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Google Duo announces new features to make staying at home more bearable

Google Duo announces new features to make staying at home more bearable

Online communication has become even more vital these days due to social distancing and restrictions on travel. Instant messaging and video calling services have seen a sudden and gigantic spike in users and usage and they have been quick to roll out features to accommodate the sudden burst of activity. Following that trend, Google Duo is announcing a few new treats for users of its video chat service along with promises of more to come soon.

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WhatsApp releases new sticker pack made for quarantine

WhatsApp releases new sticker pack made for quarantine

Popular messaging app WhatsApp has introduced a new batch of stickers that are mostly related to social distancing. The stickers obviously reference the ongoing quarantines around the world, which has driven many people to messaging apps and other social platforms as substitutes for real-life interactions. In addition to encouraging social distancing, the stickers include things related to hygiene and more.

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Zoom backgrounds, how to change, dimensions and more

Zoom backgrounds, how to change, dimensions and more

Today we're taking a peek at the latest update to Zoom video conferencing and the ways in which one might make their background as awesome as possible. Using Zoom, users are able to relatively simply use a custom background (wallpaper, if you prefer) in their video call, thanks to smart sensing "greenscreen" abilities in the app. Zoom also allows the use of an actual greenscreen.

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Netflix Screen Lock mobile feature surprises users on Android

Netflix Screen Lock mobile feature surprises users on Android

Some Netflix users on Android have been surprised to see a new feature called 'Screen Lock' that is exactly what it sounds like: the ability to lock your phone screen, preventing accidental taps and swipes. The feature seems to have quietly rolled out to Netflix users on Android over the past week or so, appearing as an on-screen control beneath the playback bar.

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Facebook Gaming app goes live – but not for everyone

Facebook Gaming app goes live – but not for everyone

Games have always been a big part of Facebook, but in the past few years, Facebook has been making a rather big gaming push. First, we saw a number of casual games rolled out through Messenger, then the company started to dive into game streaming in a big way - in some cases signing streamers who had already established audiences on Twitch to become exclusive streamers for Facebook.

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Facebook Gaming mobile app is coming sooner than you think

Facebook Gaming mobile app is coming sooner than you think

Before mobile gaming become the billion-dollar industry it is today, Facebook was the go-to for more casual but equally addictive pastimes. It has lost its head start a long time ago, however, but it is also trying to make up for lost time with its Facebook Gaming platform. It still has a long way to go to actually be considered a serious contender but it might just get the upper hand once the Facebook Gaming mobile app launches on Monday.

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Google cracks down on apps that have vague subscription plans

Google cracks down on apps that have vague subscription plans

Google is cracking down on Android apps that feature vague, potentially misleading or confusing subscription plans that leave users uncertain of what they'll be charged and how to cancel the plan. The company is giving developers until mid-June to update their apps to meet the new requirements, Google said in a post on Thursday. The change is good news for Android users.

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Facebook’s latest reaction emoji gives a hug to show you care

Facebook’s latest reaction emoji gives a hug to show you care

Facebook has launched its sixth reaction emoji with availability on both the main Facebook platform and on the Messenger app. With this new emoji, users can better express that they care -- the character shows a smiling face that is hugging a bright pink heart. The reaction emoji joins the previous reactions, including the laughing face, angry face, thumbs up, sad face, and heart.

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Shiny Pokemon GO update from home: UPDATE: Temporarily region-free!

Shiny Pokemon GO update from home: UPDATE: Temporarily region-free!

Shiny Volbeat and Illumise are in the house in Pokemon GO now, leading into the most exciting weekend in the game in weeks! UPDATE: In the Buddy Up event (date and time below) you'll find increased spawns for Pokemon like Alolan Meowth, Chansey, Eevee, Feebas, Lillipup, and Joltik. YOu'll find most of these (except Chansey) in 5km Egg hatches. And there'll be a BUNCH of bonuses during the event.

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Spotify Premium users can now hide playlist songs they don’t like

Spotify Premium users can now hide playlist songs they don’t like

Spotify has rolled out a new feature designed specifically for its Premium customers, enabling them to hide songs from playlists. The feature is useful for users who want to enjoy the overall playlist, but who don't enjoy one or two titles that it contains, eliminating the need to recreate the playlist with most of the songs or to manually skip the track whenever it starts to play.

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Plex Labs releases updated Plexamp and new Plex Dash for servers

Plex Labs releases updated Plexamp and new Plex Dash for servers

Plex Labs has announced its first release in a while, and it comes in two forms: an update to the existing Plexamp music software and an entirely new feature called Plex Dash for users who run their own Plex server. These two new apps are only available for Plex Pass subscribers, meaning you have to pay to get access to them. Both products bring a number of features, as well as an appealing new aesthetic.

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Instagram launches new stickers to help struggling small businesses

Instagram launches new stickers to help struggling small businesses

Instagram is making it easier for businesses on its platform to connect its customers with their online ordering service, it announced on Wednesday. Starting today, businesses can add stickers to their profiles and Stories that are related to ordering food, buying gift cards, and fundraisers. Tapping these stickers takes the users to the related portal.

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