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Popular Titanium Backup Android app gets booted from Google Play Store

Popular Titanium Backup Android app gets booted from Google Play Store

Google recently implemented stricter rules around reading SMS and call logs to prevent malicious apps from gaining access to those personal data. That policy, however, put apps like Tasker and Titanium Backup in limbo since they needed those permissions for valid but unsupported purposes. Google eventually loosened the restrictions a bit to allow the likes of Tasker to be exempted. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for Titanium Backup but the story might not be so straightforward as it seems.

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Google Assistant is invading Android Messages next

Google Assistant is invading Android Messages next

Ever since Google Assistant launched a few years back, it's been slowly invading a variety of platforms. The next platform it's slated to hit is a big one, as Google announced today that the Assistant will soon be landing in Messages on Android. Though its functionality will be relatively limited to start, it sounds like it'll still be a useful tool to have on hand during your conversations.

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Google Fit website will shut down March 19, but don’t panic

Google Fit website will shut down March 19, but don’t panic

If you use Google Fit on the web, you'll soon need to make the transition to using it on mobile and smartwatches. Google has announced that its Google Fit website will shutting down next month. Until now, users were able to view their Google Fit data, including recent activity, daily steps, distance traveled, and personal records through the website.

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Pinterest drops vaccination search results in push against fake news

Pinterest drops vaccination search results in push against fake news

Pinterest is no longer offering search results related to vaccinations in an effort to reduce the spread of misinformation. The issue revolves around anti-vaccination content, which accounts for the majority of vaccine-related content found on the sharing platform. The move follows a previous attempt by the company to remove the anti-vaxxer pins, which was unsuccessful.

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Which Android apps will stop working in 2019? [UPDATE]

Which Android apps will stop working in 2019? [UPDATE]

In the year 2019, Google will once again push forward API requirements for apps of all sorts, rendering old apps obsolete. If you use an app that's updated fairly regularly, you've got nothing to worry about. However, if you're using an app that's not been updated since it was first downloaded, you might need to prepare for the inevitable.

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Facebook gives Android users more control over location tracking

Facebook gives Android users more control over location tracking

Facebook has announced a new location setting for its Android app, giving those users more control over when the service can access their device's location data. In contrast to iOS users, Android users have only had the option to either grant or deny Facebook access to location services, but that changes starting today. Android users can now choose whether Facebook will have access to location info when they're not using the app.

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All of Galaxy S10’s unique app features: Instagram, Adobe

All of Galaxy S10’s unique app features: Instagram, Adobe

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is now official, and of course, the phone's triple rear-camera is getting a lot of attention. In fact, that camera was one of the first things Samsung dove into during today's presentation in San Francisco. The camera segment of the show wasn't entirely focused on specifications, though, as Samsung had some app partnerships to announce as well.

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New Mac Pro at WWDC 2019 tipped as iOS and macOS app merge gains momentum

New Mac Pro at WWDC 2019 tipped as iOS and macOS app merge gains momentum

Apple is rumored to be planning a big move to unify apps made for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. A new report claims that Apple will combine iPhone, Mac, and iPad apps, which will mean that developers can create a single app and have it work on every platform. That would be a huge deal for Apple's legions of app developers, as it would become significantly easier to create apps for Apple's platforms.

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Opera for Android can now block ads per site in two taps

Opera for Android can now block ads per site in two taps

There used to be a time when users had to resort to third-party solutions in order to keep Internet ads at bay. These days, much to the dismay of some advertisers, browser makers have taken it upon themselves to do the heavy lifting of helping users block the ads they don't want and let in those that they find OK. Opera has given users that fine-grained control on desktops since 2016 and it's now bringing to Android as well, starting with Opera for Android version 50.

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Waze Audio Player gets support for Deezer streaming service on Android

Waze Audio Player gets support for Deezer streaming service on Android

In October, navigation app Waze launched an in-app audio player with support for a handful of popular audio sources. This feature is designed to provide drivers with direct access to their favorite audio content, minimizing distractions and eliminating the need to toggle between apps. In its most recent update, the company has added Android support for the music streaming service Deezer.

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Google Voice gets Anonymous Caller ID feature on iOS

Google Voice gets Anonymous Caller ID feature on iOS

Google Voice users on iOS have a new privacy feature and it'll be arriving soon on Android, too. Called Anonymous Caller ID, the new setting gives users the option to hide their caller ID on all outgoing calls, eliminating the need to manually block caller ID with each phone call. The new option joins the recent VoIP call support and a couple of other changes.

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Apple acquires Pullstring for likely Siri upgrade

Apple acquires Pullstring for likely Siri upgrade

Apple seems to want to expand the speed at which Siri is implemented in 3rd-party products. At least that's what it'd seem, given their acquisition of the group called Pullstring. This group is in the business of assisting with the building and designing of voice apps for physical products. Oh, they've got their own conversational AI, too.

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