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Google Assistant’s driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later

Google Google promised an Assistant driving mode for phones would arrive in mid-2019, but that clearly didn’t happen — over a year passed without any sign of it. It appears to be ready, though. XDA-Developers has discovered (via Android Police) that Google Assistant’s driving mode is at least partially enabled for Android users. The interface …

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Chinese app offers a peek over the Great Firewall, with big catches

Shanghai Fengxuan Information Technology Co. You can’t officially bypass China’s Great Firewall when it’s illegal to use a VPN for that in the country. Chinese residents appear to have a legal option, though, at least if they’re willing to live with some significant consequences. TechCrunch notes that a Qihoo 360-owned company has released Tuber, an …

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A tip from a kid helps detect iOS and Android scam apps’ 2.4 million downloads

Enlarge Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images Researchers said that a tip from a child led them to discover aggressive adware and exorbitant prices lurking in iOS and Android smartphone apps with a combined 2.4 million downloads from the App Store and Google Play. Posing as apps for entertainment, wallpaper images, or music downloads, some …

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Apple forces Coinbase to change its crypto products, says CEO

Brian Armstrong, the CEO of United States cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, alleges that Apple is stifling innovation in crypto and sidelining DeFi to protect itself from competition. In a Twitter thread published on Sept. 11, Armstrong doubled down on his earlier claims that Apple continues to block some functionalities for cryptocurrency developers.  The CEO alleged that …

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‘PUBG Mobile’ will escape India ban by cutting out Tencent

Adnan Abidi / reuters Last week, India banned another 118 apps with links to China. PUBG Mobile Lite and PUBG Mobile Nordic Map were included in that sweeping ban. Now, PUBG Corporation says it’s looking for ways to bring the apps back to India. The South Korean company was included in the ban because the …

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WeChat user alliance sues Trump administration over threatened ban

Drew Angerer/Getty Images TikTok isn’t the only one suing the Trump administration over an executive order that could ban an app in the US. The Financial Times reports that the WeChat Users Alliance has sued the administration over the potential WeChat ban. The user group claimed the order violates First Amendment free speech rights and …

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Apple won’t force WordPress to offer in-app purchases

Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Apple’s row with WordPress over in-app purchases is over almost as soon as it began. WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg has revealed that Apple “re-reviewed” the WordPress iOS app and determined that it doesn’t need to incorporate in-app purchases. Mullenweg vowed that his team would do its best to honor the …

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Windows 10 can run apps from your Samsung phone

Microsoft You’ll soon have access to your phone’s apps on your PC — if you have the right phone, at least. Microsoft is rolling out a Windows 10 Your Phone update with support for running mobile apps on your desktop, as promised when Samsung revealed the Galaxy Note 20. You won’t have to reach for …

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Dark Sky on Android shuts down following Apple deal

Artur Debat via Getty Images Like it or not, you’ll have to move on from Dark Sky if you’re an Android user. The 9to5Google reports that Apple has shut down Dark Sky on Android and Wear OS as promised, leaving users without the app’s highly localized weather. Apple had initially planned to shutter these versions …

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Snapchat’s third-party ‘Mini’ apps are live

Snap Inc. You no longer have to leave Snapchat to meditate, make a group decision, crowdsource your friends’ game-day predictions or study. As of today, you can do all of that with Snap Minis, bite-sized apps created within Snapchat by third-party developers.  Snap Minis are built directly into Snapchat with HTML5, and they work for …

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