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Instagram Kids on hold amid devastating Facebook mental health leaks

Instagram Kids on hold amid devastating Facebook mental health leaks

Instagram Kids, the version of the social network that Facebook hoped to hook children 10-12 years old on, is being put on pause, the company has confirmed today. The service, details of which leaked earlier this year, has been increasingly under fire by parents and child privacy advocates, particularly given recent revelations about Facebook's own research on how damaging social media can be to younger users.

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iPhone 13 Pro 120Hz ProMotion display requires developers to update apps

iPhone 13 Pro 120Hz ProMotion display requires developers to update apps

Although some criticize the iPhone 13 for having too few noteworthy upgrades, there are definitely some notable improvements in the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. One of the most significant is the ProMotion display that finally catches up to what Android phones have been doing since last year. Unfortunately, there has been some confusion about this 120Hz feature, and it will apparently require developers to put in some extra work to take advantage of the smoother animations.

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Pokemon GO Halloween leak 2021: Spooky time!

Pokemon GO Halloween leak 2021: Spooky time!

This week we got a peek at the next major event in the Pokemon GO universe: Halloween! This will more than likely NOT be called Halloween, exactly - since it's generally been called something like "Autumn Festival" in the past - but still, it's time for GHOSTS! This event was the very FIRST special event in Pokemon GO in the first year of the game's existence, and it remains one of the most exciting events of the whole year now!

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Google Photos’ Locked Folder feature will arrive for all Android users soon

Google Photos’ Locked Folder feature will arrive for all Android users soon

Android users will soon get access to a special Google Photos feature that was previously only available to Pixel users: Locked Folder. The feature aims to replace those shady apps used to hide photos and videos from nosy people, bringing with it the benefit of having your more sensitive media backed up to the cloud.

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Uber Eats adds emoji searches for when you’re too tired to type

Uber Eats adds emoji searches for when you’re too tired to type

Have you ever found yourself exhausted after a day of work and suddenly so hungry you can't work up the effort to cook a meal...or even type in a full search term? If so, Uber Eats' latest update is made for you. Going forward, users can now search for the food item they want by entering an emoji into the search field instead of words.

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Robinhood crypto wallets inbound: Testing, release date, and details

Robinhood crypto wallets inbound: Testing, release date, and details

Trading platform Robinhood plans to test cryptocurrency wallets starting next month, the company has revealed, though only some users will get access to the product initially. The company promises a variety of features that may lure in casual crypto enthusiasts, including the ability to receive, send, and hold supported digital coins, track one's portfolio, and more.

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Pokemon GO Furfrou must-know facts: Forms, Shiny, Evolution, Moves

Pokemon GO Furfrou must-know facts: Forms, Shiny, Evolution, Moves

Furfrou is not the most common Pokemon in the world. It's the most perfect fashionable Pokemon for Fashion Week 2021, but it's not out there this week in numbers as common as a Community Day Pokemon. Instead, it's available as a once-per-day Photobomb (try to take a photo of a Pokemon in the game and see), where it'll spawn in the wild as a result. It's also the encounter reward in a couple of quests. Now, let's talk about forms.

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Pixel 6 Live Translate might finally live up to Google Goggles’ promise

Pixel 6 Live Translate might finally live up to Google Goggles’ promise

An early peek at the inner workings of the Google Pixel 6 appeared to show the newest version of the device's Live Translate feature. Much like the device's ability to tell the user the artist and title of a song played locally, the Google Pixel 6 has the ability to translate languages in real time. It's entirely possible this feature will also appear on a variety of smartphones running Android 12 in the near future.

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Google apps gain new Focus mode on iOS 15

Google apps gain new Focus mode on iOS 15

Google has confirmed that it has updated its apps for use on iOS 15. The search giant promises many new features to improve the functionality of Google apps on the latest version of Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPads. The big update is called Focus mode, and it's aimed at users who get lots of notifications throughout the day.

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Augmented reality app helps people reduce their fear of spiders

Augmented reality app helps people reduce their fear of spiders

University of Basel researchers have a new augmented reality app that runs on smartphones to help people with arachnophobia. The app has proven beneficial to people with a fear of spiders in a clinical study. After a few training sessions at home, researchers found that test subjects utilizing the app reported a reduced fear of real spiders.

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Netflix free tier in Kenya could be the start of something new

Netflix free tier in Kenya could be the start of something new

Netflix is one of if not the biggest video streaming services in the market, but even it is finding that market to be stagnating and getting too crowded. A lot of people in the markets it serves already have a Netflix subscription, and the markets it doesn't serve aren't quick to embrace its business model. In an attempt to woo new users in markets like Kenya, Netflix is doing something that might have been unthinkable years ago, offering a serving of its video content completely free of charge.

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Pixel 6 Live Translate will combine Google’s best translation features

Pixel 6 Live Translate will combine Google’s best translation features

Although Google serves many users on many platforms, it often shows preferential treatment to Pixel phone owners. Some of those exclusive features eventually find their way to other Android phones, but the best of the best remains a highlight for Google's own phones. One such feature might be Live Translate that's going to be exclusive to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, pooling together some of Google's best work when it comes to AI-powered translation services.

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