Google is purging ‘low-quality’ Android apps next month

Google is raising its minimum quality requirements for Android apps, and will soon remove those that don’t meet expectations from the Play Store. According to the company’s latest spam policy update, apps that demonstrate “limited functionality and content” — such as text only apps, single wallpaper apps, or those that are literally designed to do…

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Google’s shortened links will stop working next year

If you ever used Google’s URL shortening service before it was shut down in 2019, be warned — those links will stop working on August 25th, 2025. Google announced in a blog post that “the time has come to turn off the serving portion of Google URL Shortener,” and that any links in the…

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Xbox Live is back following major outage

A widespread Xbox Live outage lasting several hours has now been resolved. The issue prevented players from signing into their accounts and downloading or playing online games. “Users should once again be able to sign in, matchmake and complete purchases,” Xbox Support said on X at 11.24PM ET. “Thank you for sticking with us!” Xbox…

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Major Windows BSOD issue takes banks, airlines, and broadcasters offline

Thousands of Windows machines are experiencing a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) issue at boot today, impacting banks, airlines, TV broadcasters, supermarkets, and many more businesses worldwide. A faulty update from cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike is knocking affected PCs and servers offline, forcing them into a recovery boot loop so machines can’t start properly. CrowdStrike is widely…

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Boost Mobile is getting a $25 monthly unlimited plan

Boost Mobile, the historically MVNO wireless carrier acquired by Disk Network (which rejoined EchoStar), has relaunched as an umbrella company that now includes Boost Infinite and combines all its pre- and post-paid services. Along with the rebranding, Boost Mobile is offering new deals, including an affordable $25 per month option with 5G speeds. The key…

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FTC blasts Microsoft’s new “degraded” Xbox Game Pass Standard tier and price increases

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has blasted Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass price increases in a filing to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Microsoft revealed last week that it’s increasing PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate prices, and planning to launch a new Game Pass Standard tier soon without day…

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Google’s Gemini AI will be all over the Paris Olympics broadcast

The broadcast will include Google Maps’ 3D views of venues like the Versailles, Stade Roland Garros, and the Aquatics Centre, as well as tidbits about what events will occur at each location. The imagery pulls from the Immersive Views added to Maps over the last few years that represent certain landmarks and areas of interest…

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Google reveals the Pixel 9 Pro Fold before it can leak again

/ After showing an early look at the Pixel 9 Pro, Google has taken the wraps off the Pixel 9 Pro Fold, too. By Richard Lawler, a senior editor following news across tech, culture, policy, and entertainment. He joined The Verge in 2021 after several years covering news at Engadget. Jul 18, 2024, 9:17 PM…

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Netflix is getting more comfortable with ads

With Netflix raking in 8 million more global subscribers over the past few months, the streamer is turning its attention to its ad-supported plan — and for good reason. The budget-friendly tier now accounts for over 45 percent of all new signups in markets where ads are available, according to its second quarter earnings report…

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Figma explains how its AI tool ripped off Apple’s design

To give the model enough freedom to compose designs from a wide variety of domains, we commissioned two extensive design systems (one for mobile and one for desktop) with hundreds of components, as well as examples of different ways these components can be assembled to guide the output. We feed metadata from these hand-crafted components…

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