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Delete GO SMS Pro now – and avoid apps like these

Delete GO SMS Pro now – and avoid apps like these

This week it was revealed that the app GO SMS Pro uploaded shared files (photos, videos, audio) to public URL hosting on the internet. This is a privacy nightmare, and one that could have been avoided. The app GO SMS Pro is one of the most popular messaging apps for Android because it's simple and it appears to be free. But they've got to make their money somewhere, right?

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Android App Bundles could have a drawback for developers, power users

Android App Bundles could have a drawback for developers, power users

Android app packages or APKs are a mixed bag, literally and figuratively. They are often large because a single APK may contain all the data applicable for all variants of the app, even if some variants or architectures don't need the other parts. At the same time, that kind of packaging makes it trivial to redistribute APKs and sideload them outside of Google Play Store. Things will be changing next year once Google starts to enforce its new Android App Bundles (AAB) format and while it's generally a win for most end users, it could give developers and some users headaches as well.

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GO SMS Pro on Android has been leaking users’ shared files for months

GO SMS Pro on Android has been leaking users’ shared files for months

Google made a big splash about the completion of the global rollout of RCS and its next steps to ensure its security on Android via end-to-end encryption. Coincidentally, this latest bit of security news highlights why this development is critical in a post-SMS world. A once-popular alternative SMS app on Android has apparently been exposing any photo, video, or file that its users have been sharing and its developers have conveniently gone silent when notified of the security lapse.

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Google Assistant update makes it easier to keep track of your family

Google Assistant update makes it easier to keep track of your family

Google has announced a number of new Assistant features, including the ability for kids to check on their parents' current location. Google says the new features will help families stay organized, entertained, and in contact with each other -- features that will be particularly useful during this disrupted holiday season.

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Pokemon GO Kalos region launch list confirmed

Pokemon GO Kalos region launch list confirmed

Today Niantic revealed a whole bunch of information about the future of Pokemon GO all at once. We're going through the lists to make certain we've got all the important bits and pieces sorted out so you can make sense of the near-future update series in the game. The worldwide launch of Kalos region Pokemon starts on December 2, 2020. Here comes the Mega Evolution!

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New Google Pay app makes a finance hub with Google Plex bank accounts to come

New Google Pay app makes a finance hub with Google Plex bank accounts to come

Google Pay is getting a revamp, with new apps for Android and iOS, a focus on common transactions, and from next year Google Plex support, a new mobile-first bank account. Taking on Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and others, Google Plex won't just be a single account but a range of options from banks and credit unions, Google says, including checking and savings accounts.

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Instagram finally adds the ability to search using keywords

Instagram finally adds the ability to search using keywords

The days of only being able to search Instagram using hashtags and account names are finally ending, with the company announcing that it is adding support for keyword searches. The feature is first rolling out to English-speaking users in a handful of countries, but it's unclear at this time when keyword search will expand to other regions and languages.

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Google Maps rolls out new features for holiday travelers and isolaters alike

Google Maps rolls out new features for holiday travelers and isolaters alike

Despite the pandemic keeping many people at home during the holidays, there are still many who will be hitting the road and travelling to see family. Today, Google announced a number of new features for Google Maps, and some of those are geared toward those who will be traveling for the holidays, while others are aimed at those who are staying put.

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Apple Gatekeeper getting some big changes following privacy concerns

Apple Gatekeeper getting some big changes following privacy concerns

Last week, Apple had a bit of an issue on its hands among the flood of people attempting to update to macOS Big Sur. As Apple's servers were overwhelmed, a number of Mac users discovered that they couldn't launch apps. This turned out to be an issue with Apple Gatekeeper, which verifies that developer certificates are still valid before you run an app on your Mac, in an attempt to make sure that you're about to run a legitimate application.

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Gmail wants permission to make your email more useful

Gmail wants permission to make your email more useful

Prompted by the droves of people working from home, Google has spent much of 2020 rolling out some new features for Gmail. We've seen things like a new quick settings menu and even a unifying redesign for Gmail and Google's other apps, but today, users are getting a rather important new feature that allows them to quickly determine whether or not they want smart settings and personalization within Gmail turned on.

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Microsoft wastes no time making Universal Office app for Apple M1 Macs

Microsoft wastes no time making Universal Office app for Apple M1 Macs

Earlier this week, Apple unveiled a new Mac lineup consisting of a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini running on Apple's own M1 CPU. This is a major shift for Apple, which for years has used Intel CPUs in its Macs. With this pivot to its own in-house silicon, there will obviously be some changes to the way apps are developed for Macs.

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Facebook Messenger, Instagram Vanish Mode makes messages disappear

Facebook Messenger, Instagram Vanish Mode makes messages disappear

Once upon a time, Snapchat's unique feature was its ephemeral posts that helped protect user's privacy, especially for more compromising content. Since then, however, almost all social networks and instant messaging platforms have implemented a similar feature or at least tried to. It definitely took a while but Facebook is finally catching up and has announced a new Vanish Mode that's coming to its own Messenger app and Instagram in the coming days.

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