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Gmail’s dynamic emails roll out to all users on July 2

Back in March, Google introduced Dynamic emails, which made electronic communication more interactive. Indeed, instead of being a mere messaging platform, it lets users interact with content without leaving their mailbox. This meant they could RSVP to events, respond to comments, and fill out forms without the need to open a new page. Although the feature has been available as a beta program a few months now, the company is officially releasing it to all Gmail and G Suite users.

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Gboard v8.3 brings handwriting support up to more than 200 languages [APK Download]

The ability to handwrite on a smartphone may be a godsend whenever you're trying to look up something in a foreign language. But for whatever reason you use that feature, it's important that your phone knows what you're trying to say. Google has a keyboard app dedicated for handwriting input that officially supports 97 languages. But with the latest update to Gboard, which introduces handwriting support for "more than 200 languages," that other app may have just been made obsolete.

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13 temporarily free and 23 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to another round of app sales. June is almost half over, if you can believe it. Today's list isn't too bad, and it includes some Dragon Quest games on sale.

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[Update: Coming in v76] Chrome on desktop platforms will soon show an Install button for Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps are pretty great. They can be installed to your computer, send push notifications, run offline, and more while still being isolated from the rest of your computer/phone/tablet. Thankfully, Google is now making it more obvious when apps can be installed to your device.

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Latest Files by Google beta brings imperfect dark mode

As Android Q makes way for a dark mode, Files by Google has finally joined the dark side and its legion of apps to adopt a dark theme. It looks alright.

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Dropbox gets a makeover with updated desktop app, new Slack and Zoom integration

If you happen to prefer Dropbox as your (or your employer's) cloud storage solution of choice, you might've had fleeting thoughts about how difficult it's been to navigate through its user interface — whether it's on mobile or on your desktop or laptop. Now, the company has decided that far from its service being just a box in the sky, it has created new macOS and Windows apps to act as a hub for communications, file sharing, and crafting with a clean and adaptive design.

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Google Docs can finally highlight differences between two documents

Google Docs made collaborating on files so much easier, as it lets several people edit the same document concurrently, without having to worry about version numbers or consolidating changes. However, there are times when you can't use the service and have to rely on locally saved files. This is often the case when interacting with clients or people unfamiliar with collaborative software, who send their edits without activating Revision mode. For these cases, it's always handy to have the computer compare the two versions and highlight changes for you. Although Microsoft Word has been capable of doing this for ages, Google just made it possible on its software.

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Shazam can recognize music from apps, even if it's playing on headphones or in the background

Before Shazam or SoundHound existed, I remember searching for a year or even more before I found the name of a few songs I heard a couple of times on the radio. Now it's as easy as tapping a button and getting the result. And Shazam is bringing more handy improvements that make song recognition easier while using other apps or if you have headphones plugged in.

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Google app getting full dark mode for Search, Assistant, and in-app Discover feed [APK Download]

About a month ago, the Google app started showing early signs of a dark mode implementation, but users who had the design only saw it interspersed throughout the interface in some sort of chimera mode that mixed white elements, dark ones, and illegible text in many instances. Now, the proper dark mode is showing up for some users, with the entire interface dipped into darkness, from the entire Google app to Assistant and all of its settings.

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37 temporarily free and 19 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Welcome to another week and another round of app sales. Today's list is quite long from the weekend, so have a quick look through to see if anything catches your eye.

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