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Spotify adds Showtime to its student Hulu bundle

Spotify adds Showtime to its student Hulu bundle

As it stands, Spotify's student plan is a pretty good deal. Last year, Spotify and Hulu teamed up to offer subscriptions to both services to students for $4.99 per month. Today, Spotify decided to sweeten the deal further by announcing an upgrade to that plan that tosses Showtime in the mix.

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Instagram’s new safety features include verified badges, 2FA apps

Instagram’s new safety features include verified badges, 2FA apps

With one billion users around the world, safety and security should obviously top the list of Instagram's concerns. Today, the company announced another round of new initiatives to make Instagram a safer platform to use. The three-pronged approach mostly revolves around Instagram accounts with a large following, but there's also incoming updates to two-factor authentication that everyone will be able to take advantage of.

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Google Duo gets Android tablet and iPad video calling support

Google Duo gets Android tablet and iPad video calling support

Google Duo, the company's video chat app, is receiving an update that brings video calling to Android tablets and the iPad. The app first launched in August 2016, but has been limited to smartphones in the months since. This update finally brings the functionality to larger screens, improving its usefulness for many users.

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YouTube Digital Wellbeing tools help users avoid binge-watching

YouTube Digital Wellbeing tools help users avoid binge-watching

YouTube has expanded its Digital Wellbeing tools, a set of features designed to help users manage their use of the service including how many hours they spend watching videos. The Digital Wellbeing toolbox includes a Time Watched feature that shows users how much time they've spent watching videos during the present day, as well as the previous day and a sum total of the previous week.

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Fortnite Android app flaw put Epic at odds with Google

Fortnite Android app flaw put Epic at odds with Google

Downloading Fortnite for your Android isn't particularly dangerous. Installing Fortnite on your Android might be dangerous if you don't know the risks. This week Google and Epic Games began a battle that started with an act of good will. Google showed Epic Games that they had a flaw in their Fortnite APK app file - seems innocent enough an action on it's own, right?

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Windows 95 released as an app: Download out now

Windows 95 released as an app: Download out now

The 1990s were a wacky and wild time, thanks in part the rise of the internet and the widespread adoption of personal computers. Anyone who was around in the mid-90s will remember just how big of a release Windows 95 was, with people lining up at stores to buy a copy of the OS and Microsoft launching a multi-million dollar advertising campaign that included recruiting Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry to make a ridiculous instructional video. Windows 95 was a big deal at the time, and it seems silly to think of people having that kind of reaction to a new operating system these days.

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Google Datally adds two new data-saving options: Emergency and Bedtime

Google Datally adds two new data-saving options: Emergency and Bedtime

Google's data-saving app Datally has received an update that adds two new ways to reduce data usage: Emergency and Bedtime. Both names hint at each feature's purpose, one helping reduce the amount of data that may be passively used at night while the device owner sleeps, the other reserving a certain amount of data specifically for emergencies.

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Google Shortwave podcast discovery app revealed by trademark doc

Google Shortwave podcast discovery app revealed by trademark doc

Google's experimental products workshop Area 120 may be working on a new project called Shortwave that helps users discover new podcasts. The app made an appearance in a recent trademark filing, and though it didn't have many details, a Google spokesperson revealed a bit more about the project, pointing toward spoken content as the focus.

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Netflix looks to cut Apple out of subscription payments

Netflix looks to cut Apple out of subscription payments

Apple is a company that makes money hand-over-fist. One of the ways it does this, aside from hardware, is through App Store sales. Every time a developer sells an app through the iOS App Store, Apple takes a cut of that revenue. This extends to in-app purchases and subscriptions as well, as long as they're carried out through iTunes.

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Android Messages app removes dark mode, returns to previous design

Android Messages app removes dark mode, returns to previous design

Android users who are fans of "dark mode" UIs, we have some bad news for you: only a day or so after being updated, Google's Android Messages app has been rolled back, removing the option for dark mode and returning all other design changes to the previous look. This goes for all users, who will now notice the app's stark, all-white look, regardless if they installed the latest update.

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WhatsApp backups won’t count against Google Drive storage soon

WhatsApp backups won’t count against Google Drive storage soon

WhatsApp users have received an email from Google informing them of a big new change: their backups will no longer count against their Google Drive data allotment. WhatsApp first introduced these backups in 2015, enabling users to store a copy of their messages in the cloud. Over time, depending on how heavily the app is used, these backups can grow into multiple gigabytes, a substantial amount for Google users who only have the 15GB included for free with their account.

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Android Messages gets dark mode: here’s how to enable it

Android Messages gets dark mode: here’s how to enable it

A highly requested feature, dark mode, is now available in Android Messages. As with the new YouTube dark mode, Android Messages users can eliminate the bright white background, instead switching to a darker interface that is easier on the eyes over longer periods of time. The new mode is available in Android Messages version 3.5, which brings the same Material Design that recently arrived on Google Phone and Google Contacts.

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