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Verizon RCS Universal Profile support arriving in early 2019

Verizon is looking to launch RCS text messaging in early 2019, according to the company's SVP of consumer products Apart Khurjekar. Khurjekar took the stage at a New Jersey GSMA event to make the announcement, along with a wealth of less interesting tidbits about business messaging. This appears to be the catalyst behind Verizon's sudden interest in bringing RCS to fruition, but I think we can all be thankful that something has spurred the carrier to improve the current state of messaging.

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Report: Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup to include model with six cameras, 5G, spring release

According to a report published today by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung's next Galaxy S phone may have up to four total variants, one of which will sport a chunky 6.7"screen, six cameras, and 5G connectivity when it lands sometime next spring. In addition to that tech-toting titan, three smaller models are allegedly planned for an earlier release in February.

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Assassin's Creed Rebellion is available on Android a day early

Last month Ubisoft announced that Assassin's Creed Rebellion would be releasing for Android on November 21st. Well, it would appear that the strategy RPG is here a day early. It's a free to play title with that heavily leans on a hero collection aspect, so if you've ever wanted to assemble your favorite assassins into the ultimate team, now's your chance.

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Play Store now showing reminders in Updates tab to install previously-used apps

Google's Play Store seems to have at least a hundred different minor UI tests running at any given time — which makes it a bit hard for both us and consumers to keep track of things — but we've just spotted another. Google is now prompting users with a new card in the updates tab of My apps & Games which offers to reinstall applications previously used but not currently installed.

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Unlocking the bootloader on Sony phones no longer wrecks the camera in Pie

Sony has been kind enough to let Xperia device owners unlock their bootloaders for years. That's an option that fewer and fewer OEMs offer, but it comes with some very real drawbacks in Sony's case. Unlocking an Xperia device would clear all DRM keys, thus turning your camera into hot garbage. There's good news, though. It appears that the Android Pie update no longer cripples the camera on unlocked devices.

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Google Photos rolling out new live album sharing button for 'People and Pets'

Google Photos is magic (and my personal favorite service/product to come out of the company), but one thing that can be a little bit tedious is sharing content in it with others. A small step to ease that process seems to be rolling out, though, as a new "Share as album" button has appeared for some in the Google Photos Android app when browsing the People and Pets albums. Inundating your coworkers with pictures of your cat will never be easier.

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The new 'Your Time On Facebook' feature tells you how much time you waste on the social network

Facebook has been refined over the years to keep you online and interacting with the service as long as possible. That ensures you'll see lots of Facebook ads, but it can be a drain on your time if you get stuck in a Facebook vortex. With everyone suddenly concerned about limiting screen time, Facebook has rolled out its previously announced "Your Time On Facebook" feature. It tells you how long you've been using the Facebook app, but that's pretty much it.

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Google Family Link comes to Chromebooks on beta channel with new features in tow

Chrome OS users who rely on Family Link to manage their kids' computer habits just got a slew of new features, thanks to the Chrome OS 71 Beta.

Now, parents can manage a curated list of websites they've greenlit for their kids to use and approve apps downloaded via the Google Play store. Family Link also allows parents to hide specific apps already installed and manage in-app purchases for those already on the Chromebook.

Family Link also now offers specialized activity reports that track how much time is spent on individual apps. Some, like music players and messaging apps that tend to run in the background, won't be tracked as closely with the weekly or monthly report options.

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Google's Find My Device can now map out exactly where you left your phone inside some buildings

Find My Device is a lifesaver feature for the absentminded among us. Even if you've just left your phone in the couch cushions, you can use the feature to ring it. Now, the service has picked up a new feature that can help in more dire circumstances: it can now show where your phone is on an indoor map of some large buildings, like malls and airports.

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Doom 3: BFG Edition for Nvidia Shield TV is $5 (half off) for Black Friday

Halloween has come and gone, but spooky games are always a good time. More horror-inspired than the killtacular Doom reboot from 2016, 2012's Doom 3: BFG Edition (BFG stands for "big fun game," I think) is equal parts creepy and violent, and it's half off this week for Black Friday.

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