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YouTube Premium Lite goes back to basics for one big advantage

YouTube Premium Lite goes back to basics for one big advantage

As it stands, subscribers to YouTube Premium get quite a bit for the $11.99 they pay each month. The main draw of YouTube Premium is obviously the fact that it gets rid of ads, but a Premium subscription also allows users to download videos for offline viewing, play videos in the background, and nets them access to YouTube Music. Now YouTube is testing a new "Premium Lite" subscription tier that eliminates most of those perks in exchange for a lower monthly cost.

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New Mobvoi TicWatches won’t run Wear OS 3 at launch, upgrade in 2022

New Mobvoi TicWatches won’t run Wear OS 3 at launch, upgrade in 2022

Google turned the excitement around its next major update to its Wear OS platform and doused it with the cold water of uncertainty. After teasing the improvements that Wear OS 3 would bring to the table, Google left people hanging on whether existing smartwatches, especially those released within the past year and a half, would even get the upgrade. Mobvoi is one of the few that has publicly committed to Wear OS 3, but it seems that there's a small catch to its promise.

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Google Meet PWA is the recommended way to Meet on desktops

Google Meet PWA is the recommended way to Meet on desktops

Video conferencing services have become the bread and butter of work, school, and even social life for the past year and a half. Each of the contenders has its own idiosyncrasies and preferred ways to access their services. Zoom started out as a standalone app but has enabled a version that runs inside a web browser. Google Meet, on the other hand, starts from the opposite direction and has embraced a browser-only experience on desktops. That's changing now with a dedicated desktop app for desktops, but, as it turns out, it's actually a Progressive Web App version of Meet instead.

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Old Android devices won’t be able to sign in to Google accounts soon

Old Android devices won’t be able to sign in to Google accounts soon

Android's fragmentation has long been cited as one of its biggest problems, but, to some extent, it is also a strength. While the majority of today's Android devices run versions of the operating system from at least two to three years ago, there is still a number of those that are able to keep functioning with even older versions. Of course, these can't keep on running forever, and it seems that Google is slowly pulling the plug on these, especially the most ancient versions of Android.

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Google’s quantum computer supposedly just made a time crystal

Google’s quantum computer supposedly just made a time crystal

Google's quantum computer has been used to build a "time crystal" according to freshly-published research, a new phase of matter that upends the traditional laws of thermodynamics. Despite what the name might suggest, however, the new breakthrough won't let Google build a time machine.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Eevee Community Day: Are you ready for these?

Shiny Pokemon GO Eevee Community Day: Are you ready for these?

Today we're taking a peek at Eevee Community Day in Pokemon GO, complete with an early peek at code that'll go live on the first big day. Eevee Community Day in Pokemon GO is your next best bet for finding a Shiny Eevee and whichever Eevee evolution Pokemon you've not yet collected. The latest update to this event (before it happens) has to do with the ticket you can attain for the event to make the event more valuable to you on August 14.

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Motorola’s Edge 20 update flub highlights the big Android frustration

Motorola’s Edge 20 update flub highlights the big Android frustration

Motorola's Android update commitment has ended up overshadowing the launch of its new Edge 20 series smartphones, after hastily-retracted suggestions of half-hearted OS releases led to widespread criticism. The saga - which Motorola is no stranger to at this point - underscores how patchy Android updates can be, and how confusing the situation often is for owners.

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New Galaxy Z Flip 3 case leak shows wild, wonderful foldable future

New Galaxy Z Flip 3 case leak shows wild, wonderful foldable future

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 leaked today in the form of a set of official Samsung protective cases. Normally this would not be a major news event, but the style and color schemes delivered with these bits of hardware have caught our attention in ways that achieve more than the average case. What better way to accentuate the unique nature of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, with its foldable display panel, than to deliver cases that wouldn't otherwise function on a device with a more traditional form?

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Pokemon GO leak data shows iPhone-only eggs and SMS contact

Pokemon GO leak data shows iPhone-only eggs and SMS contact

Those iPhone Pokemon GO users that were bummed to see Google Play sponsoring the Pokemon GO Fest 2021 event will be glad to see iOS-specific eggs in the near future. The latest update to the game files for Pokemon GO revealed this (iOS-specific eggs) and a wide variety of wild new updates and teasers for future items and features in the game. Also found were new fitness tracking mods, dynamic re-load of map elements, cross game settings between other Niantic games, and an expansion of the ways in which a player can work with their address book.

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Google Play Store will remove dormant developer accounts, stagnant apps

Google Play Store will remove dormant developer accounts, stagnant apps

Google Play Store is home to many apps. Some might say it's actually home to far too many apps. Android's official app marketplace is better known for the quantity of apps available rather than the quality of those apps, and it might be long-overdue some trimming. It seems that a great culling is finally coming to Google Play Store as Google announces new policies that will clean up developer accounts and apps that have barely been used.

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Snapchat Snap Map gets “My Places” to track you better

Snapchat Snap Map gets “My Places” to track you better

Supposing you wanted Snapchat to do a better job of telling you where you've been and tracking where you're going, you're in luck! There's a feature coming to iOS first (and probably Android second) called Places. You'll find it appearing in Snapchat with the name "My Places", ready to roll with the map system already appearing inside the app: Snap Map.

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Google Voice update gets smart, gives reasons for missed, dropped calls

Google Voice update gets smart, gives reasons for missed, dropped calls

A significant update to Google Voice this week added features like "Missed Call Reason" and "Call Drop Reason and Redial." For users that've been working with Google Voice on phones for years, these features could change the game. Imagine being able to see how that call you missed wasn't because you had your earbuds in and couldn't hear, but because "this device wasn't set to receive incoming calls," along with a simple fix - imagine how that might've changed how you handled odd situations in the past!

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