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Spotify is working on Stories, because people clearly don't have enough of them

Although Spotify is not a social media network, it has a bunch of features to let users share playlists, songs, and albums amongst each other. However, it doesn't really give artists the opportunity to interact with their fans, besides sharing their biography, a few pictures, and concert dates on their page. This is about to change, as the streaming platform is reportedly introducing stories, in which performers will be able to create a stronger bond with listeners.

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28 temporarily free and 58 on-sale apps and games to kick off the week

Another week is here, summer keeps trucking along, and I have a large list of app sales for y'all. Today's roundup is certainly a heavy hitter in terms of sheer size, though it only contains a few things of note.

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[Update: Coming August 22] The cutesy Gears of War mobile game no one asked for is now open for pre-registration

Last year during E3 we learned that Gears of War would be coming to Android with a Funko Pop skin slapped on top, so I suppose it's only right that at this year's E3 Microsoft has officially announced that fans can pre-order Gears POP on the Google Play Store through a new pre-registration listing. This mobile offering has been designed around collecting and upgrading dozens of Gears of War heroes and villains that are displayed in a distinctive Funko Pop style, which does not bode well if you were hoping for a premium release.

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Google services experiencing lingering login issues following Gmail disruption

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Microsoft's SMS Organizer app no longer exclusive to India

You can choose from innumerable SMS apps on Android, including the one that came bundled with your phone. Microsoft has a new option... well, new to most of the world. It launched SMS Organizer a while back in India. After racking up more than a million downloads, the app has expanded globally.

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Magic: The Gathering Companion is a new app in early-access that's useful for creating home tournaments

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[Update: Cyberpunk 2077 and 6 other titles] All the games on Google Stadia (updated continuously)

Google's cloud gaming service, Stadia, begins trialing in November — you'll need to buy a $130 Founder's Edition kit to get access — and is expected to expand to the general audience sometime in 2020. So far, 30 games have been announced for the early roster and we expect more of them to pop up as we go along this year. It can be a little hard to keep track of things, so we've got you covered with a handy list of all the titles that have been announced for Stadia.

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PAYDAY: Crime War limited beta access live in the US, soft-launched in further regions

It's been a while since PAYDAY: Crime War popped up on my radar. Back in September of 2018, I went hands-on with the title. I came away unimpressed thanks to iffy controls, many signs of egregious monetization, and poor matchmaking. In the last eleven months, the game has apparently received a few updates, and so it is once again being tested in the US as a limited beta release. On top of this, the game was recently soft-launched in Sweden, Finland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Brazil, India, and Canada. So if you'd like to jump in to see how things are shaping up, now's your chance.
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Nvidia bringing GeForce Now to more Android devices, starts rolling out RTX servers

Nvidia has just announced that it's planning to bring its game streaming service GeForce Now to more mobile Android devices sometime in the future with a beta app. Right now the entire service is in beta, and it's only available to Windows, Mac, and Nvidia Shield users. This service beta should end in a couple of months whenever it's officially launched, though it's currently unclear if the upcoming beta for the mobile-focused app will be launched at the same time. Of course, since we are nearing the official release of the service, Nvidia has just opened its first RTX servers to German and Californian residents, which should bring with it some exemplary graphics.
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Google Duo v60 brings low light mode, pin to homescreen, and call history deletion

Google Duo recently celebrated its third birthday, but instead of chilling on the beach with margaritas and a big celebratory cake, the team is still hard at work adding new features. The latest version of Duo brings a few changes that didn't show up right away, but seem to have needed a server-side switch to be enabled. Chief amongst them is the new low light mode in video calls.

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