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Quibi brags that its new screenshot tool evades DRM for the memes

Quibi brags that its new screenshot tool evades DRM for the memes

Quibi, the short-form video streaming service, has added a new screenshot tool to its app that addresses one big criticism of the new platform. The service launched back in early April with apps for Android and iOS, but soon found itself scrambling to releasing a way to watch the service on TVs, too. Users had pointed out that it was difficult to share interesting moments from the shows due to the inability to use screen capture with the app.

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Pokemon GO Fest 2020 checklist: How you should prepare tonight

Pokemon GO Fest 2020 checklist: How you should prepare tonight

The biggest event in the history of Pokemon GO will take place this weekend - are you prepared? Today we're running down a bunch of items you're going to need to make sure you've got available, a bunch of in-game elements you'll want to make sure you've taken care of, and a few fun bits and pieces. If you're planning on walking around your neighborhood during Pokemon GO Fest 2020 OR if you're planning on staying home - you'll want to take care of some housekeeping.

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TikTok Creator Fund earmarks $200m to support US creators

TikTok Creator Fund earmarks $200m to support US creators

Controversial video app TikTok has launched a new Creators Fund that is kicking off with $200 million for video creators in the United States. The fund is intended to help support users on the platform, giving them a way to earn money from their videos. The company will accept applications from interested and eligible users starting in August, though not everyone will qualify.

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Plex “free” Live TV launched for your phone and television

Plex “free” Live TV launched for your phone and television

Today the folks at Plex launched a system* where users of all sorts can watch live TV stations for free. Of course "free" isn't entirely free when it includes advertisements, and this system most certainly includes advertisements. But Plex appears ready to roll with a surprisingly appealing proposal for the masses nonetheless. Users around the world can now watch free Live TV on Plex.

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Polestar confirms which apps its Android-powered EV will run at launch

Polestar confirms which apps its Android-powered EV will run at launch

Polestar has confirmed the list of apps which will run on the Android Automotive OS-powered dashboard of the Polestar 2, when the new electric car arrives later this year. First vehicle in the world to run the new, embedded version of Android that Google developed for automakers, the Polestar 2 will rely on both software like Google Maps as well as third-party apps for entertainment and more.

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Alexa users will soon be able to control mobile apps with voice commands

Alexa users will soon be able to control mobile apps with voice commands

Amazon has announced a new preview called Alexa for Apps, a new feature that enables developers to add mobile app control to their Alexa skill. With this new option, users will be able to summon and control certain mobile apps using Alexa voice commands, making it easier to open and navigate within apps using something like the Echo Buds or other Alexa mobile accessories.

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Here’s how to lock Facebook Messenger on your phone

Here’s how to lock Facebook Messenger on your phone

Facebook today announced a number of new security features for Messenger, and chief among them is a new App Lock feature. This, essentially, will keep your messages private even if someone else gains access to your phone, whether they're simply borrowing it or they're being a little more intrusive. In addition, Facebook is rolling out new settings that give you control over who can and can't message you.

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Microsoft Edge’s new features help make sense of your Internet life

Microsoft Edge’s new features help make sense of your Internet life

We have become increasingly dependent on the Internet these past months more than ever and many of us have found themselves both working and living inside their web browsers. Of course, it's a perfect opportunity for Microsoft to push forward its shiny new web browser Edge. At its Inspire conference, it's doing exactly that with admittedly convincing features, especially ones that will help users keep work and personal life separate or at least prevent you from going crazy by keeping your collections organized and annotated.

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Spotify video podcasts go live worldwide: Here’s what’s new

Spotify video podcasts go live worldwide: Here’s what’s new

Spotify has been going hard on podcasts in recent years, and today we're seeing the company take a big step toward making its app a prime destination for podcasters. Today, Spotify announced that it's rolling out video podcasts around the world - or at least in all markets where podcasts are currently supported. Video podcasts will be relatively small scale at first, as only several select shows will support them.

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Chrome on Android download scheduler to help save data, battery

Chrome on Android download scheduler to help save data, battery

There are many things we take for granted on our mobile devices and one of that may be how we download files off the Internet. For some small files, like images or even small PDFs, it might be fine to do that immediately. Even in those cases, however, you might be consuming more data than you intended, which potentially means using up data that could otherwise be used for more important things like emails or Facebook. Fortunately, Google is coming up with a way that will let users control when they download files, hopefully when they're using an unmetered connection.

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Progressive Web Apps still have a long way to go

Progressive Web Apps still have a long way to go

We live in an app-centric world. Even those products and experiences that advertise focusing on your documents first mostly stop at the boundaries of the app. Crafting such apps isn't easy, especially when you want to support all the incompatible platforms in use today. There have been and continues to be numerous attempts at crossing those platforms but one solution seems to reappear time and again, a solution harnesses the power of the web, the one platform available on all platforms. Progressive Web Apps, as the current incarnation is called, has definitely gone a long way from the earliest Java applets but is still far from becoming the all-in-one solution its proponents try to advertise.

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Microsoft Launcher v6 rolls out to prepare for the Surface Duo

Microsoft Launcher v6 rolls out to prepare for the Surface Duo

Microsoft would probably the spotlight this month if it unveils its dual-screen Surface Duo. If the disappointing rumors are true, it won't be happening any time soon but there's no reason fans can't get an appetizer of that experience. And, no, it's not via the official SDK emulator. Microsoft has just launched v6 of the Microsoft Launcher for all Android devices but especially for the upcoming Android-based Surface Duo.

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