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Newton email app back in business, thanks Essential

Newton email app back in business, thanks Essential

This morning the Newton email app and organization turned their porch light back on and all apps were returned to full functionality. Almost like they never went out of business in the first place. This return to business is largely because of the acquisition of Newton parent company CloudMagic by the company called Essential. This is the same company that released the Essential Phone PH-1 - that company - and Newton is now available for use by all users, business or otherwise.

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Flickr deleting photos starting tomorrow: How to prepare

Flickr deleting photos starting tomorrow: How to prepare

When Smugmug bought Flickr at the end of last year, folks who were using it as a repository for their photos received some bad news. Instead of the 1TB of storage Flickr had been offering when it was owned by Yahoo, Smugmug changed that to a mere 1000 photos, unless of course you signed up for a Flickr Pro subscription, which runs $50 a year. Those who don't shell out for a Pro subscription will have their photos purged until they're at the 1000 photo threshold, and that purge begins tomorrow.

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Warby Parker’s iPhone app uses ARKit to let you virtually try on glasses

Warby Parker’s iPhone app uses ARKit to let you virtually try on glasses

Shopping for glasses is something that typically needs to be done in person, as you generally want to see how a set of frames both fits and looks on your face. With the rise of augmented reality, though, the process of trying on a pair of glasses is something that could be done anywhere, anytime. That's what Warby Parker thinks at least, as it's rolled out a new feature for its iPhone app that allows you to try on glasses without having to first head into a brick and mortar store.

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Google launches two new Android apps for the hard of hearing

Google launches two new Android apps for the hard of hearing

Google today launched two new Android features that are geared at helping the deaf and hard of hearing gain more independence. One feature, called Sound Amplifier, is one we already knew about, as it was revealed at Google I/O last year. The second, Live Transcribe, is making its debut today, and is arguably the bigger launch of the two.

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Google Play Store apps with over 4M downloads found with malware, phishing scams

Google Play Store apps with over 4M downloads found with malware, phishing scams

It's become increasingly apparent in recent years that Google is having a hard time keeping its Play Store free of apps that conceal malware or prey on users with phishing attempts and other scams. The latest example involves almost 30 Android apps found on the Play Store using a number of malicious tactics, including making it difficult for users to uninstall, with well over 4 million cumulative downloads.

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Uber app gets public transit routes with real-time train and bus info

Uber app gets public transit routes with real-time train and bus info

Uber has added public transportation route options to its app for users in Denver, Colorado, the company announced on Thursday. The new offering features real-time data on trains and buses, helping users decide whether they want to take an Uber car or just hop onto the nearest public transit option. Uber is offering the route options under a partnership with the Regional Transportation District.

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Google Arts & Culture app brings AR paintings to your room

Google Arts & Culture app brings AR paintings to your room

This week the folks at Google responsible for making their Arts & Culture app made big strides with augmented reality and virtual reality alike. It began with a new Camera tab, live in both the Android and iOS versions of the app right this minute. This new Camera app allows images to be projected (in the phone) and for the phone to identify artworks all around you.

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Gmail mobile redesign brings features from web to iOS and Android

Gmail mobile redesign brings features from web to iOS and Android

Last summer, Google rolled out a new redesign for Gmail on web. Though the redesign maybe rubbed some people the wrong way at first, we've had plenty of time to get used to it, as Google forced a switch for all Gmail for web users in the autumn. Now it's the mobile apps' turn, as Google has announced that a similar redesign will soon be landing on both iOS and Android.

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Apple News app to introduce magazine subscriptions feature

Apple News app to introduce magazine subscriptions feature

Since its debut, Apple's News app for iOS has acted as an easy-to-use hub for users to read and discover news from a variety of websites and outlets. For some time now, there's been rumors and speculation that Apple plans to add a magazine subscription feature, especially following the company's acquisition of Texture last year. It looks like that feature will soon be rolling out to the public, as a preview has appeared in the new developer beta for iOS 12.2.

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Google Voice VoIP call support starts rolling out to all users

Google Voice VoIP call support starts rolling out to all users

Google Voice remains a popular service that gets far too little attention. Users have been waiting months for a promised voice-over-IP (VoIP) feature, which entered beta testing around a year ago. Google was quiet on the test during that time, but a recent tweet prompted an update from the company: the new VoIP support is starting to roll out and will be available to everyone soon.

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Twitter tests Original Tweeter flair to stop conversation confusion

Twitter tests Original Tweeter flair to stop conversation confusion

If you've ever been to Twitter, then you know that one tweet can quickly grow into a confusing mass of posts from both the person who published the original tweet and other users who have decided to add their two cents. Today, Twitter has confirmed that it's testing a new flair that will identify the original poster in a thread, hopefully cutting back on that confusion when the number of replies grows into the hundreds or even thousands.

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Facebook Moments is being killed off next month

Facebook Moments is being killed off next month

Facebook has announced that it'll be shutting down its Moments app next month. Facebook Moments was first launched way back in 2015, but since then, we haven't heard a whole lot from it. The app fell into relative obscurity - especially for an app made by one of the biggest companies around - until today, when Facebook confirmed that its days are numbered.

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