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UltraSense ultrasound sensor promises touch control through any material

UltraSense ultrasound sensor promises touch control through any material

UltraSense revealed a piece of tech today that'll open the door to a new generation of devices tomorrow. This is the sort of thing that you read or hear about and ask: "Why hasn't anyone thought of this before?" And in fact, we asked the folks at UltraSense that very question.

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Rewound app turns iPhones into iPods, killed by Apple, becoming a Web app

Rewound app turns iPhones into iPods, killed by Apple, becoming a Web app

Some apps and technologies just resonate with so many people that just as many are shocked to discover the questionable things they may or may not have done. Recently, names like TikTok and FaceApp surface in such contexts and now another joins the ranks to a lesser degree. An app called Rewound took the iOS App Store by storm last week, causing a surge of nostalgia for the classic iPod. Apple, however, abruptly put an end to that walk down memory lane and its developer is fighting back by turning it into a web app that Apple won't be able to kick out.

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Apple Arcade annual subscription launches: Here’s why you want it

Apple Arcade annual subscription launches: Here’s why you want it

2019 has definitely been the year of subscription services for Apple, and one of the more interesting subscriptions the company launched is Apple Arcade. In a mobile gaming market that's filled with microtransaction-laden free-to-play games, Apple Arcade goes in the opposite direction, charging a subscription fee for unlimited access to a collection of curated games.

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Apple, Google could be forced to ask apps to disclose foreign ties

Apple, Google could be forced to ask apps to disclose foreign ties

Mobile apps have helped changed our modern lives, often for the better but sometimes also for the worse. That's especially true for those apps that, in exchange for entertainment or free services, gather unknowing users' data for less conscientious purposes. The US government has taken a particular interest in that phenomenon, especially when it's the data of US citizens that is in question. Lawmakers are now asking if Apple and Google, the two largest mobile platform makers, require app developers to disclose their ties to foreign countries, in particular to China.

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Ultimate Rivals: The Rink on Apple Arcade debuts a new sports game series

Ultimate Rivals: The Rink on Apple Arcade debuts a new sports game series

Apple Arcade marks a new chapter in Apple's business, combining its newfound service-oriented character with its traditional software model. It also proved, at least on paper, that it's serious about gaming and not just on mobile but also on all its platforms. It has quite a number of titles exclusive to the subscription service but most of them are existing games. Injecting fresh blood into Apple Arcade, Bit Fry Games Studio announced a new Ultimate Rivals: The Rink game that is also the beginning of a new breed of sports games.

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iOS 13.3 bug lets kids talk with strangers despite new parental controls

iOS 13.3 bug lets kids talk with strangers despite new parental controls

Apple's headaches with iOS 13 updates may have diminished but it's far from being a flawless situation. While there have been little reports in the way of broken updates or bricked iPhones, iOS 13.3 may bring its own list of concerns, especially from parents. The latest iOS update added a new feature that would protect kids against strangers but a bug in that Communication Limits ironically lets children get around those blocks, intentionally or otherwise.

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WhatsApp stops working on some devices in major 2020 update

WhatsApp stops working on some devices in major 2020 update

WhatsApp will stop working for some older devices in early 2020 in one of the biggest updates in the app's history. For affected older versions of operating systems affected, WhatsApp developers suggested the following: "Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time."

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Adobe Lightroom for iOS gets direct import and advanced export features

Adobe Lightroom for iOS gets direct import and advanced export features

As the company recently promised, Adobe Lightroom for iOS has been updated with support for directly importing images. With this new capability, users can add images from an SD card or other storage devices to their iPhone or iPad. The direct import capability joins other additions in this update, including advanced export options for users who need extensive control over the images they save.

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iPhone iOS 13.3 update brings fixes for Photos, Dark Mode, Gmail

iPhone iOS 13.3 update brings fixes for Photos, Dark Mode, Gmail

Apple's iOS 13.3 was released this afternoon with Screen Time updates as well as bug fixes for several apps. This update is available for all iPhone and iPod touch devices with the proper hardware requirements. Users will find improvements to Screen Time, Apple News, and the one you've been waiting for - Stocks! It's likely the changes most significant for the masses are, instead, the bug fixes for several key elements in other apps.

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Google Maps gets Incognito mode on iOS and new bulk delete tool

Google Maps gets Incognito mode on iOS and new bulk delete tool

Google has announced the arrival of an important feature in Google Maps for iOS, mirroring the same feature already made available to Android users: Incognito mode. With this, Google Maps users can bar the app from remembering certain trips and searches, preventing them from being stored in the user's Google account. There is a potential downside to Incognito mode, however.

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Yubico Authenticator app for iOS updated with NFC support

Yubico Authenticator app for iOS updated with NFC support

Yubico, the company behind the security keys used by many consumers and businesses, has updated its Authenticator app on iOS with support for NFC. The new support means users who have a YubiKey for mobile devices can simply touch the security key to the back of their iPhone rather than plugging the connector into the handset. The new capability adds convenience alongside security.

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Microsoft Office mobile apps Fluent redesign may not be skin deep only

Microsoft Office mobile apps Fluent redesign may not be skin deep only

Microsoft just announced a facelift for its mobile apps, both on Android and iOS that is almost too easy to pass off as just an aesthetic change. After all, Microsoft itself talks a lot about Fluent design, visual coherence, and the like. This might just be the tip of the iceberg and the way Microsoft will be preparing people, especially mobile users for the Surface Duo, and even the Surface Neo, that will be speaking the same design language after all.

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