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More Chinese phone makers could lose US apps under Trump’s Clean Network – TechCrunch


Over a third of the world’s smartphone sales come from Chinese vendors Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo. These manufacturers have thrived not only because they offer value-for-money handsets thanks to China’s supply chains, but they also enjoy a relatively open mobile ecosystem, in which consumers in most countries can freely access the likes of Google, Instagram and WhatsApp.

That openness is under attack as the great U.S.-China tech divide inches closer to reality, which can cause harm on both sides. Read More

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The Next Web

Windows Insiders can run Android apps on PCs with ‘Your Phone’ update


One of the most interesting announcements from Samsung’s Note 20 reveal was that you would be able to run the phone’s apps on your PC using Microsoft‘s Your Phone app. It turns out that functionality isn’t only coming to the Note 20, and some Windows Insiders are able to try it as soon as today.

Microsoft today revealed it’s bringing the ability to stream your phone’s screen on your desktop using the Your Phone app, essentially casting your phone’s display in a window. Microsoft isn’t the first to think this feature up –Dell’s Mobile Connect software has offered similar functionality for quite some time — but it’s nice to see a wider implementation. Read More

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Wired

iOS 14’s Best Privacy Feature? Catching Data-Grabbing Apps


With every iOS update, users gain more controls over what data that app developers can collect about them. The new iOS 14 is no different, except for one thing—it hasn’t even left beta, and its privacy features are already causing havoc for major app developers.

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Privacy notifications, which pop up whenever an app accesses the microphone, camera, or clipboard, are responsible for many apps’ dubious data-collecting behaviors being outed in the past few weeks. Read More

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The Verge

Microsoft integrates Android apps into Windows 10 with new Your Phone update


Microsoft is now allowing Windows 10 users to run Android apps side by side with Windows applications on a PC. It’s part of a new feature in Your Phone, and it builds upon the mirroring that Microsoft’s Your Phone app already provides. You can now access a list of Android apps in Microsoft’s Your Phone app and launch these mobile apps accordingly. These will run in a separate window outside of the Your Phone app, mirrored from your phone.

This new Android app support also allows Windows 10 users to multitask with other Windows apps with alt+tab support, and you’ll even be able to pin these Android apps to the Windows 10 taskbar or Start menu. The ability to launch apps directly from Your Phone means you no longer have to search around on a mirrored experience of your phone, you can simply pin your favorite Android apps to the taskbar and run them as if they’re regular Windows apps. Read More

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The Next Web

This training will get you up to speed on Photoshop and Adobe CC’s other popular apps

TLDR: With the Essential 2020 Adobe CC Mastery Bundle, you’ll get training in four of Adobe’s most popular digital creation apps to craft images, graphics, social media and more.

You’ve got to hand it to Adobe. Through innovation and acquisition, the tech titan has pulled together a creative app version of The Avengers, a collection of programs that can not only handle virtually any digital creative project but have also been adopted by over 90 percent of all working creative pros and downloaded over 376 million times. Read More

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TechCrunch

OneKey makes it easier to work without a desktop by integrating apps into mobile keyboards – TechCrunch


“The app that you use the most on your phone and you don’t realize it is your keyboard,” says Christophe Barre the co-founder and chief executive of OneKey.

A member of Y Combinator’s most recent cohort, OneKey has a plan to make work easier on mobile devices by turning the keyboard into a new way to serve up applications like calendars, to-do lists, and, eventually, even Salesforce functionality.

People have keyboards for emojis, other languages, and gifs, but there have been few ways to integrate business apps into the keyboard functionality, says Barre. And he’s out to change that. Read More

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Engadget

Digital contact tracing apps in the US that use ENS tech from Google and Apple are still ‘weeks’ away


In the US Google says that 20 states and territories covering about 45 percent of the population are “exploring apps” based on the systems, and the first ones should launch “in the coming weeks.” Read More

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Engadget

Microsoft will shut down the Cortana iOS and Android apps in 2021


Microsoft’s plan for Invoke speakers is likely to cause the most resentment. The company will push a firmware update to the smart device to turn it into a Bluetooth speaker. “The firmware update will be delivered automatically to devices connected to WiFi within six months of its release,” the company said.

As an olive branch to Invoke owners, Microsoft plans to send them $50 gift cards. To be eligible, you’ll have to have used your Invoke speaker to ask something of Cortana between July 31st and before today’s announcement.    Read More

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VentureBeat

Privacy problems are widespread for Alexa and Google Assistant voice apps, according to researchers


Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice app privacy policies are often “problematic” and violate baseline requirements, according to a study coauthored by Clemson University School of Computing researchers. The work, which hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed, analyzed tens of thousands of Alexa skills and Google Assistant actions to measure the effectiveness of their data practice disclosures. The researchers characterize the current state of affairs as “worrisome” and claim that Google and Amazon run afoul of their own developer rules. Read More

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Engadget

Apple Store app’s ‘For You’ tab shows personalized shopping suggestions


Apple has updated its Store app for iOS and iPadOS with a new tab that shows all the devices linked to your Apple ID along with shopping suggestions based on that list. As 9to5Mac notes, tapping on the tab shows an overview of the iPhones, iPads and Macs you have under the “Your devices” list.

The new section also shows accessories you can buy that are compatible with your devices. And if you have an iPhone, tapping on it shows its warranty information. In case it doesn’t have one anymore, the app will display a trade-in value instead, as well as a quick link to start the Apple Trade In process. Read More