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Pinterest makes it easier to search content using a variety of skin tones

Pinterest makes it easier to search content using a variety of skin tones

Board-based curating platform Pinterest is making it easier for its users to search for products based on a variety of skin tones, something that is particularly useful when it comes to makeup and fashion products. While the platform already featured skin tone-based searches, it wasn't terribly useful due to its limited skin tone ranges and accuracy. This time around, Pinterest says the updated skin tone search is much more accurate and expansive.

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Signal messaging app finally offers more control over random chats

Signal messaging app finally offers more control over random chats

Encrypted messaging app Signal is making it easier to evaluate a potential contact before letting them have access to your profile, giving users more control over who is able to connect with them. This new feature comes in the form of message requests, which means anyone who isn't already in your phone's contacts will be presented for you to accept or reject before they can message.

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Pokemon GO Shiny vote: Which of these 4 is best?

Pokemon GO Shiny vote: Which of these 4 is best?

Niantic revealed a set of four Pokemon that could, potentially, be the next Community Day special. That'd mean the Pokemon was released in great numbers for a brief number of hours with the potential to learn a special move and a far better chance of appearing as a Shiny Pokemon. In the mix are the following four: Porygon, Caterpie, Grimer, and Charmander.

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Apple subscription bundles may finally arrive with iPhone 12

Apple subscription bundles may finally arrive with iPhone 12

For a number of years now, Apple has been building out its subscription offerings. It seems like Apple has a subscription for pretty much everything these days, whether it's news, music, games, and now even TV, and it's a lot to keep up with if you're waist-deep in the Apple ecosystem. Apple may be looking to simplify the subscription process by rolling out a number of bundles, much in the same way Amazon bundles its various services with Prime.

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Apple Music Web beta returns with a new tab and a new design

Apple Music Web beta returns with a new tab and a new design

For years, Apple has been rather selfish with its iTunes music experience, only begrudgingly allowing a Windows version for the sake of managing user's devices and music. With the launch of the Apple Music service, however, the company has started to accept other platforms to reach more subscribers, be it on Android or even on the Web. Apple Music on web browsers has long shed off its beta incarnation but now the testing version is back with a new look as well as a new tab for your listening pleasure.

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Google Lens, Chromebooks, and Meet gear up for school

Google Lens, Chromebooks, and Meet gear up for school

School is starting soon for many kids in the US and some countries around the world but it won't be the same kind of school they've been used to for years. For many, school will be synonymous to home as educational institutions try to grapple with the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. School will now be dependent on technology and the Internet more than ever and Google is more than ready to meet the growing needs of learning with its suite of products and features geared towards education.

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TikTok allegedly tracked Android users until last November

TikTok allegedly tracked Android users until last November

Given the threat of a ban and the acquisition demands being imposed upon it by the US government, it's almost too easy to view popular social media platform TikTok as an innocent victim. It may not be without its own faults, however, that could, in turn, sour the public's opinion of the service and the Chinese company that runs it. According to a new report, the app may have been tracking Android users until last year using a method that has been expressly forbidden by Google's policies.

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Android Auto finally adds more navigation apps, Automotive OS expanding

Android Auto finally adds more navigation apps, Automotive OS expanding

Many owners of Wear OS and Android TV devices complain about being treated like second-class citizens when it comes to Google's platforms but they have nothing when it comes to Android's automotive incarnation. Android Auto has been around for many years and has even branched out to an Android Automotive OS but adoption by carmakers and app developers haven't exactly been that much. Part of that may have to do with the fact that, unlike on regular Android, getting apps on Android Auto has a lot more requirements and red tape to go through. Case in point, after years of being available, it's only now that Android Auto is letting third-party navigation apps in.

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Twitter’s reply settings are now rolling out for everyone

Twitter’s reply settings are now rolling out for everyone

Back in May, Twitter started testing a new feature that allowed users to define who could and could not reply to their tweets. These changes were made in attempt to help people feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts on their own Twitter profiles. After a few months of testing, those features are now rolling out to everyone on the platform.

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Android 11 will integrate autofill in keyboard suggestions

Android 11 will integrate autofill in keyboard suggestions

Web browsers have introduced many conveniences and new ways of doing things that we may take for granted these days. Automatically filling up forms that we may have saved in browsers or even third-party apps is one such convenience that has become all but essential especially on mobile where typing is such a chore. Both iOS and Android have long had support for such autofill systems but, for the longest time, Android's version felt one step short of being seamless. That's finally getting fixed in Android 11 where you won't have to reach up just to select the password or credit card info you want to be filled out.

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Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51 get AltZLife update with new privacy mode switch

Galaxy A71, Galaxy A51 get AltZLife update with new privacy mode switch

Smartphones have become even more important than ever in the past months but not everyone can still afford to get their own. Sometimes, people have to share their phones with others for one reason or another, especially with their kids or siblings, putting your personal and work files are at the mercy of whoever has physical control of the phone. Samsung is now rolling out a simple yet almost ingenious solution that lets you easily manage a double life on your phone with the simple double press of the power button.

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Apple found guilty in Russia for monopoly over parental control apps

Apple found guilty in Russia for monopoly over parental control apps

Apple has long been accused of using its position as owner and curator of the only app store authorized on its own mobile platform to create a monopoly that eventually kills off competing apps. Most of those complaints, however, haven't gone beyond just that but Apple has lately come under legislative or even legal scrutiny over that business practice. In at least one case in Russia, however, Apple was indeed formally charged and now found guilty of anti-competitive practices specifically in crippling third-party parental control apps in favor of its own built-in feature.

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