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You can’t do real work on Android, at least not all of it

You can’t do real work on Android, at least not all of it

While not an Apple hater, I personally prefer more open or at least less restrictive platforms and devices. That primarily translates to Linux and open source software on the desktop and Android on mobile. But if there's one thing I have always been jealous of Apple's mobile ecosystem is how it has grown to enable more complex uses and workflows, especially on iPads. It's no longer so ridiculous or so rare to find people who are proud to proclaim that they do their work or even live solely on an iPad, specifically an iPad Pro. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of Android.

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Google Photos gets support for manual face tagging

Google Photos gets support for manual face tagging

Months after the feature was first revealed, Google is finally rolling out manual face tagging support to its Google Photos app. The feature builds upon Google's existing face detection algorithm, enabling users to manually specify which person the system has automatically detected. Users will know they have access to the feature when a pen icon appears in the 'People' section in the image's EXIF panel.

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Google Play Pass gets another 37 art apps and mobile games

Google Play Pass gets another 37 art apps and mobile games

Google Play Pass, the platform's' subscription service, has added dozens of new apps, Google has announced. The new additions cover many genres, including mobile games like Jurassic World: Dinosaurs and Drive Simualtor, as well as art apps like Pixel Art and a journaling app called Diaro, among others. The new additions join hundreds of other included apps.

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TIDAL ‘My Video Mix’ playlists help users discover new music videos

TIDAL ‘My Video Mix’ playlists help users discover new music videos

TIDAL has launched 'My Video Mix,' a new discovery feature that offers algorithm-generated video playlists featuring various content based on genres, popularity, and artists, according to the company. The app's interface has been updated to include a dedicated 'Videos' tab on mobile, desktop, and the Web, as well.

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PinePhone Linux phone can somewhat run regular Linux desktop apps

PinePhone Linux phone can somewhat run regular Linux desktop apps

When smartphones first arrived, it was perhaps not that strange that the devices ran programs that were vastly different from the ones our computers. The portable bricks were different enough to bypass our expectations of computers and we were perfectly fine with having disconnected experiences between the two. These days, however, both devices and users have changed and some do want to have the exact same apps on both their smartphones as well as computers. Neither Android nor iOS have been able to fully accomplish that but one still experimental phone is close to making that geek dream come true.

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Uber loses London operator’s license again

Uber loses London operator’s license again

Uber has found itself in the sights of Transport for London again today, and not in a good way. Transport for London has decided not to renew the company's license to operate, citing a "pattern of failures" on the part of Uber that put the safety of passengers at risk. This isn't as bad as seems on the surface, as Uber now has the chance to appeal and can continue to operate while that appeals process plays out.

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Facebook internal face recognition app could identify employees and friends

Facebook internal face recognition app could identify employees and friends

The furor around Facebook and its many privacy transgressions seem to have died down a bit recently. You only hear about Facebook in the news lately whenever CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress or when a scandalous revelation makes headlines again. One example of the latter is an internal app that allowed Facebook employees to use facial recognition on their co-workers. And while the app has supposedly been discontinued and never publicly released, the mere fact that Facebook had such an app might already be enough to raise red flags yet again.

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Why is Instagram hiding likes?

Why is Instagram hiding likes?

Instagram may have just changed the game they started. The photo-sharing platform started hiding likes that are usually shown under posts of random users. It doesn't affect every user for now, it's part of their ongoing tests to make Instagram a safer place on the internet, but this could soon become the standard for Instagram.

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Disney Plus app update adds important playback controls

Disney Plus app update adds important playback controls

Disney spent months teasing its Disney Plus ("Disney+") streaming service, making its eventual lackluster app product particularly surprising. Though the service itself is great due to a combination of low cost and vast content, the app launched with the service left many users disappointed. Things are already changing, however, with the release of an app update that adds important playback controls.

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Google Photos markup editing tool appears for some users

Google Photos markup editing tool appears for some users

It seems Google plans to add yet another tool to Google Photos that'll make it easier to get things done directly within the mobile app. Some users have spied the arrival of a new markup tool that enables users to draw and write on images without having to toggle to a different markup app, making it simple to scribble out content, highlight or circle objects of interest, and more.

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Facebook Dating gets support for Instagram and Facebook Stories

Facebook Dating gets support for Instagram and Facebook Stories

Facebook Dating, the company's own alternative to Tinder and similar dating apps, has been updated with support for Facebook Stories and Instagram Stories. With this new capability, users can add Stories from either platform to their Facebook Dating profile, enabling viewers to get a better idea of their interests and what they're up to at the moment.

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Dynamic email in Gmail released for Android and iOS

Dynamic email in Gmail released for Android and iOS

The app version of Gmail for both iPhone/iPad and Android devices was updated this week for AMP. This new system was previously announced as it rolled out to Gmail for the web. It's called "dynamic email" in Gmail, and it "brings the richness and interactivity of AMP" to your emails of all sorts. This new system makes Gmail an even-more-dominant email client for all Android users, and will likely give another bump to iOS users in the process.

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