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Thanks, I hate it: PewDiePie and Bulbware team up to make 'Poopdie' dungeon crawler (Update: Out now)

PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) is best known on YouTube for playing games, and best known outside of YouTube for controversies from playing video games, so it only makes sense that he would lend his hand to creating games as well. His first venture was Tuber Simulator, released in 2016 by Outerminds Inc, and now he's lending his voice (and some creative direction) to a new dungeon crawler game by Poland-based Bulbware.

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Google Stadia review: This could be big (Update: Three weeks later)

Cloud gaming isn't a new idea. Companies like OnLive (RIP) have been trying to make it work for the better part of a decade. Google's effectively limitless resources and software wizardry make it an ideal fit to work the kinks out of such a complicated problem, and with Stadia, it seems it may have done just that. In my time with the platform, streaming performance has been wildly impressive — but lackluster day-one game selection and plenty of half-baked features make for a rocky start for the fledgling gaming platform.

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Stadia's store will support trials and demos, gifting, wishlists, pre-orders, and tons of other lists

Stadia launched in what what most would consider a very unfinished state, missing many plenty of the announced features like family sharing and broadcasting, or with very rushed and incomplete features like screenshots or a game store. Shopping for games initially required the smartphone app, but the store launched on the web last week, opening the door to a more convenient shopping experience. It also reveals a bit more about some of the marketing and categorization we'll see as the Stadia catalog fills out.

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OnePlus TV gets Netflix app and new improved remote controller

OnePlus marked its entry into the TV market this September with a pair of TV sets, one of which had a fancy motorized soundbar retracting from its bottom. Both models have so far remained exclusive to India, where they support a bunch of local streaming services, aside from Prime Video, though the Netflix app was a notable omission. That's changed now as OnePlus is bringing the app to its TV range via a system update, while newer units will ship with Netflix preinstalled. The company has also introduced a redesigned remote controller with a dedicated button for the new app.

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❤️ You can now send and receive hearts on Google Duo ❤️

We're a couple of months away from Valentine's Day, but the Google Duo team is feeling the love already. Maybe they want us to be more vocal about our feelings during the holidays, maybe they think telling someone you care about them shouldn't be done on just one day of the year. Regardless of their thinking, they've added a way to send and receive hearts in the video calling app.

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Pocket Casts 7.6 makes it easier to check show notes and edit your episode queue

Slowly, very slowly, Pocket Casts is starting to add back features that were removed in the big move to v7. Version 7.6, which is now in beta, implements more of these improvements, notably bringing back the swipe to see show notes, and making it easier to edit the Up Next queue. We also get a new free theme and customizable quick actions in the Now Playing screen.

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Google Calendar app finally lets you move events between calendars

The Google Calendar Android app has always lagged behind its counterpart on the web, though it did catch up a bit last year when Google introduced event copying and duplicating to the application. It's still never been possible to outright pass events from one calendar to another, making appointment organization on mobile a chore – until now. Google is flipping a server-side switch for some people that finally lets them simply move an event.

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Withings app gets dark mode, sleep sync to Google Fit, Strava integration

Withings, previously Nokia (and even previously Withings), has updated its Health Mate app with some much-requested features. These include support for Dark Mode, sleep sync to Google Fit, and Strava integration.

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Bethesda ends development on The Elder Scrolls: Legends

Bethesda released The Elder Scrolls: Legends in 2017 on several platforms (including Android), as a response to the growing popularity of card games like Heartstone. Even though the game enjoyed moderate success at first, not even the Elder Scrolls brand could save it, and now Bethesda is throwing in the towel.

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Google Opinion Rewards now tells you when your credits will expire

For years, Google Opinion Rewards has given out Play Store credit in exchange for answering targeted surveys. Google recently started enforcing the 1-year expiration date for credit earned through Opinion Rewards, and after the resulting outcry, the company promised to make the expiration dates more clear in a future update.

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