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Facebook tries to match Zoom with desktop Messenger update

Facebook tries to match Zoom with desktop Messenger update

A Facebook Messenger app was released this week for group chats between Facebook users. Users could've done video chat before now, with Messenger from Facebook, but this app makes the entire process feel a bit more official. This release comes just as the app Zoom sees a massive increase in use thanks to quarantine for global pandemic thanks to COVID-19.*

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iOS 13.4 beta 4 released for your iPhone now

iOS 13.4 beta 4 released for your iPhone now

If you're in the mood to test the latest software from Apple for your iPhone or iPad, today's the day. Today Apple released their fourth betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.4 to developers and the public. Developer Beta 4 was released earlier today at 1PM EST - that's 10AM Pacific - and the public beta's been released at 4PM EST, 1PM Pacific. Indications appear to be that this release comes just before a full standard release - past Beta, that is to say.

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Windows 10 update aimed at enticing subscription services

Windows 10 update aimed at enticing subscription services

A Windows 10 update revealed this week included a major change to the search system, creating what appears to be a robust system that'll compete with MacOS' Spotlight feature. This update will come in Windows 10 update 2004, a system that'll be delivered to the average user in the very near future. This version 2004 will improve the full File Explorer system - the most basic bit of the entire OS, the part that makes the OS usable by the average user, and - importantly - the average MacOS user looking to make a switch.

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iPhone update: Everything new in Apple’s latest iOS and iPadOS

iPhone update: Everything new in Apple’s latest iOS and iPadOS

This week iOS 13.4 Beta 2 was released - mainly for developers - with a set of new features for future public consumption. This is a Beta 2 release, mind you - part of a bigger release that'll go live in the Spring for all users. Today's update includes feature changes for both iOS for iPhone and iPad as well as iPadOS, though the iPadOS update is called iPadOS 13.4 Beta 2 (not iOS any longer). It all begins in the TV app - which appears to be making accommodations for the oncoming deluge of 5G data speed and big bandwidth.

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WhatsApp Dark Theme update just released in Beta

WhatsApp Dark Theme update just released in Beta

Today the folks behind the development of the WhatsApp mobile app released a new version with a Dark Theme. This means more than just a color flip is in play - it means we're seeing a whole new UI with color choices based on the users' desire to keep screen brightness as low as possible. Users will need to become part of the Google Play Beta Program, where they'll gain access to version 2.20.13 as of this week.

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Huawei EMUI 10 Android update begins this month with six devices

Huawei EMUI 10 Android update begins this month with six devices

After several months teasing the release of EMUI 10 for its phones, Huawei today finally told us when certain handsets can expect to get the update. There are a handful of devices slated to get the update first, including the Huawei P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 X (4G), and nova 5T. Far longer is the list of devices that will get the update later on, so if your device isn't one we just listed, you might be waiting a while.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield Raid exploit fix is in for unlimited watt farming [UPDATE: patched]

Pokemon Sword and Shield Raid exploit fix is in for unlimited watt farming [UPDATE: patched]

Over the weekend, raid battles in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield were tossed into chaos. Users of all sorts found it more likely that they'd find a raid with no friendly co-trainers than the opposite - and it's all thanks to one simple trick. Once you drop in on a Raid Battle in Pokemon Sword and Shield, if you don't like the Pokemon that appears, you can simply leave, change your Nintendo Switch time/date, and try again!

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Night Sight starry sky update release for Pixel 3 and 3a

Night Sight starry sky update release for Pixel 3 and 3a

Today we're looking at a wide variety of features released for the Google Pixel 4. One of the most interesting camera features revealed for the Google Pixel 4 will also be available for the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3a. That also includes the Google Pixel 3 XL - and it has a whole lot to do with the devices' already-active Night Sight feature.

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Signal app update fixes eavesdropping bug

Signal app update fixes eavesdropping bug

Today there's a rather important update to the app Signal if you're particularly set of protecting your privacy. Since one of Signal's main draw points is the privacy of its communications app, it's rough to see any sort of breakdown of that functionality. However, chances are extremely small that any user was the victim of this bug, and the bug is already fixed - so long as you've got the latest version of the app.

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Google Home update makes it easier to call smart displays

Google Home update makes it easier to call smart displays

Google has quietly rolled out a new button in the Google Home app that enables users to call their smart display device, assuming they have one. The button appears in the Google Home app, though it seems to only show up for people who have a smart display with Google Assistant on their account. Tapping the button automatically triggers a video call with the display, making the process as simple as hitting a contact bubble.

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Netflix adds ‘Latest’ shows tab and new ‘Remind Me’ alerts

Netflix adds ‘Latest’ shows tab and new ‘Remind Me’ alerts

Netflix has slightly redesigned its interface, adding a new tab called 'Latest' that makes it easy to find newly added content and to see which shows will be getting additions in the near future. The tab is located in the relatively new interface's left-side panel, where users can also access the search tool, return to home, and more. In addition, the new tab allows users to sign up for reminders.

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9 new features in the public Android 10 update today

9 new features in the public Android 10 update today

Today we're taking a peek at a handful of the feature updates made in Android 10, the newest version of Google's premiere mobile operating system. Android 10 was released to the public today in its first post-Beta edition, coming first to devices like the Google Pixel 3, and Essential Phone PH-1. The list below includes new features that'll be quite apparent and system upgrades that one might never have even noticed were newly enabled.

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