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Pokemon GO PVE quick guide update: How charged moves go great

Pokemon GO PVE quick guide update: How charged moves go great

The weekend is ripe for battles of all sorts in the world of Pokemon GO. This Friday Niantic updated their system to include a whole bunch of Team Leader teams - Pokemon crews, moves, and abilities. Blanche rolls with three new teams, Candela has a new set of three team possibilities, and Spark has... lots of Electric Pokemon, as you may have guessed.

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FaceApp privacy: We still recommend you delete

FaceApp privacy: We still recommend you delete

Today we're taking a look at the quick rise and confusing fall of FaceApp and the privacy concerns therein. Early privacy-centered reactions to the app were blown a TINY bit out of proportion - but concerns still remain, in a big way. Yes, the app was developed in Russia*, but the Russian angle has nothing to do with the amount of privacy you can expect from the app. The most important part of the situation is in the User Content agreement FaceApp demands you agree to before you use their app. In the agreement, users agree that their images can be used by the creators of the app for basically any reason, at any time, without further consent from anyone.

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Instagram plans to ban more users, but will alert them first

Instagram plans to ban more users, but will alert them first

Instagram has updated its account disable policy in a way that will potentially result in more accounts getting banned. The change was made in order to 'more consistently' enforce the company's policies, Instagram revealed in an announcement on Thursday. Under the new policy, users face getting their accounts banned if they receive or exceed a set number of violations within a limited period of time, among other things.

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YouTube Music’s latest feature plays to its strengths

YouTube Music’s latest feature plays to its strengths

In the war for music streaming dominance, functionality and feature sets are a big deal. YouTube Music's recent launch means it has some catching up to do to more established players like Spotify and Apple Music, and today, it's trying to give itself an edge by rolling out a feature it's unique situated to deliver. If you're a YouTube Music subscriber, you'll now be able to switch between audio-only tracks and music videos at will.

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Google removes seven Russian stalking apps from Play Store

Google removes seven Russian stalking apps from Play Store

Avast, a security company best known for its antivirus software, has announced that Google removed a number of stalking apps from the Google Play Store found by the security company. A total of seven stalking apps were found in the app store -- four on Tuesday and another three on Wednesday -- enabling anyone to stalk kids, partners, employees, and others who owned an Android phone without their knowledge or permission.

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Netflix mobile-only plan confirmed – but it’s not for you

Netflix mobile-only plan confirmed – but it’s not for you

Following months of speculation about its intentions, Netflix has confirmed that it will be launching a cheaper mobile-only subscription plan for customers who only watch the service on phones and tablets. It'll be a great option for increasingly mobile consumers who aren't interested in watching on a TV, but there's one big catch: you won't get access to the plan.

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Plex adds major new features for iOS and Apple TV

Plex adds major new features for iOS and Apple TV

Home entertainment server software Plex has been updated with new features for the apps used to playback content, adding a couple major new features for Apple TV and iOS. For mobile users with Apple devices, logging into an account no longer requires users to manually enter a PIN, instead using the device's built-in biometric security. Apple TV, meanwhile, can now play HDR content.

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Google bans TouchPal keyboard dev CooTek from Play Store, ad platform

Google bans TouchPal keyboard dev CooTek from Play Store, ad platform

It's not rare to hear about malware that gets past Google Play Store's defenses or even some that masquerade as legitimate apps. But when malware gets embedded inside those legit apps in an official manner things are bound to get messy. Unfortunately for Chinese software house CooTek, it is on the receiving end of a sanction that bans it not just from Google Play Store but even from Google's ad platforms.

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Google Maps brings bikesharing feature to 24 major cities

Google Maps brings bikesharing feature to 24 major cities

Bikesharing is more popular than ever thanks to the combination of low prices and wide availability. Google is making it easier to find these bikesharing options using Google Maps, which now supports showing bikesharing stations and availability in a total of 24 cities across 16 countries. The feature was previously available in New York City.

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WhatsApp and Telegram hack: Here’s what’s possible

WhatsApp and Telegram hack: Here’s what’s possible

Most users of apps like WhatsApp and Telegram expect their communications to be encrypted and therefore protected, but that doesn't mean all communications shared through those apps are safe from intrusion. Symantec today published a report in which it details vulnerabilities present in both apps on Android that could potentially allow malicious actors to hijack shared media files and replace them before recipients realize what's going on.

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Waze toll prices use crowd power to add up the cost of your trip

Waze toll prices use crowd power to add up the cost of your trip

Waze is adding toll prices to its navigation guidance, flagging up just how much trips across North America and Israel will actually cost when paid routes are taken into consideration. The new feature is being added from today in the US, Canada, and Israel, and will be able to show an estimated cost of each potential trip in addition to how long a drive, and how far, they'll involve.

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Rocketbook Fusion offers a reusable notebook for productivity ninjas

Rocketbook Fusion offers a reusable notebook for productivity ninjas

Recent trends in the productivity space have made pen and paper more popular and more relevant but even analog fans will admit to some shortcomings in non-digital formats. On the other hand, there are also much-defended benefits to jotting some things by hand. The folks at Rocketbook have worked to bridge the analog and digital divide in new, innovative ways and their latest product, the Rocketbook Fusion, takes all of those lessons to create an environment-friendly notebook to appeal to the productivity-loving crowd.

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