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Android 11 update DP2.1 released with a fix for jankiness

Android 11 update DP2.1 released with a fix for jankiness

Developer Preview build 2.1 for Android 11 was released this afternoon by Google for the masses. This new update was officially released on April 2nd, 2020, and is build RPP2.200227.014, with Google Play Services 20.06.15 and x86 (32/64-bit) emulator support. This is a relatively minor update to the otherwise most-recent release for developers, that being Android 11 Developer Preview 2, released March 18, 2020.

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FaceTime broken with new iPhone update

FaceTime broken with new iPhone update

The latest update to iPhone and iPad devices seems to have broken a crucial component of the video chat system FaceTime. Reports have shown the update to iOS 13.4 for iPhone and iPad caused an issue with FaceTime audio and video calls. The bit that doesn't work seems to be the connection between these newly-updated devices and those still running iOS 9.3.5 or iOS 9.3.6 - the newest software some older devices can get.

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Xbox Games with Gold for April 2020: Project Cars, Fable, more

Xbox Games with Gold for April 2020: Project Cars, Fable, more

Today Microsoft revealed all the Xbox Games with Gold for Xbox LIVE Gold / Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. They include Project Cars 2, a big Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle, and a couple of Xbox 360 games of high repute! One is the legendary Fable (in Fable Anniversary form), the other is Toybox Turbos. These games will be available to play for free for the month of April* with Xbox Live Gold as part of the "Games with Gold" program.

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Why your groceries are late: Instacart strike is still on

Why your groceries are late: Instacart strike is still on

Last week we reported on a strike being organized by the Gig Workers Collective with Instacart Shoppers. Over the weekend, Instacart indicated they'd be updating health and safety measures. Instacart did not reply directly to the strike announcement, but the timing of their announcement would seem to be done in order to avoid the strike - at least in part. Unfortunate for the Instacart business, their response was not enough to quell the demands of the Gig Workers Collective and/or Instacart Shoppers, and the strike is still on.

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Amazon coronavirus delays: Shipping employees test positive for COVID-19

Amazon coronavirus delays: Shipping employees test positive for COVID-19

Several Amazon employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at shipment and/or fulfillment centers in the United States. Amazon seems to be enacting quarantine measures for these employees and asking that employees who had any "close contact" with their infected co-workers to self-quarantine for 14 days. There have also been notable delays in shipments of non-essential items in the last couple of weeks due to COVID-19 and the fallout.

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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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Tax day changed in USA, refunds apparently unaffected

Tax day changed in USA, refunds apparently unaffected

Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 fallout has created a situation in which tax day in the USA needed a change. Generally the official filing deadline for all tax return documents is April 15. An announcement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin today... made via Tweet... changed the date from April 15 to July 15, 2020.

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No Man’s Sky update adds bobbleheads to your cockpit

No Man’s Sky update adds bobbleheads to your cockpit

Staying at home for prolonged periods of time may suck but it may also be an opportunity for some people to do things they normally couldn't get to in the hustle and bustle of regular daily life. Like for example, binging on the shows you've always wanted to watch or spending some quality time with your favorite game. Some content creators and distributors have rushed pushing new content to offer some much-needed distraction and No Man's Sky creator Hello Games is no exception.

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Samsung One UI 2.1 update devices: Note 9, Galaxy S9, more

Samsung One UI 2.1 update devices: Note 9, Galaxy S9, more

Today we're taking a peek at the devices that'll get the latest update to Samsung's biggest mobile release in the software world: One UI. The latest is Samsung's One UI 2.1, a software update that today was revealed to be coming to the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S10, and Note 10 (and associated devices). That means the Plus devices, mainly.

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SXSW cancelled as Austin declares coronavirus emergency

SXSW cancelled as Austin declares coronavirus emergency

COVID-19 claimed another event this afternoon. Music-centric event SXSW (South by Southwest) was cancelled as Austin, Texas declared a state of emergency. "We are devastated to share this news with you," said a SXSW representative in a statement this afternoon. "'The show must go on' is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place."

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Google mobile-first indexing: The old web is out, by default

Google mobile-first indexing: The old web is out, by default

Today Google announced that they've got a timeline for when they'll move to mobile-first indexing for all websites starting in September of 2020. For most websites, this won't be a big deal. Most modern websites - news sites and social networks especially - have been ready to roll with "mobile friendly" design for several years at least. It's the old guard that should worry.

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VSCO Montage update: Stacking up videos to beat Instagram [UPDATE]

VSCO Montage update: Stacking up videos to beat Instagram [UPDATE]

Instagram's greatest nightmare is a service like VSCO that's able to operate and improve at a rate not allowed by Facebook. VSCO's latest innovation is a system called Montage. Montage allows the user to combine videos and videos, stack them up, blend the two, and generally make something magical.

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