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Google Messages levels up security with end to end encryption

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Google Messages has continued to evolve with the changing messaging market over the last 18 months. Features like RCS, reactions, tags and even automated OTP cleanup have been added. Now, providing you're both on RCS, security has...

Google drops 6 new Android features on 3 Billion devices

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Well, it seems Christmas in July has come a month early with Google dropping 6 platform-wide updates to Android with everything from earthquake alerts to new features for Android auto. Several of the features will clearly require a platform...

Google is investigating over-aggressive battery optimisation behaviours from OEM partners

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At some stage, you're likely to have encountered an issue with an app losing functionality in the background. This is often the result of over-aggressive battery optimisation. Stemming from a logged issue, Google wants hear from app...

Hisense Australia TV’s running Vidaa U3, U4 and U5 get exclusive NRL TV catchup...

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As part of a multi-year partnership, Hisense Australia has collaborated with the NRL to integrate the exclusive NRL TV App across its television range.   From June onwards, customers with Hisense TVs powered by VIDAA U3, VIDAA U4 and VIDAA U5...

Tinder now allows you to block personal contacts to make swiping right safer

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Regardless of your thoughts on the platform, Tinder is really popular among the young and single. The danger though is that you may come across a friend or family member while merrily swiping. Tinder is rolling out...

Twitter thinks you’ll pay $4.49 a month to undo tweets

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Twitter has launched its first subscription service but is it worth the asking price? The launch features include bookmark folders, reader mode and the ability to undo tweets. Features that are useful, but perhaps not to the...

WhatsApp backs down on threats to remove accounts if users don’t accept new terms

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If you're a heavy user of WhatsApp concerned about the new terms of use, fear not. You'll be able to continue using your account even if you don't agree to the new terms. In what can only...

Google Messages set to get a feature others have had for years

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Since the introduction of RCS, we've seen a continual push from Google to improve their Messages app. This has been feature tweaks, improvements and additions. We're seeing another one that could be landing soon thanks to an...

Not getting enough likes on Facebook and Instagram? Just hide it!

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Social media can be a harsh mistress, particularly if you're in the influencing realm. So much so that not enough likes can have an effect on your income or even mental health. Finally, the big players --...

Fitbit finally adding 2FA to secure your account

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It's been far too long in the making, but Fitbit has finally started to roll out 2-factor authentication (2FA) to accounts. Now, by all reports, the rollout is in the early stages and only available to selected users...

Transport for NSW, Sydney Trains and Google partner together to bring better accessible map...

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If you've ever been a visitor to Sydney or even a local, sometimes wayfinding can be an utter pain in the backside, especially at some busy, inner city stations (here's looking at you Central, Town Hall and Wynyard) and...

Netflix continuing to crack down on account sharing

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You'd probably be hard-pressed to find someone who isn't sharing at least one streaming account with family or friends. For consumers, it's a great thing because we're saving money. For the businesses such as Disney Plus, Stan,...

Twitter’s verification process is ready to reopen

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After a fairly significant hiatus due to being flooded with requests, Twitter is almost ready to reopen its verification process. This reopening will include some improved guidelines outlining expectations for users who wish to become "blue tick" verified. https://twitter.com/verified/status/1395400234952441862 You'll...

Shots fired: Telegram and WhatsApp take their war to Twitter

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When the messaging war began, who knew we would end up with over a dozen viable options? The issue that most people face is that not everyone you want to message is on a single platform. So you're...

Is Google actually going to show some love to tablets with new Messages features?

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It's been a bone of contention for quite some time, but it appears that Google may be about to show some love to tablets. The APK teardown by XDA developers shows some work going on to make Google...

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