Discord opens up to games and apps embedded in its chat app

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Discord will soon allow developers to build new games and apps that can be used directly in its chat app. A selection of minigames and apps have been available to Discord users for months now, but starting March 18th, all Discord developers will get access to a new Embedded App SDK that lets them build these special embedded apps.

https://www.theverge.com/2024/3/12/24098262/discord-embedded-apps-games-sdk-developers

Wunderlist’s creators are back with a nifty new to-do app

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Wunderlist was both full of useful features and whimsical in a way few apps manage. Then, long story short, Microsoft bought it in 2015, morphed it into Microsoft To Do (a very good and much less delightful tasks app), and killed Wunderlist forever. But a group of the folks who made Wunderlist in the first place, led by co-founder Christian Reber, set out to bring its spirit back to life.

https://www.theverge.com/2024/2/13/24071136/superlist-tasks-app-wunderlist-productivity-tool

Apple responds to the Beeper iMessage saga: ‘We took steps to protect our users’

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A few days after the team at Beeper proudly announced a way for users to send blue-bubble iMessages directly from their Android devices without any weird relay servers, and about 24 hours after it became clear Apple had taken steps to shut that down, Apple has shared its take on the issue. The company’s stance here is fairly predictable: it says it’s simply trying to do right by users, and protect the privacy and security of their iMessages. “We took steps to protect our users by blocking techniques that exploit fake credentials in order to gain access to iMessage,” Apple senior PR manager Nadine Haija said in a statement.

https://www.theverge.com/2023/12/9/23995150/beeper-imessage-android-apple-statement

Your Next Lyft Journey Will Be Full of Ads

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Regular users of Lyft need to prepare themselves for a barrage of ads hitting the ride-hailing service's app this week. It's hard to believe someone would look at the Lyft app enough to make ads a viable money-making exercise. However, according to the company's chief business officer, Zach Greenberger, Lyft users check the app an average of nine times per ride. Combine that with detailed (anonymized) user data, and the potential for targeted advertising to generate additional revenue is there.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/your-next-lyft-journey-will-be-full-of-ads

Samsung Tries To Sneak In Unwanted Apps With Android Updates

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Samsung is using Android updates to attempt to foist unwanted apps on to customers’ smartphones. When customers perform an Android update on their Samsung smartphone – which customers must do to benefit from the latest security updates – they find a notification waiting after the operating system has been installed.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/barrycollins/2023/05/09/samsung-tries-to-sneak-in-unwanted-apps-with-android-updates/