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Plex adds improved DVR and live TV capabilities on Android

Plex has long been a way to organize your digital media, but in a recent update it also gained the ability to add to your library with the help of a digital TV tuner and Plex DVR functionality. Today, Android users of Plex will get some new DVR features to make it behave more like a real DVR you'd get from the cable company. You can now control the flow of time (on your TV).

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Kick off the weekend with 26 temporarily free and 20 on-sale apps, including some of the Ace Attorney games

The first full week of December is nearly behind us and the holiday season progresses. It being Friday, it's time for some more app sales! The list today is mostly our standard lackluster affair, but amongst the yawning, you will find that Capcom has placed three of the Ace Attorney games on sale. Good stuff.

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Google Maps contextual departure times for transit notifications roll out to more users

Bear with us here. We recently started receiving reports of a "new" notification from Google Maps that shows contextual departure times for public transport when you're near a station. Our own Ryne, who often uses public transport, also started seeing them a few days ago. However, upon asking some readers for their experience, we learned that this notification isn't exactly new. While some have reported never seeing it before this week, others say it surfaced a couple of months ago, and some even maintain that's it been there for years.

The confusion, it seems, stems from the fact that the Google app has had similar transit notifications for a long time and has been surfacing them for at least a year, whereas this notification is coming from the Maps app.

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[Deal Alert] Klipsch Groove portable Bluetooth speaker drops to $49.99 ($100 off MSRP) on Amazon

Up until July of this year, Klipsch's Groove speaker was more often than not found for its original $149.99 price on Amazon, but since then, the price has more or less plummeted. We spotted at $69.99 in mid-July but it has continued to drop a little bit further since. Today it's just $49.99, a whole $100 off what it used to sell for a few months ago.

Although it's a tiny speaker (4.56" H x 5.51" W x 2.65"D), the Groove has a 3" full range driver, two side-firing passive radiators, has an amp output of 10W (maybe take that with a grain of salt?) and a frequency response of 65Hz-22KHz.

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Google Trips consolidates your bookmarked places with Maps and Search, lets you merge trips and edit reservations

Google Trips has improved a lot since the barebones utility that it was on its first release. Now it not only manages your flights and hotels, but also trains, buses, car rentals, restaurant reservations, and more. However, I have recently stopped using it because of one major miss: it didn't integrate with the custom lists I created in Maps and Search. Until now, Trips only showed your starred Google Maps places under the "Saved Places" card of each destination, but nothing more. If you had created a custom list on Maps/Search for that destination, like I do, none of it showed up.

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Amazon Music Unlimited expands to 28 more countries, where you'll also be able to order an Echo

Amazon's paid music streaming service, Music Unlimited, has been live for a little over a year. Since its launch in the US, it has rolled to a few additional countries like the UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan, but today marks its largest expansion to date: 28 countries are getting Amazon Music Unlimited.

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Bank of America app update lets you schedule appointments with bankers and open a new checking account

Banking apps are often the slowest to implement new features and stay with the times, but the Bank of America app is usually a lot better at it than others. Now the app has been updated to add a couple of neat features.

First is the ability to schedule appointments with your banker, which I honestly wish my bank offered as I always have to wait an hour to get something done. Second is a neat feature to open a new checking account (I didn't know you could do that in the US without a ton of paperwork and 10000 signatures, neat!).

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New Google music streaming service YouTube 'Remix' could launch in March 2018

It's clear Google sees a benefit in owning a music service to rival Spotify and Apple Music, but making it happen is proving incredibly difficult. Google Play Music hasn't exactly captured the imagination, in no small part due to its terrible app, and YouTube Red (previously YouTube Music Key) hasn't fared much better. Fear not, another attempt is on its way.

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Outings by Microsoft Garage is a beautiful personalized travel discovery application

Microsoft Garage pumps out new apps very frequently, and while some graduate to become full-fledged products, others stay just a "garage" project: neat proof-of-concept, but not more. The latest app from it is Outings, a travel discovery app.

Outings is personalized to your liking by first asking you to choose at least 5 topics you're interested in like landscapes, family activities, winter recreation, city life, history and culture, and more. Based on these, you will get a curated list of destinations and stories from travel blogs under the Discover tab, which show up as large swipeable cards . The Nearby tab has stories on places around you and the Search tab lets you look for specific topics and destinations.

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Google Photos adds holiday-themed movies in time for the festive season

Last year, Google Photos introduced 'Movie Concepts,' which are videos automatically created from the photos and videos in your account. They're much like the vacation videos the app puts together when you go on a trip away from home, but based on different themes. The first example was a movie about your kids growing up, but Google said it would be expanding the feature to include other life events and holidays in time.

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