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Instagram Stories can now automatically display song lyrics

Instagram Stories can now automatically display song lyrics

Instagram has made it easier for users to add lyrics to their Story posts, the company revealed in a small announcement on Thursday. The new feature revolves around the service's music sticker, and has arrived just in time to compete with TikTok's own new text option. With this new feature, lyrics automatically appear when songs play on an Instagram Story post.

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Google Maps on-screen speedometer will warn you if you’re speeding

Google Maps on-screen speedometer will warn you if you’re speeding

Google Maps has changed the way we navigate the world but, for some, Waze was the one that changed the way we drive around. Of course, Google owns Waze so it's no surprise that some driving-related features have eventually come to the main Maps app. The latest is the inclusion of a speedometer right at the corner of Google Maps screen which could help drivers, or their passengers, notice how fast they might be going.

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Netflix tests mobile app feed with trailers, photos, and other ‘extras’

Netflix tests mobile app feed with trailers, photos, and other ‘extras’

Netflix is following the lead of many other tech companies before it with the introduction of a feed in its mobile app. Called 'Extras,' the feed is appearing for a small number of Netflix users on the company's mobile app, where they're given access to a dedicated scrolling page of content related to the company's vast video library.

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iOS 13 SiriKit update might cool tensions between Spotify and Apple

iOS 13 SiriKit update might cool tensions between Spotify and Apple

Here's something that might ease the ongoing tensions between Apple and Spotify: when it arrives, iOS 13 will apparently open up SiriKit, allowing Apple's AI assistant to work with third-party music and podcast apps. In other words, the days of Siri shooting down requests to play music through Spotify might soon be over. That's assuming, of course, that this functionality makes it into the final version iOS 13 that ships to customers later this year.

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Zynga’s Tiny Royale brings bite-sized battle royale to Snapchat

Zynga’s Tiny Royale brings bite-sized battle royale to Snapchat

Almost a month ago to the day, Snapchat rolled out Snap Games. The feature is pretty self-explanatory from the name alone, as it focuses on small games that can be played with friends from within the Snapchat app. At the time of its reveal, Snapchat announced the first six titles slated for Snap Games, and today one of those titles, Zynga's Tiny Royale, is going live.

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Simple apps aim to transform your Android phone (and they’re free)

Simple apps aim to transform your Android phone (and they’re free)

A set of open source utility apps for Android were developed under the name Simple Mobile Tools. They've been in the works now for three full years, and they're very much a full replacement for Android device apps as follows. You'll find a Gallery, Calendar, Notes, Contacts, File Manager, and a Draw app. All are out on Google Play for free for their birthday.

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BeiTaAd adware discovered in 238 Google Play Store apps

BeiTaAd adware discovered in 238 Google Play Store apps

It's probably nothing new by now whenever news about this or that malware getting into Google Play Store's automated "bouncer" but few have probably achieved the same mass reach as this one. Called BeiTaAd or BeitaPlugin, the particular strain of adware will perhaps go down in history for having taking great pains to hide its nature from security measures and being found in 238 unique apps. It is, perhaps, no coincidence that those apps were all made by the same Chinese company as well.

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Skype screen sharing officially lands on mobile along with cleaner UI

Skype screen sharing officially lands on mobile along with cleaner UI

With the proliferation of video chat services, the former king Skype has almost completely lost its share of the pie. It has recently attempted to appeal to a broader range of users with hip and trendy features. That continues with the latest features coming today to Android and iOS users that is reinforcing the image of Skype as a tool isn't just for serious business but for group online shopping as well.

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Spotify Stations is finally available in the US

Spotify Stations is finally available in the US

Way back in January 2018, Spotify rolled out an interesting little app called Stations. What is essentially Spotify's answer to Pandora, Stations attempts to get you listening to music right away by creating a number of different radio stations based around your music tastes. No creating and managing playlists, no searching your library for a specific album needed.

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Google Trips app is going down in August

Google Trips app is going down in August

Google is ready to add yet another body to its graveyard. Fortunately, this time it's just a mobile app. Last month, Google proudly announced an update to its Google Trips feature that takes the pain out of planning your next getaway. It seems almost ironic, then, but totally not unexpected that it will be shutting down the Android version of that feature soon. Soon, in this case, is August 5 this year.

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Sign in with Apple to be required for apps with third-party logins

Sign in with Apple to be required for apps with third-party logins

This week WWDC 2019, Apple unveiled its own and perhaps overdue single sign-on (SSO) service. Sign in with Apple was pretty much seen as the company throwing shade at Google and Facebook over their own SSOs. It seems, however, that Apple is doing more than giving users a more privacy-respecting alternative. It will, in fact, requires some app developers to give users that option if they're already doing Facebook or Google logins anyway.

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Apple’s Project Catalyst will bring iOS apps to macOS Catalina this fall

Apple’s Project Catalyst will bring iOS apps to macOS Catalina this fall

During its WWDC 2019 keynote today, Apple announced that its users will soon be able to access iOS apps on their Mac computers, something made possible by Project Catalyst. The news isn't entirely surprising -- it was teased last year under the codename Marzipan. With Apple's event today, the plan became official alongside important details, including that the new support will arrive with macOS Catalina.

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