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Not even the Pixel 3's call screening will save you from the nuisance of spam

Spam phone calls are the abject worst. As if we didn't have enough already, we are rapidly heading towards a future where more calls are spam than not. It's gotten to the point where I leave my phones on DND most of the time, just looking to avoid the hassle of unsolicited numbers ringing me all day long. With the new Pixel 3 phones, Google's introducing a new call-screening feature for Assistant, promising to never make you talk to a spammer again. And while that may be true, your days of dealing with their interruptions aren't quite over yet.

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Call Screen will let Pixel users see who's calling and what they want before answering

Not everything got leaked before Google's event today. One surprise announcement that wowed was Call Screen, a new feature that lets the Google Assistant answer your incoming calls and politely ask what the caller wants. A real-time transcript will appear on your screen, allowing you to decide whether or not you want to pick up.

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Nearly half of all phone calls will be spam by 2019, according to new report

Spam calls have become obnoxious as of late for many people - myself included - and it looks like they are only going to get worse. First Orion Corporation, which provides spam call filters to carriers, estimates that 44.56% of all calls in 2019 will be spam.

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Android Messages v3.4 continues work on pairing with Chromebooks, dark mode, and automatic spam detection [APK Teardown]

A new version of Android Messages began rolling out late last night. Beyond a few small cosmetic tweaks, this update appears to be almost entirely focused on preparing upcoming features. There's activity related to pairing with Chromebooks, further developments in dark mode, and forward progress on fighting spam.

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Android Messages v3.3 prepares GIF search and favorited stickers, search filters for attachments, and possibly gearing up to fight text spammers [APK Teardown]

A new version of the Android Messages app slowly began to circulate over the weekend. As usual, there doesn't seem to be anything visibly different in this update, but it does contain bits and pieces suggesting there's plenty of work going on in preparation for new features. Some of the Sticker and GIF-related enhancements from Allo appear to be making the transition to Messages, and we may also be getting some helpful search filters that bring attachments into view. There's also some new text that suggests Google is looking to take a more active role in combatting text spammers.

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FTC files formal complaint against major telemarketing operation

Spam calls are the worst. In March, the Federal Communications Commission issued a warning about the "scourge" of scam robocalls and caller ID spoofers, and last month imposed hefty fines against a number-spoofing spam caller. Now, the Federal Trade Commission has filed a formal complaint against a large-scale telemarketing operation.

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FCC issues $120 million fine for massive neighbor spoofing operation

Ever got one of those annoying robocalls, but the number looked local or even familiar? Well, those of us that have might have some modicum of vindication. Yesterday, the FCC issued a $120 million fine to Adrian Abramovich, who was found to have made almost 100 million spoofed phone calls about a timeshare or other travel-related things.

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Gmail users find spam in their sent folder, but don’t panic

Gmail users are reporting that spam emails are turning up in their sent folder. To the users involved, it looks as if their own accounts were used to send that spam, and many have rushed to change their passwords and enable stronger security. But in actual fact, it’s just a clever spam campaign and affected accounts have not been compromised.

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Google Phone v19 beta switches to bottom navigation tabs, adds spam filtering, and more [APK Teardown]

Yesterday, Google opened the doors to a new beta channel for its Phone app. For those joining the beta releases, there's already a fresh update to v19 waiting for them to play with. There are a lot of changes coming through in this round, including some updates to the UI, an option to filter spam calls, and much more. If you want to get your hands on the latest version, but aren't quite ready to join the beta, grab the apk from the APK Mirror link below.

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[Update: Now in the Android app] Google+ adds a 'delete, report, and block' button for comments

Google+ has had problems with spam since... well, forever. If you regularly encounter spam on the platform, at least Google has now made it easier to deal with the problem. The company is rolling out a new 'delete, report, and block' button for comments to help you quickly get rid of spam replies.

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