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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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Firefox Send won’t return, Mozilla also targets Firefox Notes

Firefox Send won’t return, Mozilla also targets Firefox Notes

Mozilla has decided that Firefox Send, its encrypted file transferring service, won't be returning. The reason for this decision is the same reason that compelled Mozilla to take the service offline in recent months: some users were taking advantage of Send to ship around malware and phishing attacks. In addition, Mozilla has also made a big announcement about its Firefox Notes product.

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Don’t download iOS 14 today, here’s why

Don’t download iOS 14 today, here’s why

This week Apple revealed that the release date for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 was... today. Today is the 16th of September, 2020, one day after an Apple event in which a new Apple Watch, Apple Watch SE, iPad, iPad Air, and a new Apple One subscription were revealed. Today you'll be allowed to download iOS 14, the newest version of Apple's mobile software, for your iPhone. But you shouldn't. At least, not right away.

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Galaxy S20 Android 11 update beta revealed (One UI 3 Beta)

Galaxy S20 Android 11 update beta revealed (One UI 3 Beta)

Today the Samsung Galaxy S20 was shown with ONE UI 3.0 (Beta) working with Android 11. This is the latest edition of the Google mobile software package made real on the Samsung Galaxy S20 courtesy of a closed beta program. At the moment the vast majority of the world is not able to get this software, but it'll be delivered in a software update in the near future - if all goes according to plan.

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iOS 14 released this week

iOS 14 released this week

There's a new version of iOS that'll be released tomorrow, ahead of the new iPhone. This is very different from what's happened in recent years, where Apple releases a new iPhone at the same time as they release a new version of their software system. On September 16, 2020, we'll see the release of iOS 14 as well as tvOS 14 and iPadOS 14 as well.

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Insta360 ONE R action cam’s latest feature drop adds new AI PureShot mode

Insta360 ONE R action cam’s latest feature drop adds new AI PureShot mode

Insta360 has announced the third major software update for its ONE R modular action camera. It has been less than a year since the first of these three major updates were released, underscoring the rapid rate at which the company is evolving its action cam. This is a feature drop update with the most notable among the changes being a new AI-powered PureShot shooting mode that works to boost image quality by suppressing noise and enhancing dynamic range.

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Razer data breach indexed by search engines

Razer data breach indexed by search engines

A data breach surfaced this week showing personal identifiable information for Razer product consumers. Information appeared in a leaked Elastisearch data cluster - something that should never, ever be public, in this case. In the data leaked, Razer customer purchases, email, physical address, phone number, and more were exposed. Per the report, this data wasn't just readable, it was indexed by public search engines!

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IFTTT Pro subscription ditches one trigger, one action limit

IFTTT Pro subscription ditches one trigger, one action limit

Smart assistants today let us do many things with our voice or sometimes a tap or two but the things they allow are often dictated by product manufactures and service providers only. Long before these home automation platforms came to be, IFTTT, short for "If This Then That", democratized connecting web services or even smart appliances together. It always has had one hard limit but now you can go beyond IFTTT's simple operation. That is if you're willing to pay the literal price.

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Android 11 released: How to install and what’s new

Android 11 released: How to install and what’s new

Today you're going to get Android 11 on your smartphone, provided you own one of a select list of devices from Google (Pixel), OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO, or realme. This new version of Android includes built-in screen recording, "bubbles", and new media controls. This update includes easy access for all connected smart devices from your phone, wireless Android Auto, and a collection of features that are exclusive to Google Pixel smartphones.

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Vivaldi web browser lets you pause the Internet

Vivaldi web browser lets you pause the Internet

There has been a significant surge in the use of and dependence on the Internet over the past months as more and more our former face-to-face interactions move online. On the one hand, that has allowed people to conveniently work from home but, on the other hand, it has also thrown some of these people's work-life balance out the window. It may be even harder for people to detach from their computers, especially their web browsers, so Vivaldi is giving them a single button to put the Web on hold long enough for you to take a breather.

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Chrome 86 paves the way for more powerful and richer web apps

Chrome 86 paves the way for more powerful and richer web apps

Web technologies have grown at an impressive rate and degree in the past years but there are still some things that they can't easily do compared to their native counterparts. Part of that is due to the very nature of web browsers that try to sandbox web pages and web apps as much as possible to prevent malware from getting through. The other is that the Web revolves around standards that have to be agreed on first.

As one of the Web's biggest stockholders, Google has been doing a rather delicate dance to address both, and Chrome 86 is adding more tools to developers' belt to make web apps just as feature-rich as native.

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