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  1. Skype Bug Exposes Android Users as Calls Are Automatically Answered A bug in the Android version of Skype causes calls to be automatically answered regardless of the settings that users saved on their devices. The mobile application comes with an option to automatically answer incoming calls, but due to the bug, Skype ignores user options and instead turns it on by default. As noted by AP, the first reports of the issue were published on Microsoft’s forums back in January, and since then, several users confirmed this happens on their devices as well. The typical workarounds didn’t make any difference, and these include cleaning the cache and reinstalling the application. However, the bug was tracked down to smartwatches, as it turns out that whenever users paired their Android devices with wearables, Skype calls were answered automatically.Fix already being developedNot much is known at this point about this issue, but disconnecting the smartwatch seems to do the trick for some. This applies to both wearOS and Tizen smartwatches developed by Samsung, but the glitch hasn’t yet been confirmed with fitness trackers like Fitbit’s and Garmin’s. By the looks of things, Microsoft has already acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix, with the latest version released to insiders said to correct this behavior. There’s no ETA as to when all users would get it, but since this could eventually end up quite a major privacy concern, there’s a good chance Microsoft would give the go-ahead rather sooner than later. In the meantime, if your phone calls are answered without you giving any input, you know what you have to do: just disconnect your smartwatch, at least temporarily, if you really have to use Skype. Other than that, keep in mind that toggling the dedicated option in the settings screen on and off doesn’t make any difference until a patch is shipped to users. Source
  2. Android Users Getting Built-in VPN Support in Latest Opera Browser Update Opera browser for Android is getting a built-in VPN feature with the latest beta update, after the parent company previously rolled out similar functionality for its desktop browser. The mobile VPN support is thus very similar to the one on PCs, and it allows users to easily connect and choose from three different server locations. First and foremost, after installing the new beta version of Opera for Android, you need to go to the settings screen in order to enable VPN. Once you do that, you can choose from three different locations, namely Europe, America, and Asia, or leave the browser to choose the right setting for your device. The limited number of options when it comes to VPN services is one of the main drawbacks, as you can’t choose a more specific location, such as a country or city. Once you are connected to a VPN server, you can see the icon in the address bar, thus letting you know that your browsing data is protected.No data collectedAnd Opera says you shouldn’t worry about privacy because everything you do online is completely secure, with no data logged by the company. “Our VPN is a no-log service, which means that we will not collect any information that travels through the network servers. This will keep your private data protected from intruders when you’re connected to a public Wi-Fi network,” it says. Opera also allows users to direct all search traffic through VPN as well, and also enable VPN for private tabs only. Keep in mind that this feature is currently available as part of the beta build, and there is no ETA as to when Opera could release it to all users. This shouldn’t take too long, however, and you can give a try to the new VPN feature by download Opera beta APK from Softpedia using this link. Source
  3. Photo: Tidal If you’re a Tidal subscriber on the company’s HiFi subscription tier and use the Android app, then you’ll be excited to learn that “Master” quality recordings are finally coming to your device. Thanks to the MQA decoder being bundled with the latest Tidal for Android update, Android users will be able to maintain an optimal audio quality experience between the desktop Mac / Windows versions and their phones, both online and offline. Photo: Tidal This has been a long-awaited feature that I’m personally looking forward to. After all, bringing the Android version of the app in line with the iOS and desktop apps has been overdue. Considering “masters” are supposed to be Tidal’s best-quality recordings for growing portions of its catalog, it’s a no-brainer that a high-fidelity music streaming service would want to bring the feature to all mobile users. To accomplish this, Tidal partnered with the company that’s also the namesake of an audio codec — MQA — back in 2017. It’s what allows the app to stream high-res audio inside a lossless container such as FLAC or WAV — typically at 96 kHz / 24 bit — without using an immense amount of bandwidth, according to Tidal. Tidal’s MQA update for Android is rolling out to HiFi premium subscribers starting today. source
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