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Google Drive on Android adds password-protected Office file support

Google Drive on Android adds password-protected Office file support

Google Drive, the Internet giant's cloud storage service, recently received an app update for Android. The update was a minor one in terms of changes, bringing only some bug fixes and a single new feature: support for password-protected Microsoft Office files. The new support expands the service's usefulness for businesses and schools, making it possible to view an encrypted Office file directly within the app.

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Instagram now tells you when to stop scrolling

Instagram now tells you when to stop scrolling

Trying to keep up with friends on social media can be a stressful task, especially if you have a lot of people populating your feed. At the same time, it can be difficult to know that you're seeing the newest posts on sites like Facebook and Instagram because of the way their respective feeds are arranged. Beginning today, Instagram is launching a new tool to help with that very problem.

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Facebook unblocking bug broke privacy settings for 800k people

Facebook unblocking bug broke privacy settings for 800k people

Bugs are just part of the development process, and today, Facebook has the distinct displeasure of detailing one that could have affected as many as 800,000 users. As it turns out, Facebook has discovered a bug that potentially unblocked some of the people you've decided you never want to hear from again. Considering how many people are on Facebook these days, the block option pretty much becomes a necessity, so having a bug that negates it is definitely not a good thing.

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Waze’s incident reporting is coming to Google Maps on Android

Waze’s incident reporting is coming to Google Maps on Android

Google Maps has long been the definitive mapping and directions app on both Android and iOS. One recent challenger to that standard has been Waze, which features crowd-sourced data on driving conditions to keep its information accurate and up-to-date. Waze was such a stand-out service that Google actually acquired it about five years ago. While Waze has never been absolved into Google Maps, like many expected, one of its best features might finally be making the jump.

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WhatsApp lets admins set group chats to broadcast-only mode

WhatsApp lets admins set group chats to broadcast-only mode

Multi-platform messaging app WhatsApp has announced a new option that essentially allows group chat admins to create one-way broadcast channels, a feature seen on other social services like Telegram and Discord. On the surface it's a way for the Facebook-owned WhatsApp to give group admins more control, but it's also a big step towards letting users turn the app into a way of receiving announcements or breaking news.

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Spotify Update: Playlist editing, or how to reorder

Spotify Update: Playlist editing, or how to reorder

The next Spotify update will enable the rearranging of tracks inside a Playlist - glory be! This sort of feature editing is available on iOS device right now, and has been for some time. Spotify seems to have given Android a back seat to Android, in this situation - as used to be the case with many major smartphone app developers. But this is 2018, isn't it? Shouldn't developers bring the same updates to both major platforms at the same time?

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Snapchat Gaming could be Instagram’s next nightmare

Snapchat Gaming could be Instagram’s next nightmare

In the war against other messaging apps (specifically Instagram), Snapchat has recently seen weak user growth numbers. With Instagram rolling out its own versions of popular Snapchat features regularly, Snap is certainly under pressure to make its flagship app stand out. One way it might look to do that could be by launching a new gaming initiative later this year.

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Instagram update adds video chat: Get it here

Instagram update adds video chat: Get it here

Instagram has received a rather big update on iOS and Android. Three new features are being added with this update, with the biggest and arguably most exciting of the three being video chat. Other new features include some additions to Explore and a handful of new camera effects.

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Tilt Brush VR painting app adds Beginner Mode for future pros

Tilt Brush VR painting app adds Beginner Mode for future pros

Google has a virtual reality app called Tilt Brush that changes the way humans create art. This painting app enables owners of certain VR headsets to paint in three-dimensional space, a rewarding experience that has resulted in some pretty incredible work. Switching from 2D to 3D painting environments can be tricky, though, so Google has added a new Beginner Mode to help users develop their skills.

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Google Maps has a ton of personalization features launching today

Google Maps has a ton of personalization features launching today

Last month, Google detailed something of a makeover for Google Maps. Personalization seems to be the name of the game here, with Google attempting to make it easier to find places to eat or drink and things to do by revamping the Explore tab. Most of these changes are going live in Android and iOS today, giving frequent Google Maps users a chance to try them out for themselves.

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CBS All Access mobile NFL game streaming starts this season

CBS All Access mobile NFL game streaming starts this season

CBS All Access subscribers will be able to stream NFL games on their mobile devices starting this upcoming fall, the company has announced. The new streaming option is made possible via the company's extended agreement with the NFL, which adds mobile streaming rights onto the package. The new streaming pact is good through 2022.

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Microsoft Edge tests built-in Adblock Plus on iOS and Android

Microsoft Edge tests built-in Adblock Plus on iOS and Android

Microsoft Edge is following in the footsteps of other browsers today. Microsoft is adding native ad blocking to Edge, which is something we've seen from other browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. The only difference, however, is that Microsoft is adding Adblock Plus to Edge, taking things one step further than other companies have.

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