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YouTube Music relaxes its draconian restrictions when traveling to an unsupported country

The music industry doesn't make things easy for any service in the business of distributing songs. Despite the tight laws and regulations, most music services have figured out a way to make your subscription valid across country borders. That, however, has never been Google's strongest suit, and YouTube Music is one of the biggest examples. When the service launched, subscribers noticed that if they traveled to an unsupported country, they lost all of their privileges. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

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Google aware of free original quality HEIC photo backups for iPhones, says it's a 'bug'

After the Pixel 4's announcement, we were surprised to discover it didn't offer free original quality backups on Google Photos like its predecessors. The next day, a Redditor made things even worse for Pixel users by explaining that the new iPhones do get unlimited original quality backups on Photos because they use the HEIC format. We've reached out to Google and got confirmation that this is indeed the case, but it's a "bug" that'll be fixed.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google Maps expands Waze-like crowdsourcing with new incident types

Ever since Google purchased fellow map maker Waze in 2013, crowdsourced contribution features have slowly made their way to Maps. We've been seeing this support grow with the ability for users to report things like speed traps, slowdowns, and just last month, road construction. Now Google's formally recognizing that construction expansion, as well as announcing the addition of a few other obstructions.

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[Update: Pixel 4] ARCore renamed to Google Play Services for AR, adds support for OnePlus 7T and more devices

Google is always hard at work on adding ARCore support to new devices. This time around, those include the brand-new Note10 and 10+, but other than that, a bigger shift has occurred on the company's AR front – that is, if you count marketing and naming schemes as big shifts. The catchy ARCore Play Store listing makes way for the cumbersome phrase "Google Play Service for AR." The change has already been visible for a while, but the company only introduced the new name in the app's changelog last week, along with announcing support for 60fps rendering on capable devices.

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14 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including Pokémon Wave Hello, PhotoStack, and Hiitmi - Interval Timer (10/5/19 - 10/19/19)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have an exclusive Pokémon release intended for use on the Pixel 4, a new image editor from our very own Corbin Davenport, and a pleasant interval timer designed for high-intensity training. So without further ado, here are the most notable Android apps released in the last two weeks.

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15 temporarily free and 64 on-sale apps and games for the weekend

What, an app sales roundup on a Saturday morning? Not like that's never happened before. Hello, everyone, and welcome to this week's final list of app sales. Yes, it's late — my internet was down yesterday and Matt was unavailable to help me out. So here you go, and it's a big 'un. Enjoy.

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[Update: Rolling out more widely] Gmail's dark mode is here for some users (APK Download)

When Android 10 officially rolled out, dark mode aficionados were a bit miffed to see that several of the apps that were still white hadn't been updated yet. The Google app, Play Store, Maps, and Gmail were the biggest holdouts, but now the last one is finally getting its darkness on.

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Samsung's 'Linux on DeX' project shuts down after just 11 months

The desktop environment that turns your Samsung phone or tablet into a PC when connected to an external display, nicknamed 'DeX,' has been around for a while now. Nearly a year ago, Samsung introduced the Linux on DeX beta, which could run a full Linux OS on top of DeX. Sadly, the project seems to have been discontinued.

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YouTube Music finally gets gapless playback through server-side rollout

If you regularly use YouTube Music to experience songs, either through just the audio or with the accompanying music video, you might have lamented on its inability to properly playback songs with seamless transitions. That sucks if you're trying to sink into a full, continuous LP like Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon." But some users are now reporting that the app is starting to do so in what appears to be a server-side feature rollout.

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Twitter for Android adds OLED-friendly 'lights out' mode in latest alpha

Twitter joined the night-mode party way back in 2016 with an option to darken the app’s blindingly white background to a more comforting tone of blue. It surely worked back then, but with the recently renewed fad of OS-wide dark modes, Twitter’s implementation pales in comparison. This is supposedly changing soon as the company has begun testing "lights out" mode for its Android app.

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