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Samsung Galaxy phones might get a Telephoto Pro mode soon

Samsung Galaxy phones might get a Telephoto Pro mode soon

Many smartphone makers are working hard on features that will help users worry less about the best camera settings and just point and shoot at a person or scene. At the same time, however, they have to balance these automatic features with controls that will satisfy more advanced mobile photographers. This "Pro Mode" has actually been a staple of many premium smartphones these days, but Samsung might be finally taking it a step further by enabling that mode for its telephoto cameras as well.

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Twitter lets users downvote tweets, but not to encourage negativity

Twitter lets users downvote tweets, but not to encourage negativity

Twitter is now testing upvote and downvote buttons on tweets, though they're only visible to users who access the platform through the company's iOS app at this time. The idea of upvote and downvote buttons are nothing new -- they're a core aspect of Reddit, for example, and many people have asked for them on platforms like Facebook. They're also a potential problem for social media sites.

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Clubhouse open to public on iOS and Android

Clubhouse open to public on iOS and Android

Starting today, after just under a year in development and invite-only testing, Clubhouse is open to the public. The waitlist system is now done away with, and anyone with a device compatible with the Clubhouse app can tap in to the system. The app Clubhouse is a portal to the Clubhouse chat system, a place where individuals can join rooms to talk, in real time, with their voice.

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Evernote plan shake-up adds Tasks and better search – but not for all

Evernote plan shake-up adds Tasks and better search – but not for all

Evernote has launched a new range of plans, with four tiers now including Evernote Free, though some users may find themselves frustrated by what has been left out of their paid subscription. The note-keeping and organization tool is adding Tasks, Calendar integration, better search, and a long-requested Linux beta, in addition to bringing back some previously removed functions.

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If COVID crowding on public transit scares you, Google Maps could have the fix

If COVID crowding on public transit scares you, Google Maps could have the fix

While it might feel like we're coming out of the pandemic here in the US, where vaccines are easily obtainable, COVID-19 is still out there. With a significant unvaccinated population potentially giving rise to more resilient variants, it's hard to blame those who want to take more precautions when venturing out into the world. Google Maps is going to help out on that front, as it's rolling out some new features to help users around the world "navigate new normals."

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Chrome 92 improves phishing protection, adds more Chrome Actions

Chrome 92 improves phishing protection, adds more Chrome Actions

Everyone talks about steps to take in protecting your security and privacy on the Web, but, to be honest, not all security measures are easy to understand or use. Some come with a plethora of options that overwhelm people, while others impact performance and the overall experience in exchange for better security. Chrome 92 was just released on all platforms to address those issues by making it easier to access relevant security and privacy settings and by mitigating the performance impact of certain security features.

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Venmo app ditches global payments feed as part of big privacy redesign

Venmo app ditches global payments feed as part of big privacy redesign

PayPal-owned Venmo, the app used to quickly and easily send funds to friends and family, has rolled out a major redesign that, in part, improves the platform's privacy. The change follows criticism about certain aspects of the platform that reached a peak back in May when a report detailed the discovery of President Biden's Venmo account.

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RetroArch emulator platform is now available on Amazon Fire TVs

RetroArch emulator platform is now available on Amazon Fire TVs

Gaming on the big screen in the living room isn't really new, but that has traditionally been the domain of gaming consoles. In recent times, however, even other gaming platforms, like PCs and even mobile, have started to make their presence on TVs known. Most of these games come from more modern titles that try to take advantage of every pixel that a 2K or 4K TV can offer. RetroArch, in contrast, is coming from the opposite end and is bringing the games of Amazon's Fire devices, including Fire TV.

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Digital Wellbeing Heads Up rolls out to more Android phones

Digital Wellbeing Heads Up rolls out to more Android phones

We live in a society where it's no longer unusual to see people's faces glued to their smartphone screens. While that may be a social issue most of the time, it can be a safety hazard when people do so while walking. A few months back, Google introduced a simple way to remind people to keep their heads up once in a while when moving around. That Heads Up feature is apparently starting to roll out to other phones that aren't Pixel phones, provided you have Digital Wellbeing installed.

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Snapchat’s Bitmoji avatars get 3D upgrade rolling out now in US

Snapchat’s Bitmoji avatars get 3D upgrade rolling out now in US

Starting today, Snapchat users can enable 3D Bitmoji avatars on their profile, giving them a more polished and dynamic version of the 2D avatars many people use on the platform. The 3D version of Bitmoji supports the same wide range of clothing, expressions, and more that you can access on the 2D version, but with the benefit of new body poses and a more modern appearance.

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Google Play Wear OS apps for watches finally easier to find

Google Play Wear OS apps for watches finally easier to find

Google just updated Google Play to make certain wearable-friendly apps easier to find. If you're searching Google Play on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop, you'll now be able to key-in on a few new search terms. Add the terms "watch" or "watch faces" to find apps and watch faces, now even if they do not have said words in their title.

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Amazon Appstore Android App Bundle support will eventually happen

Amazon Appstore Android App Bundle support will eventually happen

Amazon's Appstore has been around for a long, long time, but it recently came under the spotlight with Microsoft's Windows 11 announcement. It will be the platform that will enable installing Android apps on Windows PCs, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions, especially regarding technical implementations. The Amazon Appstore itself hasn't exactly been renowned for its advanced features, but the e-commerce giant is now making a public commitment to bringing it up to speed with Google's next-gen Android App Bundle format.

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