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Beem me up! AR messaging is the future

Mar 29th - Beem, an AR firm, acquired another round of investment earlier this year, which went toward a whole new redesign of the app and an overhaul of its backend. While Beem’s original app release was innovative, the UI left a lot to be desired, and the “holographic” experience was largely dependant on interaction through other apps.Beem’s latest app update …

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Hit the Repeat – YouTube Music Casting Repeat Button

Mar 28th - You may very well have spotted a familiar button that vanished from YouTube Music temporarily, following its debut on Android early last year. The service has supposedly reintroduced the repeat button while casting, according to 9to5Google.In February of 2021, some users were able to use the repeat and shuffle features while casting YouTube Music to …

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Apple Wallet’s Digital State IDs could clear the path for Android’s version

Mar 28th - Arizona will be the first state to use Apple’s digital driver’s license and state ID, the iPhone manufacturer revealed last week. “Arizonans can now add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet and touch their iPhone or Apple Watch to present it at specified TSA security checkpoints in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,” according …

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The Android Beta program now offers an easy exit without a system wipe

Mar 25th - In addition to releasing QPR3 Beta 1.1 for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro this week, Google announced that testers would soon be able to opt-out of the Android Beta Program without having to wipe their device at the end of each cycle. Those who tested Android 12L earlier this month were unable to simply …

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New Google feature to show available doctors appointments

Mar 25th - It can be hard to appreciate how difficult it can be to find a doctor when you need one the most. As one of the staff here at Phandroid who is chronically ill, I can confirm that the time and energy wasted trying to find a practicing right who will take you as soon as …

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Hit the Road with Spotify Car Mode

Mar 25th - Nowadays, driving a car provides numerous opportunities for distraction. Other drivers or pedestrians, as well as mobile devices and simply daydreaming, can all be sources of distraction. Spotify, on the other hand, is rumored to be working on a new Car Mode that is already in beta for some Android users in order to make …

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Google Chrome gets some fresh UI

Mar 24th - Google Chrome has finally released a new side panel interface that houses both your bookmarks and reading list. It’s included in Chrome stable release 99, and it reduces the need to show your bookmarks bar all of the time.How does it work?When you’re in Chrome, click the icon in the top right corner to the …

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OnePlus 10 Pro to make its global debut on March 31st

Mar 24th - We’ve been waiting with bated breath for more information on the global launch of the One Plus 10 and now we finally have all of the details. In January, OnePlus unveiled the OnePlus 10 Pro, the company’s first flagship for 2022 in China. The firm has finally given a worldwide launch event for the flagship …

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Instagram brings back the beloved Chronological Feed

Mar 24th - Instagram is bringing back the popular chronological feed, which allows users to see the most recent postings from the accounts they follow. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced the change on Wednesday, and it will contain two new channels that users may switch between.These new feeds can be found in the upper left corner of the …

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WhatsApp Beta gets long-awaited bilingual language selector

Mar 23rd - WhatsApp began as a text-messaging service. Its software now allows users to transmit and receive a range of material, including text, images, videos, documents, and location information, as well as phone calls. Because WhatsApp is used to share some of your most intimate moments, they implemented end-to-end encryption into the program. Every product decision is …

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Google Photos update delivers a slew of fresh new features

Mar 23rd - Flowers are springing, the weather is warming up, and the days are getting a little longer, which means it’s spring cleaning time. Google Images is getting some upgrades in the coming weeks that will make it even easier to navigate through your albums, import photos and videos from other sources, see your shared material, and …

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Empowering Educators with Apple Learning Coach

Mar 22nd - Apple Learning Coach is a new learning program introduced by Apple today. The course is a free curriculum that prepares interactive coaches, digital learning experts, and other coaching educators to assist teachers in implementing Apple technology in their classrooms. It includes self-paced sessions as well as virtual lessons.Empowering educators with technology and resources is fundamental …

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Instagram’s long-awaited Family Center feature has finally landed

Mar 22nd - Instagram is launching a new product called Family Center, which tries to address the company’s rising concerns about teen safety and mental health. Instagram’s Adam Moserri, who has been vocal about Instagram’s focus on user safety, unveiled the functionality in a blog post on Thursday.Family Center adds a slew of parental control options to the …

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Two Asus ROG Phones Level Up to Android 12

Mar 21st - Ready, set… GO!In recent years, gaming phones are becoming more and more capable and more affordable, and Asus has some of the best. The Asus ROG Phone 5 is now receiving the Android 12 upgrade, which comes with a hefty changelog.Android 12 is now available for the ROG Phone 5 and the ROG Phone 5s …