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Signal messenger beta adds emoji reactions 😂 ❤️👍

Signal isn't just a utilitarian app for sending encrypted messages it also incorporates many of the features you get in more mainstream services. The app recently added support for link previews and ephemeral media messages, and now you can react to new messages with emoji. ✨

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You can now search for keywords in Google Maps reviews (Update: Gone on mobile)

A Google Maps listing includes a smattering of info about a location, but it's the reviews that can really help you get a feel for a place. Now, you can examine those reviews more closely in Google Maps. Upon opening the reviews, you'll see a new search bar to filter reviews with keywords of your choosing.

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Some Google Photos videos ended up in random strangers’ backup archives

Google Photos is an incredibly powerful platform that makes your archive of photos and videos searchable and easily accessible anywhere you have internet. Since all files sit on Google servers, you have to trust the company to do its due diligence to protect your data, but it looks like a mishap occurred last November. Google has started sending out emails informing some users that during a short period, some backed up videos were accidentally added to other people's Google Takeout archives.

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Indian banking app Paytm no longer works with remote access apps like TeamViewer or AnyDesk installed

Spam and fraud protection are great features to have in apps, especially if they handle your finances. It’s one thing to take precautions, but it’s another to downright block other apps that could enable such nefarious purposes. For Paytm—a well-established, mobile-first payment service in India—remote control and screen sharing apps like TeamViewer and AnyDesk are now considered security risks.

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Microsoft's Your Phone gains voice call support in latest Insider build (Update: Public availability)

It's been about a week since the last release and another new build of Windows 10 Insider has surfaced, bringing along more goodies for Android and Windows PC users. The newest build — version 18999 — updates the Your Phone desktop app with a new "Calls" feature that allows Android users to make and receive phone calls right from the PC.

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46 temporarily free and 64 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. It's the beginning of another week, and so it's time again to check out the latest app and game sales available on the Google Play Store. Surprisingly this is a bustling Monday, and so there's more than a few quality sales, such as Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Doom & Destiny Advanced, and Gunslugs. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 46 temporarily free and 64 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week.

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The 15 best tips and tricks for Chrome on Android

Chrome for Android has plenty of hidden features, either tucked away behind experimental 'flags' or simply not made obvious by Google. Some of them can make switching between tabs quicker, improve your experience on shaky internet connections, or remove unnecessary functionality.

In this post, we'll go over 15 and tips and tricks for making the most out of Chrome on Android, updated for 2020.

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Nintendo is adding an optional $10 monthly subscription pass to Fire Emblem Heroes

Nintendo has revealed that Fire Emblem Heroes will be the next mobile game from the company to receive a subscription pass. Back in November of 2019, Nintendo released two subscription plans for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. It's also worth noting that Mario Kart Tour was released in September 2019 with a monthly subscription in tow. Clearly, Nintendo has realized the amount of money that can be made by stuffing subscription plans into its free-to-play mobile games, and so fans can expect the upcoming $9.49 monthly Feh Pass subscription to arrive in Fire Emblem Heroes on February 5th.

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Gmail's dark mode has gone missing for some people (Update: Coming back)

The Gmail app was one of Google's last Android applications to get a native dark mode, and it took even longer for the design to appear for everyone in a server-side rollout. Now the option to change themes has gone missing for some people.

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17 new Android games from the week of January 27, 2020: Disgaea 1 Complete, Reed Remastered, and Unitied

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a quality port of a faithful remaster for the SRPG Disgaea 1, the launch of a stylish and challenging platformer, and an entertaining minimal puzzler that's all about synchronized block movement. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of January 27th, 2020.

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