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Android 10 is now rolling out for Pixel

Dark Mode is coming!

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The latest version of Android is now officially rolling out for supported phones. Google says it’s working with a number of partners to launch or upgrade devices with Android 10.

After six beta releases, Android 10 is now available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Apart from the Pixel phones, Android 10 is also available for Essential Phone and Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro (only China).

Dark Mode is perhaps the most exciting addition of Android 10 because a fresh coat of paint will be applied system-wide. For phones with an OLED display, this will translate into considerable battery savings.

Android 10 also improves the gesture navigation, first introduced with Android Pie last year. The pill is now smaller and Google has gotten rid of the back button. The back is now replaced with a swipe from the edge of the display.

Google says improvements in the ART runtime will mean apps start faster, consume less memory, and run smoother. The ART profiles delivered by Google Play let ART pre-compile parts of an app even before it’s run.

Google is improving security and privacy with Android 10 where users can now let apps collect location data only when you are using them. With the new Google Play system updates, the company can now also push important security and privacy fixes right to the phone from the Google Play store.

There is also Smart Reply for all messaging apps, an improved sharing menu, more tools for Digital Wellbeing, and a ton of little details.

For all Pixel phones, the update is now rolling out worldwide. But you may not get the update right away since the release is sent out in batches. Like always, other phone makers will announce their rollout plans separately.

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Tinder adds a panic button for dates that go wrong

Safety first!

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Tinder is like a box of chocolates. You never know who you’re going to get: the girl next door, the workroom hottie, or (worse) the creepy stalker. Unfortunately, the popular dating app can lead to a lot of terrible nights. Bad dates are, of course, not the end of the world. Ending up with a psycho partner, however, can quickly lead to dangerous situations.

In a long-overdue move, Tinder is finally implemented a panic button for dates that go horribly wrong. The emergency feature will alert authorities and safety personnel if things go sideways. Additionally, it can keep trusted friends updated on where you are.

The panic button will come in partnership with a third-party safety platform called Noonlight. Once installed, the feature will coordinate with both apps. When connected, Noonlight will share updates through the Tinder Timeline.

The actual panic button is located inside Noonlight. When pressed, the button will alert authorities. Afterwards, connected authorities will start texting the individual. If unanswered, they will start calling. If it comes up unanswered again, authorities will go to the individual’s location.

Starting next week, the feature will roll out through a new Tinder tab called Safety Center. The launch will start initially in the US. After the initial launch, the panic button will come to Tinder’s sister services including OkCupid and Match.com.

Besides the panic button, Tinder will also add verification methods to ensure truthful accounts. Users can get verification by recreating their account’s various photos. If the photos match, they get verified.

SEE ALSO: 3 reasons why Tinder is the best travel app

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Apple shot a film entitled ‘The Daughter’ using an iPhone 11 Pro

So raw, emotional, and honest

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When tech giants create ads and films, you can expect it to be heartwarming. For instance, Apple released a Chinese New Year special, guaranteed to make you tearful and warm.

Entitled “The Daughter,” the short film tackled hope, love, and reconciliation featuring three generations of Chinese women.

It has the elements you need for a good cry — a realistic depiction of disagreement between a mother and daughter, a single parent’s determination to provide a good life, and a child’s curiosity, optimism, and innocence.

Apple Singapore brought together three talented individuals to create this emotional film. Oscar-nominated folks — director Theodore Melfi and cinematographer Lawrence Sher — worked with China’s top actress Zhou Xun in producing the film through an iPhone 11 Pro.

Once again, Apple proves iPhone’s prowess in the video department. There’s a reason why we held iPhone 11 Pro as the best smartphone for photography and videography — there’s nothing like it! Watch the video here.

SEE ALSO: Selena Gomez’s new music video was shot on an iPhone 11 Pro

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QuickShare will be Samsung’s alternative to AirDrop

It has cloud powers too

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Samsung is developing an alternative to AirDrop. It has a rather straightforward name of “Quick Share” and appears to carry all the functions of Apple’s offering.

Spotted by XDA-Developers, the feature lets Samsung users quickly share files, photos, and videos to other Samsung users. They can set to receive from their trusted contacts by selecting “Contacts Only”. Alternatively, they can receive files from any nearby user by choosing “Everyone”.

To differentiate it from Apple’s seamless file-sharing feature, Samsung will let users upload files to Samsung Cloud. Nearby SmartThings appliances will download the files and stream it to the user’s Galaxy device. However, there is a size limit of 2GB per day with this feature.

This feature will probably debut on Galaxy S20 when it launches on February 11th. It will likely remain exclusive to newer Samsung devices sporting OneUI 2.0. However, it is possible that this feature will roll out to other devices through over-the-air updates.

Samsung is not the only company developing its own nearby file sharing tool. Last August, rivals OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi announced an unprecedented partnership to develop an AirDrop-like feature for their devices. These are a welcome development for Android users longing for a decent AirDrop alternative.

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