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Despite controversy, Netflix is adding video speed controls on mobile

Despite controversy, Netflix is adding video speed controls on mobile

Despite the controversy in the creative community regarding video speed adjustment features, Netflix has decided to move ahead and give its users this option -- at least those who watch on an Android phone or tablet. With this option, users will be able to speed up or slow down the rate at which content plays, making it possible to get through your favorite shows and movies more quickly.

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Second Stimulus check updates: Tracking when and how you get money

Second Stimulus check updates: Tracking when and how you get money

The United States government sent checks to citizens in early 2020, and a 2nd stimulus check is likely coming soon. At the moment at which this article is set to go live, the exact timing and amount of each stimulus check has not yet been finalized. Until we get there, we're readying all the ways in which we can track our check and get payment as soon as possible.

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Chrome on Android to autofill credit card info with fingerprints

Chrome on Android to autofill credit card info with fingerprints

Google advises using Chrome's built-in features to remember information you repeatedly enter into web pages, including and especially the ones you use for secure transactions. Whether you're comfortable handing Google your logins and credit card details is a different question but it's unarguably convenient and potentially safer in some ways. It's still not completely convenient, though, and there are still a few steps that Chrome's Autofill can be made quicker yet even more secure, something that Google will soon be rolling out to Android, starting with biometrics support for credit card info.

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Google Camera app leaks next cool features for Pixel

Google Camera app leaks next cool features for Pixel

The Android app Google Camera (version 7.5) was revealed this week with a collection of new camera features. This new app doesn't allow all of the features noted to work on every new phone - but it DOES indicate what Google will most likely focus on in the next big Google devices event. The first of these will likely be the Google Pixel 4a (5G).

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Apple’s cut from App Store subscriptions could have been 40%

Apple’s cut from App Store subscriptions could have been 40%

Many users, developers, and content publishers have criticized the almost arbitrary but industry-wide practice of splitting revenues at 70% for developers and 30% for the store owner but it could have actually been worse. Back when that split wasn't yet set in stone, Apple was apparently planning on getting a larger piece of that pie. Of course, that is history and the company actually ended up getting less but it does give some insight on how things could have still taken a turn for the worse back in the early days of smartphones and apps.

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Microsoft Edge Collections are now on Android and iOS

Microsoft Edge Collections are now on Android and iOS

Switching its browser to using a Chromium base is a double-edged sword for Microsoft. On the one hand, it can no longer really boast about its own, home-made innovations in the browser engine space and has become a bit indebted to its rival, Google. On the other hand, that also frees it up to focus on unique features that are starting to make Edge actually desirable for some users. That isn't just on the Windows 10 only either as Microsoft is now rolling out a new feature to mobile that was once limited to its Edge's desktop versions.

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Microsoft Family Safety app exits preview with advanced parental controls

Microsoft Family Safety app exits preview with advanced parental controls

Microsoft Family Safety, the parental control app that was introduced on mobile as a preview back in May, is now available for everyone. The app gives parents more control over their child's devices, the ways they are used, and how much time is spent staring at a screen. Unlike some digital wellness apps, Microsoft Family Safety is available for both Android and iOS.

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Spotify Group Sessions beta now includes your long distance friends

Spotify Group Sessions beta now includes your long distance friends

Back in May, Spotify began testing a new feature called Group Sessions. The feature allowed Premium users to share some control over their playlists, but it only worked with other physically present Premium users. Two and a half months later, Spotify is back with an upgrade to Group Sessions that allows them to share DJ duties with users who aren't in the same location.

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Adobe Photoshop for iPad gets a key feature from desktop version

Adobe Photoshop for iPad gets a key feature from desktop version

Months after its iconic photo-editing software finally launched on Apple's iPad, Adobe is updating the app with a few key features from the desktop version of the software. Photoshop on iPad was criticized at its initial launch over what users felt was an excessively basic experience, one that Adobe said would be updated and refined with additional features over time.

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Amazon Alexa app redesigned with focus on personalized experiences

Amazon Alexa app redesigned with focus on personalized experiences

Amazon has updated its Alexa mobile app, adding enhanced personalization while reducing the presence of certain third-party features. Notably, the app's home screen has been updated in a way that emphasizes the features that consumers most commonly use, helping them get straight to the tools they want without excessive tapping and searching. The Alexa icon has moved to the top of the app, as well.

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WhatsApp may soon link one account to multiple devices

WhatsApp may soon link one account to multiple devices

Many people these days own multiple devices, at least a phone and a laptop. Many people also use multiple messaging services, not even counting the venerable SMS. Juggling these two pluralities is no easy task, especially in cases where a messaging service puts limits on how many devices you can use the same account on. WhatsApp is one such service but that might soon be changing with a new Linked Devices feature that was just added to the latest beta version on Android.

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TikTok is the latest social network to target QAnon conspiracies

TikTok is the latest social network to target QAnon conspiracies

Following Twitter and Facebook, controversial social video platform TikTok is cracking down on QAnon conspiracy theories, it announced this week. Though QAnon videos are still allowed on the platform, TikTok is making it harder for users to find them by blocking related hashtags, a move that aims to reduce the spread of misinformation among the public.

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