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The best Chromebooks (Summer 2020), from $300 and up

We live in interesting times — not just in general, but when it comes to Chromebooks, too. On the one hand, it's a golden age with high-end prices falling and tablets finally making sense. On the other hand, the selection of new models is starting to dwindle a bit. But whether you need a cheap computer for the kids' homework or something capable to plug the work-from-home gap, a Chromebook can probably do the job, and these are the ones we recommend.

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Third-party access warning for TiVo Stream 4K dongles fixed

Android TV is an open ecosystem with a lot of moving pieces, and that means sometimes bugs show up in unexpected places. Recently, some TiVo customers received startling security warnings about a company called SEI Robotics being granted full access to their Google accounts. Worse, revoking that access (as the notification recommended customers to do) could fully wipe out your smart home setup, removing smart speakers, Nest devices, and other Assistant-compatible hardware and services from your account. Google has since resolved the security warnings, but it sounds like customers that had their smart home setups wiped clean will need to rebuild them.

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22 new Android games from the weeks of July 6 and July 13, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today I have the third and final game in the Layton mystery-adventure trilogy, the Android port for the niche offroading game MudRunner, and the long-awaited sequel to the idle RPG Soda Dungeon. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the weeks of July 6 and July 13, 2020.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Maps on Android

We've taken a look at open source alternatives to Gmail and Google Calendar, but those are digital lifestyle staples that don't require a whole lot of smarts to work. What about something more complex and data driven, like mapping? Believe it or not, there are open source alternatives to Google Maps out there.

I won't make you wait for the big "but" here, though: none of these solutions offer the same feature set you get with Google Maps. As sad as it is, Google's advanced traffic detection and point-of-interest data are only possible when you have an install base counting in the billions.

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15 new and notable Android apps from the last two weeks including MyWallApp, Energy Notch, and Peacock TV (7/4/20 - 7/18/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous two weeks or so. Today's roundup is sponsored by MyWallApp, which is a fantastic wallpaper application that offers hundreds of beautiful backgrounds. Keeping with the personalization theme, Energy Notch is the latest release from IJP, the developer behind the unique battery apps Energy Bar and Energy Ring. If you're on the lookout for new streaming services, we also have the release Peacock TV, a video app from NBC. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last two weeks.

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Google Stadia needs more social media features

Welcome to Stadia Feature Request Friday, a new series by Android Police where we dive into the features that are currently missing from Google's cloud gaming service (and why they should be included). In this debut article, we're going to talk social and community, and how a native social media network could promote a better playing experience for subscribers.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Calendar on Android

While you may have already checked out our list free and open source Gmail alternatives, you may not even be aware free and open source alternatives to the likes of Google Calendar are out there. If you want to keep your schedule private — or simply don't want anything to do with Google — there are some totally decent options available for Android that you should check out. Here are some of our favorites.

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14 new Android games from the week of June 29, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a gacha RPG from the head director behind Nier: Automata, a fantastic sci-fi-based point and click adventure game, and an Orwell-inspired simulation game where the government reigns supreme. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of June 29th, 2020.

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12 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Mi Control Center, JioMeet, and SwissCovid (6/27/20 - 7/4/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a new control center app that mimics the look of iOS, a free video messaging app, and a COVID contact tracing app. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last week.

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30 new Android games from the week of June 22, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a boatload of games, and I mean a boatload. For example, I have titles from Square Enix, The Pokémon Company, Humble Bundle, not to mention a wide selection of quality indie releases. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of June 22nd, 2020.

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