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OnePlus Gallery app can now recognize faces and create story albums

OnePlus Gallery app can now recognize faces and create story albums

It's easy enough to ignore the photo gallery app that comes pre-installed on most smartphones. After all, they're just another way of viewing photos that you take. And if you're anything like a mobile shutterbug, the stock apps OEMs offer probably don't cut it anyway. Fortunately for OnePlus users, the manufacturer has been working to upgrade its gallery app experience and its latest update might be one of the most AI-heavy yet.

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OneDrive on Android gets a dark mode and On This Day memories feature

OneDrive on Android gets a dark mode and On This Day memories feature

Microsoft has recently been pushing forward its Fluent Design aesthetic to more places where it has a presence. It isn't only on PCs or even the Web as the recent all-in-one Microsoft Office app proved. While that new Android app does let you access some of your files stored on OneDrive, you might eventually want to have access to the whole shebang. Fortunately, Microsoft is now giving its OneDrive Android app a Fluent makeover while also adding a few new features while they're at it.

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Today Firefox launched DoH encryption by default: Why it matters

Today Firefox launched DoH encryption by default: Why it matters

Today in the USA, Mozilla updated Firefox for security and privacy purposes. They did this with DNS over HTTPS (DoH), a system which encrypts the interactions between computers and servers when they connect via the Internet. Because of the way insecure DNS works, "lookups" of servers done by your computer when connected to the internet are vulnerable to malicious agents. DoH stops all that business.

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Pokemon Day 2020 begins today in Pokemon GO! [UPDATE: Early release!]

Pokemon Day 2020 begins today in Pokemon GO! [UPDATE: Early release!]

Today we begin celebrating Pokemon Day in all the Pokemon places, most especially in the most popular mobile monster game of all time: Pokemon GO. During Pokemon Day 2020, Pokemon GO will be packed with interesting developments, starting with what's set for the event today, the day in which the Clones arrive! This is a celebration of international Pokemon Day 2020, but it's also a precursor to the release of a brand new Pokemon movie!

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EU recommends Signal messaging app to staff for privacy

EU recommends Signal messaging app to staff for privacy

This week, leadership at the European Commission (executive branch of the European Union) sent a staff-wide message pushing the secure messaging app Signal. This end-to-end encrypted messaging app was recommended on an EU internal discussion board for all staff. The message included, in part: "Signal has been selected as the recommended application for public instant messaging." Why would the EU do this?

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Netflix adds Top 10 feature with most popular TV shows and movies

Netflix adds Top 10 feature with most popular TV shows and movies

A large number of people have abandoned traditional pay-TV in favor of streaming, something that is better in most ways, but that makes it harder to figure out what is most popular at the moment. Here is help is a new feature from Netflix, which is making it easy for users to see which TV shows and movies are currently popular among other users. The feature involves a small notice added to the content's imagery.

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Google on new Huawei phones: don’t sideload Google Play apps

Google on new Huawei phones: don’t sideload Google Play apps

It has been almost a year since Huawei came under the US government's ban hammer, effectively barred from doing business or making new acquisitions from most US companies. Over the course of the months, some of its partners, like Microsoft, have either voiced support for the embattled Chinese giant while others, like ARM, have found ways to circumvent the rather encompassing but still US-only directive. Huawei's biggest partner in the mobile market has been curiously mum but Google is now breaking its silence and it isn't looking good for Huawei.

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Quibi quick-bite video streaming app arrives with pre-registration

Quibi quick-bite video streaming app arrives with pre-registration

Quibi, the upcoming video service that promises short-form videos ideal for watching on a smartphone, has launched its mobile app on the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store. The service itself still hasn't launched, but interested future subscribers can now pre-register for the service to make sure they get notified when it is live. Among other things, Quibi plans to revive Reno 911! and reboot Legends of the Hidden Temple.

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HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

The year 2020 will prove to the world just how ready Huawei is to live in a world without Google on Android. Huawei was blocked last year from working with Google directly, leading them to seek an alternative to GMS: Google Mobile Services, aka official license from Google to include Google apps and the Google Play digital content store on Android devices. Here in 2020, Huawei's about to release their first phone with both the Huawei app store and HMS: Huawei Mobile Services, and it won't be the last.

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Pokemon HOME hits a big milestone right out of the gate

Pokemon HOME hits a big milestone right out of the gate

Earlier this month, Nintendo launched a new app for Switch and mobile devices called Pokemon HOME. Meant to be a companion to modern games in the Pokemon series - namely Pokemon Sword, Shield, Let's Go Pikachu, Let's Go Eevee, and Pokemon GO - Pokemon HOME offers a lot of functionality, whether that's transferring Pokemon between games or storing large collections long-term.

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Google kicks out 600 apps from Play Store over bad ads

Google kicks out 600 apps from Play Store over bad ads

Google recently boasted that Google Play Store has netted $80 billion in revenue for developers. Those figures are, of course, only from the legitimate ways app developers earn money, either from outright app purchases, in-app buys, subscriptions, or even ads. The last source of income, however, is rather problematic even for Google who manages the sanctioned apps these apps can use. This is mostly due to less than savory advertising methods which the company has now given the boot from Google Play Store.

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Disney+ heads to Vizio SmartCast today

Disney+ heads to Vizio SmartCast today

For Vizio TV owners, it just got a lot easier to watch Disney+. Today, Vizio announced that it has added Disney+ to its SmartCast platform, which means that those who have a SmartCast TV can watch Disney+ directly through the app. Previously, users were able to stream Disney+ to Vizio TVs through either Apple AirPlay 2 or Chromecast, which come built-in on some sets.

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