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Square’s Cash App testing short-term loans of up to $200

Cash App, Square's mobile payment app, is currently experimenting with short-term loans of up to $200. Given the state of the economy right now, this might come in handy for some. That said, the interest rates start stacking up pretty quickly if not paid off after a month.

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13 temporarily free and 31 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. After a strong start to the week things have calmed down, but I still have a few noteworthy sales to share with everyone today. First and foremost, Root Explorer is on sale today, which is a fantastic file explorer for root users. If games are more your interest, then you can pick up the colorful puzzler Railways at a steep discount as well as the meditative adventure game EQQO. It would also appear that TAITO is offering a bunch of sales on its arcade games, such as Space Invaders and Raystorm. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier.

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Here's when blurred backgrounds, hand-raising, and more are coming to Google Meet

With the onset of COVID-19 and the rising need for talking remotely, video chatting services have shot up in popularity. Google may have been slower to the party than Zoom, but it's planning to arrive fashionably late. As part of a focus on providing educational tools for stay-at-home students this semester, the company is revealing a timeline for the previously announced new features in Meet that will help virtual classrooms function more like the real thing.

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Twitter gives users new settings for who's allowed to reply to your tweets

People online can sometimes be a little less civil than they would be in person, which is probably why Twitter is now introducing settings to restrict who can reply to your tweets. Assuming your profile isn't set to private, people will still be able to see, like, and retweet (with and without comments).

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Waze now officially alerting drivers to railroad crossings

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Dropbox adds computer backups, a secure vault, and password management

Even with memory cards and USB drives, there comes a time when you run out of local storage. Dropbox is one of the most popular ways to keep stuff in the cloud, and today the company has released a new set of features including computer backups, a PIN-protected Vault, and a password manager.

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Vivaldi 3.2 makes its bottom bar more consistent and improves privacy

Vivaldi went stable on Android this year, but the developers behind the Chromium-based browser aren't resting on their laurels. Following the introduction of a forced dark mode for all websites in June, the team is now turning its attention to making the bottom bar more consistent. It's also going more private by giving users enhanced control over tracker and ad blocking via access to additional blocklists.

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Google Lens gets more helpful with homework, especially math and science questions

Google Lens has long been a handy tool for things like figuring out what food you want to order or finding out if that plant taking over your backyard is actually a weed. It even added the ability to copy text to a computer earlier this year. Now it's gaining some helpful new capabilities when it comes to homework assistance, just in time for the upcoming school year.

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AccuWeather leaving Play Pass in the wake of Dark Sky’s Android demise

Android Police maintains a giant list of apps that are participating or have participated in Google's Play Pass program — where users pay a low subscription fee to remove ads and access premium features from said apps. But it's a finicky list to maintain because every addition is manual and it's extremely difficult to track any subtractions without a public database. Well, we can report on at least one departure that will take effect soon: AccuWeather is leaving Play Pass on September 20. If you use the weather app, you might not like the reason why.

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Latest Google Phone app Beta can now be installed from the Play Store on pretty much any phone

Back in April, Google's popular Phone app expanded its device support on the Play Store. Previously tied to Pixel and Android One devices, Google appeared to be opening it up for use on other devices and software. At the time, it still didn't work for lots of phones, including OnePlus and Samsung devices. But apparently, that's changed, and we can confirm you can now install the latest Google Phone app Beta from the Play Store on Samsung and OnePlus phones — and probably more, too.

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