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Android’s winter update adds new features to Gboard, Maps, Books, Nearby Share and more

Android’s winter update adds new features to Gboard, Maps, Books, Nearby Share and more Google announced this morning Android phones will receive an update this winter that will bring some half-dozen new features to devices, including improvements to apps like Gboard, Google Play Books, Voice Access, Google Maps, Android Auto, and Nearby […]

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Google now lets anyone contribute to Street View using AR and an app

Google now lets anyone contribute to Street View using AR and an app An update to Google’s Street View app on Android will now let anyone contribute their photos to help enhance Google Maps, the company announced this morning. Using a “connected photos” tool in the new version of the Street View […]

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Google Maps takes on Facebook with launch of its own news feed

Google Maps takes on Facebook with launch of its own news feed People are getting frustrated that Stories are everywhere now, but Google Maps is keeping it old school. Instead of adding tiny circles to the top of the app’s screen, Google Maps is introducing its own news feed. Technically, Google calls […]

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Google plans to test end-to-end encryption in Android messages

Google plans to test end-to-end encryption in Android messages For the past year and a half, Google has been rolling out its next-generation messaging to Android users to replace the old, clunky, and insecure SMS text messaging. Now the company says that rollout is complete, and plans to bring end-to-end encryption to […]

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This Week in Apps: Conservative apps surge, Instagram redesigned, TikTok gets ghosted

This Week in Apps: Conservative apps surge, Instagram redesigned, TikTok gets ghosted Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 […]

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Nvidia reportedly bringing Fortnite back to iOS through its cloud gaming service

Nvidia reportedly bringing Fortnite back to iOS through its cloud gaming service Nvidia is bringing Fortnite back to iPhones and iPads, according to a report from the BBC. The British news service is reporting that Nvidia has developed a version of its GeForce cloud gaming service that runs on Safari. The development […]

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Gaming rules the entertainment industry, so why aren’t investors showing up?

Gaming rules the entertainment industry, so why aren’t investors showing up? As gaming’s popularity reaches epic heights, venture investors’ activity in the industry doesn’t seem to equate with the overall size of the games market. Spurred by an unreal year where traditional entertainment has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and consumers […]

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The Flume 2 Smart Home Water Monitor is a smart, easy-to-use, and essential smart home device

The Flume 2 Smart Home Water Monitor is a smart, easy-to-use, and essential smart home device Many smart home gadgets focus on convenience or automation of typically manual tasks, but Flume’s smart water sensor provides a potentially much more vital service: The ability to track how much water you’re consuming, and alert […]

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Google’s EU Android choice screen isn’t working say search rivals, calling for a joint process to devise a fair remedy

Google’s EU Android choice screen isn’t working say search rivals, calling for a joint process to devise a fair remedy Google search engine rivals have dialled up pressure on the European Commission over the tech giant’s ‘pay-to-play’ choice screen for Android users in Europe — arguing the Google-devised auction has failed to […]

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This Week in Apps: Quibi dies, Snapchat soars, Halide upgrades for iPhone 12

This Week in Apps: Quibi dies, Snapchat soars, Halide upgrades for iPhone 12 Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and […]

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