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Opera reportedly has multiple predatory loan apps in the Play Store with interest rates of up to 876% (Update: Opera responds)

It's no secret that Opera isn't doing so well in the era of Chrome dominance. According to a report published by Hindenburg Research, the company's losses in browser revenue have apparently led it to create multiple loan apps with short payment windows and interest rates of ~365-876%, which are in violation of new Play Store rules Google enacted last year.

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How to back up your WhatsApp pictures in Google Photos and texts in Google Drive

WhatsApp is a great alternative to the built-in voice and messaging apps on your phone, and it's especially handy for international travel or anytime you want to stay in touch while avoiding cellular charges. If you're a regular WhatsApp user, you probably want to ensure you have a dependable backup of all your texts and photos. It's easy to configure Google Drive to automatically back up your text messages, and sync incoming pictures with Google Photos.

Backing up text messages

When you installed and set up WhatsApp, you were probably given the option to opt into automatic backups of your texts and photos.

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Digital Wellbeing adds 30-minute pause to Wind Down (APK Download)

Digital Wellbeing is excellent for keeping track of your smartphone usage. As well as recording how much time you spend in each app, the number of notifications you receive, and how many times you unlock your phone, the software's Wind Down feature helps ensure you get some me-time by limiting distractions and turning the display grayscale so you can focus on more important things. In the latest beta version of the app, Google is adding some flexibility by allowing you to pause Wind Down briefly.

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40 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. Last week ended with more than a few quality sales, and today's roundup is no slouch, either. So not only do I have a solid list of apps to share, but today's list of games also contains a few noteworthy standouts, such as Icewind Dale, Death Squared, and Gunslugs 3. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 40 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for the start of the week.

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Google needs to fix its notoriously bad bilingual speech recognition on Assistant and Gboard

Google collects vast amounts of speech data across all of its products, and while it hasn't been too transparent about the practice, we as users profit from it for the most part. Speech recognition has consistently gotten better over the years, which has allowed impressive sci-fi tech like smart speakers to enter our homes. There's one department where Google needs to step up its game, though: multilingual speakers are having a hard time using more than one language on any Google product.

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Here are 330 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now (Update: 8 more)

People have been wondering about the full roster of launch titles featured in Google Play Pass — supposedly, we've got over 350 of them to go through. Here's the thing: Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps on Play Pass as possible.

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G.I. Joe: War On Cobra is the latest collection-based strategy game to arrive on the Play Store (Update)

D3 Go! has announced today that its next mobile game is called G.I. Joe: War On Cobra, and it will be officially launched on Android on January 20th. The title is already available for pre-registration on the Play Store, and for the most part, it would seem that this will exist as a branded release that contains the same amalgamation of gameplay mobile gaming is best known for. So if you're looking to play yet another gacha game that's betting on '80s nostalgia to get people interested in a title built around the same shallow card-based strategy mechanics we've all experienced over and over again, I suppose G.I.

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Today only: The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is down to just $700 on Amazon ($300 off)

 

Although the Galaxy S20 lineup is just around the corner, the S10+ remains a performant and attractive device. If you missed your chance to snatch one for $300 off last month, here's another opportunity to get the same markdown on a brand new handset. The three versions are on sale, namely the 128GB model for $700, 512GB for $950, and 1TB for $1300.

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Ultimate Ears BLAST Bluetooth speaker is on sale at Amazon for just $60 ($20 off)

It can be difficult to get premium sound without paying a premium price — if you're not shelling out the big bucks, things can sound tinny and thin. If you're on the hunt for a great speaker at a great price, you're in luck: Logitech's Ultimate Ears BLAST is on sale at Amazon for $60 ($20 off).

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Dragon Quest of the Stars is coming to the West (Update: Pre-reg now available, official release Feb. 25)

Square Enix just announced that its free-to-play role-playing game Dragon Quest of the Stars will come to the West in early 2020. On top of this announcement, the developer has stated that starting today mobile gamers in select regions can register to participate in a closed beta test for the Android version of the game. Supposedly this is a "critically acclaimed" title in Japan that's racked up over 20-million installs, though, from the looks of it, the game is a casual RPG with a popular brand slapped on top.

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