Facebook removes Trump post for falsely claiming children are ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19

Facebook has removed a post posted by President Donald Trump’s account for violations of its misinformation policy, the company confirmed to The Verge. The video posted was of a Trump interview with Fox News’ Fox & Friends program, in which the president claimed children are “almost immune” to COVID-19, which is false. The interview also … Read more Facebook removes Trump post for falsely claiming children are ‘almost immune’ to COVID-19

Files by Google adds PIN protection for your most sensitive files on Android

The Files by Google app, which primarily gives Android users an easy way to manage files and free up space on their phone, is getting a new PIN-protected “Safe Folder” feature. After setting up a four-digit PIN, you can store any of your sensitive files in this encrypted folder. The folder is locked the moment … Read more Files by Google adds PIN protection for your most sensitive files on Android

Google Pay will support mobile checking accounts starting next year

Google is getting into mobile banking through a new partnership announced on Monday with a total of eight US-based banks, including the US division of the Bank of Montreal (BMO) and BBVA. The bank accounts will exist entirely within Google Pay, with customers able to access checking accounts handled digitally on the front end by … Read more Google Pay will support mobile checking accounts starting next year

Podcast editor Descript adds new pro tier with access to its AI voice double feature

Descript, the maker of artificial intelligence-powered audio editing software, is launching a new tier of subscription today called Descript Pro that features access to its Overdub feature. Overdub, first released in beta last year, is a synthesis tool that lets you effectively create an AI voice double for yourself. That way, if you made a … Read more Podcast editor Descript adds new pro tier with access to its AI voice double feature

Movies Anywhere is the latest service to add a viewing party feature

Movies Anywhere is rolling out a new “Watch Together” viewing party feature for its movie locker apps, allowing multiple users to sync up and enjoy a film together. While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in viewing party apps for streaming services (both third-party and official), Movies Anywhere’s version differs by letting you … Read more Movies Anywhere is the latest service to add a viewing party feature

CVS is adding another kind of touch-free payment: PayPal and Venmo QR codes

CVS is expanding its payment options by teaming up with PayPal to use its QR codes as another touch-free form of payment at the retail pharmacy chain. PayPal and Venmo users can pay with money that’s already in their account instead of having to pay with a credit card, and Venmo users can also use … Read more CVS is adding another kind of touch-free payment: PayPal and Venmo QR codes

Facebook says removing viral COVID-19 misinformation video ‘took longer than it should have’

Facebook has prided itself on thorough moderation and removal of COVID-19 misinformation posted to its social network since March, but the company is now under fire for having failed to take action for several hours against a fast-moving viral Breitbart News video promoting dangerous coronavirus conspiracy theories and treatments over the weekend. The company now … Read more Facebook says removing viral COVID-19 misinformation video ‘took longer than it should have’

Form’s smart goggles now work with GPS smartwatches to track open-water swims

Form is releasing an update today for its smart augmented reality swim goggles that enable them to pair over Bluetooth to selected GPS smartwatches, allowing users to track their swims in real time in open water, not just in swimming pools. The $199 Form goggles were released last year, and offered a unique method of … Read more Form’s smart goggles now work with GPS smartwatches to track open-water swims

Pokémon Go players caught nearly a billion pokémon at this year’s online-only fest

This year’s online-only Pokémon Go Fest took place over the weekend, and since it was the first one open to all players regardless of their physical location, it’s perhaps not surprising to hear that it was the biggest one yet. Niantic says “a record number of millions of trainers” took part from 124 countries and … Read more Pokémon Go players caught nearly a billion pokémon at this year’s online-only fest