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Galaxy Note 10 S Pen button gets a new talent with sideActions app

Galaxy Note 10 S Pen button gets a new talent with sideActions app

Once in a while, Samsung gives its users new hardware or technology they can chew on but often stops short of actually making it useful to all of them. The Bixby button is a prime example and, for a time, Samsung stubbornly refused users and developers to utilize the extra hardware button. The S Pen's button is actually the same, especially now that it can be used remotely. Fortunately, it seems to be less locked down than the Bixby Button and a new app has surfaced that lets you repurpose almost all the Galaxy Note 10 buttons to your liking.

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Google Assistant Action Blocks start commands at the tap of a button

Google Assistant Action Blocks start commands at the tap of a button

Google Assistant is admittedly an impressive piece of tech that combines many of Google's expertise into an easy-to-understand tool. But for all its power and convenience, Google Assistant itself isn't that easy to use, especially for certain classes of people. It primarily requires oral input and gives audio feedback, primarily in English though it has been expanding its linguistic wings. Still, for people with physical and cognitive handicaps, even those basic functions might be too difficult or cumbersome. That's where a new Action Blocks experiment comes in to provide a single virtual button to run even complex commands.

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Apple Siri might soon send messages to third-party apps

Apple Siri might soon send messages to third-party apps

Apple might be the first to have its voice-activated personal assistant but it is commonly regarded to be falling behind the likes of Amazon Alexa and especially Google Assistant. Some say that part of it is due to Apple's hard stance on privacy, limiting the data Siri can gather to improve the service. The other possible reason is Apple's closed ecosystem that is pretty stingy when it comes to integrating with third-party apps and services. It seems that Apple might be turning over a new leaf but just for a bit when it comes to third-party messaging apps but with some big caveats.

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Instagram now lets users quietly restrict online bullies

Instagram now lets users quietly restrict online bullies

The 'Restrict' feature first introduced earlier this summer is now available to all users on Instagram. The feature enables users to quietly restrict other users on the platform, reducing their presence on the user's account without alerting them to the fact that any actions were taken. In addition to hiding comments, messages from restricted users are sent to a hidden inbox and more.

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Duet Display second screen app finally launches on Android

Duet Display second screen app finally launches on Android

The second screen app Duet Display has finally launched for Android, enabling users to turn their smartphone or tablet into an extra monitor for their laptop or desktop. The service has historically only been available for Apple devices, but the company was forced to change its focus after Apple introduced its own second screen feature called Sidecar.

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Yahoo video app with sports and more arrives on Android TV

Yahoo video app with sports and more arrives on Android TV

The Yahoo app has officially launched on Android TV, giving users access to the professional sports content made available through the platform, as well as other video entertainment and news. The app is available to Android TV users in the United States as of now and its only requirement appears to be a device that is running at least Android 5.1.

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WhatsApp messages may soon delete themselves

WhatsApp messages may soon delete themselves

When it comes to security and privacy, one of WhatsApp's main draws is its use of end-to-end encryption. It may not be long before WhatsApp is offering another feature to pull in the privacy-first crowd: self-destructing messages. As it turns out, the company is currently testing "disappearing messages" functionality that essentially allows users to put a timer on their messages with others.

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Pandora overhauls mobile apps with personalized ‘For You’ feed

Pandora overhauls mobile apps with personalized ‘For You’ feed

Starting today, Pandora users on iOS and Android are getting an updated version of the app that features the Pandora Modes station already offered on the service's desktop site, as well as a new 'For You' tab that features extremely personalized content based on the user's own streaming habits. The update builds upon the company's personalized nature, enabling users to discover new music and podcasts they're most likely to enjoy.

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Apple Maps inches closer to catching up with Google Maps and Waze

Apple Maps inches closer to catching up with Google Maps and Waze

It was once the butt of jokes but Apple has rebuilt its Maps app and service to mean serious business. In addition to offering a more integrated experience for its iOS and macOS users, Apple Maps bills itself as a more privacy-respecting service compared to Google Maps and Google-owned Waze. That, however, only makes sense if Apple Maps is able to offer nearly all the same features as the others. While it may still have a long way to go, this latest update takes it a few steps closer to that goal, at least for those in the US.

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Android 10 Live Caption is coming with the Pixel 4

Android 10 Live Caption is coming with the Pixel 4

At I/O 2019 a few months back, Google announced two impressive features that not only improve the accessibility of the Android platform but also offered users more ways to interact with the world around them as well as with digital content. Live Transcribe, as the name says, transcribed sounds the phone picks up around it into text while Live Caption did the same for audio playing on the device itself. The former already rolled out with Android 10 as promised but Live Caption has still to see the light of day. That may be coming in two weeks and it could be a very impressive headlining feature for the phone.

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Google Duplex on mobile Chrome will soon let you buy movie tickets

Google Duplex on mobile Chrome will soon let you buy movie tickets

Duplex is one of Google's most interesting, and sometimes most worrying, products to be revealed in recent years. It combines a few key Google technologies, including Google Assistant, Search and Knowledge Graph, language processing, and, of course, machine learning. When it first came out, it was at the service of those trying to book restaurants or even services. Now Duplex is preparing to help smartphone users book movie tickets but, this time, without even saying a word.

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Uber’s next big safety feature could be eavesdropping audio

Uber’s next big safety feature could be eavesdropping audio

Uber users have raised their share safety concerns with the company, and now it seems that a new feature that could help allay some of those concerns is on the way. Uber is apparently testing a feature that will allow riders to record audio through the app when they feel unsafe during a ride. There are a lot of details we don't know about this feature yet, as Uber hasn't said anything official about it.

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