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Bixby Home to make way to Samsung Daily, bringing minor improvements (Update: Samsung Daily not ready yet)

Back in 2012, Samsung embedded Flipboard in its launcher, making news seamlessly accessible from the home screen. The company then used Upday on newer phones, until it released Bixby Home when it launched the Galaxy S8. In addition to being a simple news aggregator, the latter aimed at being a smarter assistant, with cards showing your next appointments, or even letting you order an Uber. However, the company has just announced it will replace Bixby Home with Samsung Daily, its new homescreen newsfeed app.

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Google Camera 7.2 brings back H.265 video recording to the Pixel 4 (Update: Back again after being removed)

The Pixel 4 officially launches tomorrow, though many people have already received the phone a little early. Just in time for the official release, Google has published an update to its camera app, bringing it up to version 7.2. It adds back H.265 video to the Pixel 4 and improves the new Social Share feature by adding Slack as another option.

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Netflix might expand mobile-only plan to more markets outside of India (Update: Indonesia)

While Netflix is constantly raising prices across its subscriptions internationally, it also debuted a cheaper $3/month plan for mobile-only users in India back in July. The company seems to be caught by surprise by the success of the new tier and is looking to introduce similar inexpensive options to other low-income markets.

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Google’s first Pixel feature drop boosts performance, updates Photos, Call Screen, Duo (Update: Quarterly releases planned)

Just a few days after we covered some possible upcoming features for the Pixel phones thanks to a teardown of the Pixel Tips app, Google officially introduced them as part of the first "Pixel feature drop." Other than memory enhancements to the Pixel phones, you'll find app-specific improvements in this update such as the option to add blur to any picture in Google Photos, automatic Call Screen support for robocalls, and improvements to Duo.

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Waze adds unplowed roads and ice to hazard reporting, helping to keep you driving safe this winter

Winter can be brutal for commutes. Between the snow, ice, wind, and rain you're almost guaranteed to run into unfavorable road conditions while you're out and about. Waze seems to have noticed this, as a new feature was just announced: snow warnings for the app, which include reporting unplowed roads and ice that's present on the route.

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How to sign or fill out a PDF document on Android

Traditionally, signing a PDF is an exercise in frustration. Because most desktop PDF-editing software is a digital dumpster fire, it often seems like the most straightforward solution is the manual approach — print the document, sign it on paper with a pen, then scan or photograph it and attach the resulting file to an email to return it to the sender. But that's only the easiest method if you don't consider using your phone, because there are any number of apps that'll do it all digitally, without any need for a printer, camera, dead tree, or pen.

There are several apps in the Google Play Store that you can use to sign a PDF.

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Google Opinion Rewards is now available in Taiwan

After a lot of controversy over disappearing credit, Google has finally started rectifying the situation by being more transparent about when your earned credit via Opinion Rewards expires. Putting that behind it, the company is ready to expand the paid surveys's availability to another market: Taiwan.

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FX File Explorer is back on the Play Store after being wrongfully accused of displaying deceptive ads (Updated)

Google has a serious problem with draconian, overreaching app removal policies in the Play Store. Instead of taking the time to discuss minor issues with developers, the company loves to use a sledgehammer to crack the nuts. The latest app to take the hit is FX File Explorer, a popular file manager with more than 5 million downloads and a 4+ rating. It has been removed without warning because it allegedly sports deceptive ads, which is not true as far as we can tell.

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Gmail will let you propose new meeting times and add notes to calendar invites

Google introduced an option to propose new meeting times in Calendar last year that helps you reschedule when you can't make it. Since the feature is somewhat hidden (you need to click an event in Calendar to make it show up), the company has decided to make it accessible via invites in Gmail, while also introducing a deep link for note taking.

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