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Google Maps lets you manage your public profile from the app

Google is rolling out the ability to edit and manage your public profile from Maps. Previously, all you could do was check up on your Local Guides points, if you were part of the program, but you couldn't edit your name or bio. With the new My profile tab, you have more control over how others see your contributions in Maps.

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Google plans to add image support to Chrome Shared Clipboard

One of Chrome's most powerful and convenient features is its ability to sync data like bookmarks, passwords, and browser extensions across multiple devices. Chrome's usefulness got a boost when it began integrating a native clipboard sharing capability aptly called Shared Clipboard back in September.  In its nascent state, the feature was only capable of sharing plain text, including URLs, between devices. Now, further updates to the Chromium Gerrit have revealed the inclusion of image sharing in future versions of Chrome.

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

There's a long weekend ahead for some of us, but that means it's time for app sales, too. Today's list is also small like Wednesday's, but it features Reed and Reed 2, both of which are fun.

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Gboard working on GIF and sticker suggestions for emoji

It's incredible how feature-packed Gboard has become over the years with integrated stickers, GIFs, Google Search, clipboard management, and much more, so Google is trying to make some options more accessible. At the moment, the company is testing a function that gives people GIF and sticker suggestions when they add emoji through the keyboard.

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Facebook app UI turns lurid for some, flashes large f button on bottom nav bar

It hasn’t been long since the Facebook app for Android shed its dark blue top bar in favor of an interface that looked whiter than Facebook’s ethos. Some of that vibrancy may soon make a comeback as the social media giant is testing a redesigned options tab along with a new bottom navigation bar, where the Facebook logo sits right in the center. The changes are visible only to a few people, so possibly it’s a limited test.

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YouTube Music adds 19 playlists to celebrate the '10s

Google is putting its weight behind YouTube Music and trying to bolster the service's incentives before Play Music's rather inevitable demise. Part of this strategy involves adding plenty of interesting playlists to keep users entertained with hours and hours of music. Among these recent additions are 19 playlists dedicated to the best songs from this decade.

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Pixel 4 Motion Sense causes a persistent battery icon in fullscreen YouTube videos (lolwut)

The Pixel 4 has a number of annoyances, but depending on how you feel about constantly visible battery status icons, you may or may not like this one. When you're watching a fullscreen YouTube video on the Pixel 4, you might see a dim battery indicator in the top right corner. Getting rid of it is quite counterintuitive: you need to deactivate Motion Sense's "skip song" feature. Conversely, if you'd like seeing the battery indicator while watching YouTube videos, you need to turn on the Motion Sense feature (if you haven't already).

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Google Assistant refuses to answer some users on Android Auto, despite understanding requests

Google Assistant and Android Auto didn't play together nicely a while ago when the Assistant muted itself over Bluetooth for some. Another unrelated issue has now surfaced where Google simply doesn't answer voice commands on Android Auto, even though it understands and parses speech perfectly fine.

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Google Stadia app lands in the Play Store

Google's long-awaited game streaming service is almost here, and you can get ready by installing the newly arrived Stadia app. And then... you can wait some more. The Stadia app will let you select a Google account, but you can't connect it to Stadia to buy or play any games just yet.

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Google announces App Defense Alliance, brings three security companies on board to fight bad apps

Google has always maintained that its own Play Store security mechanisms were strong enough to keep your devices safe from malware and other bad actors, but this was proven wrong again and again and again. Thus it makes sense that the company has announced the App Defense Alliance, a partnership with ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium that aims to stop bad apps before they can reach anyone's Android devices.

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