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Android users now have an easy way to check the security of their passwords

Enlarge Getty Images Google is adding its password checkup feature to Android, making the mobile OS the latest company offering to give users an easy way to check if the passcodes they’re using have been compromised. Password Checkup works by checking credentials entered into apps against a list of billions of credentials compromised in the …

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Netflix’s Downloads For You grabs shows and movies it thinks you’ll like

Netflix is rolling out a feature that automatically downloads shows and movies that its algorithm thinks you’ll like to your mobile device. The opt-in Downloads for You feature lets you choose how much storage room to set aside for the downloads, up to 5GB per profile. When you connect to a WiFi network, Netflix will …

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Samsung’s future smartwatch is rumored to use Android, not Tizen

Samsung has been using its Tizen platform on smartwatches ever since 2014’s Gear 2 line, but it might go back to its Android ‘roots’ in the near future. Both SamMobile and well-known leaker Ice Universe claim Samsung is making a smartwatch using Android (possibly Wear OS) rather than its usual platform. It would be the …

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Samsung is bringing some of the Galaxy S21’s software features to older devices

When Samsung announced its new Galaxy S21 lineup in January, the company also detailed the latest version of its One UI Android skin. The update came with quite a few new features and now Samsung plans to bring some of those to its older devices, including the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 lineups, as well …

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Facebook’s next attempt at hardware may be a smartwatch

Facebook’s past forays into hardware have had mixed results, ranging from well-regarded Oculus VR headsets to an ill-fated phone tie-up with HTC. Now The Information cites anonymous sources saying the company will try again with a smartwatch that includes a built-in cellular connection. The report claims an initial version could arrive next year powered by …

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OnePlus 9 Pro leak hints at a Hasselblad camera tie-in

OnePlus has developed a reputation for phone cameras that are middling at best, but it might turn that around with the 9 Pro. YouTuber Dave2D has obtained images of what looks to be a OnePlus 9 Pro with conspicuous Hasselblad branding on its rear four-camera array. If accurate, OnePlus clearly wants buyers to take its …

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Google pulls Element’s Android chat app over content it doesn’t control

Element Google is once again coming under fire for its less-than-forgiving approach (real or perceived) to federated Android apps. According to Android Police, Google has pulled Element’s federated chat app from the Play Store for allegedly hosting abusive content. However, Element noted that its app is only a client for the Matrix communication network, not …

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Tasker’s Android phone automation connects with Google Assistant

fizkes via Getty Images People have long used Tasker to take care of repetitive tasks on their Android device, or to customize its features based on things like whether they’re at home or at the office. Now the app’s features are a little easier to use since you can trigger them via Google Assistant. XDA …

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Netflix delivers ‘studio-quality’ sound upgrade for Android viewers

Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Don’t be surprised if Netflix sounds nicer the next time you marathon a show on your Android phone. Netflix has upgraded its Android app to stream audio in xHE-AAC (Extended HE-AAC with MPEG-D DRC; yes, it’s a mouthful), promising “studio-quality” sound that’s also more consistent — that is, you …

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The UN created a game about protecting the ozone layer

UN Environment Programme How do you teach a younger crowd to appreciate and protect the ozone layer? By weaving the science into the games they play, apparently. As Eurogamer reports, the UN’s Environment Programme is releasing a Reset Earth game for Android and iOS that tasks you with nothing less than saving the ozone layer. …

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