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Microsoft Defender ATP anti-virus on iOS and Android soon, Linux preview now

Microsoft Defender ATP anti-virus on iOS and Android soon, Linux preview now

Today Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux was made available for public preview, and a version for iOS (for iPhone and iPad) and Android were announced. The Android and iOS versions of Microsoft Defender ATP will be released later this year. Today's preview of the Linux version was first shown at Ignite 2019 running on Ubuntu.

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Uber’s latest feature lets riders discreetly complain about drivers

Uber’s latest feature lets riders discreetly complain about drivers

Uber has introduced another safety feature, this one designed to let riders betray their drivers by discreetly reporting small disturbances that don't warrant a larger report. If your driver sends a message while driving, doesn't seem like they're paying enough attention to the road, brakes too hard, or other potential safety issues, you can now report them using this tool.

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Microsoft Office app reunified in major update: And why it’s my new default

Microsoft Office app reunified in major update: And why it’s my new default

Five years ago, Microsoft suggested we "try the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps", as the lot replaced the "Office Mobile" app. This week, Microsoft decided they were better off pushing those apps back into a single app, now re-named "Office." If you never deleted the Office Mobile app from your phone back then, all you need to do now is hit the update button. Easy as pie!

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Google app’s dark mode now available to all beta users on Android

Google app’s dark mode now available to all beta users on Android

The Google app's dark mode feature is now available to all Android users who are part of the beta testing program, the company has announced. The dark mode was previously only available to owners of Pixel devices that are running Android 10. The feature has been heavily requested by Google users, according to the company, which says the general availability of dark mode for all beta testers went live last week.

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Firefox beta VPN subscription service gets an Android app

Firefox beta VPN subscription service gets an Android app

Firefox Private Network, the company's subscription VPN service that is still stuck in private beta, has been updated with support for its own Android app. This expands the software support from Windows 10 and ChromeOS, though apps still aren't available for macOS, iOS, or Linux. The service isn't free, but it is quite inexpensive...assuming you can get an invite to sign up for the service, that is.

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New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

New Pandora Apple Watch app released with iPhone-free experience

A new version of the Pandora app for Apple Watch was launched that requires no assistance from an iPhone or iPad or smartphone of any sort. This app is what's called a "standalone" app for Apple Watch, meaning Pandora's claim for "on the go" functionality is about as true as it's ever going to get. This app allows music and podcasts to be played on Apple Watch devices right out the gate.

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Microsoft Office all-in-one Android app snubs tablets

Microsoft Office all-in-one Android app snubs tablets

Microsoft is doing more than putting a new coat of Fluid paint on its apps and services across different platforms. It has, for better or worse, started to merge three of its core Office apps into one app to rule them all. After going in and out of private testing, that unified Microsoft Office app is now available for all on Android. For some reason, however, Microsoft has chosen to ignore the one or two places where this app could have the most beneficial impact.

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Reintroducing Telegram: privately funded private chat with open source apps

Reintroducing Telegram: privately funded private chat with open source apps

I started to write an article about the latest update for Telegram, when I realized I might only be speaking to a select few in-the-know users. Far fewer than I think should be interested, anyway. Telegram is a private chat system with end-to-end encryption support and cross-platform functionality. It's privately funded by a guy named Pavel Durov, whose only goal seems to be "fast and secure messaging that is also 100% free."

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Windows 10 RCS messaging is coming – but with a Samsung-sized catch

Windows 10 RCS messaging is coming – but with a Samsung-sized catch

A couple of years ago, Microsoft rolled out an app for Windows 10 called Your Phone. Aiming for deeper integration between PCs and smartphones in a post-Windows Phone age, Your Phone has seen a lot of features added to it since it was first introduced. An upcoming feature may very well one of the biggest yet: Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging.

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Outlook Spaces surfaces as a tool for getting organized

Outlook Spaces surfaces as a tool for getting organized

Gathering everything you need for a work or school project can be a big project in itself, and it looks like Microsoft is plotting new Outlook features to help with that. Over the weekend, a new feature called Outlook Spaces surfaced. Details are still fairly slim as we're lacking an official reveal from Microsoft, but it appears that Spaces will be baked into Outlook for Web and let you organize the stuff you need for a project in one place.

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Instagram CEO says it’s too busy to make an iPad app

Instagram CEO says it’s too busy to make an iPad app

The majority of popular mobile apps, especially on iOS, started out as iPhone apps. Over time, the popularity of the iPad has encouraged many to adopt the large-screen format. Advances in both software and hardware have given us split-screen windows, dual-screen phones, and foldable tablets whose bigger real estate apps will be able to take advantage of. All throughout, however, Instagram remains one of the few high-profile apps that forces its own users into a smartphone layout and its CEO just explained why.

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Instagram Latest Post feature found, but don’t expect to use it

Instagram Latest Post feature found, but don’t expect to use it

The Instagram app recently revealed an internal feature called 'Latest Posts' that, based on the name, would enable users to view the most recent posts made by the accounts they follow. The feed filter excited some users who hoped this would essentially mark the return of the chronological feed, but it seems you shouldn't get your hopes up. Instagram confirmed the feature's existence but said it isn't what it appears to be.

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