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It looks like Google Photos will get manual face tagging in a future update

The facial recognition software built directly into Google Photos is already fantastically accurate, distinguishing your friends and family from even the blurriest of pixels. However, like any AI-driven tool, it's not perfect, and sometimes it just doesn't know who's actually in your pictures. Thanks to our friends over at XDA Developers, we now have our first look at an upcoming manual facial tagging feature that's currently hidden away within Google Photos 4.32.

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Google Play Store autoplay videos are coming, but you'll be able to turn them off

Many people find autoplaying videos incredibly annoying, but they help content creators and advertisers hook up consumers more efficiently. That's why many platforms try to find a balance by making autoplay opt-out and letting you turn it off in settings, all while hoping that only a small percentage of people will actually do that. After Google recently introduced autoplay videos to the Play Store, the company now seems to be testing such a toggle.

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Google announces App Defense Alliance, brings three security companies on board to fight bad apps

Google has always maintained that its own Play Store security mechanisms were strong enough to keep your devices safe from malware and other bad actors, but this was proven wrong again and again and again. Thus it makes sense that the company has announced the App Defense Alliance, a partnership with ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium that aims to stop bad apps before they can reach anyone's Android devices.

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Datally, Google's data-saving app, has been unceremoniously axed from the Play Store

Google has a ton of first-party applications hanging out in the Play Store, from the more popular superstars like Google Search, Assistant, and Maps, to the less prominent Authenticator, Playground, or Opinion Rewards. Google has also killed off plenty of beloved applications over the years, and now the crew at Mountain View has seemingly struck again, this time tossing Datally into the pit of oblivion.

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LG TV Plus app update restores compatibility with Android 10 devices

OS update season is always my favorite time of the year. Like clockwork, the next version of Android is released with a bunch of new fixes, features, and fanfare for the future of the world's most popular mobile platform. Unfortunately, new software usually means some old apps are bound to break. For LG webOS TV owners who are suffering from a borked LG TV Plus app following the Android 10 upgrade, we've got some good news for you.

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Google Lens races to 50 million installs in just 16 months

Mere days after Google Fit crossed a major download milestone (and took its sweet time doing it), another more popular Google app has accomplished the same feat in less than half the time. Google Lens, the visual search engine that lets users summon information about the world around them by taking photos or screenshots, has officially joined the 50-million downloads club.

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Google Fit took its sweet time to hit 50 million downloads on the Play Store

2014 feels like forever ago. October 28, 2014 is when Google launched the Google Fit app and now, four years, 11 months and counting, the app has finally hit 50 million downloads on the Play Store.

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Google Lens now has 'style ideas' to help you look fabulous

Google Lens is a popular and nifty app with several powerful functions: search with your camera, translate text you see, identify objects, and more. Starting today, it's being upgraded with a new feature called "style ideas" that's meant to give you "outfit inspiration from around the web."

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WhatsApp Beta begins testing 'disappearing messages'

Whatsapp, which is used by billions around the world, might be upgraded in the near future to gain a new privacy-oriented feature. According to the folks at wabetainfo, the latest beta version of Whatsapp is starting to lay down the foundation for disappearing messages. However, the feature isn't live for anyone yet, and there is no promised and concrete timeline.

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How to enable external SD card storage support for Android apps like Netflix or Plex on your Chromebook

Google's relationship with SD card support on mobile devices has been rocky at best; look no further than the absence of this feature since the very early days of the Nexus series and on every Pixel phone ever made. And while the company has been stepping up in terms of Chrome OS SD card features, there is one persistent glitch we now know how to fix.

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