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Uber rolls out UI changes in latest beta app

Things may look different the next time you open the Uber app. The latest version (build number 4.249.10002) revamps a few bits of the UI to take advantage of taller screen ratios, and it makes scheduling easier. It's only accessible in the official beta channel, though.

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YouTube Music now lets you add existing playlists to a new one

YouTube has already been the place many people go to build playlists and listen to their favorite new songs. With the addition of the YouTube Music app, it made finding and saving your favorite artists easier than ever. But building playlists wasn't always so easy, though, since you could only add one song to a playlist at a time using the add button through the app. That's been updated, and now you can add entire existing playlists to one of your own creation.

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Instagram sets new rules further restricting all self-harm content

Social media has drastically changed how we humans engage with each other and see ourselves in terms of self-worth. Anything can be dangerous in excess, but the impacts of social media on our individual psyches should not be ignored — especially when it comes to those who engage in self-harm activities. In light of this, Instagram, which you might have heard of, is taking steps that it feels are in the right direction in helping those aforementioned people.

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Twitter shares its daily user count for the first time in Q4 results

Twitter is a publicly-traded company, and as such, its quarterly earnings reports always include data about the platform — including the amount of active users. The company has historically never revealed how many active daily users Twitter has, only the amount of users who log in (at least) once a month. In its Q4 earnings report, Twitter has revealed how many people log into the platform daily, among other information.

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Opera announces new free VPN in beta browser

ISPs are generally not trustworthy, so many internet users have turned to VPNs. Opera used to offer a popular free VPN on Android, but it retired the service last year. Now, the company has announced a new VPN, which is integrated with the Opera browser. It's starting out in the beta version, available to everyone in the Play Store.

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NYPD demands Google stop revealing DUI checkpoints on Maps and Waze

Water is wet, the sky is blue, and police don't like people reporting speed traps and other law enforcement checkpoints. The New York Police Department sent a cease and desist letter to Google today, demanding that the company stop displaying DUI/DWI checkpoints in its Waze and Maps applications.

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MyScript Calculator 2 with AI-based handwriting recognition released on the Play Store for $3 (free for first week)

When it comes to using a calculator, have you been tapping buttons like a peasant? Those days are now behind you — French developer MyScript has launched its second-generation app MyScript Calculator 2, a handwriting-gesture-driven calculator that promises to translate your ugly scrawls into numbers. Its previous app, the free-to-download MyScript Calculator, racked up over 10M downloads with an average of 4.5 stars over 347K reviews on the Play Store. While Calculator 2 is a paid app, selling for $2.99, the developer has made it free for the first week.

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Signal adds optional link previews for Imgur, Instagram, Reddit, and YouTube

We don't often discuss Signal here at AP, not out of any sort of distaste, but because it adds new features and improvements at a slower pace than WhatsApp or Telegram. But if you happen to use Signal, then the new version has link previews in store for you. It's limited to four websites for now, but it's a good start.

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30 temporarily free and 45 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome, all, to another round of app sales. Today's list is decent, containing some Asmodee games and Hitman Sniper. Otherwise, it's fairly standard, so enjoy and be sure to pop by on Friday for the last one this week.

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SiriusXM app adds Chromecast support, though it seems to have some bugs

SiriusXM users have been asking for Chromecast support for years, and at long last, their prayers have been answered. Unfortunately, the long-awaited functionality appears to have quite a few problems, with several Play Store reviews with complaints about it.

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