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Stadia Pro gets 3 new free games, The Crew 2 hits the store

Stadia Pro gets 3 new free games, The Crew 2 hits the store

An announcement from Stadia today suggests three new games are coming to Stadia Pro inside the month of April. That'll bring the total number of games available for "free" on Stadia Pro to 10. Also in the mix are Destiny 2, GRID (racing), GYLT, Metro Exodus (so long as you claim it before March 31), and THUMPER (also so long as you claim before March 31). There's also Steam World 2 DIG, and Steam World QUEST: Hand of Gilgamech.

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Google Podcasts for iOS release reveals big new redesign

Google Podcasts for iOS release reveals big new redesign

Google Podcasts has arrived on iOS, promising another distraction for iPhone-owning listeners currently on coronavirus lockdown. The app follows Google Podcasts for Android, and is also joined by an updated version of the service for web, which now supports subscriptions like its app counterparts.

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Android clicker malware infects kids’ games on Google Play Store

Android clicker malware infects kids’ games on Google Play Store

The COVID-19 pandemic isn't just an opportunity for some to finally embrace the work from home life, it is also an opportunity for hackers to exploit people's newfound dependence on the Internet and apps. Of course, it does seem that it's business as usual for Android users as news of yet another malware sneaking into Google Play Store surfaces. Given how it has targeted even children's games, it's a worrying precedent that needs to be nipped at the bud immediately.

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Pokemon GO gets social media feed for optimal addiction

Pokemon GO gets social media feed for optimal addiction

Today the folks at Niantic revealed a social media feed section in Pokemon GO unlike any in the app before. This new feature is called "TODAY", and it sits alongside Field Research and Special Research tasks in the game's readout section. TODAY is a layout with news, updates, and statuses on Pokemon in Gyms - plus Streaks in-progress.

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Huawei P40 Pro revealed in massive leak

Huawei P40 Pro revealed in massive leak

Today the Huawei P40 Pro was leaked in a major way - just before its official reveal and release date. The Huawei P40 and Huawei P40 Pro were meant to be revealed at the same time - likely within the week - but leaksters in Germany got there first. The Huawei P40 rolls with a 6.1-inch OLED display, and the Huawei P40 Pro works with a 6.58-inch OLED display with 90Hz image refresh rate.

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Google Messages app reportedly deleting messages since last year

Google Messages app reportedly deleting messages since last year

Text messaging apps aren't exactly sophisticated and feature-rich. There's very little you can really do with the SMS protocol unless the app also supports the more or less defunct MMS system or, in Google's case, the new RCS that some are trying to push. That's not to say those apps can't go wrong, just like Google's Messages app that has apparently been making messages disappear for almost a year now.

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Stadia Makers revealed with Unity, bringing funds for games

Stadia Makers revealed with Unity, bringing funds for games

This week the folks at Stadia and Unity Technologies made an announcement about their new initiative to bring new games to the cloud gaming universe. This is part of the Google for Games Developer Summit - an online event, as is the situation with most events in the world at the moment. In Stadia Makers, creators will have the potential to be given technical assistance, free development hardware, and funding.

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Google COVID-19 site launches along with improved Search results

Google COVID-19 site launches along with improved Search results

When people say they are searching on the Internet for information, they usually mean using Google Search, whether they're aware of it or not. Google's biggest and most universal Internet service has become the gateway to information but is sometimes also used to deceive people. That happens especially in times of crisis and confusion, which is why Google specifically formatted and curated COVID-19 search results in late January. Now it is stepping up that game not just with more data but with a whole website dedicated to official and verified information about the coronavirus.

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Google, ALA, Kahn Academy push for home education during quarantine

Google, ALA, Kahn Academy push for home education during quarantine

Today Google, ALA, and Kahn Academy expanded upon the efforts they've made in the last few weeks for those students and teachers in quarantine for coronavirus (COVID-19). Google's released a portal for information, tips, training, and tools for teachers called "Teach From Home." They've also announced a $10 million USD Distance Learning Fund "to support organizations around the globe that help educators access the resources they need to provide high quality learning opportunities to children, particularly those from underserved communities."

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Google I/O 2020 canceled completely: Online event scrapped

Google I/O 2020 canceled completely: Online event scrapped

Google has canceled all of its I/O 2020 activities, having previously suggested that it would make the annual developer conference an online-only event. I/O was due to take place in mid-May in Mountain View, California, but Google was forced to rethink its in-person event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Microsoft pauses Edge releases, following Chrome’s lead

Microsoft pauses Edge releases, following Chrome’s lead

Earlier this week, Google announced that it would be pausing new releases for Chrome and Chrome OS, citing the adjusted schedules of the Chrome team during the coronavirus outbreak. Updates, Google said, wouldn't stop entirely, as the team would continue to prioritize security updates as part of Chrome 80. Today, we're seeing Microsoft make a similar announcement concerning upcoming Edge releases.

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FCC expands coronavirus (COVID-19) phone scams and texts list

FCC expands coronavirus (COVID-19) phone scams and texts list

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to phone scammer schemes and malicious attempts to capitalize on panic. The FCC expanded their list of scam and hoax test messages, phone calls, and related media with new coronavirus-related instances that've appeared over the last couple of weeks. These scams range from offers for "free test kits" to a rumor that President Trump will be issuing a "mandatory quarantine" for the entire USA for a 2-week period (he hasn't.)

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