Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time. The app was previously pulled from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December, shortly before The New York Times published a report about it. Google quietly reinstated the app in January. The app appears to have remained unavailable on…

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Facebook Lite gets Dark Mode while the main app is still waiting

Just about every major app is implementing some kind of Dark Mode these days, but there’s one notable omission: Facebook. We saw the company test a dark mode for Android in August and a dark desktop UI in October, but there’s been no permanent option yet. Now it seems the company is finally ready to join the slew of stealthy apps, as it’s begun rolling out dark mode to Facebook Lite, as spotted by Android Police.…

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Facebook’s latest experiment is Hobbi, an app to document your personal projects

Facebook is adding another app to its group of experimental projects from the NPE Team, an initiative it announced last year focused on rapidly trying out new ideas in social to see how users react. This week, the team released its fourth app experiment with the launch of Hobbi, a photo and video sharing app designed for documenting your personal projects and hobbies. Though Hobbi takes obvious cues from Pinterest, it’s not just a pinboard…

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Uber test lets you dial a phone number for a ride – no app required

Uber is rolling out an experimental feature that offers the radical option to call for a car the old-fashioned way, using a 1-800 number and interacting with a human. So far the company is testing the option only in one state, but I very much hope this feature will make to the rest of the world, because there are probably a lot of people who need this. How it works is that prospective passengers call…

"Uber test lets you dial a phone number for a ride – no app required"

Blockchain voting app is dangerously vulnerable, researchers say

New research from a team of MIT engineers has found an alarming string of vulnerabilities in a leading blockchain voting system called Voatz. After reverse-engineering Voatz’s Android app, the researchers concluded that an attacker who compromised a voter’s phone would able to observe, suppress, and alter votes nearly at will. Network attacks could also reveal where a given user was voting and potentially suppress votes in the process, the paper claims. Most troubling, researchers say…

"Blockchain voting app is dangerously vulnerable, researchers say"

Apple launches a new Mac app to help you learn programming basics

Apple has brought its Swift Playground app to Mac to help you learn to code in Swift. The company originally launched the app on iPad in 2016 with an aim to encourage kids learn programming. As 9to5Mac noted, the app is made in Catalyst — Apple’s program to make it easier for developers to write one app for Mac and iPad. [Read: GitHub launches an Indian subsidiary to boost its developer community] In the app description, Apple…

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Jam lets you safely share streaming app passwords

Can’t afford Netflix and HBO and Spotify and Disney+? Now there’s an app specially built for giving pals your passwords while claiming to keep your credentials safe. It’s called Jam, and the questionably legal service launched in private beta this morning. In his first interview about Jam, founder John Backus tells TechCrunch it will let users save login details with local encryption, add friends you can then authorize to access your password for a chosen…

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Aptiv’s self-driving cars have given 100,000 paid rides on the Lyft app

What started out as a temporary pilot project to test a robotaxi service in Las Vegas has turned into a multi-year partnership between self-driving software company Aptiv and Lyft and a new milestone that suggests the operation is ramping up. The companies announced Tuesday that they’ve given 100,000 paid rides in Aptiv’s self-driving vehicles via the Lyft app. “To our knowledge this is the largest open-to-the-public commercial pilot,” Aptiv Autonomous Mobility President Karl Iagnemma said…

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This indoor cycling app is making me suffer, and it’s highly effective

Welcome to Riding Nerdy, TNW’s fortnightly dive into bicycle-based tech, where we go into too much detail and geek out on all things related to pedal-powered gadgets. In November last year, I started using Zwift, an online gaming-come-indoor cycle training platform. Whilst still remaining very much in a niche, over the past few years its popularity has exploded in the cycling world. But it’s not the only option, and it certainly wasn’t the first digital…

"This indoor cycling app is making me suffer, and it’s highly effective"