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Google invests $4.5 billion in Jio, plans to co-develop entry-level smartphone

Reliance’s Jio Platforms has been on a funding spree over the past few months with some sizable investment coming from Facebook, Qualcomm, and other global names. Joining this extensive list is Google, which will pick a minority stake in India’s biggest telco to create custom software and hardware solutions for India’s growing appetite for smartphones, particularly in the lower-end segment.

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Off-roading simulation game MudRunner is now available on Android for $7

Out of nowhere, Saber Interactive's off-roading simulation game MudRunner has popped up on the Play Store. If you're unfamiliar with the game, it's a sequel of sorts to Spintires, a quirky proof of concept where you drive Soviet-era trucks through heaps of realistic mud. MudRunner offers similar physics-based off-roading gameplay, but it's wrapped up in a much more polished package, and you can pre-register right now for the official Android release planned for July 15th. 

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Xiaomi reveals three new budget phones — Redmi 9, 9A, and 9C starting at just €99

Xiaomi introduced a plethora of products in an online-only event today, including the much-leaked Mi TV Stick and a new pair of wireless earbuds, but the company also launched a new lineup of budget phones, the Redmi 9 series. It consists of three devices costing between €100 and €170, the Redmi 9, the Redmi 9A, and the Redmi 9C. They all come with 6.53-inch screens and are powered by MediaTek silicon.

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25 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. As usual, sales in the middle of the week are usually on the low side, but that doesn't mean I don't have a few standouts to share today, so let's start off with a doozy. You can pick up the murder-mystery game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, a quality port that's available right now for $6 off. If you're not a fan of quirky Japanese titles, maybe the nostalgia-inspired RPGs Evoland and Evoland 2 are more your speed. And if you simply can't get enough RPGs in your life, then you'll also want to check out Doom & Destiny and Doom & Destiny Advanced.

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Xiaomi launches aggressively-priced Mi TV Stick and true wireless earbuds

Xiaomi took the stage today in an online-only event to show off a slew of products, including its Redmi 9 phone series. Among them is also the hotly anticipated and often-leaked Mi TV Stick, and the company additionally revealed its latest true wireless earbuds and a few other products. All of them have one thing in common: A price that severely undercuts the competition.

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Next stop for Google Fiber expansion is Millcreek, Utah

Google had gone rather quiet about the expansion of its Fiber network until last week's announcement that it would come to West Des Moines in Iowa. Like buses, a second has arrived soon after — Google has shared plans to extend its high-speed internet service in Utah to the city of Millcreek.

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Mozilla's Firefox VPN is now out of beta on Android

Mozilla has been working on a VPN for a long time, first experimenting with such a service in 2018. But lately, there's been more movement. The company has been beta-testing its latest take on virtual networks since last year, with an Android app available since early 2020. Today, Mozilla has announced that it's officially launching the paid service in a few countries.

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Leaked Gmail redesign outs plans to integrate Docs, Chat, and Meet

Google has only recently announced that it was integrating its video-conferencing service Meet with the Gmail app, a move that was met with some criticism. As it turns out, the introduction of the Meet tab was only the beginning of a transformation. Developer Tahin Rahman found slides from Google's upcoming Cloud Next '20 event that show how the company is looking to turn the Gmail app and website into a one-stop productivity hub, with Meet, Chat, Docs, and Rooms built right into the service.

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Google Reminders editing is currently broken for many, but there are workarounds

If you tried to edit your Google Assistant's reminders in the last few hours and noticed that you couldn't, you're not alone. While it's still possible to create new reminders via voice, it looks like manual editing via the reminder overview is currently broken for many Android users, potentially globally. Luckily, there are workarounds if you need to change something about existing reminders right now.

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Oppo introduces a 125W charger that can top up your phone in 20 minutes

Oppo promised a delivery of massive power yesterday. Today, it brings on the surge with the announcement of four charging products: a 50W wall charger based on its SuperVOOC standard, a conceptual 65W AirVOOC wireless pad, a 110W mini flash charger, and a 125W full-size flash charger.

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