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Windows 10X dual-screen emulator helps you peek at the Surface Neo future

Windows 10X dual-screen emulator helps you peek at the Surface Neo future

Microsoft released a developer-aimed bit of software that'll allow users to develop apps and test apps with Windows 10X. With the Microsoft Emulator and tools update released today, users can get their hands on an emulator that allows changes between different device postures. According to Microsoft, this is an "early preview of the experience", and the suite will work on 64-bit Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education (and/or Windows Insider Preview build 10.0.19555 or later) right this minute.

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Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint on iOS get a minor facelift

Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint on iOS get a minor facelift

Microsoft has been pushing a new design language that will unify its apps and experiences across all platforms. While it might want all its users to just grab its own Surface devices, especially the upcoming Surface Duo and Surface Neo, there's no helping the fact that not everyone can nor will. Some will always prefer Apple's products even if they have to begrudgingly use Microsoft Office, which is why Redmond is trying to meet them halfway with a new and improved trio of Office apps for iOS devices.

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Opera 56 for Android adds new Reader Mode and custom action button

Opera 56 for Android adds new Reader Mode and custom action button

Last week, Opera browser for Android was updated to version 56, adding a couple of important features alongside a bunch of smaller, but no less important, tweaks. The biggest change to arrive in Opera 56 for Android is the addition of a new Reader Mode, a feature that makes it easier to read cluttered, messy web pages. As well, users can now customize the browser's action button.

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Millions of Israeli voters’ data leaked by election management app

Millions of Israeli voters’ data leaked by election management app

Elections are one of the oldest sociopolitical activities of humanity and, given its rather sensitive nature, has been slow to change over the centuries. Attempts to modernize elections and the systems around them have always been met with suspicion and scrutiny due to fears of data and security breaches. In Israel, those fears materialized in what may be the worst case the country has faced, and it isn't even due to the election system itself and only a third-party app for managing voters.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Sinnoh and Valentine’s: Chansey, Riolu, Happiny, Hippopotas!

Shiny Pokemon GO Sinnoh and Valentine’s: Chansey, Riolu, Happiny, Hippopotas!

Today we're taking a peek at the latest event that'll come to Pokemon GO in the very near future - the Sinnoh Region event, and Valentine's Day! This event takes place at around the same time every year, bringing with it heart-shaped Pokemon or otherwise pink and red Pokemon aplenty. In this case, it means a Shadow Raikou, Team Rocket, and two new Shiny Pokemon!

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Automatic Call Screening is now available on all Pixel phones

Automatic Call Screening is now available on all Pixel phones

Spam calls, despite the rather tasty name, have devastating effects on the industry both in terms of dollars lost as well as in people harmed. It is only now, however, that the industry is making a concerted effort to solve the problem but inter-carrier solutions are taking some time to take effect. In the meantime, Google has rolled out its own fix, naturally powered by AI and Google Assistant, and it is now making that available to Pixel phones, including the very first one.

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Instagram now shows which accounts you ignore the most

Instagram now shows which accounts you ignore the most

If you've contemplated cleaning up your Instagram follows but aren't sure where to start, the company's new feature will be particularly convenient. The service has introduced a new feature that gives users a direct look at the accounts they interact with most often, as well as the accounts they follow but mostly just ignore. The list includes controls for quickly unfollowing the accounts.

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Google Maps gets a makeover for its 15th birthday

Google Maps gets a makeover for its 15th birthday

Google Maps is turning 15 years old today, and to celebrate, Google is rolling out an update for the app on iOS and Android. First and foremost, this update gives Google Maps something of a makeover by organizing "everything you need" into five different tabs that appear in a quick access bar at the bottom of the app. Those tabs are Explore, Community, Saved, Contribute, and Updates.

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Netflix for Android switches to new AV1 codec to save data

Netflix for Android switches to new AV1 codec to save data

While streaming has become the norm for both audio and especially video, the infrastructure and capabilities that enable smooth streaming experience isn't yet available everywhere. With the promise of 5G still months away or years for certain markets, everyone else has to contend with 4G cellular data that may not always be up to snuff. To ensure it doesn't lose customers over such inconveniences, Netflix is rolling out support for a new data-saving AV1 codec but only for a select number of users.

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Iowa caucus Shadow voting app “error” was inevitable

Iowa caucus Shadow voting app “error” was inevitable

The Democratic caucus in Iowa on Monday, February 3, 2020, was a mess because of an error in judgement. It was decided that the process would be facilitated by an app called "IowaReporterApp" to send election tally data from individual precincts to the Iowa Democratic Party. This app was created by a group called Shadow Inc., a for-profit technology development group that was contracted by the Iowa Democratic Party for this one purpose.

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Signal encrypted messaging app starts testing emoji reactions

Signal encrypted messaging app starts testing emoji reactions

Encrypted messaging app Signal has announced a new feature that is currently being tested with beta users: emoji reactions. The new feature mirrors a similar reaction system offered by Facebook Messenger and a number of other major messaging platforms. As you'd expect, Signal users can leave a smile, angry face, or other reaction on individual messages.

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Messenger Kids rolls out a bevy of new parental controls

Messenger Kids rolls out a bevy of new parental controls

Facebook today announced several new features for Messenger Kids. Like Messenger Kids in general, these features are meant to give parents (and children themselves) more control over their conversations. The biggest changes come in the form of additions to the Parent Dashboard, which give new capabilities to parents wanting to make sure their children's conversations are on the up-and-up.

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