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Uber now warns riders when their actions annoy drivers

Uber now warns riders when their actions annoy drivers

In the same way a rider can rate their driver in Uber, an Uber driver can rate the rider, and sometimes those ratings are less than stellar. Historically the driver's ratings were kept secret, helping other drivers make a decision about who they will transport while keeping things hidden away from the rider. Uber's newest feature, though, changes that a bit.

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Google teams with Emogi (with a G)

Google teams with Emogi (with a G)

The folks at Emogi have struck the right chord with Google this week as the two companies collaborate for a simple release. While releasing a simple sticker pack would otherwise be a relative non-event, Google's involvement means Emogi's "Emogi for Gboard" (the standard for Android keyboards), is about to take off like a rocket. Google Associate Product Manager Alan Ni said, "We look forward to providing users with more compelling, shareable visual content that ultimately improves their experience on Gboard."

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Pokemon GO is down and this time it’s serious

Pokemon GO is down and this time it’s serious

Amid login issues aplenty, this morning Pokemon GO was declared officially down and out for several hours. This is the first time in about a year that the service was down for more than an hour or two - and this time it appears to be relatively serious. This time the Pokemon-based adventure app is having trouble with login and, for those that log in, the entire Pokemon GO universe seems to be barren.

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Instagram closes in on one billion monthly users

Instagram closes in on one billion monthly users

Instagram's user base keeps on growing, and that growth seems to be accelerating. Today Instagram revealed that it now has 800 million monthly active users, a figure that has added an impressive 100 million since April of this year. That's impressive growth on its own, but the climb Instagram has experienced in daily active users is even more noteworthy.

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Comcast app gets rid of Xfinity cable box for LG smart TV owners

Comcast app gets rid of Xfinity cable box for LG smart TV owners

Comcast and LG have teamed up to make life easier for Xfinity TV subscribers who have one of the newest LG smart TVs. In the near future, those customers will be able to access their Xfinity TV cable service through the smart TVs directly using Comcast's Xfinity Partner app. The app will be supported by LG's 2017 and 2018 smart TVs running webOS.

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Android Messages update just ruined notifications for a lot of people

Android Messages update just ruined notifications for a lot of people

It isn't often we hear of an update to a core Google apps going terribly awry, but that's just what's happening to Messages as we begin the week. At the end of last week, Google pushed a new update to Messages, bringing it to version 2.5.207. While the update only contained bug fixes and stability improvements, it also tossed a massive bug into the mix.

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Twitter Lite begins testing on Android for slow data speed markets

Twitter Lite begins testing on Android for slow data speed markets

Facebook may have paved the way with the "lite" versions of its various apps, but now other social networks, including Twitter, are getting in on the trend of offering scaled-back apps for users in countries with slow data or unreliable connections. Twitter has revealed that it's begun testing a native Twitter Lite for Android, with an initial rollout in the Philippines.

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Super Mario Run update introduces new world, mode, and playable character

Super Mario Run update introduces new world, mode, and playable character

Super Mario Run made its debut late last year as one of Nintendo's first big smartphone games, along with marking the iconic character's first time appearing on a non-Nintendo platform. Those who are still enjoying the run-and-jump mobile game will be pleased to hear that its largest update yet is arriving next week, adding a new playable character and level. And for those who've been waiting to go beyond Super Mario Run's free trial, the full game will be on sale at a substantial discount.

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Pact fitness app settles with FTC over unfair billing accusations

Pact fitness app settles with FTC over unfair billing accusations

Fitness app Pact wants to help users reach fitness goals by using a cash incentive...or at least it says it wants to. The app works by charging users if they don't meet their weekly fitness goals and rewarding them with money if they do meet their goals. Allegations made by the FTC allege that things have worked differently in reality, and Pact will pay $940,000 as a result.

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YouTube Plus subscription reference found in app code

YouTube Plus subscription reference found in app code

A tidbit found within the YouTube v12.37 apk indicates that Google's video service may be preparing to launch yet another subscription option, this one called 'Plus.' The subscription seemingly would be a companion to the existing YouTube Red subscription option, but details about it are slight. There doesn't appear to be any sort of information or documentation about the subscription tier online.

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Instagram is testing a ‘follows you’ feature on Android

Instagram is testing a ‘follows you’ feature on Android

It appears Instagram will finally add a 'follows you' feature that makes it possible to see whether another user is following you on the social network. This feature has popped up in testing for users in the Android app, though it doesn't seem to be widespread at this time. The new 'follows you' tag appears on the the Instagram user's bio page, though if you're not seeing one now, the feature simply may not be available to you yet.

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Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Instagram Live Video face filters will give Snapchat deja-vu

Earlier this year, Instagram added face filters to its service, allowing users to add special effects to their selfies. Those face filters served to further blur the line between Instagram and Snapchat, and today Instagram is taking it one step forward by adding those same face filters to Live Videos. With this new feature, you'll be able to swap between your face filters as your friends watch you in real time.

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