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These Community TV show background images for video calls really pop-POP!

These Community TV show background images for video calls really pop-POP!

As the global quarantine for pandemic continues, the need for entertainment in every aspect of daily life rises. Here, alone at home, people of many sorts take to systems like Zoom to video chat with friends and associates. The system has the ability to give you a custom background - a wallpaper with which you can hide your actual home environment with ease. As such, we've begun speaking with the internet community about the backgrounds they've been using. One popular option is a set of environments and elements from the TV show Community - take a peek!

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Vivaldi 3.0 browser adds popular tracker-blocker and Android version

Vivaldi 3.0 browser adds popular tracker-blocker and Android version

Privacy-focused browser Vivaldi has launched new desktop and mobile versions, with integrated ad and tracker blocking, and an Android app for the first time. Vivaldi 3.0 sees the company partner up with DuckDuckGo, another big name in online privacy, tapping into its Tracker Radar blacklist so that third-party trackers are kept at bay in the background.

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Official Star Wars background images released for use with video calls

Official Star Wars background images released for use with video calls

The next time you have a video call planned, you can swap out your home's ordinary, boring environment with an official Star Wars background. Several high-resolution backgrounds based on a variety of Star Wars destinations have been released, including images of the Death Star ruins, the planet Hoth, the bridge of the Imperial Star Destroyer, and more.

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Plex Labs releases updated Plexamp and new Plex Dash for servers

Plex Labs releases updated Plexamp and new Plex Dash for servers

Plex Labs has announced its first release in a while, and it comes in two forms: an update to the existing Plexamp music software and an entirely new feature called Plex Dash for users who run their own Plex server. These two new apps are only available for Plex Pass subscribers, meaning you have to pay to get access to them. Both products bring a number of features, as well as an appealing new aesthetic.

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Windows 10 version 1809 will be supported until November 2020

Windows 10 version 1809 will be supported until November 2020

Microsoft was heavily criticized for its slow pace in pushing out Windows updates, especially critical security ones. Now it has swung in the completely opposite direction and has adopted what many may see as a confusing rapid-fire release system. It releases a new Windows 10 version twice a year but each release is only supported for 18 months. Given the global situation, however, Microsoft has decided that the October 2018 update for Windows 10 should still receive updates all the way to November this year.

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Adobe Productions arrives just in time for Premiere Pro remote teams

Adobe Productions arrives just in time for Premiere Pro remote teams

Adobe has launched a new tool for Premiere Pro, with Productions aiming to make organizing a project easier - either on your own or across a team. The new framework arrives as many creatives find themselves working remotely from their usual collaborators, with the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders putting a temporary end to offices.

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Apple and Google team up to use phones for coronavirus contact-tracing

Apple and Google team up to use phones for coronavirus contact-tracing

Apple and Google are collaborating on a coronavirus tracking system, a joint effort which will allow iPhones and Android smartphones to be used to monitor the spread of COVID-19. The system will include tools for governments and health agencies to do contact tracing, though there'll be a big emphasis on individual privacy and security.

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Google logo spacebar on your Android Gboard keyboard, and how to fix it

Google logo spacebar on your Android Gboard keyboard, and how to fix it

Overnight masses of Android users found the GOOGLE brand appear on their smartphone keyboards. This branding appeared on the GBOARD space bar - that's the space bar on the official Google-made Android keyboard. There SHOULD be a way to switch this particular design element off, but for the moment, we're all in the same boat.

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Microsoft Teams rolls out custom video call backgrounds for everyone

Microsoft Teams rolls out custom video call backgrounds for everyone

Microsoft says that the use of its Teams remote working platform has skyrocketed over the past few weeks as many people self-isolate in their homes. Last month, the overall number of video calls that took place through Microsoft Teams increased by more than 1,000-percent, according to the company, which has announced some changes to the product that improve the overall experience.

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Unicode Consortium delays new emoji because of coronavirus

Unicode Consortium delays new emoji because of coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted a lot, from businesses to supply chains to schools. We're learning today that the outbreak will even impact the roll out of new emoji, with the Unicode Consortium announcing this week that Unicode Standard version 14 will be delayed by six months next year, moving its release from March to September 2021.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview introduces a News Bar side panel

Windows 10 Insider Preview introduces a News Bar side panel

News has become even more relevant today, not just for local developments but especially for worldwide events and situations. Although probably not as prominent as, say, Google News, Microsoft's own news aggregation network has been offering content from thousands of its partners. Few Windows users, however, might not be aware of that or find it too much work to dive into a separate app. That's where the new Microsoft News Bar comes in, making that content available a literal click away.

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Firefox Search Bar gets an upgrade in version 75

Firefox Search Bar gets an upgrade in version 75

We do a lot of things on the Internet and, these days, we do a whole lot more. For many people, that basically means communicating with others and browsing the Web. While the web browser itself has become the home for much of that, one part of it has actually become the unsung hero of the Web experience. That's why Mozilla is giving Firefox's search bar some much-needed attention to make it easier to search for things, even pages you may have forgotten are already opened.

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