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How to make your Amazon Fire tablet feel more like stock Android

Amazon's Fire tablets don't come with access to any Google services, outside of the products that can be used on the web  Search, Maps, YouTube) or through third-party applications (Gmail). Installing the Google Play Store is easy enough, but what about going the rest of the way? How close can you get the Fire tablet to the 'stock' Android experience?

In this guide, we'll go over some steps you can take to make your Amazon Fire tablet feel more like a traditional Android device, with all the usual Google apps and services. Some of these options are officially available in Fire OS, while others require ADB commands or dedicated applications.

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Beat Legend: AVICII is the first game in a new rhythm series from Atari

Atari just announced the arrival of Beat Legend: AVICII, and it's described as a rhythm-action experience, so it's essentially a rhythm game. As you would expect, this release contains many of the top tracks from world-renowned DJ and producer Avicii (Tim Bergling), such as Without YouWake Me Up, and Levels. Better yet, this is a premium release, which means you can purchase Beat Legend: AVICII from the Play Store for $2.99.

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Plex now has Pluto-style 'live TV' with 80+ free channels

Plex is still the best solution for streaming movies, music, and shows you own to all your devices (we even wrote a guide on how), but the company has slowly been integrating free ad-supported content into the apps. Plex already offers a selection of free on-demand content, and now "live" TV channels are being thrown into the mix.

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 will support electronic IDs later this year

Samsung is working on making online identity verification easier by creating a framework that lets you store your ID securely on the Galaxy S20's embedded secure element (eSE) chip. The API will be available later this year, and is deemed safe enough by German and European authorities — the country will be among the first to let citizens store their IDs on the Galaxy S20 and use the eIDs to identify themselves online.

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Google Pay is now available for 25 new banks in 14 countries

Google Pay support is ever expanding among financial institutions, and that's both the case in the US and the rest of the world. As such, we've compiled a list of the latest international banks that have added their credit and debit cards to Google's contactless payment service, coming in at a total of 25 institutions across 14 (mostly European) countries.

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30 temporarily free and 51 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. I have a solid list of sales today, including a bunch of board game adaptations from Marmalade Game Studio. On top of this, the quirky arcade simulator Peace, Death is on sale today, along with Hangman Premium, and Beholder. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 30 temporarily free and 51 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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Rick and Morty: Clone Rumble is a new gacha game coming to Android, already available in select regions

Adult Swim has a followup to its three-year-old gacha game Pocket Mortys, but it's currently in testing, so it's only available in select regions on the Play Store despite just popping up. This game is titled Rick and Morty: Clone Rumble, and much like Pocket Mortys, you'll once again be tasked with collecting characters, but this time around, you'll get to collect a bunch of different personalities from the show (such as Mr. Poopybutthole), instead of cloned Mortys.

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Lenovo's first Legion gaming phone features a Snapdragon 865+, 90W charging, and a side pop-up camera

Just ahead of the Asus ROG Phone 3 announcement later today, Lenovo has unveiled a rival in the form of its first Legion-branded gaming smartphone. The two Snapdragon 865 Plus devices are set to go head-to-head for mobile gaming supremacy — Lenovo has a few neat tricks up its sleeve including 90W charging, a novel side-mounted pop-up camera, and a 144Hz display.

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Get Mortal Kombat 11 for $30, plus 16 other deals on Stadia this week

Mortal Kombat 11 was one of Stadia's launch titles, with Google using the game to drum up excitement around its platform. It cost $42 back when the game streaming service launched, but now Google is ready to significantly undercut the competition from Steam and PlayStation (though not Xbox) and offers the game for just $30 ($25 for Pro subscribers).

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Google Chat, Meet, Gmail gain new security tools

Google has put in place new security measures across Gmail, Chat, and Meet that will protect users from forgers, spammers, and rabble-rousers looking to disrupt their communications. Most of these changes will take effect for G Suite users first, though consumer Google accounts do have at least one takeaway as well.

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