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10 great productivity web apps for your Chromebook and Android phone

Web apps come in all forms and shapes, but Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are some of the best as they're basically a marriage between native applications and websites. On Chrome OS, they come as close as can be to proper programs, many complete with offline support. If you're used to working with Windows or macOS, PWAs might make it easier for you to get through your workday at home, but you can also use these on any platform to enhance your productivity.

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Microsoft OneDrive adds face unlock support on the Pixel 4

More and more apps are adopting Android 10's official biometrics API, which means they now support both fingerprint authentication and face unlock, and will adapt to your phone. The latest one to join the fray is Microsoft's One Drive.

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Google Assistant gets granular, well-organized notification controls (Update: Rolling out widely)

Google Assistant isn't only good at answering your questions and orders. It also proactively sends you notifications on flights, public transport updates, packages, upcoming events, and more. To personalize which of these you receive, you usually have to head to the Google app's App info -> Notifications section. That's not very intuitive, and the amount of Assistant options there is limited. In a change that's already rolling out to first people, Google has moved the notification controls to a more prominent place right inside the Assistant's settings and has added many more granular toggles.

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Google's AR emoji are still fun to play with while we're all stuck inside

Depending on where you live, you could be just days or entire months into quarantine as we try to bore the novel coronavirus out of existence. Too bad the quarantine's doing the same to us, huh? Well, if you find yourself creating Bitmoji scenes, building wooden block towers to pass the ages, or even looking at tigers and other animals in 3D space, you might want to fit in some playtime with some AR emoji or "Playmoji" as Google calls them.

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Get started with video game emulation on Android: apps, ROMs, and everything else you'll need

Chances are, you're finding yourself with a little extra time on your hands these days, and increasingly looking for new ways to keep yourself entertained. That could spell starting some new projects, catching up on your reading list, or spending some quality time with a video game or two. And while there are plenty of hot new games landing all the time for Android and Stadia alike, you'd be doing yourself a disservice to ignore the utter mountain of classic games just waiting to be checked out right on your phone thanks to the magic of emulation.

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Dark Sky is shutting down its Android app after being acquired by Apple

Indie weather app/company Dark Sky has just been acquired by Apple. As part of the change, the company is shutting down its Android and Wear OS apps. Soon they will no longer be available to download, and on July 1st, 2020, they will stop working entirely, with subscribers receiving a refund at that time. iOS customers will be able to continue using the app.

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WhatsApp could soon let you use the same number on multiple phones

WhatsApp has managed to reach a worldwide audience and break through 2 billion monthly users despite a severe handicap: The app doesn't support multiple devices for the same account. One phone number equals one phone or one tablet, that's always been the equation. And while there are workarounds to allow two different numbers on the same phone (for dual-SIM devices or Business users), there hasn't been any trick to make the same number available on two phones or tablets simultaneously. The great news is that WhatsApp is already working on this.

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Hole-punch battery indicator comes to Galaxy A series and Z Flip with Energy Ring

Ever since the Galaxy S10 line came out rocking a hole-punch camera, inventive developers have taken it upon themselves to put the unsightly cutout to several clever uses. While some silly wallpapers made you giggle by artistically hiding the hole-punch, others turned out to be functional with some actual use — like Energy Ring, which recently released an app to add a battery indicator around the Galaxy S20’s front camera. The app's developer is now porting the same feature to more Samsung phones, including the Galaxy Z Flip and a couple of Galaxy A models.

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Disney+ is coming to India on April 3 with pricier subscription tiers (Updated)

Netflix’s nearly global footprint dwarfs Disney+, but the five-month-old streaming service is filling the gaps rather quickly. While the service went live in North America, the Netherlands, and parts of Australasia in November, it’s set to reach more countries in Europe and Asia later this month. Ahead of its March 29 release in India, the entire Disney+ catalog has already gone live on Hotstar—the largest streaming service in the South Asian market by user count.

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Spotify Kids launches in the US, Canada, France — now available in 12 countries (Updated)

To give parents peace of mind while their children are listening to music, Spotify is introducing a separate app for younger users. Only hand-picked, kid-friendly audio content will be available through the new app, whose bright and colorful UI with oversized buttons will make it easier for little ones to explore.

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