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Android Messages gets dark mode: here’s how to enable it

Android Messages gets dark mode: here’s how to enable it

A highly requested feature, dark mode, is now available in Android Messages. As with the new YouTube dark mode, Android Messages users can eliminate the bright white background, instead switching to a darker interface that is easier on the eyes over longer periods of time. The new mode is available in Android Messages version 3.5, which brings the same Material Design that recently arrived on Google Phone and Google Contacts.

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Gmail confidential mode on mobile: How – and why – you should use it

Gmail confidential mode on mobile: How – and why – you should use it

Google announced today that Gmail's confidential mode has come to mobile devices. The feature launched on desktop earlier this year, and it allows senders to restrict things like forwarding, copying, and downloading the emails they send. Senders can also set emails to expire after a certain amount of time, and, in cases where extra security is necessary, lock a message with an SMS code.

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Windows 10 app makes Android photo transfer magic

Windows 10 app makes Android photo transfer magic

There's an app out for all users right this minute from Microsoft called "Your Phone." This app allows the user to get photos snapped on a phone over to their PC with the greatest of ease. The fact that this app even has to exist should be fairly embarrassing for someone in the smartphone development process ... but so far nobody's stepped forward in shame.

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Bing Search adds math mode: solve equations by taking a picture

Bing Search adds math mode: solve equations by taking a picture

Having trouble finishing your math homework? Microsoft has a solution. The company recently updated its Bing for iOS app to include a new "math mode" that solves equations in a snap...literally. Snap a picture of the problem, give Bing a second or two to process it, and you'll be given the answer without any additional interaction. The feature is powered by Bing's Camera Intelligent Search technology.

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Instagram users are falling victim to a strange hack

Instagram users are falling victim to a strange hack

If you have an Instagram account, you may want to take some extra precautions and do what you can to lock it down. That, of course, is always good advice, but at the moment it might be particularly important. Reports of hackers taking over Instagram accounts are starting to circulate, but this story is a fair bit more strange than you would initially expect.

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Secret Apple meeting tipped to push app subscription model to developers

Secret Apple meeting tipped to push app subscription model to developers

Aside from hardware sales, apps are a major source of revenue for Apple. Though official Apple apps make up a tiny, tiny fraction of all of the available apps on iOS, the company still gets a percentage of every app sale through the platform. This extends to in-app purchases (like the ones you find in free-to-play games) and apps that primarily generate revenue through subscriptions, such as Netflix.

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Fortnite Android beta comes to non-Samsung phones, but invite still needed

Fortnite Android beta comes to non-Samsung phones, but invite still needed

It's been less than a week since Samsung announced that Fortnite for Android would be exclusive to its Galaxy devices, but that limited exclusivity is already over. As promised by Epic Games, Fortnite's wider rollout to Android devices begins today, although still in beta form. The bad news is that means an invite is still required to actually play the game, but the good news is that fans can actually pre-install the beta.

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Discord challenges Steam with its own digital game store

Discord challenges Steam with its own digital game store

Discord, the gaming-focused VoIP and messaging app, is preparing to launch its own digital marketplace for games, directly entering the territory dominated by Steam. Discord is starting small, however, rather than aiming to offer every PC game available like Valve's immense storefront. The app has announced a store beta that will be limited to 50,000 Canadian users, which will be randomly selected from the Discord Nitro subscription service.

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Fortnite on Android: Even Google announces it’s not on Play Store

Fortnite on Android: Even Google announces it’s not on Play Store

By now, anyone who has even the slightest interest in Fortnite knows that it's finally coming to Android. The latest news has been about how Epic Games is taking the unique stance of keeping it off the Google Play Store and instead requiring users to download the game's APK directly off their website. But what's really interesting is that now even Google is acknowledging that it doesn't have the game by making an announcement — inside the Play Store itself.

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Fortnite app download warning: How and Why to wait

Fortnite app download warning: How and Why to wait

To download the official Fortnite beta app this week, you won't need a Samsung device. But you will need to be prepared to cry forever. This is because all those devices found playing without a Samsung device identifier will be banned by Epic Games - forever. That's not something your device comes back from, ever.

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Galaxy Note 9 tops YouTube’s recommended devices list

Galaxy Note 9 tops YouTube’s recommended devices list

YouTube has released a list of smartphones its recommends for the best streaming experience. These "Signature Devices," the term used by the company, are said to offer best-in-class YouTube experiences across multiple aspects, including reliability and performance, and when viewing 360-degree content in addition to regular videos. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in at the top of the list, and there's one surprising absence.

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Discord game store tests kick off with freebies for Nitro users

Discord game store tests kick off with freebies for Nitro users

The competition between Steam and Discord is heating up. Back in July, Steam rolled out a new chat client that appeared to take heavy inspiration from Discord, and today, Discord is biting back by going after Steam's core business of selling games. Yes, Discord has launched a game store of its own, and though it's starting small, it has the potential to become a big part of the app as a whole.

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