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Good news for parents: Spotify launches standalone app for kids in the U.S.

Looking for something to keep the kids busy?

Consumer & Gadgets

Some mobile phone apps may contain hidden behaviors that users never see

A team of cybersecurity researchers has discovered that a large number of cell phone applications contain hardcoded secrets allowing others to access private data or block content provided by users.

Consumer & Gadgets

OpenTable launches tool to help you avoid long lines at restaurants, grocery stores

The dinner reservation platform OpenTable is launching a tool to help grocery stores and restaurants mitigate long lines and overcrowding in the age of coronavirus.

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How to help your relatives stay connected online during COVID-19

Professor of computer science and award-winning educator, Richard Buckland, shares his tips for helping less tech-savvy relatives adapt to socializing online—with as little tension as possible.

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iOS 13.4 release compromises VPN protection

Virtual Private Networks are being compromised by a bug in the latest Apple iOS version, 13.4, released last week, according to the online privacy organization ProtonVPN.

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Spotify says isolation ups interest in 'chill' music

People spending more time cooped up in their homes to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have changed their daily soundtracks, with many opting for more "chill" music, streaming service Spotify said Monday.

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Huawei flagship phone goes Google-free

Huawei drove into its post-Google era Thursday with a flagship smartphone that uses none of the Android maker's apps now that the Chinese group has been blacklisted by US authorities.

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Microsoft reports new Windows vulnerability

Microsoft reported a "critical" security vulnerability Monday that could affect millions of Windows users. The critical label is the highest severity rating issued to potential threats.

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Car audio systems pose greater dangers than texting, pot

So you thought you could block out the 24/7 news coverage of coronavirus by jumping into your car, turning up your music player and enjoying a long, safe drive along a scenic roadway dotted with early spring cherry blossoms ...