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The Walking Dead: Survivors meanders onto Android as a free-to-play release

The Walking Dead: Survivors meanders onto Android as a free-to-play release

The Play Store recently received a new title for pre-registration, and it's an upcoming Walking Dead game themed around strategic survival-based gameplay. It's called The Walking Dead: Survivors, and it would appear the game has been in the works since at least November 2020, judging by the official Facebook page. Well, as of this weekend, those in the US, Germany, and Russia can pre-register for the title in anticipation of the upcoming launch.

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Google's new Monster Mash isn't a 'graveyard smash' — it's for 3D animation

Google's new Monster Mash isn't a 'graveyard smash' — it's for 3D animation

3D animation isn't an easy task. Each stage in the process is incredibly complicated, often taking large teams of people to create even small animated scenes. Google wants to beginners learn the tool of the trade with a new tool called Monster Mash, a web-based open source project that lets anyone experiment with 3D animation.

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Google tests dynamic backgrounds and scrubbing for Chrome's new media controls

Google tests dynamic backgrounds and scrubbing for Chrome's new media controls

Last year, Google introduced new media playback controls for Chrome and Chrome OS, helping you control music or videos playing in the background without opening the respective window or tab. While the feature is already incredibly useful in its current form, Google is looking to make it even better by adding a scrubbing bar and a background matching the album cover or thumbnail.

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Powerful new Google Photos video editor starts to roll out

Powerful new Google Photos video editor starts to roll out

Google is in the process of aggressively monetizing its Photos service, asking users to pay for storage starting in June and hiding a few editing tools behind a paywall right now already. But there are also some free perks everyone gets to enjoy, like a revamped video editor Google teased back in February that's now finally starting to roll out to everyone using a recent version of Photos.

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Your Google Pixel could save you from being run over

Your Google Pixel could save you from being run over

Over the last couple of years, Google has delivered a bunch of features for keeping your health, safety, and wellness in check as part of Digital Wellbeing. The tool originally designed to limit the time you spend on your phone is now picking up another capability that will warn you if you use your phone while walking.

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Verizon LG Velvet gets its Android 11 update

Verizon LG Velvet gets its Android 11 update

LG swears that at least some of its current phones will be getting updates, some up to the upcoming Android 12, as it bids the smartphone market goodbye. We can't speak to the likelihood of that outcome (well, we could, but we're being nice), but at least one more current model is getting updated to Android 11. The Verizon version of the LG Velvet is starting to get its Android 11 OTA this weekend.

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Act fast: Claim 3 free months of Stadia Pro, no purchase necessary

Act fast: Claim 3 free months of Stadia Pro, no purchase necessary

If you've been meaning to try the pro tier of Google's streaming games platform, then you have some quick work to do to try it for free. Lenovo is offering anyone three months of Stadia Pro for free, if you sign up to its Legion Gaming community. You'll also have to jump through a few other hoops, but we've confirmed that it's working for new users in the US, at the very least.

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Jackery Explorer 1500 review: Glorious overkill

Jackery Explorer 1500 review: Glorious overkill

Summer 2021 is so close you can almost feel it, and with vaccines already starting to reach the general populace, people everywhere are eager to make up for lost time. If your plans involve spending some time with friends and family in the great outdoors, whether that means a day at the beach or a weekend in the woods, keeping everyone's devices powered can be tricky — and that's where Jackery steps in. The company already offered a wide array of portable power solutions ranging from the easily totable to the heavy-duty, and this year it's upping its game with the highest-capacity, highest-output model yet: the Explorer 1500.

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Wireless earbuds are disgusting, but this adorable washing machine can fix that

Wireless earbuds are disgusting, but this adorable washing machine can fix that

The human ear is a nasty place, and its unfortunate that we have to directly interact with it in order for headphones to work. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the design of true wireless earbuds, tiny, pristine bundles of incredible technology and engineering, which we must cram into our horrible head holes in order to properly use. Enter the Cardlax, the first washing machine designed exclusively for earbuds.

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Weekend poll: Which dead Google app or service do you miss the most?

Weekend poll: Which dead Google app or service do you miss the most?

Google's habit of killing its products is a meme by this point. Many of them were short-lived, but the company has been known to throw out widely used and much-loved services years after they debut and have accrued a significant following. While most of us probably didn't even realize there was a Google Shopping app when news of its demise landed last week, the Google graveyard is massive, and I bet there's at least one app or service you miss.

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