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Adam Conway
Adam Conway

I'm a senior editor here at XDA-Developers. I'm also a 22-year-old Irish technology fanatic and Computer Science graduate. Lover of smartphones, cybersecurity, and Counter-Strike. You can contact me at [email protected] My Twitter is @AdamConwayIE and my Instagram is adamc.99.

Irish DPC proposes fining Facebook up to €36 million

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has proposed fining Facebook €36 million euro in one of more than a dozen probes into the company. This is according to a draft decision published on Wednesday. Under European Union 2018 data protection rules, the preliminary ruling must now be shared with other EU supervisory authorities and consider...

Google countersues Epic Games for breach of Play Store contract

Google is countersuing Epic Games for its breach of the Play Store contract after the company bypassed Play fees for in-app purchases and enabled direct payments in the app. Shortly after, Google removed Fortnite from the Play Store, and Epic Games initiated legal proceedings against both Google and Apple. A lot of private information has...

Microsoft says it mitigated a 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack, one of the largest DDoS attacks ever recorded

Microsoft says that it mitigated a 2.4 Tbps distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on its Azure network in August. DDoS attacks are usually a tool used to take down websites or systems, often flooding them with traffic that the server can't handle. This was significantly higher than an attack on the Azure network in 2020 that reached...

EU expected to open investigation into NVIDIA’s acquisition of Arm

In September last year, NVIDIA signed a definitive agreement to acquire Arm, the U.K.-based semiconductor and software design company. Given how important of a role Arm plays in the mobile and tech ecosystem as a whole, many raised concerns that the acquisition would give NVIDIA too much power and control, and they argued that it...

Google’s Private Compute Services app appears on the Play Store

One of the new privacy features introduced in Android 12 is Private Compute Core, a secure partition within the operating system that stores and processes machine learning data. Not a lot of details of how it works have been released, though we know that it holds data for three machine learning features: Live Caption, Now Playing, and...

Finding randomly installed apps on your phone? Blame it on ads

Ads are pretty annoying, and a lot of games and apps are packed full of advertisements rather than offering a paid alternative. However, users are now reporting that some ads can bypass the Google Play Store to install apps on your smartphone without your consent. This is bad for obvious reasons, and advertisements should never...

Twitter makes “soft blocking” an official feature with “remove this follower” button

Have you ever wanted to make someone unfollow you, but didn't care enough to block them? Typically the best way to do so was by blocking and unblocking someone. Now you no longer need to do that, as Twitter has added a button to remove a follower from your account with ease. Simply navigate to...

YouTube Music begins surfacing community-generated playlists on the homepage

Google has been making a bit of a push with YouTube Music recently, adding key features to help it against competitors. One of the biggest changes to the platform was the introduction of free ad-supported background streaming, though that's still currently being tested in Canada before a wider rollout. Now, "from the community" playlists are...

Facebook rolls out Live Audio Rooms to creators, public figures, and groups globally

Facebook loves to implement new features all the time, particularly those that are new and trendy. Clubhouse-style audio rooms blew up in popularity with lots of platforms releasing their own take on the genre, and Facebook declared back in April that it was working on new audio features, which included those Clubhouse-style chat rooms. At...

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy coming to Android and iOS in 2022

The Grand Theft Auto games have been a mainstay on Android and iOS for several years now. You can buy several different games in the series on Android and iOS already, including revered titles such as San Andreas and Vice City. Following a short period of rumors, Rockstar Games has now announced that "Grand Theft...

Google’s Pixel Pass appears to be its answer to Apple One

Google appears to be going all-in on the Pixel 6 series. We know pretty much everything there is to know about it already, but there are still some details that haven't come out yet. While Google will be officially launching the devices on October 19th, a massive leak corroborated basically everything that had already leaked, along with giving...

Download the leaked Pixel 6 exclusive “Motif” wallpapers right here!

It seems that Google is releasing a ton of exclusive wallpapers for the Pixel 6 series. Over the last few months, we’ve shared quite a few wallpapers from both of the upcoming devices. Now, even more wallpapers have just shown up in the Google Wallpapers app. The wallpapers are part of a new collection called "Motif" and are...