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India has banned TikTok, WeChat and many other Chinese apps

NARINDER NANU via Getty Images India has banned dozens of apps made by Chinese companies, including TikTok, WeChat and several QQ and Baidu apps. The Ministry of Information Technology made the decision “in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security …

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Google’s Android TV dongle might arrive alongside new software

Google Google’s previously leaked Android TV dongle appears to be edging closer to release. The 9to5Google team has discovered that a new Android 11 preview for the developer-only ADT-3 dongle shows the media player, nicknamed “Sabrina,” in a tutorial video. The clip suggests that the hardware design hasn’t changed in the months since the earlier …

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Twitter DMs will be easier to access in Android 11

Google/Twitter Android 11’s conversational upgrades will extend to the Twitter crowd. Google and Twitter have confirmed that Twitter direct messages will be available through Android 11’s Conversation API, which puts your messaging notifications in an easier-to-find section. It should be that much easier to spot a DM (and importantly, reply to it) without venturing into …

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Android TV may soon recognize your exact voice

Panos Sakalakis, Unsplash Google said that Assistant’s Voice Match feature was coming to many more speakers and smart displays in the near future, but it now appears that this includes your television, too. The 9to5Google team has discovered code indicating that Voice Match is in the works for Android TV. While it’s not certain just …

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Slay the Spire, the decade’s best deckbuilding game, coming to iOS in June

Slay the Spire‘s success story is a remarkable one. As one of thousands of games to land on Steam in 2017, this fusion of roguelite progression and “deckbuilding” mechanics, made by a heretofore unknown development team out of Seattle, managed to become a phenomenon due entirely to word-of-mouth. The game has since surpassed its “2.0” …

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Image bricks some Android phones when used as wallpaper

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Never mind a text character crashing your phone — if you’re on Android, your choice of wallpaper could be a larger problem. Users have discovered (via Android Authority and 9to5Google) that an innocuous landscape photo is “soft-bricking” some Android phones when it’s used as a background. Your phone isn’t completely dead …

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‘Pokémon Go’ will better blend AR creatures into the real world

Sponsored Links Niantic Pokémon Go’s augmented reality effect has always been a bit underwhelming when critters tend to float in front of objects, but Niantic hopes to make it more immersive. It’s testing a Reality Blending feature that will use newer AR functionality to hide your Buddy Pokémon behind trees and other real-world objects. The …

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Qualcomm’s latest mobile gaming chip packs faster graphics and global 5G

Sponsored Links Joan Cros/NurPhoto via Getty Images Qualcomm isn’t wasting any time following up last year’s Snapdragon 765G gaming chip with a more powerful model. It’s unveiling the Snapdragon 768G, a follow-up that appears to address what many gamers want the most: raw performance. The 2.8GHz Kryo 475 CPU is estimated to run about 15 …

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WHO will launch a COVID-19 app for countries that don’t make their own

Sponsored Links Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Numerous countries have COVID-19 symptom and tracking apps, but the World Health Organization wants to fill in those gaps for the countries that are too stretched to develop their own software. The WHO’s Bernardo Mariano told Reuters in an interview that the outfit planned to release a …

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Google Lens can now help you pronounce the words it translates

Sponsored Links Google Google Lens already helps you search for stuff via pictures, which is handy if you want to know what a particular type of plant is or what a statue is called. Now though, it’s getting a few new features to help you be more productive. From today, you’ll be able to use …

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