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Google Messages bring true iPhone iMessage reactions to Android at last

Google Messages bring true iPhone iMessage reactions to Android at last

Being an Android user in a group thread full of iPhone users can be an annoying experience, thanks in part to the way Android messaging has traditionally handled reactions from those iMessage users. iMessage allows users to post various reactions to messages, and while it's a pretty seamless feature for those with iPhones, those on Android see a readout of the reaction and the message in question. Thanks to a new update to Google Messages, however, it seems like that's changing.

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Google Play Store website will look more like the mobile app

Google Play Store website will look more like the mobile app

Mobile app stores are naturally designed to be used on mobile devices, but there will always come a time when one might want or even need to browse the catalog on a desktop or laptop. Unlike the iOS App Store, Google's Play Store has always been "web-friendly," allowing people to search what Google has to offer and even install Android apps from a web browser. Google Play Store on the Web, however, hasn't exactly caught up with the rest of the company's design changes. That's finally happening really soon, but it's a change that might not sit well with everyone.

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Twitter Tips feature arrives on Android: How to add links to a profile

Twitter Tips feature arrives on Android: How to add links to a profile

Twitter has gradually rolled out monetization tools this year, one of which is a feature previously known as Tip Jar. The feature, which allows users to add third-party payment links to their profiles, appeared in a test back in March, then officially rolled out to select accounts a couple of months later followed by a larger expansion in September.

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TIDAL free tier and fan pay aim to battle Spotify and Patreon

TIDAL free tier and fan pay aim to battle Spotify and Patreon

Today, TIDAL announced some significant changes to its subscription tiers and the way it will pay artists. First, TIDAL is introducing a free streaming tier, marking the first time the service will be accessible without a monthly subscription. On the other hand, TIDAL's new payment methods will allow subscribers to have some influence over where at least a portion of their membership fees will go.

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Snapchat Food Scan finds recipes using snaps of ingredients

Snapchat Food Scan finds recipes using snaps of ingredients

Snapchat has introduced a new camera-based analysis feature called Food Scan that, as its name suggests, enables users to scan food items using the social media app. As with other camera-based image analysis tools, Food Scan is able to analyze the item in an image -- ingredients, in this case -- to present related information.

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Google Maps update makes it easier to pick up grocery orders

Google Maps update makes it easier to pick up grocery orders

Following a small launch in Portland earlier this year, Google has announced the widespread rollout of its new grocery pickup feature for Google Maps. The feature simplifies the grocery pickup process by integrating order features into the Maps product, enabling Google users to see when their order is ready and more using the same app that provides directions to the grocery store.

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Microsoft Store gives $100 to random emails: Beware the inevitable scam

Microsoft Store gives $100 to random emails: Beware the inevitable scam

Microsoft is sending thousands of people a gift card for their store via email starting this week. The company suggested that they'll be sending digital gift cards to random emails* over the next few weeks in order to "start your holiday shopping." It is important, at a time like this, to recognize the massive potential for chaos this will likely cause in the future.

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Twitch Nintendo Switch first impressions: Why is Netflix still MIA?

Twitch Nintendo Switch first impressions: Why is Netflix still MIA?

Twitch made a surprise appearance on the Nintendo Switch eShop this week, becoming one of the few media apps available on the platform. The addition of Twitch continues this slow, seemingly random drip release of media apps for the Switch that we've seen since launch. Unfortunately, there are a large number of media apps that could be on the Switch but aren't - a fact that's brought back to the forefront whenever a new media app makes its way to the eShop.

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Microsoft may finally ditch its silly PC game limits

Microsoft may finally ditch its silly PC game limits

Even though Microsoft has been supporting PC with day-and-date releases of first-party games, the Microsoft Store hasn't been the most convenient way to buy and install PC games. However, that may be changing, as a new report today claims that Microsoft is removing some folder restrictions associated with game installs from both the Microsoft Store and the Xbox Game Pass app. This, in turn, could give PC users more flexibility in how they access, store, and mod their games.

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Samsung Internet browser now works with other Wear OS smartwatches

Samsung Internet browser now works with other Wear OS smartwatches

Samsung's entry into the Wear OS world helped reinvigorate Google's wearable platform, especially as it was timed with the launch of Wear OS 3. The situation is hardly perfect, though, since there is still no other smartwatch running the least Wear OS version other than Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. There is also the matter of Samsung's Tizen apps coming to Wear OS while remaining exclusive to Samsung, though that might not remain true for long if the company's Internet browser smartwatch app is any indication.

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Instagram starts testing “Take a Break” reminder

Instagram starts testing “Take a Break” reminder

Facebook, or rather Meta now, and Instagram have recently come under fire for how the company allegedly prioritized profits through network traffic over users' mental health, especially younger users. Although Facebook naturally denied the accusations, Instagram promised that it would implement features that will at least try to get users to stay mentally sane. The first of those features is now rolling out to a few users to remind them to stop scrolling through the feed from time to time.

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Google Project Relate Android app helps those with speech impairments

Google Project Relate Android app helps those with speech impairments

There are several medical conditions and diseases that can impact a person's ability to communicate with others through speech. Google is working to make its apps more accessible to people with impairments and disabilities while helping them to communicate better with people around them. Millions of people in the US and around the world suffer from conditions that impair speech, including stroke, ALS, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson's disease.

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