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Record bedtime stories for your kids to enjoy on Google Home even when you're away

Sometimes, families are temporarily separated due to military deployment, work travel, and even unusual daily shifts. This is stressful for everyone involved, but more so for kids who rely on Dad's or Mom's bedtime story every night. That's why Google and Instrument have teamed up to create the third-party Assistant service My Storytime. It lets you record stories and then ask your Google or Nest Home devices to play them to your children. You can start using the free service today.

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(Update: Now on Alexa and Bose devices) Sonos speakers now support Spotify Free accounts

 

Two years after hitting Google Home, Spotify Free joins a list of over 100 streaming services already available through Sonos. Sonos and Spotify have rolled out an update today that enables you to access Spotify Free through your Sonos devices, so you can spice up your office holiday party straight from your desk at no extra cost.

You can stream Spotify's entire catalog on shuffle by launching the streaming service through the Sonos app or directly from Spotify.

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Steam Remote Play Together lets you play local multiplayer games online

With the launch of Stadia, cloud gaming has received a ton of public attention, and many other companies working on game streaming have benefitted from the curiosity, too. In fact, Steam has had Remote Play, its own local-machine-based streaming service, for a long time already, and now a neat addition to it has left its beta tag behind. It's Remote Play Together, and as the name suggests, it lets you share local multiplayer games online with up to four players.

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Google Duo adds 3 cute Scooby-Doo video message effects

Google likes to celebrate occasions in different ways. Animations in the Google homescreen search bar, Doodles, timely Assistant commands, Easter eggs in various apps, and most recently, Duo effects. We've seen special effects in the video calling and messaging app for Holi, Valentine's, Halloween, Diwali. Now there are three new ones made for Scooby-Doo's upcoming movie, Scoob!

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Original content is overrated anyway: Smart Compose is coming to Google Docs

Last year, Google introduced Smart Compose to Gmail, a feature that takes the words right out of your mouth and completes sentences for you. It seems that it's both popular and reliable, as the company wants to start a test of the service in Google Docs, helping you complete common phrases and sentences more easily.

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(Update: Fixed) 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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26 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps and games, including Pujie Black

Happy Wednesday, everyone. No long intro today, I'll just let you get right into the apps. Enjoy.

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Google Earth gets new map-based storytelling creations tools

Google Earth got a full makeover two years ago with support for modern web browsers and new apps. Google also rolled out the Voyager program with the new Earth, featuring stories from the BBC, The Jane Goodall Institute, and more. Now, the map-based storytelling tools used for the Voyager experiences are available to everyone in Google Earth on the web.

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Spark, a popular alternative to Inbox, finally gets a dark mode on mobile

When Spark made its way to Android, some users who were let down by Inbox rejoiced, as they could turn to a popular alternative to replace the defunct service. Unfortunately, the app didn't come with a dark mode, which is a must-have for many people. Thankfully, Spark just gained one, which will make reading emails on your phone easier on the eyes and more battery-efficient.

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