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Google Photos might’ve given your videos to someone else

Google Photos might’ve given your videos to someone else

Google Photos, like many storage services, offers a data export tool that allows users to download all of the photos and videos they have stored on Google's servers. Officially called Google Takeout, Google has started notifying users about a security flaw that was present in the export tool late last year. It's a big one too, as it included videos belonging to other users in some export archives.

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Overcast update adds major new features for podcast enthusiasts

Overcast update adds major new features for podcast enthusiasts

Overcast, the podcast app that was introduced in 2014, has been updated with some major new features that'll appeal to people who regularly listen to podcasts. In addition to making the entire listening experience more pleasant by normalizing audio, Overcast now also makes it easier to get directly to the meat of each episode, scrubbing the obnoxious parts of the audio track.

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Apple Arcade Takeover: Watch as video game characters invade

Apple Arcade Takeover: Watch as video game characters invade

In February of 2020, Apple initiated a self-takeover of its website with a promotional sort of design invasion. They used characters from some of the biggest names in video games that were part of the Apple Arcade universe, allowing them to jump over, drive by, and swing through their hardware products on their main Apple.com webpage. We've done a little documentation here so you can see this invasion in the future.

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Google Maps Hacks shows how 99 phones can change traffic flow

Google Maps Hacks shows how 99 phones can change traffic flow

Google Maps has changed the way we navigate the world but its influence actually goes beyond just locating and navigating. A whole flood of new businesses, experiences, and mentalities have grown up around the ability to zoom and pan around more than just a digital version of a map. But, as the cliché goes, with great power comes great responsibility, and one "hack" showed just how easy it was to game Google's system and literally change the flow.

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Fox apps return to Roku in time to stream the Super Bowl

Fox apps return to Roku in time to stream the Super Bowl

Stop panicking, football fans. Roku and Fox have worked out a new deal that brought the network's apps back to the streaming platform. This means you'll be able to download the Fox Sports and Fox NOW apps and use them to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow as you may have planned to do before the carriage dispute caused a blackout. Other apps remain an option for streaming the game as well.

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Roku drops all Fox apps over carriage dispute

Roku drops all Fox apps over carriage dispute

If you're a Roku user, you may have noticed that Fox apps disappeared from the platform within the last 24 hours or so. That's due to a carriage dispute, it turns out, though the companies are arguing over whether the loss of the apps was actually necessary. The change happened just ahead of Super Bowl weekend, but Roku owners shouldn't panic -- they'll still be able to watch the big game on platforms like Hulu.

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Discord removes some features that no one cared about

Discord removes some features that no one cared about

On Wednesday, messaging platform Discord announced that it was cleaning house by getting rid of some older features that people weren't actually using. The company said this decision was based partly on feedback and likewise on its goal to introduce new features only if they 'don't make it bulky and take away from the core chat experience.' With that in mind, the Library and Activity Feed have both been canned.

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Apple’s huge Maps redesign goes live for all users in the US

Apple’s huge Maps redesign goes live for all users in the US

Starting today, all Apple Maps users in the United States now have access to the redesigned service. With this, users will see more comprehensive views of landscapes and will receive more accurate navigation instructions. Now that the US deployment of this redesigned Maps experience is finished, Apple says it will turn its sights to Europe over 'the coming months.'

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Google Earth mobile app can now show you some of the stars

Google Earth mobile app can now show you some of the stars

Google Maps has unsurprisingly dominated the market when it comes to navigation and mapping to that point that it is too easy to forget that Google has one other way to view the world. While Maps is more for getting around places, Google Earth is more focused on letting people discover the Blue Planet. And that happens to include that blue marble's place in the cosmos, which is why Google is now placing a more accurate backdrop of the stars when viewing the globe from afar on your mobile device.

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Google Phone app call recording feature almost ready to roll out

Google Phone app call recording feature almost ready to roll out

There are only so many things you can cram into a phone dialer app but sometimes you tend to forget some of the essentials. Google's own Phone app, for example, has a lot of smart features like rich caller ID but misses out on something as basic as call recording. That, however, will soon be addressed with Google Phone version 44 or later which will finally bring what looks like an easy-to-use recording feature to hopefully more than just the Pixel phones.

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Google Area 120’s Tangi offers DIY guides in 60 seconds or less

Google Area 120’s Tangi offers DIY guides in 60 seconds or less

How much can you do in 60 seconds? Maybe you can quickly hammer out a tweet (back when they were 140 characters only) or quickly take an impromptu selfie on Instagram in that short span of time. Or you could learn how to do something new instead. It's exactly those small chunks of time that Google's Area 120 skunkworks group is taking advantage of with Tangi, a new social platform that offers 60-second video clips that deliver more substance than a looping TikTok or Boomerang.

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Pokemon GO Battle League: 5 essential details for you to win

Pokemon GO Battle League: 5 essential details for you to win

Today we're taking a peek at the first round of details about the upcoming Pokemon GO Battle League Season 0 (preseason), starting on Monday, February 10, 2020. This is just ONE PART of the roll-out of this system - four dates make this first season and "preseason" clear. Pokemon GO Battle League is a triathlon-style player vs. player Pokemon battle contest in which Pokemon GO gamers will be able to battle other real people in Pokemon battles online - neat!

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