with Apple Watch

Nike Adapt Huarache has Siri controls with Apple Watch

Today Nike introduced the Nike Adapt Huarache, an update and re-thinking of the original 1991 Nike Huarache. This pair of shoes originally sported a neoprene bootie and an "exoskeletal" upper for an entirely unique sort of shoe experience. Now Nike's decided to use the fond memories sneakerheads have of that semi-retro piece of work to create a technologically-enhanced new set of shoes - the Nike Adapt Huarache.

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Spotify loves podcasts so much it could start helping users make them

Spotify loves podcasts so much it could start helping users make them

If you haven't noticed by now, Spotify is really excited about podcasts. For quite some time now, Spotify has been offering podcasts alongside its vast music library, letting Premium users subscribe to their favorites and download episodes for offline listening. Spotify also allows pretty much anyone to list their podcasts, but it may soon take that one step further by offering easy access to tools to actually create a podcast.

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Popular CamScanner PDF OCR Android app discovered with malware inside

Popular CamScanner PDF OCR Android app discovered with malware inside

It isn't news that an Android app gets past Google's security system and stays on the Play Store to spread malware to unsuspecting users. Most of the time, however, those apps are blatant copies or ripoffs of popular apps and games. Rare but not unheard of is the case of a legit app carrying malicious code to catch users unawares. Unfortunately, that is exactly the case with the popular CamScanner app that, even more unfortunately, has been download more than 100 million times.

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Microsoft Outlook finally gets Dark Mode on Android and iOS

Microsoft Outlook finally gets Dark Mode on Android and iOS

Microsft is finally bringing a proper Dark Mode to its Android and iOS apps for Outlook, the company's email service, as well as the Outlook.com website. The company announced the rollout on Wednesday, explaining that it will also bring its Dark Mode to 'the broader [Microsoft] 365 product suite.' This Dark Mode is the result of what Microsoft calls a cross-company design collaboration.

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Google Maps adds ridesharing and bikes to transit directions

Google Maps adds ridesharing and bikes to transit directions

Google Maps and, later, Waze have changed the way we navigate through roads and streets but another revolution also changed the way we travel. While it's not unusual for many to take multiple modes of transportation on a single trip, nowadays some people prefer to cover that last mile with less conventional means, like two-wheeled bicycles and the even more recent ridesharing system. Fortunately, Google Maps is now adapting to the latest trends and will inform users of such options when trying to find their way to their destination.

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Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

Threads app tipped as Zuckerberg’s ideals made real

A potential new Snapchat alternative app "Threads" was tipped in-the-making at Facebook and Instagram. The app seems to be part of Mark Zuckerberg's vision for a private messaging tie between each of the company's main social ecosystems. That'd likely include account connections between Facebook and Instagram, but mention of WhatsApp integration was notably absent from report details.

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Microsoft Your Phone outage reveals Galaxy Note 10 Link to PC flaw

Microsoft Your Phone outage reveals Galaxy Note 10 Link to PC flaw

One of the Galaxy Note 10's new feature is the ability to run its DeX mode inside any Windows or Mac computer. That "Link to PC" feature finally rolled out last week but users only had a few days to enjoy it. Almost all day Monday, users of Microsoft's Your Phone system have been complaining about problem connecting their phones and the PCs and, since it was also the underlying technology behind Link to PC, Galaxy Note 10 users were also affected.

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NeuralCam iPhone app uses AI to capture bright images at night

NeuralCam iPhone app uses AI to capture bright images at night

A new iPhone app called NeuralCam has launched on the App Store, offering iOS users a way to capture images with their phone at night and in dim indoor environments without sacrificing (too much) quality. The app taps a variety of algorithms to transform multiple images into a final photo with suitably bright colors, eliminating the need to carry around a light or use the phone's built-in flash.

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IMDb TV free streaming service arrives on mobile devices

IMDb TV free streaming service arrives on mobile devices

Following a leak that first revealed its existence in late 2018, IMDb launched a new free video streaming service called IMDb TV. The launch first involved Fire TV and Prime Video (which made sense because Amazon owns IMDb), but that was inconvenient for a large number of people who use other platforms. Things have finally changed with the arrival of the service on Android and iOS.

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