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Google Pixel owners are getting futuristic AR location sharing in Maps

Live View in Maps is one of Google's more impressive technologies. It guides you through the real world via an AR overlay on your screen, showing you exactly which way to turn, which is pretty handy when you're in an unfamiliar city and have an unreliable compass. Starting with Pixel phones running Android 11, Google is making this feature even more useful. When a friend is sharing their location with you, you'll be able to navigate to them via Live View.

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Comixology offers free Black Panther digital comics in honor of Chadwick Boseman

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed King T'Challa in Marvel's Black Panther movie, passed away last month at the age of 43. It came unexpectedly, as many were unaware that Boseman had been diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2016. His untimely death has sparked many tributes from fans worldwide, and now it looks like Comixology has made its entire library of single-issue Black Panther comics available for free.

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Android 11 (Go edition) brings notification and privacy improvements to budget phones

The full-fat version of Android 11 landed just a couple of days back with a ton of under-the-hood improvements, some visual facelifts here and there, and new privacy options. Google is now porting a few of those features to Android 11 (Go edition) — the latest iteration of Android’s stripped-down version meant to run on entry-level hardware without hiccups.

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Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 gets even better with new fitness and UX updates

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active2 has had several helpful features added over the past months. Oftentimes these features launch first in Korea, but not today — Samsung has introduced a host of new health, fitness, and convenience features for the Galaxy Watch Active2, available right here in the US of A.

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AT&T users can now make calls using Alexa

If you have an Echo speaker at home, you'll be happy to know you can now use your Alexa-enabled device to make and receive calls using your AT&T subscription. Once the feature is turned on, your speaker will be able to replace your phone, even if the latter is out of reach, turned off, or out of battery.

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You can now buy the Microsoft Surface Duo in stores

A year after the phone was first revealed, the Surface Duo is finally available in stores. Microsoft's dual-screen invention is now available at a handful of stores, and pre-orders for the Duo are starting to arrive at buyers' doors.

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Pac-Man Geo is an augmented reality game from Bandai Namco, now available for pre-registration

Many developers have been trying to copy the success of Niantic's Pokémon GO with clones that offer similar gameplay, and so it's easy to jump to conclusions when new augmented reality titles are revealed. Surprisingly Bandai Namco has actually come up with a unique way to utilize AR, and so Pac-Man Geo is a game where players will create new mazes out of the streets in their cities. While there's still a collection aspect in the title, seeing that high-scores will unlock collectible landmarks, at least the core Pac-Man gameplay has been retained. Pac-Man Geo is a brand-new listing on the Play Store, and it's already available for pre-registration.

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IFTTT finally adds much-requested features, but you'll have to pay up

For years, IFTTT has been the easiest way to automate hundreds of smart home devices and software platforms, acting as a bridge between services that otherwise wouldn't work together. Now the service has released a Pro subscription with highly-requested features, but free accounts are also being limited more than before.

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Company of Heroes finally arrives on Android with an excellent port

Feral Interactive has ported a solid library of console-quality games to Android over the years, and today the studio has finally released Company of Heroes on Android. Feral originally brought this popular real-time strategy game to the iPad back in February (2020), and over the last few months, has been working on the smartphone version for both Android and iOS. So if you're looking for a deep strategy game to dive into on your smartphone, starting today, you can grab Company of Heroes from the Play Store for $13.99.

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Microsoft Surface Duo review: Enthusiastically an enthusiast's phone

Over the past few years, smartphones have stopped evolving at a rapid pace and settled into iterative, yawn-inducing update cycles. Just like how a desktop PC from eight years ago can still handle basic productivity tasks in 2020, a flagship smartphone from two or three years ago isn't radically different from what you can buy today, and there’s only so much room for innovation in the flat glass slab form factor. This has sent some manufacturers to go back to the drawing board in search of something more radical and exciting. Samsung has released several foldable phones, LG is developing a dual-screen device, and now Microsoft has the Surface Duo.

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