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Google apparently readying an Apple-style clampdown over Android app fees

Google apparently readying an Apple-style clampdown over Android app fees

Google is reportedly planning to crack down on Android apps bypassing its in-app purchase rules, holding developers to an existing - but little-enforced - requirement. The decision follows a controversial legal spat between Apple and Fortnite-developer Epic Games, in which the publisher criticized the so-called "App Store tax" of 30-percent on purchases made within software.

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Microsoft Teams Insights try to keep you from burning out

Microsoft Teams Insights try to keep you from burning out

A lot of people underestimated the psychological impact of working from home during this pandemic, presuming it would actually be more liberating since you didn't have to come into work every day. Quite the opposite, this new "WFH" lifestyle may have actually increased people's stress because of the lack of separation of work and personal time, lack of a dedicated space for work, and other elements that have been taken for granted in office spaces. While it can't really replace your shrink, Microsoft Teams is introducing features that it hopes will keep workers sane which, in turn, will keep them coming back to the app again and again.

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Paid Chrome extensions will soon be deader than dead

Paid Chrome extensions will soon be deader than dead

First, it was Chrome Apps. Now, it seems that Chrome browser extensions are the next targets of Google's Chrome Web Store cleanup. While extensions aren't going away completely, there might be a great culling in the coming months all the way to February next year when Google completely disables its built-in payment system that would force paid Chrome extensions to use their own payment system or, more likely, to disappear or die out.

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Microsoft Edge coming to Linux, Linux GUI apps coming to Windows

Microsoft Edge coming to Linux, Linux GUI apps coming to Windows

For a company that once painted Linux and open source as cancers, Microsoft has been doing a lot in the past years to embrace both. It's not going to be an open source company, of course, and many still view its actions with suspicion but it's hard to deny that open source (former) public enemy #1 is doing some things that are already appealing to both Linux users and especially developers. At its virtual Ignite developers conference, Microsoft announced a few upcoming treats that you may have never imagined it would ever do.

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Area 120 Tables is Google’s take on the database renaissance

Area 120 Tables is Google’s take on the database renaissance

There has recently been an undercurrent of new tools in the productivity and office space that are practically souped-up and prettified versions of the classic database management systems many love or love to hate or both. From Airtable to Monday.com to Notion, these new apps and services do more than give databases a fresh coat of paint, offering functionality that may have been unimaginable decades ago. Google, unsurprisingly, doesn't want to be left behind this revolution and it is working through its Area 120 incubator arm to deliver G Suite-integrated tool simply called Tables.

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Photoshop Sky Replacement is more sophisticated than it sounds

Photoshop Sky Replacement is more sophisticated than it sounds

Let's face it. Despite concerns over easily "Photoshopped" fakes and advice to keep photos real, there will always be times when you'd wish a more dramatic sky was available in your photo. True to its original calling as a photo editing software, Photoshop's upcoming Sky Replacement feature will offer users the chance to have a more emphatic background to go with their images. But before you knock the feature off as something that can be done with simple selection tools and layers, Adobe is unsurprisingly explaining that there's quite a lot of AI and machine learning involved here as well.

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Photoshop Sky Replacement continues Adobe’s AI magic rally

Photoshop Sky Replacement continues Adobe’s AI magic rally

Today Adobe showed their latest in AI Photoshop magic with Sky Replacement. With this special feature, the user will (most likely) begin with a photo captured outdoors with a view of the sky overhead. With the Sky Replacement tool, Adobe Photoshop can easily select and edit the sky using the software's gigantic back-catalog of pre-identified elements and machine learning - and edit from there!

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US Homeland Security warns about critical flaw in Windows servers

US Homeland Security warns about critical flaw in Windows servers

It's not really rare to hear news about one Windows vulnerability or another ranging from the trivial to the critical. There are only a few times, however, when the DHS, best known as the US Department of Homeland Security, speaks about it. Yet for the third time this year, the department's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency or CISA published a warning about a critical flaw affecting the server editions of Windows, urging all government units to immediately patch their systems before it's too late.

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Google widget for iOS 14 makes for swifter searches

Google widget for iOS 14 makes for swifter searches

Google has added a new iOS 14 widget for iPhone users, and it could be enough to make Android fans glance over at their Apple brethren jealously. Taking advantage of iOS 14's new home screen widget support - that has, it's fair to say, been a long time coming - the Google widget promises swifter access to the search giant's services than has been possible on iPhone before.

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Trump TikTok ban: Will my app stop working?

Trump TikTok ban: Will my app stop working?

The Trump administration's war on TikTok continues to escalate, and today's news of a September 20 deadline to pull the app - along with WeChat - from US app stores has users understandably concerned that the short video social network might stop working. Turns out, today's announcement makes it a little more complicated than that: read on for what you need to know if you're a TikTok fan.

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Trump wants TikTok and WeChat deleted from US app stores by September 20

Trump wants TikTok and WeChat deleted from US app stores by September 20

The Trump government will force the removal of TikTok and WeChat from app stores in the US as of this weekend, unless a deal divorcing the popular services from the Chinese ownership is finalized. It's the latest in a series of high-profile escalations done, the US Department of Commerce insisted today, to stop "malicious collection of American citizens' personal data," though critics have accused the policies of being the result of xenophobia and political maneuvering.

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Canon EOS Webcam software adds new cameras, video recording

Canon EOS Webcam software adds new cameras, video recording

Even while travel and work restrictions slowly start to be lifted, the "new normal" not just for the workplace but for communication in general has become more virtual than ever before. From built-in webcams to smartphones, it has become more common for people to resort to video chat and conferencing services to connect with family and colleagues. Jumping quickly on that opportunity, Canon has announced the stable version of its EOS Webcam Utility for Windows with one notable new feature added.

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