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Spark Mail for Android released just in time to replace Google Inbox

Spark Mail for Android released just in time to replace Google Inbox

Readdle, a company with a number of productivity apps for iOS, has launched its email app for Spark on Android. The product brings many of the same productivity features from the company's iOS app to Android devices, including smart notifications, message prioritization, and a variety of tools that include the ability to snooze emails and schedule when messages will be sent.

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Skype for Android answers calls whether you like it or not

Skype for Android answers calls whether you like it or not

The recent Group FaceTime bug on iOS has cost Apple no small amount of credibility, not to mention an inquiry from US lawmakers. Considering the potential number of affected users, this bug on the Skype version of Android that automatically answers calls might actually be more egregious than the FaceTime version. For better or worse, however, it is at least less clandestine than Apple's bug.

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Facebook Watch will stream six live MLB games in 2019 season

Facebook Watch will stream six live MLB games in 2019 season

Facebook will once again stream Major League Baseball games for its users, but it won't be offering as many as it did last year. The company's new contract allows it to offer half a dozen live MLB games during the regular season, which, while still a nice offering considering it's free, is substantially lower than last year's 25 games.

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The Android phone app has pre-call blocking at last

The Android phone app has pre-call blocking at last

The official Google Phone app has an update in the pipeline that'll bring far better call blocking features than Android's ever had before. This is the first sign we've seen of the update coming beyond behind-the-scenes testing, likely hitting public builds quite soon. It's quite likely this update will come to Android P first, then MAYBE back to older versions of Android after that.

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Google Photos makes it easier to capture receipts and documents

Google Photos makes it easier to capture receipts and documents

Snapping an image of a receipt or document is the fastest way to make a backup and there are a number of apps dedicated specifically to this task. Though these apps offer advanced features, including automatic edge detection and color correction, they require the user to manually save the final image to their preferred cloud service. Google has just eliminated that hassle with its latest Photos feature.

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Amazon free video news app tipped to launch on Fire TV

Amazon free video news app tipped to launch on Fire TV

Amazon is currently developing its own video news app, according to a new leak, that would enable Fire TV device owners to access both live and on-demand news broadcasts. The app would be compatible with the larger Amazon ecosystem, assuming the report is correct, eventually supporting Alexa and devices through which the personal assistant is accessible.

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Verizon Call Filter goes free to fight robocalls

Verizon Call Filter goes free to fight robocalls

It definitely isn't controversial to say that robocalls are one of the most annoying things about living in the information age. Slowly but surely, carriers are finally starting to do something about it, with Verizon announcing back in January that it would make its Call Filter service free for all users later on in the year. The company is flipping the switch this week, so if you've been plagued by robocalls like so many of us, maybe this will help curb them a little bit.

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Twitter Lights Out brings a true dark mode to iOS

Twitter Lights Out brings a true dark mode to iOS

Dark or night modes are trending these days. More than just nice to look at or easy on the eyes, such dark colors have been proven to add a few minutes or even hours to battery life, especially on devices with OLED screens. Not all dark modes are equal, however, and some are more blue than black. Twitter's existing Night Mode is one such example, which is why the social networking giant is now rolling out a new "Lights Out" mode that really brings out the blacks on your screen.

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Gmail on iOS finally gets customizable swipe actions

Gmail on iOS finally gets customizable swipe actions

Google is killing off its well-loved Inbox app but it still hasn't brought its popular features to the main Gmail app. In some cases, Gmail is even inconsistent across the platforms it's available on. Case in point is Gmail on iPhones and iPads which is getting the feature that will let users choose what happens when they swipe on an email. Better late than never, of course, and will at least give them one less thing to complain about.

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Spotify Premium Duo plan enters testing for couples and roommates

Spotify Premium Duo plan enters testing for couples and roommates

If you're currently subscribed to a Spotify family plan that only has two users, it may not be long before you have a new monthly option. Spotify has rolled a new subscription it calls "Premium Duo" into testing and - just as the name suggests - it's intended for two people living in the same house. The cost of Premium Duo comes it somewhere between a single subscription to Spotify Premium and the Spotify family plan, making this a better choice for couples or roommates.

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UC Browser vulnerabilities put millions of Android users at risk

UC Browser vulnerabilities put millions of Android users at risk

If you're one of the millions of people using Alibaba's UC Browser, you might want to stop for the time being. Researchers with Dr. Web Anti-Virus have discovered that UC Browser is capable of bypassing Google Play's servers to download additional software modules and libraries, potentially allowing malicious code to be downloaded. The worry isn't necessarily that the Alibaba-owned UCWeb will load malware onto user devices, but the way it secures its command server leaves the door open for others to do just that.

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Firefox Lockbox password manager now on Android

Firefox Lockbox password manager now on Android

Web browsers have long offered the convenience of remembering the passwords you need to access websites and syncing them across all devices that the browser is available on. The problem, however, is when you need to log into mobile apps for the services whose passwords you have already stored on your browser. You could opt to migrate to a dedicated password manager or you could, instead, install Mozilla's Firefox Lockbox, its once experimental password manager that is now available for Android users.

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