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Google Play Games will shutter its multiplayer services next year, leaving some older games to die

Back in the not-quite-dark-ages of Android, new services and APIs were launching seemingly every other week as Google and Apple engaged in an aggressive land grab to acquire users and tempt developers. Gaming became a popular battleground, and Google was investing in new features for Play Games like an API that gave developers the infrastructure to run real-time and turn-based multiplayer games for free. However, like many other older Play Games APIs, Google will be shutting this one down in about six months and it may render some older games unplayable.

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Upcoming 'Google Nest Wifi' will reportedly have built-in Assistant speakers

Google Wifi is, for our money, the best mesh Wi-Fi setup you can get. Soon, it'll reportedly get even better: according to 9to5Google, Google plans to launch a refreshed version of the router system with the Google Assistant built right in at its New York hardware event next month.

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Amazon's new Music HD offers Tidal HiFi quality, but starts at just $13/mo

In April, we received word that Amazon was working on a high definition music streaming service to rival Tidal’s HiFi subscription offering, and after months of waiting, a contender has finally emerged.

Starting today, Amazon Music HD promises listeners access to more than 50 million 16-bit lossless high definition songs sampling at 44.1kHz, or the sound equivalent to tracks found on CDs. Subscribers will also have access to “millions” more 24-bit Ultra HD songs sampling at 192kHz, which is the highest audio quality available in the music industry.

Current subscribers can upgrade to Amazon Music HD for free for 90 days.

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Nova Launcher beta adds support for Android 10 dark theme

Android 10 is finally available after months of beta tests, but it's only on a handful of devices. Nova Launcher is nevertheless wasting no time adding support for one of Android 10's most popular features: dark mode. You can now tell your launcher to follow the system dark mode setting.

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Get this 256GB USB-C drive for $45 ($12 off) on Amazon's Deal of the Day

Another day on the Amazon Deals of the Day carousel and this go-around, we're hitting up the storage device manufacturer PNY. If you want a 512GB SD card for well under $100, a 256GB microSD for under $40, or the best price on a 256GB USB-C drive, all of them are on sale until midnight PDT.

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Fleksy brings video to its keyboard because ... wait, someone actually asked for this?

Keyboard apps have gradually evolved from simple text input tools to Swiss Army knives, allowing you to share everything from links and stickers to videos. Fleksy decided to go one step further, and finally lets you do the one thing you've always wanted to do on a keyboard: Watch news, cooking tips, and other clips from your favorite TV networks!

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LineageOS brings back support for Xiaomi phones, updates more devices to Pie

The LineageOS project is busy as always, adding support for more devices and implementing new features. The last time we covered the popular custom ROM, official builds for the OnePlus 6T and 7 Pro arrived, and there have been plenty of additions (or re-additions, in some cases) since then.

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Google Fi gets unlimited plan, Pixel 3 and 3 XL are 50% off for a limited time

Google Fi made a name for itself because of its transparent pricing. A base fee for unlimited calls and text messages plus pay-as-you-use data, with costs capped at a certain threshold to keep you from breaking the bank. Still, people in need of a lot of data might prefer fixed costs for budgeting reasons, and they'll be pleased to learn that Google now offers a $70 unlimited data plan for a single line.

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BBC iPlayer Radio shutdown begins, get the BBC Sounds app to continue listening [APK Download]

Last summer, The Beeb (as it's affectionately known on my side of the pond) launched a new app for all of its various audio content, inventively called BBC Sounds. At that point, we knew the BBC iPlayer Radio app's days were numbered, but now the time has finally come to say goodbye to what many people still believe is the superior app.

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Leaked 'coral' Pixel 4 color goes official in Google Times Square ads

As spotted on Reddit late last night, Google has started running advertisements in Times Square showing off the orange "coral" Pixel 4. The ad invites us to "set a reminder for October 15," the date of Google's upcoming Made by Google event, also set in New York City, at which the phone is expected to be announced.

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