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Twitter DM updates with emoji reactions like iMessage

Twitter DM updates with emoji reactions like iMessage

Twitter suggests that it'll be "sliding into your DMs like [emoji] [emoji] [emoji]" etc this week with an update for the basic app. The update will allow emoji reactions to messages in Twitter - direct messages, specifically - to allow the expansion of the platform to reach ever-closer to the vision held by its maker. Is this the right way to make Twitter an all-encompassing social network?

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LG Android 10 update hides a surprise Desktop Mode

LG Android 10 update hides a surprise Desktop Mode

LG has recently received a lot of flak for its snail-paced Android updates and, truth be told, that is still the case. But for one brief moment, it seems that LG is at least making the update worth the wait more than usual. It turns out, LG's Android 10 update is one of the extremely few that actually surfaced the hidden Desktop Mode that Google introduced in the latest version of the mobile operating system.

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Twitter app crashes and a quick fix

Twitter app crashes and a quick fix

Today the Twitter app for Android is crashing - if you've got the newest version of that app, and a few bits are out of order. The official Twitter Support Twitter account suggested that they're in the process of fixing the issues at hand - but recommend that you avoid updating your Android app for Twitter until said fixes are in the mix. Meanwhile, there's a quick-fix for those savvy enough to drop into Android Settings.

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Google launches experimental Digital Wellbeing Android apps

Google launches experimental Digital Wellbeing Android apps

Google has published three new 'Experiments' apps for Android, each designed to improve your life in some way. Two of the three new apps fall under the company's Digital Wellbeing initiative, offering potential ways to help device owners manage their Android use. The third app isn't listed as a Digital Wellbeing product, but it does help reduce the stimulation and constant prodding that you'd ordinarily get from a smartphone.

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YouTube TV finally arrives on the PlayStation 4

YouTube TV finally arrives on the PlayStation 4

YouTube's streaming service YouTube TV has finally arrived on the PlayStation 4. The arrival is a welcomed one that makes a lot of sense in light of Sony's big 2019 announcement about its own OTT service: PlayStation Vue is going to be shuttered. With YouTube TV, PS4 owners can sign into their accounts and stream live television directly through the gaming console.

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Google Maps update brings new Timeline to iOS

Google Maps update brings new Timeline to iOS

Assuming you have Location Services and Location History turned on, you can access a Timeline of your activity in Google Maps on iOS. The company has pushed out an update to this feature, adding new tabs for things like "World" and "Places." With these, users can quickly access the places and cities they've visited, as well as pulling up a view with convenient cards for browsing all the countries they've traveled to.

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Tasker 5.9.2 will let you run ADB commands without a PC

Tasker 5.9.2 will let you run ADB commands without a PC

Android is an open platform but much of its functionality is still hidden behind superuser (root) access and sometimes esoteric commands. The latter, which can sometimes be used to enable or control features only available to rooted devices, often requires connecting the phone to a computer every time you need to issue the ADB command. The next release of Tasker will thankfully have a fix for that, making it even easier to perform advanced actions without having to root your phone.

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Opera resorts to questionable loan apps as browser market share tanks

Opera resorts to questionable loan apps as browser market share tanks

Back in the days when phones weren't exactly smart, the only way people could browse the Web was often through Opera. In the age of smartphones and Google Chrome, however, Opera has become almost a legacy, a legacy that might soon be tarnished by the company's own actions. It turns out that Opera is using what can only be described as predatory loan apps on Android to make a profit but could, in turn, get it banned from Google Play Store for good.

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Windows 10 Your Phone might soon copy and paste content across devices

Windows 10 Your Phone might soon copy and paste content across devices

Microsoft seems to have found a way to make its presence in the mobile market felt even without having a mobile platform of its own. Instead of trying and failing to make its own mobile OS, it has started to focus on making its apps and services not only available on mobile but making them actually desirable. One of the most recent examples of that is the Your Phone app for Windows 10 that might soon have yet another feature that may make it worth having on your phone.

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Instagram has removed the IGTV button from its main app

Instagram has removed the IGTV button from its main app

In summer 2018, Instagram officially launched IGTV, its relatively new platform for sharing and finding videos. Though several million people have downloaded the app, that number only represents a tiny percentage of the company's more than one billion users, meaning it isn't terribly popular. Seemingly underscoring that fact is Instagram's decision to remove the IGTV button from within its app.

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Facebook may have ditched controversial WhatsApp ads plan

Facebook may have ditched controversial WhatsApp ads plan

Facebook as ditched plans to fill WhatsApp with advertisements, according to a new report, instead choosing to focus on paid features designed for companies. The sources behind the leak claim that Facebook has gone so far as to scrub the code from WhatsApp that would have been used to implement the advertisements. This doesn't, however, mean that Facebook will never bring ads into WhatsApp.

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Google Search makes it easier to find and buy clothes on mobile

Google Search makes it easier to find and buy clothes on mobile

Google is making it easier to shop for clothes and similar items directly through its Search app on mobile devices. The company introduced the new capability this week, explaining that it makes it possible to browse through shoes, accessories, and clothing from different brands, see which stores sell the items, how much the products cost, and more.

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