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Google Assistant ‘Personalized speech recognition’ in the works

Sometimes, having a digital assistant can be life-saving, but at other times, it can be a complete nightmare. While things have come a long way in that regard since their inception on smartphones, Google is hoping to accelerate things further by introducing a new feature called “personalized speech recognition”, according to a report from 9to5Google....

Verizon data breach contains personal data of its employees

Verizon has experienced a data breach, where the full names, email addresses, corporate ID numbers, and phone numbers of Verizon employees were compromised, according to a report from Motherboard. Verizon has also confirmed the data breach, though the company has said it will not engage with the hacker because Verizon does not believe the information...

Instagram might soon let you customize how posts appear on your profile

Instagram is a platform that we're all familiar with, and for some people, it's their primary social media intake. In particular, many artists use Instagram to share their photos and drawings, and while the app does offer a ton of ways to edit your photos, there's not a lot of control over how those photos...

Google’s Cursive app is coming to more Chromebooks

Today, Google announced Chrome OS 102, and it comes with some decent new features for your Chromebook. There are USB-C cable alerts, magnification and panning improvements, and the Cursive app is now available on more devices. Cursive is available for all pen-enabled Chromebooks The Cursive app first debuted on HP's Chromebook x2 11 last year. The whole...

Samsung’s rugged Galaxy XCover 6 Pro spotted on Google Play Console; design and key specs revealed

Samsung's XCover series is quite a departure from other Galaxy phones, offering a rugged build with MIL-STD-810 certification, IP68 rating, and, wait for it, a removable battery. It's been two years since Samsung released the Galaxy XCover Pro, and we're still waiting for a direct successor. But the long wait might end soon, as the...

Google reportedly working on built-in snore and cough detection for Android

Last year, Google rolled out a new update to the Google Fit app that turned the Pixel phones into the mobile heart and respiratory monitors. The features take advantage of your phone's cameras, microphone, and accelerometer to measure your heart and respiratory rate. Now Google is reportedly working on two new features for Android phones...

OnePlus Nord 2 gets OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 2 with May 2022 patches, Fortnite crash fix, and more

Towards the end of last month, OnePlus rolled out the first OxygenOS 12 Open Beta based on Android 12 for the OnePlus Nord 2. The update came with a UI refresh, new Canvas AOD features, and more for the OEM's first MediaTek device. The company is now rolling out OxygenOS 12 Open Beta 2 for...

Play Store app listings start showing a new ‘Compatibility for your active devices’ section

Google is reportedly rolling out a new 'Compatibility for your active devices' section on app listings on the Play Store, which highlights whether an app is compatible with your active devices or not. This new section is currently available for a handful of users running version 30.6.16-21 of the Play Store app. According to 9to5Google, the new...

Meta updates its privacy policy to make it easier to understand how it uses your data

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, has announced new changes coming to its privacy policy. The changes, Meta says, are designed to more clearly convey to users how the company uses collected information. Meta emphasizes that the updated Privacy Policy doesn't introduce new ways for the company to collect, use, or share user...

Several OnePlus phones are getting the May 2022 security update

Just a few days ago, OnePlus rolled out new OxygenOS updates to the OnePlus 9 series and OnePlus 10 Pro, complete with the latest security patches. The company is now giving a similar treatment to a bunch of other phones in its lineup. The OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, Nord CE, Nord 2T and Nord N20...

SteamOS 3.2 makes its way to the stable channel

SteamOS 3.2 has been made official and can be downloaded to your Steam Deck right now. Previously, the update was only available to those enrolled in the beta channel. First and foremost, the update brings the ability to change the refresh rate. The default refresh rate on the Steam Deck is 60Hz. While you could previously...

Samsung shows what its 200MP camera sensor is capable of with massive photo print

It was towards the end of last year when we first caught a glimpse of Samsung's 200MP camera sensor. Since then, Samsung has taken things a step further, improving its previous 200MP sensor with a new model. Despite this technology not being found on any production device to date, the firm has continued to tout...