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Telegram Slow Messages feature hits slo-mo on Chatty Christopher

Telegram Slow Messages feature hits slo-mo on Chatty Christopher

A new set of features heads to Telegram today with intent on changing the way you chat with friends and colleagues. Perhaps the most colorful of these is a new accent selection option for Night Mode on iOS. You probably don't even need to have the latest version of iOS to get this Night Mode accent action - but why wait?

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Google Maps just added your favorite lost Trips features

Google Maps just added your favorite lost Trips features

From the ashes of Google Trips rises a set of new features for Google Maps, it would appear. Of course, we knew that these features were on the way, as Google said that it would implement much of Trips' functionality in Maps and Search when it decided to sunset the app. Essentially, then, it seems that the decision to shut down Trips was made in part to consolidate functionality among Google's lineup of apps.

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Skype calls are also being heard by Microsoft contractors

Skype calls are also being heard by Microsoft contractors

Amazon, Google, and Apple have recently come under fire because of the way they have handed audio clips to human reviewers with users' knowledge. All three companies have commented and put their programs on hold to avoid possible lawsuits and further backlash. It turns out that it's not just voice-controlled smart assistants are involved in this business practice. Even Skype calls, long considered to be sacrosanct, are apparently subjected to the same treatment and some Microsoft contractors have become privy to those conversations, even very intimate ones.

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Twitter Snooze mutes notifications for a social media detox

Twitter Snooze mutes notifications for a social media detox

At some point, all of us need a break from social media. While some of us are good at closing an app like Twitter or Facebook and leaving it alone for a while, others are quickly pulled back in by push notifications. Twitter seems to be testing a solution to that problem, allowing users to silence push notifications for a set period of time.

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Delete Revolut right now, because of this guy

Delete Revolut right now, because of this guy

This is the way startups work, you'll hear them say, you sign up and expect to work this way. Except when you're a company that suggests you "believe in power of people" and "love the game" - you're not making a change in the world, you're simply moving the suffering from one group of people to another, and profiting in the meantime. That's what it would very much appear is happening with the working culture over at Revolut - and they're not alone.

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Adobe Premiere Rush update brings much-requested speed tools

Adobe Premiere Rush update brings much-requested speed tools

Adobe has announced that its cross-platform editing app Premiere Rush is getting a new update, and it's adding what Adobe says is the most request feature from users: speed controls. In Premiere Rush version 1.2, users will be able to adjust the playback speed of their video clips. The update doesn't just stop at adding speed controls, as you'll also have the ability to maintain the pitch of your video as you speed it up or slow it down.

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How to stop humans from listening to your Alexa voice recordings

How to stop humans from listening to your Alexa voice recordings

Amazon has added a new feature in its Alexa smartphone app that allows users to opt out of having their voice recordings reviewed by humans. The feature comes amid growing privacy concerns over the practice, which is used to help the company -- and others like it -- improve the quality of their AI assistants. Finding the feature in the Alexa app isn't entirely simple, however.

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You should stop using WhatsApp right now

You should stop using WhatsApp right now

Thank goodness I stopped using WhatsApp when I did - things are about to get MESSY. As of this Facebook currently has a content moderation plan*... another NEW content moderation plan I should say... Which will use AI to flag messages before they're encrypted, sending said messages then to Facebook HQ where they can be read by humans. Messages will then be used by Facebook to make their moderator machines smarter and better at detecting term-violating words and phrases from their always-editable lists.

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Google Fit dark mode, sleep charts and iOS workout maps added

Google Fit dark mode, sleep charts and iOS workout maps added

Google Fit is getting a dark mode, with the fitness tracking app promising to be easier on the eyes when the lighting is low, along with other changes for iOS and Android. Now, in addition to tracking movement and heart health, Google is building on Google Fit's sleep tracking support, along with workout mapping for iPhone users.

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Google Files Android app gets a dark theme to celebrate 100M users

Google Files Android app gets a dark theme to celebrate 100M users

Smartphone storage is getting a lot cheaper these days but they still haven't become cheap enough for budget phones to boast even 64 GB of storage. Google created the Files Go app to help owners of such phones to manage their files. It turned out that even those with loads of data storage space wanted in on those features and Google was only too happy to oblige. Now simply called "Files", the app now boasts of 100 million users and Google is celebrating by introducing two new features.

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Pixels, some Android phones will be able to make automated emergency calls

Pixels, some Android phones will be able to make automated emergency calls

Emergency calls can be literal life savers but their effectiveness largely depends on the operator getting clear information from the caller. That, in turn, depends on the caller's ability to speak out that information. There are times, however, when the caller isn't even able to speak. For that reason, Google is implementing a new feature in its phone apps for Pixel phones and some Android phones that could automatically speak those details.

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Google Play Pass enters testing to challenge Apple Arcade for your wallet

Google Play Pass enters testing to challenge Apple Arcade for your wallet

In case you haven't noticed by now, a large number of companies are really fond of subscription services at the moment. Apple already offers Apple Music, iCloud, and Apple News Plus subscriptions to those who want them, and later this year, it will add one more to the list: Apple Arcade. The idea behind Apple Arcade is to give subscribers unlimited access to a curated collection of mobile games.

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