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Ecobee launches eco+ to help you further reduce your energy bill

Smart thermostats offer plenty of energy-saving benefits by letting you schedule different modes, turn them off when you leave home, and optimize temperature based on occupancy. Ecobee is now taking these smarts further with its new eco+ mode.

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WhatsApp beta adds 74 new emojis, including yawning face and waffles [APK Download]

Unicode 12.0 was officially announced many months ago, but the emojis and changes it brought have slowly been trickling down to different platforms. Google already implemented them in Android 10, but WhatsApp, which likes to use its own cross-platform designs, is just now following suit.

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Google Chrome 78 has a redesigned long-press context menu

Google Chrome 78 has been rolling out to the stable channel over the last few days, and among improvements to local file management and automatic verification SMS pasting, we keep finding changes here and there. One of these is a redesigned context menu that flies towards you with a spiffy new animation when you long-press a link, image, or video. It has been available as a flag in one form or another for more than two years, but Chrome 78 seems to have activated it for most people.

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(Update: Rolling out again) Google Maps is testing a floating scrolling bar of category searches

Google is always trying new things with the Maps app's interface, moving items from the side menu to the floating layers button, implementing different designs of the bottom bar in various regions, and lately just dabbling with more and more changes that fall in line with the new Material Design looks. And now we have a new change: a scrolling floating bar of category searches is showing up on the top of the screen.

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14 temporarily free and 19 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Welcome to the first full of November. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and Daylight Savings — I spent the entire time working on my NaNoWriMo project. But y'all didn't come here to read me talk about that; no, you're here for some fresh app sales! Yes, today's list is small for a Monday, but it includes the Android port for Neverwinter Nights.

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(Update: S10 series support) Samsung's PlayGalaxy Link game streaming app is now available on Android and Windows

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note10, it also introduced a new game streaming platform called PlayGalaxy Link albeit with very little by way of concrete information. We learned soon after that it would be launching in September, and so it's come to pass. The Playgalaxay.com site is now live and the Android app is available for download.

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Hyundai's first digital car key app is live on the Play Store for the 2020 Sonata

In a Hyundai first, the company has released a digital car key app aptly called the Hyundai Digital Key in the Play Store. The app will allow owners to control their cars using an Android smartphone and share a virtual car key with up to four users, but it only supports the upcoming 2020 Hyundai Sonata sedan for now.

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Firefox on desktop will hide notification permission popups in 2020, may come to Android later

Firefox is among the most recognized browsers across desktop and mobile platforms, even though Chrome enjoys a larger userbase. What makes the Mozilla browser stand out is its plethora of privacy and security features. Soon joining this list is a new feature that will hide those annoying notification popups by default on the desktop app, while Firefox for Android may have to wait a little longer.

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Google News goes bilingual, can pull stories across a pair of languages

Back in March, we reported Google's Discover feed was able to support content in two distinct languages, providing relevant updates to users who spoke different tongues. The company is taking its multilingual abilities even further, as the News app can now handle content in two different languages.

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Microsoft opens all-in-one Office mobile app for public preview [APK Download]

Microsoft has been testing a new Office mobile app for Android since this spring, which combines Microsoft's mobile variants of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into one. The relatively new app gives you a convenient, cloud-synchronized central point for Microsoft Office document creation and management, plus scanning, notes, and more. It's an all-in-one, on-the-go Microsoft Office solution, and now it's available in public preview.

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