Amazon refunds Prime Exclusive phone owners who paid to remove the ads

Since 2016, Amazon has been offering an ever-increasing lineup of Prime Exclusive phones – unlocked devices sold at significantly lower prices. There has always been a catch, though – they shipped with preinstalled Amazon software and had lockscreen ads. While you couldn’t remove the apps, you had the option to pay a fee (depending on your device) to remove the lockscreen ads. At least that was the case until last week, when Amazon made the decision to remove the lockscreen ads for everyone, but increase the cost of every Prime Exclusive device by $20.
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Google may soon allow Maps users to add or remove places they visited

Google has just released a new beta version of Maps for Android and it looks like the app comes with a very important feature that’s not available in the stable iteration. The new feature will allow Google Maps users to manually add or remove places they have visited at any given time.

If you check your Google Maps app under “Your places” and “Visited” tabs, you’ll notice there’s a list of places where you’ve been. However, taping the three dots to the right of each place won’t allow you to remove, you’ll just be able to view them in your Timeline.

The good news the beta version of …

Google to remove apps that use Accessibility Services not aimed at disabled users from Play Store

Google plans to remove all apps that do not comply with its “Permissions policy and Prominent Disclosure requirements,” the search giant announced. Some developers that are using a special API meant to be used to create apps for users with disabilities to make apps that have other purposes, have been contacted by Google and asked to make some changes to their apps.

Among the apps that are using this API for users with disabilities, you might have already heard about LastPass, Tasker or Network Monitor Mini, but there are other popular apps using it as well.

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HMD decides to remove the notification LED from the global version of Nokia 6

Here is something that might be of interest to Nokia fans anxious to get their hands on the latest smartphones introduced by HMD Global earlier this year. Nokia 6, the first handset HMD made available on the market (China only), will have different global variants that are supposed to hit the shelves in early August.

Even in China, two Nokia 6 models are available for purchase, but they’re not different when it comes to hardware. The only difference between the TA-1000 and TA-1003 versions is the fact that the latter comes with Google services, whereas the former …

Google Photos for Android is updated to add new Archive feature to remove the clutter

Starting today, an update is rolling out to Google Photos for Android. With this update, users will be receiving a feature called Archive. Archive removes images from the main photos tab and places them on a special page with other archived photos. Doing this makes the Google Photos app look better as you will be able to “hide” duplicates from the main tab. Google says that removing pictures you don’t want lying around the main photo tab “reduces the clutter.” But here is the secret that you will know. Archived photos still show up under searches and in albums.

The Archive page, where the …

N.Y. Times: Tim Cook threatened to remove the Uber app from the App Store

According to a report in today’s New York Times, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick at Apple headquarters back in 2015. At this meeting, Cook made it clear that Apple wasn’t happy with a hidden feature of Uber’s app that was able to identify and tag which of Uber’s members were using an iPhone. At first, the wool was being pulled over the eyes of Apple engineers as this capability was hidden from the tech firm. Even after the app was removed from a particular iPhone, users would still be tagged, something which violated Apple’s anti-fraud rules.

Eventually, Apple discovered …

iOS Users Could Finally Remove Unwanted Default Apps

Apple provides everything you need at your fingertips, but sometimes it is too much to handle. No doubt Siri makes your life easier, but Apple’s default apps like Tips, Stocks, and Newsstand not only suck up your phone’s memory and screen space, but also create problems even if you manage to delete specific apps after jailbreaking your device.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook, however, has indicated that good news might be around the corner. The default apps that do not find any purpose for the users, in general, could be removed from the pre-installed apps section.

Cook explained to the Buzzfeed reporter that

This is a more complex issue than it first appears. There are some apps that are linked to something else on the iPhone. If they were to be removed they might cause issues elsewhere on the phone. There are other apps that aren’t like that. So over time, I think with the ones that aren’t like that, we’ll figure out a way.
The executive have hinted at the prospect but didn’t mention any specifics. The iOS 9 has brilliant features and is going to be launched on Wednesday, September 16, but neither that nor its successor are expected to provide any respite from the unwanted default apps. Nevertheless, you should prepare your iPhone for an iOS 9 upgrade.

Apple has launched on September 9, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPad Pro and each is filled with these apps. Up until now, most of the Apple users had created a specific junk folder for the unwanted default apps, but could soon be able to get rid of them.

So, till Apple allows you to do away with the unwanted default apps, you follow what others have been doing.