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Hulu update adds channel filters to personalize Live Guide

Hulu update adds channel filters to personalize Live Guide

Hulu has released a big update for its Android app, adding new features for Live TV customers specifically, as well as default autoplay on collection clips and the ability to seek during playback. Similar features haven't arrived in the iOS app, though it's possible we'll see an update with them drop in the near future.

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Project Verify unveiled by major US carriers to eliminate app passwords

Project Verify unveiled by major US carriers to eliminate app passwords

The United States' four biggest wireless carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile -- have teamed to launch Project Verify, a single sign-on service that reduces how many passwords someone needs. Project Verify is designed for smartphone users, existing to authenticate any apps that require logins so the user doesn't have to enter a unique password.

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Inbox isn’t Google’s only email app casualty this year

Inbox isn’t Google’s only email app casualty this year

Yesterday, Google announced its decision to discontinue Inbox by Gmail, citing the fact that many of its features are now available in Gmail proper. With that in mind, it isn't surprising to see the purge continue, and now Google has announced that it will discontinue the Gmail Offline Chrome app as well. The shut down officially happens later this year.

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Instagram pop-up offers support for opioid addiction

Instagram pop-up offers support for opioid addiction

Instagram has started displaying a pop-up notification that appears when users search for certain drug-related hashtags. The message is a proactive way of encouraging users who potentially have a problem to get help. Included with the pop-up message is a direct link to support services, though users also have the option of viewing posts related to the hashtag.

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Inbox by Gmail will be shut down in March 2019

Inbox by Gmail will be shut down in March 2019

Google has officially announced an end for Inbox by Gmail, something users expected following the introduction of the new Gmail experience. Inbox by Gmail isn't going away immediately -- users will have until March 2019 to decide on an alternative. Fortunately, many of the features users enjoy are available in the new Gmail.

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eBay tapped Apple’s iPhone AR tech for hands-free shopping

eBay tapped Apple’s iPhone AR tech for hands-free shopping

Today, eBay made an announcement most probably wouldn't expect: it's been working behind the scenes on AI-powered assistive technology. In a broad sense, the open-source HeadGaze project, as it's called, uses the front-facing camera on the iPhone X and 3D information from Apple ARKit to allow users to navigate apps by moving their head. eBay has also created an app called HeadSwipe using HeadGaze technology.

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Facebook Lite gets Community Help tools for disaster assistance

Facebook Lite gets Community Help tools for disaster assistance

Facebook Lite, the social network's slim app for low-end devices and developing markets, has just received access to important community crisis tools. Called Community Help, the feature launched early last year as a way for Facebook users to offer (and find, when necessary) help from their community following disasters. Mobile users no longer have to use the regular Facebook app to access this feature.

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Instagram’s new guide helps parents protect teenage users

Instagram’s new guide helps parents protect teenage users

Instagram has published a new parents guide that helps adults manage their teen's use of the platform. The guide covers three primary topics, including managing user privacy, interactions on the platform, and time spent on the app. The guide helps parents understand how the tools on the app work and how to talk to their teens about use of the service.

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Google Play Points loyalty program hints found in APK teardown

Google Play Points loyalty program hints found in APK teardown

Hints of a loyalty program called "Play Points" have been discovered in an APK teardown, according to a new report. This program appears to be a way to reward Android users who purchase content from the Google Play store, giving them points that can be used toward goods. An icon associated with the Play Points program was found, as well as badges for rank levels based on user tiers.

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Apple’s Shazam acquisition given the go-ahead by EU regulators

Apple’s Shazam acquisition given the go-ahead by EU regulators

Back in December, Apple announced its intention to buy Shazam. While acquisitions like this are always subject to some delay while they make it through the regulatory process, this one in particular hit a pretty big roadblock when the European Commission announced a full-blown investigation into whether or not the deal would be anti-competitive. That investigation was announced back in April, and now it seems that the EU has reached its decision.

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YouTube Dark theme on Android: How to get it and go

YouTube Dark theme on Android: How to get it and go

This morning Google started blasting the Dark Theme for YouTube on Android devices of many sorts. Not ALL sorts, mind you, but many sorts, many sorts indeed. This update was long awaited by lovers of the dark and the mysterious and/or festering recesses of the human soul, and now they can be satiated. YouTube can now have its colors flipped to darkness.

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Snapchat Spectacles launch two new styles today

Snapchat Spectacles launch two new styles today

Despite the fact that the original Spectacles didn't quite find the success Snapchat was hoping for, this year the company decided to press on with the wearable. Back in May, Snapchat introduced Spectacles V2, which came with a few new features to tempt the holdouts who may not have taken the plunge with the first version. Despite these tweaks, Spectacles V2 sported a design that was mostly similar to the original.

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