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Watch Ghostbusters World gameplay via Google Maps at GDC

Watch Ghostbusters World gameplay via Google Maps at GDC

Ghostbusters World is one of several games launched in collaboration with Google Maps API. Much like Pokemon GO, gamers use their phone to navigate the real world, watching their in-game character traverse an alternate reality according to their real-world GPS location. Today we've got some real-deal gameplay in pre-alpha mode courtesy of the folks behind the game Ghostbusters World.

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Google Play Instant lets users sneak a peek

Google Play Instant lets users sneak a peek

Users with the latest update of Google Play will be able to test games without a full download. This update allows users to jump in on gameplay as fast as possible, rather than committing to a full download - some of which are so massive, no user wants to take the time to initiate. Only SOME games will be in the Instant Gameplay collection right out the gate.

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Rihanna’s right: Snapchat isn’t innocent (or immune to damage)

Rihanna’s right: Snapchat isn’t innocent (or immune to damage)

Rihanna just proved that once social networks went public, they put themselves on the same wobbly pedestal they themselves created. The way Snapchat was updated recently, it's fairly insulated from criticism from within its own network. But when a major influencer like Rihanna wants to take a shot at the company from another network, outside Snapchat's echo chamber, stockholders listen.

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Android Auto lets you use your phone with a swipe up

Android Auto lets you use your phone with a swipe up

Smartphones of all flavors these days often come with a number of distraction-free driving features for when users are behind the wheel, keeping their focus on the road by limiting things like notifications and app interactivity. Google's own Android Auto is one such system, and while it does a great job of eliminating distractions, there are still some instances when users need to interact with their phone despite it being connected to their car. Thankfully, a new option is rolling out that makes this much easier.

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iPad users rejoice: Microsoft Edge browser beta now available

iPad users rejoice: Microsoft Edge browser beta now available

Microsoft's Edge browser has been around for a while now, but it continues to be one of the least-used options for surfing the web. That doesn't mean Microsoft hasn't been trying to make it as widely available as possible, however, and now the browser can add another device to its roster: Apple's iPad. Edge is now available on the tablet, albeit only as a beta.

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Mobile driver’s license test replaces physical card with app

Mobile driver’s license test replaces physical card with app

Many states now allow drivers to "carry" digital proof-of-insurance cards rather than physical cards, and now Delaware is testing a similar method for driver's licenses. The test is part of a half-year study underway by the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles. This is a pilot project involving about 200 state employees and stockholders, according to officials, who say the test will look at user acceptance of the technology, among other things.

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Facebook Lite released in US for data-sipping social

Facebook Lite released in US for data-sipping social

The trimmed down version of Facebook's mobile app, Facebook Lite, is officially launching for countries outside of the developing world. This version of the Facebook app was originally launched for emerging markets where phone capacities are often low and data connections are limited. However, demand among users in other markets has apparently spurred the company to expand its availability.

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SwiftKey 7.0 major update adds Toolbar, Stickers, GIFs, and more

SwiftKey 7.0 major update adds Toolbar, Stickers, GIFs, and more

Mobile keyboard SwiftKey has been updated to version 7.0, the "most significant update" since Microsoft acquired it a couple years back, according to the company. In SwiftKey 7, users on Android (and soon on iOS) get access to "Toolbar," which replaces the Hub. With Toolbar, users are presented with the mobile keyboard's various features, including new ones added in this update.

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Google Ads phone games update: Short term good, long term bad

Google Ads phone games update: Short term good, long term bad

This week the folks at Google AdWords revealed their next steps for mobile apps - particularly inside games. They've revealed their first beta for video ads, "a new way to reach players on Google Play with sight, sound, and motion." These ads will appear to users in the Google Play app store as users scroll through, searching for apps of all sorts - and they'll be targeted.

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Duolingo Klingon course finally launches for English speakers

Duolingo Klingon course finally launches for English speakers

Language-learning company Duolingo has finally launched its Klingon course, the end result of more than two years of work. The company first announced plans to release a Klingon course back in May 2015, but as with other courses, a lot of work goes into developing the material. Though some languages don't require as much time, Klingon has spent a great deal of time in the company's "incubator."

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Nest x Yale Lock, Hello, and Temp Sensor make the smart home slick

Nest x Yale Lock, Hello, and Temp Sensor make the smart home slick

Nest is ramping up their efforts to be a full smart home security and smart assistant for all users this week with several new products and functionality. They're releasing the Nest Hello video doorbell, the Next x Yale Lock, and the Nest Temperature Sensor. They're also bringing the connections with each device working in concert with the rest - Nest top to bottom.

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Tinder Feed, the dating app’s social updates feature, rolls out to everyone

Tinder Feed, the dating app’s social updates feature, rolls out to everyone

Tinder introduced a new feature called Feed in December, one that makes the dating app feel a bit like an actual social network. At the time, Tinder Feed was only available to users on a limited basis; only people in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada were getting access to the test. That is changing as of today, with Tinder quietly updating its announcement to reveal a global rollout to all users.

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