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Steam Chat Android and iOS apps released

Steam Chat Android and iOS apps released

When one thinks of Steam, its chat capabilities aren't often the first thing that comes to mind. Still, it's clear that Valve considers chat to be an integral part of Steam, as it now has its very own app. Valve has launched a new Steam Chat app on iOS and Android, allowing you to always have that aspect of Steam at your fingertips.

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Lyft panic button gives riders a way to directly dial 911

Lyft panic button gives riders a way to directly dial 911

Lyft has started rolling out an updated app that adds new safety features designed for riders. Most notable in the update is a new in-app panic button that gives riders the ability to directly call 911 from within the Lyft app. As well, the company will make it easier to see a driver's license plate number, provide feedback for poor service, and more.

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Adobe Premiere Rush released to Android with these features

Adobe Premiere Rush released to Android with these features

Back in October, Adobe Premiere Rush rolled out to a variety of platforms but left Android out in the cold. At the time, Adobe promised that an Android version of the app would launch at some point in 2019, and today, the company made good on that promise. Adobe Premiere Rush is now available on Google's mobile operating system, but only for a handful of higher-end devices.

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OnePlus 7 Pro Zen Mode, Screen Recording APKs land on older models

OnePlus 7 Pro Zen Mode, Screen Recording APKs land on older models

Almost all Android phone makers, with extremely few exceptions, add some extra features to their flavor of Android. Mostly these are frowned upon by advanced users but some do like the value that those add-ons offer. Some even demand it for their previous gen models. That's what some OnePlus owners want from the OnePlus 7 Pro's Zen Mode and Screen Recording features and while OnePlus did promise it will happen eventually, some have taken matters into their own hands.

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Google Calendar and Google Keep get dark mode on Android

Google Calendar and Google Keep get dark mode on Android

When Google revealed version 2 of its Material Design language, one of the most immediate reactions of users was that it was too white and bright. Never mind how it threatened to sear images onto people's retinas, it seemed almost antithetical to the whole "dark mode" movement that's trying to save batteries and eyes. since then, Google has started updating at least its mobile apps to offer dark themes and the two latest to get that option are Google Calendar and Google Keep.

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How secure is your messenger app? Things you should know

How secure is your messenger app? Things you should know

A common misconception: "Internet security isn’t important, I’ve got nothing to hide anyway." Your conversations may be trivial for now, but you never know when you and your friends or colleagues discuss matters that could be of value to someone else who shouldn’t be eavesdropping.

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Android Live Transcribe will soon let you know when dogs are barking

Android Live Transcribe will soon let you know when dogs are barking

Smartphones are becoming more sophisticated and more powerful but, truth be told, almost all of those features are designed for well-abled users. While those may represent the majority of paying customers, that's no reason to not make life easier for all kinds of users as well. On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google is announcing an upcoming feature for Live Transcribe that will help users with hearing problems be more aware of their surroundings and keep a record of some critical conversations as well.

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Google Podcasts can finally auto-download new podcast episodes

Google Podcasts can finally auto-download new podcast episodes

Google Podcasts is slowly developing into a proper podcast app with the addition of new -- and some would say, basic and expected -- features already available in many competing products. With the most recent update, Google Podcasts can now be set to automatically download the newest episodes in the podcasts you listen to, eliminating the need to manually find and download the content.

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Google Trips is a one-stop hub for your vacation plans

Google Trips is a one-stop hub for your vacation plans

Google has brought its simplified travel planning system to the desktop, integrating flights, hotels, and ideas for actives into a single, comprehensive hub. The move combines Google Flights, Hotels, and more into one Google Trips location, that promises to be more useful than a fanny pack for your passport and travelers checks.

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Google Rivet helps kids learn to read using speech recognition and AI

Google Rivet helps kids learn to read using speech recognition and AI

There still an ongoing debate on the positive and negative effects mobile devices and apps have on kids today but the cat is already out of the bag. Phones and tablets and apps are here to stay and some would rather turn those into learning tools than burn them at the stake. Unsurprisingly, Google is one such proponent of crafting tools to educate rather than hinder and its skunkworks arm Area 120 has developed Rivet exactly for that purpose.

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Photoshop CC for iPad closed beta opens up applications

Photoshop CC for iPad closed beta opens up applications

Not too long ago, Adobe promised that it would be bringing the full, or at least almost full, powers of Photoshop to Apple's newest computer, the iPad Pro. Given all the bad rap it's getting these days, Adobe could use some good publicity. Perhaps it's just a coincidence, then, that Adobe has opened up the process for getting into its exclusive Photoshop on the iPad beta program. Provided, of course, you can make a case why you should be part of that exclusive club.

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Twitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partner

Twitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partner

Often times you only hear of bugs or even "features" that violate users' privacy after someone reports it on the Internet. Often times the companies involved have to deal with the PR mess and backlash involved after the fact. Perhaps learning from its peers, Twitter has decided to beat others to the news and own up to its own privacy blunder. While it doesn't exactly excuse them from making such a simple misstep, it has to at least be complemented for not waiting until the last minute to come clean.

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