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EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams

Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That's the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to take steps to protect consumers from scams.

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A few Android apps made free for download [Mid March, 2017]

A few Android apps made free for download [Mid March, 2017]

Today we're going to run down a few of the best temporarily free apps currently up for download on the Google Play app store. A few prerequisites need to be fulfilled before they can appear on this list. These apps need to normally cost 99-cents or more. They also need to be high quality - high quality enough that we've used them ourselves.

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This Google algorithm shrinks JPEGs without ruining their quality

This Google algorithm shrinks JPEGs without ruining their quality

JPEG files are, by their nature, lossy and of lesser quality than things like TIFF. However, even JPEGs can have excellent quality…if you’re not picky about file size. Problems start when you require both a certain level of quality, a certain resolution, and a certain maximum file size. Compressing a photo to reduce its file size is simple, but maintaining its high quality at the same time is tricky. Thusly enters Google’s new Guetzli tool.

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Google Assistant isn’t heading to tablets any time soon

Google Assistant isn’t heading to tablets any time soon

Google was surprisingly quick at making its smart assistant available to more devices outside of its own product line. Once a defining feature of the Google Pixel and the Google Home, Google Assistant has, starting last month, rolled out slowly to other Android phones, presuming they’re running on Marshmallow or later, even if they’re not a Nexus. Unfortunately, those who have been waiting for word on Assistant’s arrival on Android tablets did just get that word, and it’s not the one they wanted to hear: “no”.

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Gmail for desktop adds video attachment streaming preview

Gmail for desktop adds video attachment streaming preview

Google has announced what it calls a ‘quality of life improvement’ for Gmail on desktop, one that enables users to view the contents of a video attachment without actually downloading the video itself. This is made possible using the same infrastructure behind Google Drive, YouTube, and some other products, according to Google. The feature is rolling out now.

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IRS number filed a lawsuit against you? That’s a scam

IRS number filed a lawsuit against you? That’s a scam

Phone calls are being made this week - and for the next several week - by robots pretending to be the IRS. This is part of a scam that's been going on for at least a couple of years in this exact format. The phone call will come to any number - I just got a call on my mobile phone on an unlisted number, mind you - and it'll sound something like this: "Hello, we have been trying to reach you. This call is officially a final notice from the IRS, Internal Revenue Service."

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Android’s Super Mario Run APK download incoming [and a warning]

Android’s Super Mario Run APK download incoming [and a warning]

Super Mario Run is just about to launch on Android for and by Nintendo - but until then, be cautious. Since Nintendo worked with Apple to release Super Mario Run for iPhone first, Android users have been screaming bloody murder for their chance to take a crack at it. To be especially clear - when this article is set to be published, Nintendo has NOT released Super Mario Run officially, and all APK files offered by 3rd-party sources are completely illegitimate.

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Ghosts ‘n Goblins brings blistering difficulty to iOS and Android [Download]

Ghosts ‘n Goblins brings blistering difficulty to iOS and Android [Download]

It isn't often you start the day knowing you'd like to be mentally broken by a game, but if by chance that sounds like you, then we've got the perfect way to achieve your goals. Capcom has launched the NES classic Ghosts 'n Goblins on iOS and Android, giving the mindnumbingly difficult NES title new life on mobile devices.

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Qualcomm is no longer making processors (they’re calling them Platforms)

Qualcomm is no longer making processors (they’re calling them Platforms)

This week the folks at Qualcomm have announced their decision to change the way they present their hardware. Instead of calling the technology they create a "Qualcomm Snapdragon processor", they'll be calling it a "Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform." This should serve to better differentiate the full scope of what Qualcomm does - that's essentially deliver a platform, yes, from which a smartphone (or other smart devices) can process, connect, and deliver data to the end user.

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Street View takes you up close and personal with a volcano

Street View takes you up close and personal with a volcano

As the name not so subtly hints, Google Street View was initially launched back in 2007 more as a navigation aid, showing locations, landmarks, and streets from the point of view of a person standing right in the middle of it all. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for people to use Street View as a way of experiencing the vistas of a far-off location by proxy, a use case that Google has officially embraced. Now Street View has become a way to see places you otherwise would never be able to reach. Like the gaping maw of an active volcano.

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Third Google 2017 smartphone tipped to be codenamed “taimen”

Third Google 2017 smartphone tipped to be codenamed “taimen”

There are new premium-level, and therefore premium-priced, Pixel smartphones on the way. That much has been admitted by Google. What it didn’t exactly say is “how many”. Given its pattern in the past years, even back to the time of the Nexus 6P and 5X, we presumed there would only be two, succeeding the Pixel and Pixel XL models. According to sources, however, there might actually be three. And though we don’t know yet what it will be called, it is apparently being called internally as “taimen”.

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Nexus 6 gets an Android 7.0 downgrade for those already on 7.1.1

Nexus 6 gets an Android 7.0 downgrade for those already on 7.1.1

It’s bad enough that both the Android 7.0 Nougat update and its later 7.1.1 release were significantly delayed for the Nexus 6. Now owners of the supposedly still supported device are left in a state of limbo. That is if they aren’t already stuck with a partially broken installation. Google has apparently made available an update to Android 7.0, which is rolling out even to those already on Android 7.1.1, which, in turn, is causing apps to crash left and right.

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