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Google Pay now supports custom credit card designs

People who feel strongly about their purchasing habits might consider a custom design for a credit card to be an extension of their personality — talk to Darrell Kennedy who got "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" "Everybody Hates Chris" star Terry Crews's approval via tweet to splash Terry Jeffords's Julius Rock's likeness on her plastic. For the tap-and-go people who like to use their phones, Google Pay has had the capacity to support custom card designs for at least the past year. Now, as far as we know, we're seeing the first major bank to take on some unique card art for its mobile payment customers.

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Adobe Scan updated to better capture forms, business cards, and more

There is no shortage of applications for scanning documents into PDF files Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft Office Lens, and CamScanner are just a few. Adobe created its own scanner app in 2017, which offers integration with Acrobat Reader and the company's cloud storage. An update has just been released that makes the app even more powerful, with new modes and other features.

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Instagram's IGTV still exists, adds support for landscape videos

Most video is landscape, but the era of smartphones has led to an explosion of people shooting portrait video. Instagram embraced portrait videos when it launched IGTV last year. You could be forgiven if you forgot all about it in the intervening months. Now, Instagram is looking to give IGTV a boost with a new feature: landscape video.

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Shocker: Cheetah Mobile's CM Launcher keeps data in unsecured cloud storage

Mobile app empire Cheetah Mobile not only makes terrible software, but has even found its products ejected from the Play Store on occasion for breaking rules. If you somehow need more reasons not to use apps from the company, one developer has discovered that some applications, including CM Launcher, store data in an unsecured cloud storage bucket.

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Messages starts showing the status of your RCS connection

It's been a couple of years since Messages (then known as Google Messenger) started rolling out RCS, the chat-like features that work on top of regular SMS. In the time since, RCS has spread to more operators and devices, but it's still not the universal solution Google wants it to be, and nor is it a foolproof one. To help users understand what's going on, especially when things don't work as intended, Messages now shows you the status of your RCS connection.

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MTA tickets in New York City will be supported in Google Pay starting May 31

One of the cumbersome things I deal with when traveling to a city with public transit is the transportation card. Not being used to carrying one and wanting to keep it safe but also quick to access, I struggle to find a decent place for it. Sometimes it's in my pocket, other times in my bag, and sometimes inside my phone's cover. So I can understand a daily commuter's annoyance of carrying these small, easily-losable cards around. That's why services like Google Pay, which aim to replace all your cards, including transit ones, are awesome. Transit card support has been slowly rolling out to various cities around the world, and now it's New York's time.

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[Update: It's official, APK Download] Google Drive dark mode is showing up for some users

Google in 2017-2018: "Whiten all the things!" Google in late 2018-2019: "Darken all the things!" Things have evolved from the eye-searing white and every few days, we see a new app embrace its darker side and offer a black or dark grey mode for sensitive eyeballs and AMOLED displays. The latest to test the waters of a dark mode is Google Drive.

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Steam decouples Chat from the main mobile app, adds fresh design and new features

Steam, despite some controversial competition lately, is still the king of PC gaming — the ubiquitous platform sports a massive list of features, even basic ones like a shopping cart. One of the areas where Steam has struggled, however, is the quality of its mobile app. Now, Steam Link is a fine application and I use it almost daily, but the main one is just... rough. One of Steam's most robust features is its communication tools and Chat, one of the core elements of that, just got separated out into its own app and I have to say, it's pretty nice.

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ScreenshotGo from Mozilla helps you sort the mess of your screenshots and search them by text

We all associate the name Mozilla with Firefox and web browsing, but the company has been spreading its wings lately and releasing different kinds of tools. First there was Notes by Firefox, then Lockbox the password manager, followed closely by Firefox Send which shares encrypted files privately. The company now has another tool in beta and, although it has "Firefox" in its name, it's essentially an independent screenshot management tool.

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Snapchat rolls out three Snap Games in a bid to keep you off Instagram

One of the ways Snapchat is trying to spruce up engagement on its stagnant social platform is through Snap Games, a series of multiplayer games that users can play with their friends and/or with strangers across the network. Three of them have been rolled out to users and are available to play today.

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