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Facebook Lite gets Community Help tools for disaster assistance

Facebook Lite gets Community Help tools for disaster assistance

Facebook Lite, the social network's slim app for low-end devices and developing markets, has just received access to important community crisis tools. Called Community Help, the feature launched early last year as a way for Facebook users to offer (and find, when necessary) help from their community following disasters. Mobile users no longer have to use the regular Facebook app to access this feature.

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Instagram’s new guide helps parents protect teenage users

Instagram’s new guide helps parents protect teenage users

Instagram has published a new parents guide that helps adults manage their teen's use of the platform. The guide covers three primary topics, including managing user privacy, interactions on the platform, and time spent on the app. The guide helps parents understand how the tools on the app work and how to talk to their teens about use of the service.

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Google Play Points loyalty program hints found in APK teardown

Google Play Points loyalty program hints found in APK teardown

Hints of a loyalty program called "Play Points" have been discovered in an APK teardown, according to a new report. This program appears to be a way to reward Android users who purchase content from the Google Play store, giving them points that can be used toward goods. An icon associated with the Play Points program was found, as well as badges for rank levels based on user tiers.

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Apple’s Shazam acquisition given the go-ahead by EU regulators

Apple’s Shazam acquisition given the go-ahead by EU regulators

Back in December, Apple announced its intention to buy Shazam. While acquisitions like this are always subject to some delay while they make it through the regulatory process, this one in particular hit a pretty big roadblock when the European Commission announced a full-blown investigation into whether or not the deal would be anti-competitive. That investigation was announced back in April, and now it seems that the EU has reached its decision.

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YouTube Dark theme on Android: How to get it and go

YouTube Dark theme on Android: How to get it and go

This morning Google started blasting the Dark Theme for YouTube on Android devices of many sorts. Not ALL sorts, mind you, but many sorts, many sorts indeed. This update was long awaited by lovers of the dark and the mysterious and/or festering recesses of the human soul, and now they can be satiated. YouTube can now have its colors flipped to darkness.

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Snapchat Spectacles launch two new styles today

Snapchat Spectacles launch two new styles today

Despite the fact that the original Spectacles didn't quite find the success Snapchat was hoping for, this year the company decided to press on with the wearable. Back in May, Snapchat introduced Spectacles V2, which came with a few new features to tempt the holdouts who may not have taken the plunge with the first version. Despite these tweaks, Spectacles V2 sported a design that was mostly similar to the original.

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Instagram shopping app leaks as major e-commerce project

Instagram shopping app leaks as major e-commerce project

Instagram is developing an e-commerce app, according to a new report, which warns the project may be cancelled before it launches. This new project reportedly includes a dedicated app that'll enable users to directly shop for goods, also providing the many businesses already on the Instagram platform with a way to sell their products.

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Apple’s privacy drive gives iOS devs an ultimatum

Apple’s privacy drive gives iOS devs an ultimatum

Apple announced today that some big changes are on the way to the App Store. Beginning in October, every single app that's hosted on the App Store will need to have a privacy policy to go along with it. With the privacy debate that has come to the forefront in 2018 - thanks to things like GDPR in Europe and Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal - the fact that Apple will require all apps to have a privacy policy is definitely a welcome change.

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Poco Launcher app now up for download, MIUI Android style

Poco Launcher app now up for download, MIUI Android style

There's a new launcher in town, and it comes from one of the most inexpensive phones in the world. Xiaomi launched the brand Poco this year to bring about some competition in the mid-range smartphone space. More specifically they wanted to bring heat to India, where OnePlus currently dominates. With the Poco Launcher, you can see what sort of Android software experience this Poco is really serving up.

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Spotify adds Showtime to its student Hulu bundle

Spotify adds Showtime to its student Hulu bundle

As it stands, Spotify's student plan is a pretty good deal. Last year, Spotify and Hulu teamed up to offer subscriptions to both services to students for $4.99 per month. Today, Spotify decided to sweeten the deal further by announcing an upgrade to that plan that tosses Showtime in the mix.

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Instagram’s new safety features include verified badges, 2FA apps

Instagram’s new safety features include verified badges, 2FA apps

With one billion users around the world, safety and security should obviously top the list of Instagram's concerns. Today, the company announced another round of new initiatives to make Instagram a safer platform to use. The three-pronged approach mostly revolves around Instagram accounts with a large following, but there's also incoming updates to two-factor authentication that everyone will be able to take advantage of.

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Google Duo gets Android tablet and iPad video calling support

Google Duo gets Android tablet and iPad video calling support

Google Duo, the company's video chat app, is receiving an update that brings video calling to Android tablets and the iPad. The app first launched in August 2016, but has been limited to smartphones in the months since. This update finally brings the functionality to larger screens, improving its usefulness for many users.

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