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Sensor Tower allegedly harvested user data via mobile VPNs, ad blockers

Sensor Tower allegedly harvested user data via mobile VPNs, ad blockers

What do you do when the very things that are supposed to protect you turn out to be the very things that harm you? What can you do when those things come from a company that, until today, may have been cited multiple times for its rich and deep data? Those are the questions that may be facing users, developers, and platform makers in light of news that Sensor Tower, one of the more popular analytics platform especially for mobile ecosystems, has been using rather shady methods to get that data it is so proud of.

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Spotify app’s new home screen puts your favorites on top

Spotify app’s new home screen puts your favorites on top

Music streaming has become a really big and profitable business and each service offers a slightly different experience to stand out from the crowd. Some let you manage your own playlists will others only offer "stations". Some let you upload tracks you already owned while others only have access to music in its collection. Almost all of them, however, let you mark certain lists or music as your go-to selections and Spotify's new home screen for its mobile apps will let you get to those faster.

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AnTuTu apps removed from Google Play Store over Cheetah Mobile ties

AnTuTu apps removed from Google Play Store over Cheetah Mobile ties

Apps get kicked out of the Google Play Store regularly for this or that policy violation. While some do end up being erroneous, most are valid cases of misbehaving or downright malicious apps. Few of those have had the audacity to return and repeat their offenses as much as Chinese app developer Cheetah Mobile, forcing Google to purge the store off any and all apps associated with the company. Unfortunately, that seems to have included one of the most popular benchmarking tools, whether or not it's actually warranted.

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March Madness Live app’s best feature is no longer limited to Apple TV

March Madness Live app’s best feature is no longer limited to Apple TV

The NCAA has announced that its March Madness app, which enables basketball fans to watch their favorite games over the Internet, has released one of its best features for the Fire TV and Android TV platforms. With this new feature, fans can watch two different games at the same time, something that was previously limited to only the Apple TV version of the streaming app.

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Robinhood down again as markets in freefall

Robinhood down again as markets in freefall

Robinhood is down for the third time this month, with the investment app adding more bad news to the market crash that saw US trading frozen on Monday morning. Popular with novice traders getting their first taste of the stock markets, Robinhood confirmed just before 10am ET on March 9 that it was "experiencing issues with equities, options and crypto trading."

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Apple is blocking COVID-19 apps that don’t come from health organizations

Apple is blocking COVID-19 apps that don’t come from health organizations

The situation with the COVID-19 virus is no joking matter and yet there are always people who would take advantage of the situation to make a profit. Others may be more well-intentioned but unwittingly help spread misinformation, which is all too easy in this day of the Internet and mobile apps. To help curb those all too human tendencies, mobile and social platforms have imposed rules that effectively block non-authoritative apps and sources. But while they are seemingly effective, it is also calling into question at least one platform's process of enforcing it.

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Apple App Store puts dating apps on notice, allows marketing notifications

Apple App Store puts dating apps on notice, allows marketing notifications

Apple is often accused of exercising an iron grip on its App Store but few iPhone and iPad users will probably argue that it is mostly a positive experience for them. Part of that is thanks to the strict review guidelines that Apple imposes on how apps should behave before they're even allowed into the store. The company has just updated its guidelines to account for the latest iOS and iPadOS versions and, among other things, it is tightening its grip on some class of apps while loosening it for others.

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night quietly released for Android and iOS

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night quietly released for Android and iOS

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has received a surprise release on mobile, making the classic game available to a new audience of gamers. The title was originally released in 1991 for the first PlayStation console, later arriving on newer devices like the PSP, Vita, Xbox 360, and, eventually, on the PlayStation 4. The new version can be downloaded on iOS and Android.

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VSCO Montage update: Stacking up videos to beat Instagram [UPDATE]

VSCO Montage update: Stacking up videos to beat Instagram [UPDATE]

Instagram's greatest nightmare is a service like VSCO that's able to operate and improve at a rate not allowed by Facebook. VSCO's latest innovation is a system called Montage. Montage allows the user to combine videos and videos, stack them up, blend the two, and generally make something magical.

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YouTube Music app update brings more accessible controls, static lyrics

YouTube Music app update brings more accessible controls, static lyrics

Google seems to be surely but also a bit slowly grooming YouTube Music to be the music service it wanted it to be. It may still be quite some time before it can fully shut down Google Play Music but adding new features definitely goes a long way in getting ready for that inevitable future. YouTube Music has recently added some functionality to its library and now it's updating its Android app's interface to make it easier to use, especially as a music player.

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Hulu Live TV finally arrives on the PS4: Here’s how to enable it

Hulu Live TV finally arrives on the PS4: Here’s how to enable it

Hulu + Live TV, the version of the streaming service that includes access to live television in addition to on-demand content, is finally available on the final major platform it lacked: PlayStation 4. Sony's console has notoriously been missing from a number of streaming service lists, though that has slowly changed over time. The new support arrived in an update on Tuesday.

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The most important WhatsApp update ever: Dark Mode

The most important WhatsApp update ever: Dark Mode

If you're using WhatsApp for iOS or Android today, you can get an update that allows Dark Mode. This update changes the way that WhatsApp looks on all devices, switching dark tones for light tones, and light tones for dark. It makes better use of your display's power drain - to a tiny, yet significant degree. Dark Mode is a lot kinder to your eyes, too.

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