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[Bored at work] Google adds playable Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe games in search results

Here goes my productivity for the rest of the day week. In its quest to make the search page the only thing you ever visit online, Google has added another fun trick to its search engine: Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe. Forget about animal sounds, metronomes, bubble levels, and all kinds of other tools or time-wasters, this is what we've all been waiting for, from the moment we booted our first Windows computer to all those car and train rides in winter when we played Tic-Tac-Toe on the foggy windows, to that time we saw the doctor's assistant playing Solitaire on her computer and wished we had that to ease the long wait.

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WhatsApp updates Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to add sharing information with Facebook

WhatsApp today has updated its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for the first time in four years, to reflect changes made in the app since that time. Perhaps the most important changes regard information sharing with Facebook and the 'Facebook family of companies,' and updates concerning WhatsApp Calling, which launched over a year ago now.

The changes regarding Facebook mean that some information on a WhatsApp account can be shared with Facebook to help improve the company's products and services. This should allow for better spam fighting and abuse, as well as seeing "better friend recommendations and more relevant ads on Facebook."

So what information is actually being shared from WhatsApp to Facebook?

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Xiaomi announces the Redmi Note 4 packing a 10-core MediaTek processor and 5.5-inch 1080p display

Straight after the global release of MIUI 8, Xiaomi is back with its newest device: the Redmi Note 4. Featuring a 5.5-inch 1080p display with 2.5D curved glass, a 4100mAh battery, and a full metal unibody design with chamfered edges, it's pretty clear the Chinese consumer electronics company is hoping that this one will be a big seller.

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Other specifications include a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor with clock speeds up to 2.1GHz, an 'ultra-fast' fingerprint scanner, and a 13MP f2.0 camera. 16GB will cost ¥899 ($135), while the 64GB model will cost a wallet-clenching ¥1199 ($180). It also has expandable storage through a hybrid SIM/storage tray, supporting up to 128GB microSD cards.

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SwiftKey Beta returns phone number and email predictions, adds Android Nougat emojis

SwiftKey hit a rough patch in the last month. A bug with suggestions was causing some crisscross of information between accounts, giving email addresses and phone numbers as suggestions to users who had never entered them. That lead the developers to stop all synchronization in the app then roll out a temporary fix that reinstated the busted sync but only for regular words, not emails and numbers.

Now the final fix is quasi ready. The latest SwiftKey Beta (v 6.4.1.45) adds back number, email, and other predictions containing the character @. However, all learned ones have been wiped so you'll have to start from a clean slate.

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[Update: Starting Q4 for HTC 10] HTC Says Android N Will Come To The HTC 10, One A9, And One M9

Android N still isn't officially released yet, but that hasn't stopped HTC from trying to grab some attention and get its time in the limelight during I/O's news cycle. The company announced through its official Twitter account that Android N will come to three of its existing devices.

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[It's slowly happening!] You can now send videos as GIFs in WhatsApp, no hacks needed

GIF support in WhatsApp is coming soon. I know it, you know it, we all know it's already baked into the Android app (only requiring a small switch from a root-only app to enable it) and there's even a WhatsApp Animated GIFs folder inside the WhatsApp directory on our local phone's storage that's just taunting us hard. But for those of us who don't want to root our devices or install unofficial hacks, there's light on the horizon.

The first GIF support instance has shown up in WhatsApp and I was able to verify it on beta version 2.16.242.

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Google Duo has been downloaded 5 million times on Android since its release

Google's Duo video calling application has been out for about a week now. It was released on August 16, but it took 2 days to propagate globally. That's also how long it needed to make its way to the top of the free new apps on the Play Store.

With one week under its belt from worldwide release, Duo is celebrating another milestone: over 5 million downloads on Android. Sundar Pichai made the announcement on Twitter:

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OnePlus announces the OxygenOS 3.5 Community Build for the OnePlus 3

Today, OnePlus announced the next version of its stock-ish take on Android, a "Community Build" of OxygenOS 3.5. This version is only for the company's flagship OnePlus 3. For all of you who own the phone, this is pretty exciting... but not too exciting. This version is still based on Marshmallow. 

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AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon waive fees following earthquake in Italy

Earlier today, a magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck central Italy killing at least 120 people and injuring many more. Entire cities have been devastated, and suffice it to say, it's difficult to read the first-hand accounts of the disaster. As has become customary with major disasters, carriers around the world are waiving international calling and text fees to Italy.

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