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Family Link lets parents set up per-app time limits and add bonus time before bed (Update: Rolled out)

Google Family Link allows parents to administer their children's devices, granularly controlling which apps they can install, how much time they can spend on their phones, and when it's time to put their tech down before bed. In an update to the service, Google has introduced new options, now letting parents set up per-app time limits and add bonus time before the nightly shutdown.

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Chrome Beta 79 enables WebXR API by default, opening door to more web-based AR/VR experiences

Chrome 78 has rolled out to all platforms, which means it's time for Chrome 79 to hit the Beta Channel. This update is definitely smaller in scope than the last few releases, but there are still a few interesting additions — especially if you're interested in VR/AR.

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Mario Kart Tour online multiplayer beta coming next month for Gold Pass subscribers

The much-anticipated release of Mario Kart Tour this September (after an extended period of testing) was a bit of a letdown. The game was riddled with excessive in-app-purchases, had a questionable loot box mechanism, and lacked a multiplayer component — arguably the selling point of the entire Mario Kart series. At the time, the in-game-menu said that multiplayer was "inbound", and we now know more details.

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Chrome 78 allows sites to edit local files, read verification SMS texts, and more (Update: Critical security fix)

Chrome 77 has pretty much finished its rollout across desktop and mobile platforms, so v78 has moved up to the beta channel. This update is jam-packed with new capabilities for web sites, so let's dive right in!

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12 temporarily free and 37 on-sale apps and games to start November, including Majesty

Welcome to November. Fall is in full swing (and it sure feels like it here in DC) and I've got a fresh list of app sales for everyone. Today's list features Majesty and the Northern Expansion, two of my favorite games on Android. You'll find them in bold below, of course.

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Chrome confirmation buttons not working on Android 10? Disable overlays from other apps

If you've found yourself unable to tap on Chrome permission popups on Android 10, like when websites ask to use your location, you're not alone. As it turns out, system overlays like Facebook Messenger's chat heads or Pokémon Go stats apps are the culprit. Android 10 blocks tapping Chrome popups for security reasons when an app is drawing over the screen because there's always the possibility that some malware is showing fake dialogs on top of the ones actually displayed.

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(Update: Now available w/ APK) Hulu will soon let Android users download content offline

Most streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, allow you to download episodes and movies on your mobile devices so you have something to watch on the go. Hulu historically never allowed you to do this, but times they are a-changin'. The platform is bringing downloads to iOS users on the No Ads plan, and a solution for us Android fans is in the works, too.

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Google will bring its AI-powered Recorder app to older Pixel devices

When Google unveiled its voice recording app aptly called Recorder at its Pixel event last month, we were impressed by its capabilities. Unlike standard run-of-the-mill recording apps that simply make and store audio files, Google's version uses its AI smarts to perform real-time voice transcription into text, and it can locate music and specific words inside the audio file — all without a cloud connection. Initially announced as a Pixel 4-exclusive, a Google employee has confirmed on Reddit that Recorder will be made backward-compatible with older Pixel devices.

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(Update: Rolling out) Google Home app reportedly getting redesigned Cast media UI

When casting music, movies, series, or videos to a speaker or TV, the Google Home app conveniently lets you control it, even if you used another device to initiate playback. Although the interface was handy, it wasn't visual enough. Thankfully, Google is seemingly working on a revamped one for cast media control.

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ASUS shares list of 120fps games for the ROG Phone II (Update: New games)

ASUS announced the ROG Phone II earlier this year, and it is truly a beast of a smartphone, featuring up to 1TB of storage, a Snapdragon 855 Plus, 12GB of RAM, and a 120Hz display. With the September launch date inching closer, the company is sharing which games will support the high-refresh-rate screen, plus a couple more that barely surpass 60fps.

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