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Google Play Store to Require Privacy Info Section, Like Apple App Store – Review Geek

Google Play Store application icon on Samsung smartphone

Following Apple’s lead, Google will also start requiring apps to disclose their privacy and security practices in its Play Store. Google is also requiring its own apps to share this information so users will know what data is being collected about them.

The initiative will start sometime in 2022, and will see a new safety section added to each app’s Play Store listing. It is designed to “help people understand the data an app collects or shares, if that data is secured, and additional details that impact privacy and security. Just like Apple’s privacy nutrition labels, the safety section will list out exactly what data an app will have access to on your device once it’s downloaded. This can include your contacts, location, and/or bits of your personal information, such as an email address.

Google wants app developers to provide additional information in context to explain how their app uses the collected data and how it impacts that app’s overall functionality. Developers should also disclose whether any of this data is encrypted, whether users can opt out of any data sharing, and whether or not it is adhering to Google’s policies for apps aimed at kids. Google also plans to note whether a third party has verified all of the information listed in the safety section.

Google's implementation timeline for safety section

By waiting until next year to start enforcing this policy, Google is hoping it’ll give developers enough time to implement the changes on their end. According to a new timeline Google shared, developers can start posting their privacy information in the Google Play Console starting in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Users will start seeing safety section information early 2022. Google’s deadline for every app to add this information is by the second quarter of 2022, and apps that fail to comply by that time will be subject to policy enforcement. Developers that misrepresent data will be required to correct their information.

via The Verge

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Paramount+ Will Release a New Movie Every Week of 2022 – Review Geek

The Paramount+ website banner.

Paramount+ will try to release a new original movie every week of 2022, according to ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish. The platform also plans to start a “Mountain of Movies” initiative to fill out its library, starting with the release of Infinite (a movie originally intended for theaters) in June.

The new Paramount+ strategy takes a cue from Warner Bros (HBO Max), which was one of the first corporations to pivot its theatrical releases to a streaming service. It also mimics Netflix’s “a film a week” plan for 2021.

After Paramount kicks off its “Mountain of Movies” initiative with the release of Infinite, it will add films like The Avengers: Skyfall and Rocketman to its roster. The highly-anticipated A Quiet Place Part II will also land on Paramount+ 45 days after its theatrical Memorial Day weekend release.

News of Paramount+’s movie avalanche came during a Q1 earnings call, where CEO Bob Bakish discussed increased streaming profits and future plans for Paramount+. While you might assume that the fledgling Paramount+ isn’t making much money yet, ViacomCBS reports $816 million in streaming-related revenue, a 65% increase from Q1 2020.

While much of this money comes from Pluto TV, it’s easy to see why ViacomCBS is hyping up Paramount+ to its investors. It seems that the new service is already outdoing CBS All Access, the platform that it replaced. But only time will tell if this expensive “Mountain of Movies” strategy pays off.

Source: ViacomCBS via Cord Cutters News

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Lenovo Shows Off Its New Android Tablet With HDMI Input for External Devices – Review Geek

A Lenovo tablet with HDMI input.

Lenovo just announced a Yoga tablet with HDMI input on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform. Like a portable monitor, the new tablet could serve as a second screen for your laptop or help you play consoles games on the go.

But details on the tablet are basically non-existent. Lenovo’s Weibo post is short and sweet, and contains just one photo of the tablet playing Mario Kart from a Nintendo Switch console. Still, this is probably the “Lenovo Yoga X” tablet seen in leaked documents last year.

Here’s Lenovo’s Weibo post in broken English courtesy of Google Translate:

Ta can also play games🎮
Support HDMI in game console laptop screen easy access
Easy to carry, easy to expand, good companion for daily entertainment [Glutton Emoji]
#YOGA2021##YOGA质量人生##LenovoYOGA Tablet#

Some outlets report that this may be an external display, not a tablet. But Lenovo clearly calls this device a tablet in its Weibo post (#YOGA平板). It also sports a design that’s typical of Yoga tablets, with a thick cylindrical base and built-in kickstand.

That said, the lack of details in Lenovo’s announcement leaves us wondering when it will be released and how much it will cost. We also don’t know if it will launch outside of China.

Source: Lenovo via XDA Developers

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