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Darkness is spreading: Google Search dark theme is appearing on desktop for more and more users

Darkness is spreading: Google Search dark theme is appearing on desktop for more and more users

After testing it for months, Google has finally started flipping on dark theme/mode support for Search on the Web for a lucky few. So far as we can tell, it still hasn't hit everyone yet, and this could be just another test or a limited rollout ahead of a formal announcement. Still, reports today seem quite a bit more widespread than they were the last few times Google played with the feature on customers' computers.

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Asus stuffs Galaxy S21 power into the body of a Pixel 4a, calls it Zenfone 8

Asus stuffs Galaxy S21 power into the body of a Pixel 4a, calls it Zenfone 8

Taiwan-based manufacturer Asus is well-known for its PCs and, these days, its ROG Phones for gamers. But it's always had a stake in mobile tilted towards a wider audience, too. That stake gets a major update today with two new entries: the small and powerful Zenfone 8 and the highly-engineered Zenfone 8 Flip.

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Xiaomi and US government squash their beef

Xiaomi and US government squash their beef

Xiaomi was labeled a national security threat in the United States during the waning days of the Trump administration, following similar action against Huawei and ZTE.  The company filed a lawsuit against the US government in order to prevent the ban, and today, both parties have reached a settlement that will remove the technology giant from being blacklisted altogether.

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Destiny 2 players on Stadia get a brief glimpse of the game's future

Destiny 2 players on Stadia get a brief glimpse of the game's future

One of the more persistent problems with Stadia is that, due to a relatively low amount of players versus established platforms like Xbox, PlayStation, and PC, its multiplayer games can sometimes feel a little empty. Destiny 2 will fix that problem sometime this fall ... or right the hell now, because the developers accidentally turned on crossplay a little early.

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The March security patch is arriving for more Samsung devices in the US — here is the list so far

The March security patch is arriving for more Samsung devices in the US — here is the list so far

Samsung started updating some of its international devices to the March security patch last week, and now distribution is reaching unlocked devices in the US. As well as improvements to security, the update includes One UI 3.1, bringing with it a plethora of new features from the Galaxy S21 series to older phones.

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Don't turn down eBay's 15%-off deal for the new Nest Hub, Google Wifi, and tons more smart tech

Don't turn down eBay's 15%-off deal for the new Nest Hub, Google Wifi, and tons more smart tech

It's been a while since eBay last held one of its big sitewide sales, but that doesn't mean you can't score some big savings. To kick off the start of summer, eBay is offering major discounts on nearly 100 products across the site, including a ton of gadgets that are probably on your wish list. From Google's smart home gear to customizable lights for your home, there's a little something here for everyone.

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Roku adds dozens of new live TV channels amid YouTube TV feud

Roku adds dozens of new live TV channels amid YouTube TV feud

Roku and YouTube TV recently locked their horns over their service contract, leading to a cheeky workaround from Google to ensure millions of Roku users wouldn't lose access. The spat is still ongoing, so it's a convenient time for Roku to add a total of 25 new linear channels to its own live TV platform.

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17 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

17 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. Today we have a solid amount of sales, and while Wednesdays can be slow, I still have a few standouts to share with everyone. First up is My Sheet Music, a solid app for practicing sight-reading of scanned sheet music. Next, I have Runic Curse, an enjoyable Metroidvania game. Last but not least is Cook, Serve, Delicious, a competent restaurant sim that offers the full PC experience on mobile. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 17 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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Magisk v23 arrives with SafetyNet fixes, but legacy support is dead

Magisk v23 arrives with SafetyNet fixes, but legacy support is dead

Magisk is one of the most powerful tools available for Android that can not only root your smartphone but even help it bypass Google's SafetyNet, which stops certain apps like Google Pay from running on modified devices. While the focus of the latest update is fixing bugs, it brings about a couple of notable developments.

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