See When Other Apps Use Your Microphone or Camera With This Android App

See When Other Apps Use Your Microphone or Camera With This Android App

Photo: David MurphyOne of my favorite tiny features from Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 operating system is a big one for privacy and security—a rare two-fer. Whenever an app accesses your camera or microphone, you’ll see a tiny colored dot in the upper-right corner of your display, right above your bars indicating the signal strength for…
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After India and US, Japan looks to ban TikTok and other Chinese apps

After India and US, Japan looks to ban TikTok and other Chinese apps

A group of Japanese lawmakers is seeking to restrict the use of TikTok and other apps developed by Chinese firms, following in the footstep of India, which has already blocked dozens of Chinese apps, and the U.S., which is floating the idea of a ban. The decision was first reported by Japanese national broadcaster NHK.…
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Google Play Pass expands outside the U.S., adds more titles and annual pricing

Google Play Pass expands outside the U.S., adds more titles and annual pricing

Google Play Pass, the Android alternative to subscription-based game store Apple Arcade, is expanding. Launched in September 2019 with more than 350 apps and games, Play Pass today announced it has added 150 new titles, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Golf Peaks and kid-friendly content like apps from Sesame Workshop, for example. In addition, the service…
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Snap debuts a 13-week remote program to help developers create deeper Snap Kit integrations

Snap debuts a 13-week remote program to help developers create deeper Snap Kit integrations

Snap debuted its developer platform two years ago, and though it has amassed several hundred integrations inside third-party apps, the company is still looking to scale deeper relationships with the developers on Snap Kit. Today, the social media company announced Yellow Collabs. The remote 13-week program allows companies to dive deeper into integrating their apps…
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If Facebook Broke Your iOS Apps, Here’s a Fix

If Facebook Broke Your iOS Apps, Here’s a Fix

A Facebook bug is causing widespread crashes across a swath of iOS apps. The crashes have been reported for Spotify, Bumble, Mario Kart Tour, PUBG Mobile, Tinder, Venmo, and a few others.The issue isn’t caused by the Facebook iOS app, per se, but rather the Facebook-related features integrated into the affected apps, such as signing…
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Top mobile apps see declines in consumer engagement amid increased competition

Top mobile apps see declines in consumer engagement amid increased competition

Mobile consumers are downloading and using more apps than ever before. According to recent data from App Annie, mobile users now have 93 apps on their phone as of the end of 2019, up from 85 apps at the end of 2015. They also now use around 41 apps per month, up from 35 in…
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