Back to the office? Throwing a party? Throwing a "Back to the Office" Party? Google Pay is offering up to $10 cashback for your next run to Dunkin' whether it's for coffee, breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast, or donuts... they still do donuts, right?
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Google's cloud gaming service, Stadia, began trialing on November 19 (2019), and even though you needed a $130 Founder's Edition kit to gain access, Google eventually opened the floodgates to everyone in August (2020). So far, many games have been announced for the service, and we expect more of them to pop up as we go along. Of course, it can be a difficult to keep track of things in this fast-moving industry, so we've got you covered with a handy list of all the titles that have been announced for Stadia.
If you're trying to add smart lighting to your home, it's tough to beat Philips Hue. Whether you're looking to create multi-colored zones or just add some ambiance to a room, switching to Hue lights make it super simple to control everything right from your phone. Of course, it doesn't matter how good Philips's bulbs are if the app itself provides a terrible experience. Thankfully, Signify has an all-new iteration of its Hue software now available for download, improving a lot of the faults of the old version.
If you're a big fan of games like Stardew Valley, Story of Seasons, and Animal Crossing, then the upcoming release for My Time at Portia should pique your interest. It's a farming simulation game at its core, but it also offers a host of life sim features, plus a few RPG mechanics, and it all takes place in a 3D open world. The game will arrive on Android and iOS this summer, but so far, there isn't a specific date.
It's no secret that Google is the world's largest advertising company. It's also clear which way the wind is blowing on ad trackers and cookies (even Google concedes the latter), and Apple has jumped out ahead of most other tech companies in proactively asking users of iOS products if they wish to disable personalized tracking entirely. As part of iOS 14, the company introduced a simple prompt for any app which wishes to track your activity for the purpose of advertising. And, unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority people have taken Apple up on the opportunity, with over 95% of iOS users allegedly blocking ad tracking when asked by an app for permission.
In a cheeky interview conducted through WhatsApp with the owner of WABetaInfo, Mark Zuckerberg has announced the arrival of three new features to the world's most popular messaging application. The most significant amongst them is support for multiple devices, which has been under development for the longest time.
Paramount+, nee CBS All Access, is your one-stop shop for streaming shows like Star Trek, Nickelodeon, and all those cop shows your parents love to wait for on network TV. Though the service launched back in March, its plan options were a bit confusing. Starting next week, they'll be simpler, and at least one will be cheaper ... though you'll lose access to your local CBS station.
Clubhouse is the hottest social network of the year, riding a wave of popularity that has forced countlessotherapps to build rival audio chat apps. It has only been available for Android users for about a month, but the developers have been working quickly to get the app up to par with its iOS counterpart. An all-new update for Clubhouse on Android brings social linking to the app, with a couple of other changes in tow.
At the beginning of the year, Square Enix announced two mobile games themed around Final Fantasy VII, more than likely a reaction to the Remake's success on PS4. Of course, since Square is often reactionary to its successes, these two mobile offshoots didn't have any release dates. Of the two games, Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier has recently entered into a closed beta test, and since I got in, I've recorded a 20-minute gameplay video of my first jump in what is clearly a PUBG clone. So if you're eager to see Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier's battle royale gameplay in action, I indeed show off what the closed beta currently has to offer.
Google Pay was refreshed late last year with an all-new interface and a reworked direction. In addition to mobile payments, the app has expanded to support food orders, online shopping with exclusive discounts, and budget tracking. It's a big switch for users, and while many have likely adjusted to the new experience by now, others have stayed on the older, simplified UI. Unfortunately, time has run out for anyone procrastinating on downloading the new app, as Google has put one final nail in the coffin of the legacy version of Pay.