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Android beauty apps could give your phone a black eye

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You may want to think twice before downloading a beauty camera app onto your Android smartphone as new research from the Lithuanian security research group CyberNews has revealed that many of these apps are much more dangerous than they appear to be.The app's developer, Meitu, has also been suspected of collecting user data in its Chinese servers and then selling it.

GitHub for Android brings code collaboration to your mobile

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Developers will soon be able to continue working on their projects on the go as GitHub has launched a beta version of its software development platform for Android.At last year's GitHub Universe, the company first announced GitHub for mobile and launched a beta for iOS.

Google's AirDrop alternative for Android gets renamed as it approaches launch

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While Apple products have long enjoyed the ability to share files, images, and more with nearby devices via AirDrop, Google’s Android equivalent hasn’t enjoyed the same level of ubiquity, and for good reason.While a replacement feature called Fast Share has been in the pipeline since at least July, the service has now been rebranded to 'Nearby Sharing', as spotted by XDA Developers, with a few more details revealed as it nears closer to release.

Google tests biometric support for its autofill feature on Android

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You may well already use Google's autofill feature, which remembers your passwords, addresses, credit cards, and other details, then puts them into forms for you on Android and inside Chrome.As spotted by XDA Developers, Android code that's not yet been enabled suggests biometric authentication will soon be added to the autofill feature, so you'll need a fingerprint or a face unlock to use it.

Google urged to kill off Android bloatware

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An open letter signed by 53 pro-privacy campaigners has called on Google to impose new rules on Android manufacturers that ship devices with unremovable applications.The letter says that 91 per cent of “bloatware” is unavailable on the Google Play store, meaning these applications bypass many of the safeguards that protect users from malicious applications.

Oscar predictions 2020: from Joker to Tarantino

But who’ll be taking home those famous golden statuettes at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony on February 9, 2020?Will Once Upon a Time in Hollywood give Quentin Tarantino his first Best Picture win?

Take an early peek at the Neon AI Samsung is unveiling at CES 2020

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The biggest tech show of the year is almost upon us as CES 2020 is about to get underway in Las Vegas.One of the sights on show will be a new Samsung AI innovation called Neon, and now we've got some idea of what it looks like.

The Samsung Galaxy S11 launch date is set for February 11

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The wait for the Galaxy S11 is almost over, as Samsung has officially announced the date for its next big smartphone launch event: Tuesday, February 11.There are some differences in 2020: we're expecting three Samsung Galaxy S11 phones instead of four, all containing a 5G modem.

New 2020 Land Rover Defender: full details, specs and pics

The design and engineering teams at Land Rover had an unenviable task when setting out to create a new Defender.And while production of the ‘original’ Land Rover ended in 2016, Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth called it “the saddest moment of my life”.

Lexus RX vs Volvo XC90

We’re testing a £63,355 top-spec RX L 450h Takumi to find out if the changes have worked.DrivingAs long as you don’t push the RX L too hard, it’s a refined and comfortable machine.

This is probably the smallest Android PC you can buy right now

Despite this, the X96S still packs in a quad-core CPU that runs Android 8.1, 4GB of RAM, 32GB storage, a microSD card reader and a full size USB port.

AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT leaked benchmarks could spell trouble for Nvidia

According to the leaked results, the RX 5600 XT managed 5,884 in Time Spy and 14,341 in Fire Strike – clearly offering a decent leap in performance.If these benchmarks are true, then that could really put the pressure on Nvidia, especially if AMD gets competitive when it comes to pricing the RX 5600 XT.

New Samsung Galaxy Buds could be launching soon to rival AirPods Pro

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds are among the best true wireless earbuds you can buy – and it looks like a new version of the earbuds is on the horizon.An FCC filing for a "Bluetooth headset" from Samsung all but confirms the existence of the Samsung Galaxy Buds+, which are rumored to be the company's answer to the noise-canceling Apple AirPods Pro.

New 2020 Volkswagen Caddy previewed in design sketches

Naturally, design elements like the enormous alloy wheels and aggressive front bumper will be toned down for the production version.In response to customer demand, Volkswagen says the new Caddy will also be offered with a solid tailgate, while dual rear swing doors will be available as an optional extra.

This Android VPN is now able to disguise your GPS location

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Surfshark has updated its Android VPN app with a new GPS spoofing feature in order to help its users protect their digital privacy even further.The new optional feature allows the company's users to shield their online presence from unsolicited tracking by giving them the ability to change their device's physical GPS location.

These apps could ruin your Android phone this Christmas

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Android users have been warned to beware malicious apps on their devices this Christmas after a new report warned of a range of dangerous new threats.Researchers from security firm Barracuda Networks found thousands of Christmas-themed mobile apps also hid significant security flaws.

Say it with tech this Christmas. Give a Gift of Wonder

The 'Gifts of Wonder' edit features 200 gifts to suit every kind of recipient and every budget, and it’s packed with really great tech gifts – many of them with significant savings.The perfect festive soundtrackWhat better soundtrack to your Christmas than some musical Gifts of Wonder?

Best office suite for Android in 2020

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The ability to use your smartphone anyway makes it a handy tool for catching up with office work on the go.WPS OfficeA formidable free office suite for AndroidFree to installFull office suiteIntrusive advertsWPS Office is an office suite developed by Chinese software outfit Kingsoft.

Android R will allow mobile ID

The two technology giants have agreed a partnership that will bring electronic ID capabilities to the next release of Google’s operating system, Android R.At the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, the companies revealed that Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform will be the first mobile system-on-a-chip (SoC) to support Android Identity Credential APIs in Android R, which is expected to launch next year.

Best note-taking apps for Android in 2020

Whether you're just typing text, writing with a stylus, or scribbling with your finger, there are a lot of different note-taking apps for Android out there.We've previously listed the best Android apps and the best free Android apps, so as we move into 2020, here we'll feature the best note-taking apps available for Android.