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Unrelenting “ad blocker” plasters users with—you guessed it—ads

Enlarge captcreate / Flickr A fake ad blocker available outside of Google Play is bombarding Android users with ads, many of them vulgar, and to make matters worse, the cleverly hidden adware is hard to uninstall. As documented by antimalware provider Malwarebytes, Ads Blocker, as the app is called, employs several tricks to surreptitiously and …

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Google demos Stadia UI and lists several missing launch features

Sponsored Links Stadia In a run-up to the November 19th Stadia launch, Google did a Reddit AMA showing how game casting will work for the streaming service. Stadia Director of Product Andrey Doronichev and publisher lead Beri Lee also revealed all the things that will be missing at launch, and unfortunately, it’s a laundry list. …

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Google Maps lets you manage your public profile from the Android app

Sponsored Links Olly Curtis/Future via Getty Images Google Maps increasingly thrives on user contributions to fill in details, but you haven’t had the option to manage your public profile from the phone app you’re probably using to make those contributions. That’s a bit backwards, but Google is thankfully setting things right. An updated version of …

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‘Minecraft Earth’ early access comes to the UK and 8 other countries

Sponsored Links Mojang/Microsoft Minecraft Earth‘s early access release is finally rolling out to countries around the world, although it’s not necessarily available where you might expect it. Mojang and Microsoft have confirmed that the augmented reality game is now available on Android and iOS in nine countries. The UK is the most recent addition, but …

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US will grant Huawei trade ban exemptions ‘very shortly’

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein The Commerce Department’s de facto blacklisting of Huawei might loosen slightly in the near future. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Bloomberg in an interview that licenses allowing US companies to deal with Huawei would arrive “very shortly.” There have been 260 requests, or “more than we would’ve thought,” but Ross …

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Trusted Friends Can Become Crypto Custodians With the Vault12 Platform

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>A firm called Vault12 launched its new passkey security solution for cryptocurrency assets. Vault12 is an application that allows people to enlist their trusted friends and family members to help safeguard their assets. According to the project’s creators, the new application leverages the cryptographic algorithm Shamir’s Secret Sharing which allows keys to …

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Incognito Mode for Google Maps has arrived on Android

Sponsored Links In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo a mobile phone displays a user’s travels using Google Maps in New York. ASSOCIATED PRESS Earlier this month Google announced that its new Incognito feature for Maps had started to roll out, and now it should be here on your Android devices. Android Police points out …

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Trick allows RCS messaging on virtually any Android phone

Sponsored Links Google Google is trying to speed up RCS’ rollout on Android, but you might have a way to enable it sooner than that. Reddit users have posted a trick that lets you enable the richer texting on any compatible Android phone, regardless of carrier. The process involves pointing a key Android Messages flag …

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Google’s new apps are about reining in screen time

Sponsored Links Igor Bonifacic / Engadget Back at I/O 2018, Google introduced Digital Wellbeing, a feature in Android that the company designed to help users manage their smartphone usage. Today Google has introduced five new apps — called Unlock Clock, Post Box, We Flip, Desert Island and Morph — that complement the platform in trying …

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Google’s new emulator makes Android Automotive development easier

Sponsored Links Volvo/ Google With both the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 set to launch sometime in 2020, there’s still sometime before the first slate of Android Automotive cars make their way to consumers. Thankfully, Google is making it easier for developers to create apps for the infotainment system to ensure a smooth experience for …

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