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Finally: Google adds reminders to Google Home

Since its release nearly a year ago, Google has continued to add more functionality to the Google Home smart speaker. Some of the new features include voice calling in the US and Canada, user-definable shortcuts, and automatic audio ducking on casted content when responding to questions. But all this time, the ability to set reminders has been missing, despite it being promised at Google I/O 2017.

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Google's Project Jacquard smart jacket goes on sale this Wednesday for $350

Google kept Motorola's ATAP (Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group) when it sold the company a few years ago, but some high-profile projects like Ara have failed to materialize. Now, the ATAP division is finally bearing fruit. The Project Jacquard touch-sensitive fabric first demoed more than two years ago is coming to market as a collaboration with Levi's. The new Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket launches this Wednesday for $350.

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You can now order items from Walmart through Google Express and Google Home

Nothing says 'the future' like asking your smart speaker to buy groceries for you. While the Google Home can't drive to the store itself, it can order them through Google Express. Google previously announced that it would partner with Walmart to offer easy voice shopping through Assistant, and now it's live.

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Here's a thing: you can swipe to remove videos from lists in YouTube for Android

Everyone loves swiping, right? You can do it on your keyboard, in your homescreen, you can even do it at people in Tinder. And YouTube appears to want some of that action. As of version 12.34.54, which was released a few weeks back, you can now swipe to remove videos from your lists in the Android YouTube app. Prepare to left swipe dat video you were never actually gonna watch. 

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Happy Anniversary: Nine years of Android love

Dear Android,

It’s been nine years already. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Froyo. But Oreo just came out, and we've even got two more Pixels on the way. After all these years, Android, you’ve never looked better. So much has changed since we first met. 

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Friday brings us 20 temporarily free and 20 on-sale apps, including the Goat Simulator and Oddworld games

Welcome to Friday! This week got thrown a bit out of whack, what with an app sales post on a Thursday of all things. Today's list is a bit short, but features two big game series on sale. All five Goat Simulator and both Oddworld titles are on a $0.99 deal today, so go get them if you haven't already.

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Mash no more: The 'check for update' button on Nexus/Pixel now always pulls the latest OTA

One of the biggest memes in the Android community has been the "check for update" button. Until now, pressing that button never actually did anything; if you were in the update's rollout group, it would obviously reveal a pending OTA, but if you weren't, hitting it did absolutely nothing. However, Googler Elliott Hughes has informed us that that elusive button is actually useful now.

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Some users are reporting Google Clock alarm failures since updating to Oreo

With any major OS release, in spite of rigorous testing and numerous developer previews, it's not uncommon for random issues to arise. Some users who've updated their Pixel or Nexus devices to Oreo have discovered an annoying bug whereby the alarm in the Google Clock app simply isn't going off. And that's a pretty big problem if it's the only alarm app you use.

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Google+ has new content restriction modes for G Suite admins

If your business uses G Suite that means your employees have access to Google+, and like any social media platform it's full of distractions. That's where content restriction settings come in handy for administrators, and Google is making some changes to these by splitting them into three new modes.

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Here are 42 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps, plus both Apps of the Week

Welcome, everyone, to an impromptu app sales post. You may have noticed that yesterday's was missing, and for that I apologize. To make it up to all of you, I compiled a list for today with all of the apps that I could find that have gone on sale since Monday — the normal scheduling will resume tomorrow (and it will likely be very short).

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