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Google and Jio are launching a budget Android phone

Google and Jio are launching a budget Android phone

Google and Jio joined hands last year to co-develop entry-level smartphones in a multi-billion-dollar deal. There were speculations that the two companies would launch a cheap 5G smartphone in India, but today’s announcement doesn’t live up to those rumors. Instead, what we’re getting is a 4G smartphone, called JioPhone Next, running a special version of Android.

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YouTube is about to make all of your old unlisted videos private, but there's a workaround

YouTube is about to make all of your old unlisted videos private, but there's a workaround

YouTube's success comes from how easy it is to find, share, and discover user-uploaded content from around the world, but not every clip is intended to be public. Unlisted videos serve as a bridge between public and private, allowing for embeds and sharable links without appearing in search results or subscription feeds. However, a new security update coming to YouTube could turn many of your unlisted videos private if you don't take action.

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Twitter is working on Facebook-style reactions

Twitter is working on Facebook-style reactions

It's annoying the way that pretty much every single social network will eventually try to become every other social network. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, NextDoor, even those that are ostensibly about something else, like TikTok and LinkedIn: once a feature shows up on one, it'll show up on the rest. The latest box on the checklist is "reactions," that collection of little emoji thingies that you can use to reply to a post if you don't feel like using real words.

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Stadia is live for Android TV, and Google is celebrating with half off controllers

Stadia is live for Android TV, and Google is celebrating with half off controllers

The latest Chromecast is a phenomenal streaming device, but there has been a glaring omission since its launch last year. Google has promised Stadia as the future of cloud gaming, but it's been missing from Android TV devices, including the Chromecast with Google TV. That changes today, as Stadia is finally up and running on the Play Store.

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A Google Drive update is going to break a bunch of your links

A Google Drive update is going to break a bunch of your links

A big Google Drive change coming down the pipe will prevent people who want to look at a file for the first time from doing so unless they get a hold of a special link. What does this mean for your shared and public files? And what options do Workspace administrators and members have?

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Android 12 Beta 2 gets a bug-fixing update

Android 12 Beta 2 gets a bug-fixing update

Android 12 Beta 2 just got a bug-squashing update. Following in the footsteps of earlier Android 12 releases, this new version fixes a whole bunch of issues, including a buggy lock screen, broken At a Glance widget functionality, stuck privacy indicators, and a few other problems. The Android 12 Beta 2.1 update should be rolling out soon.

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Brain-melting logic puzzler Baba is You is now out for Android

Brain-melting logic puzzler Baba is You is now out for Android

Baba is You was one of the best games of 2019, but if you have yet to play it, it's finally coming to Android and iOS. A clever puzzle game where you win by changing the rules, it's a perfect fit for smartphones, and it's out on the Play Store right now.

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Chrome for Android is getting Google Reader-style RSS powers

Chrome for Android is getting Google Reader-style RSS powers

Google Reader used to be the pinnacle of RSS news consumption before it was discontinued in 2013, and many people are still bitter about its demise. While Google probably won't ever properly resurrect the service, it's currently working on the next best thing: An option to follow websites in Chrome, tapping into RSS. You can try it right now in Chrome Beta 92.

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Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

Five great cases for the Google Pixel 4a

The Pixel 4a is quickly coming up on its one-year anniversary, and without a worthy successor being announced (yet), it's still one of the best affordable Android phones money can buy. Even though the Pixel 4a is the most budget-friendly Pixel in the Made by Google lineup, you'll still probably want to keep it in good shape for as long as possible. These are some of our favorite cases for the Pixel 4a.

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Lenovo's newest Chromebook has a little Pixel C DNA

Lenovo's newest Chromebook has a little Pixel C DNA

A few months ago some new code was spotted in the Chromium repository, indicating that the multi-function light bar seen on devices like the Chromebook Pixel and the Pixel C would be making a return. It looks like the first device we're seeing with that functionality is Lenovo's newest Chromebook. The IdeaPad 5i, announced before an all-digital Mobile World Congress, features a light bar on the front of the laptop to display battery charge without needing to open it.

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