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Google TV Android app is mysteriously blocking Netflix

Google TV Android app is mysteriously blocking Netflix

As with its messaging services and, more recently, music streaming, Google's video entertainment strategy isn't exactly the most consistent. It has flip-flopped on that as well, and its latest attempt is just as confusing. Google TV, which refers to an app as well as an unrelated Android TV skin, tries to consolidate not just Google's own videos and movies but content from other sources as well. Those sources, however, have strangely lost one important member as users report Netflix's practical disappearance from the app.

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Chrome Actions will turn the address bar into a command prompt

Chrome Actions will turn the address bar into a command prompt

The web browser address bar has long ceased simply being a place where you type in a website's URL or address. In fact, there is a growing trend these days to actually hide those addresses in the address bar, ironic as that may sound. That input field has pretty much become a mini search engine where you type what you're looking for without having to go to Google or Bing explicitly. In the current Chrome release, it will even let you type in commands to control the browser without having to go through menus and settings.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 feature may baffle Bixby haters

Samsung Galaxy S21 feature may baffle Bixby haters

The Samsung Galaxy S21 was tipped today to include a feature that'll baffle haters of the Samsung voice assistant Bixby. The inclusion of a dedicated Bixby button on Samsung devices over the past few years just became extra strange. Samsung's just been tipped to expand on their use of Bixby, this time with a feature that some users may remember... sorta already existed on Samsung Galaxy smartphones in the past, but does not exist on the most modern round of devices.

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Android may soon get new emojis without waiting for an OS update

Android may soon get new emojis without waiting for an OS update

It seemed for a time that emojis would be the new hieroglyphics that our descendants would scratch their heads at thousands of years into the future. These pictorial representations of emotions, peoples, and objects are lightweight, compared to GIFs and stickers, and are more common across platforms and devices thanks to the Unicode standard that gets updated and enlarged regularly. Unfortunately, smartphone platforms like Android aren't always able to catch up with these changes but Google might be paving the way for updating emojis outside of major Android OTA updates.

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Google Fit Wear OS update comes just in time for the holidays

Google Fit Wear OS update comes just in time for the holidays

The holiday season is upon us, a season that is usually associated with rest, relaxation, and, more often than not, stuffing ourselves beyond capacity. While self-care is definitely important, part of that involves also taking care of physical fitness. Knowing that many health-conscious people will be fussing and fretting over their calories over the next few weeks, Google has started rolling out an update to Google Fit for Wear OS smartwatches that will make keeping track of your workouts actually take less work.

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Google Verse by Verse tool helps the public create poems like pros

Google Verse by Verse tool helps the public create poems like pros

Google has another experimental tool that anyone can access and it's called 'Verse by Verse.' The new tool enables anyone to generate poems in the style of famous poets with the help of artificial intelligence. Verse by Verse involves input from both human and machine to make the final poem, one that may be less than sensical depending on how heavily you rely on the AI's suggestions.

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Fortnite subscription revealed – The Crew

Fortnite subscription revealed – The Crew

This morning Epic Games revealed the Fortnite CREW Subscription. This subscription is $12 per month and includes 1000 vbucks per month. You'll find an exclusive Fortnite Crew Skin bundle in the mix, and it'll begin with the December 2nd Season 5 launch.

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Facebook Messenger bug let attacker listen through your phone

Facebook Messenger bug let attacker listen through your phone

A Facebook Messenger bug discovered earlier this year was revealed this week by a security researcher. This bug worked with the Facebook Messenger call system, taking advantage of a loophole that let an attacker make a phone call and auto-answer said call on the receiver's end. With this bug, an attacker could effectively listen to you through your phone without your knowledge.

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Galaxy Note discontinued, per insider tip

Galaxy Note discontinued, per insider tip

The Samsung Galaxy Note brand might be over and done with as of this year. A report today suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be the first new device to include an S Pen in 2021. The S Pen was one of the first key features of the Galaxy Note line when launched - since then, the other details (like the smartphone line's massive size) have become commonplace among other smartphones from multiple brands.

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Google Assistant adds scheduling for a smarter smart home

Google Assistant adds scheduling for a smarter smart home

Google has quietly added support for scheduling actions with the Google Assistant, with the new feature allowing for smart home tech like lights to be switched on and off according to what time it is or for the duration you want them active. It builds on the existing smart home integration, which lets the Assistant remotely control registered lights, smart plugs, and other devices by voice command.

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Google’s Project Guideline allows a blind man to run alone

Google’s Project Guideline allows a blind man to run alone

Thomas Panek was born with vision, but his sight began to fade until he was declared legally blind in his younger years. He's an avid runner and has run with human guides and often runs with his guide dog. Panek said that he enjoyed both forms of running but wanted more independence.

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YouTube, Twitter, Facebook team to deal with anti-vax COVID content

YouTube, Twitter, Facebook team to deal with anti-vax COVID content

Three of the biggest social media platforms -- Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube -- have teamed up in anticipation of increased COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, according to a new report. All three platforms have been used to spread fake news and disinformation related to the virus and the vaccine rapidly developed to treat it.

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