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PlayGalaxy Link now available to stream Windows games to Galaxy Note 10

PlayGalaxy Link now available to stream Windows games to Galaxy Note 10

Game streaming is a hot topic among gamers but the unlikeliest of contenders is taking a different yet not so novel way towards that goal. Samsung doesn't have much stake in that budding industry but it does have a vested interest in making its Galaxy phones the portal to that PC-on-mobile gaming experience. That is why it has partnered with Parsec to deliver that game streaming experience without having to resort to putting your games in the cloud and in someone else's hands.

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Disney+ on Android launches early for the Netherlands

Disney+ on Android launches early for the Netherlands

At long last, Disney finally announced its long-rumored video streaming service to rival Netflix and other VOD businesses last month. It's still quite a while before it formally launches to initial markets, which leaves plenty of time for more tidbits to fall from the rumor grapevine. Pretty soon, however, we can get first-hand information as the app has reportedly launched in the Netherlands where lucky testers can try out the service for free at least for two months.

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Google Home update makes it easier to call smart displays

Google Home update makes it easier to call smart displays

Google has quietly rolled out a new button in the Google Home app that enables users to call their smart display device, assuming they have one. The button appears in the Google Home app, though it seems to only show up for people who have a smart display with Google Assistant on their account. Tapping the button automatically triggers a video call with the display, making the process as simple as hitting a contact bubble.

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Gmail on Android finally gets a less scathing dark mode

Gmail on Android finally gets a less scathing dark mode

Google almost had a winner with its Material Design that people started imitating in all other places. With the version 2 of its design language, it seemed that Google has generated split opinions on the dominantly white aesthetic. More than just a matter of personal taste, however, Material Design v2 was criticized for burning not just batteries but also eyes. Fortunately, Google is slowly relenting but it seems to be taking its sweet time doing so.

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Google Play Pass release date is quickly approaching

Google Play Pass release date is quickly approaching

Back at the beginning of August, Google put a new subscription service called Google Play Pass into testing. Essentially, it seems that the Play Pass is Google's answer to Apple Arcade, as it's billed as a subscription service that grants users access to a collection of premium apps and games. Even though Google confirmed that the Play Pass was in testing when it was first outed last month, it didn't tell us when the feature might launch.

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Microsoft To-Do 2.0 launches amidst Wunderlist hurts

Microsoft To-Do 2.0 launches amidst Wunderlist hurts

It's not unusual for larger companies to gobble up smaller ones that have risen in fame in the hopes of capitalizing on the new stardom. It's also not unusual for larger companies to eventually assimilate those hit new products in their own brand and then killing off the original that was responsible for that fame in the first place. That is exactly what happened with popular list and todo app Wunderlist when it got acquired by Microsoft. Admist calls for the company to return the brand and name to its original owners, Microsoft releases version 2.0 of its own To-Do app to show it's all fine and dandy in productivity land.

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Vivaldi beta brings a feature-filled web browser to Android

Vivaldi beta brings a feature-filled web browser to Android

A common trend among web browsers on the desktop is to simplify their UI and features, itself spun off a minimalist trend going on in the software and design industry. When it launched more than four years ago, Vivaldi challenged not just the big players in the market but also the status quo by actually filling the browser with built-in features others would relegate to third-party extensions. Now Vivaldi is bringing that same philosophy and those same features to mobile, at least on Android, while aiming to keep things simple for mobile use.

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Galaxy Fold has optimized apps from Microsoft, Amazon, and Google

Galaxy Fold has optimized apps from Microsoft, Amazon, and Google

Foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and to some extent dual-screen phone like the LG G8X ThinQ push the boundaries of smartphone factors. The downside to such novelty is that the platform and its apps may not exactly be designed to accommodate the new use cases foldable and dual-screen phones open up. That is why, on the day of its launch in South Korea, Samsung is assuring current and would-be owners of its expensive and now rare Galaxy Fold that they won't be left fumbling in the dark with apps that have been updated to take advantage of the new breed of device.

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Spotify Snapchat update lets you share music and podcasts

Spotify Snapchat update lets you share music and podcasts

In its quest to retain its spot as the dominant music streaming service, Spotify is helped by integrating with other apps. Today it's doing just that, announcing new Spotify functionality within Snapchat. At some point in the near future, you'll be able to share the music and podcasts you're listening to on Snapchat, potentially introducing your friends to some new tunes in the process.

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Windows 10 Your Phone will soon allow making phone calls from PCs

Windows 10 Your Phone will soon allow making phone calls from PCs

Microsoft may have failed to make and grow its own mobile ecosystem so it's doing the next best thing. It is creating not just mobile apps to put on either Android phones or iPhones but it is also creating a framework that easily bridges Windows computers and mobile phones. That comes via the Your Phone app which is growing fast to connect desktops and phones, including the ability to make phone calls soon.

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Procreate 5 detailed: Photoshop brushes, animation tools, and new UI

Procreate 5 detailed: Photoshop brushes, animation tools, and new UI

Procreate, the popular art and illustration app for iPad, will get a major update to Procreate 5 later this year. The upcoming features for the new version were detailed by the app's creator at Lightbox Expo today. According to the company, users can expect a new, more powerful graphics engine, as well as support for Photoshop brushes.

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Google Photos app hints at new same-day prints feature

Google Photos app hints at new same-day prints feature

Google may be preparing a new Google Photos feature that enables users to order photo prints with same-day availability. The potential new ordering option was discovered as part of an apk teardown, hinting at an expansion of the photo books purchasing option revealed back in 2017. The printing may include a canvas prints option.

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