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Google Search and Maps are making it easier to support small businesses with donations and gift cards

As businesses navigate the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression, those that remain on the playing field are looking for any bit of help they can get, be it from federal loans to grants to a complete reimagining of how to run shop. Google is giving small- and medium-size businesses a new tool in appealing to customers who are searching for their products and services.

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The big list of phones and tablets with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4/4+

Fast charging can be a difficult topic to wrap your head around: there are a bunch of competing standards, all with different cables and power adapters. Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4 and 4+ allow charging at up to 100W, though few devices reach that. Both versions also allow you to use USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) chargers to reach speeds of up to 27W, so your phone or tablet will work with just about any fast charger.

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Motorola Edge+ review, one month later: Improving, but slowly

Motorola was at the forefront of cell phones for decades, but it never quite found its footing in the smartphone era. Early hits like the original Droid and Droid X bring nostalgia, but are also a brutal reminder: Motorola hasn't really made a standout smartphone in almost a decade, unless you count budget phones like the Moto X and G series. Cut to 2020—it's been several years since Motorola even made a flagship phone, and after the disaster that were Moto Mods, it's taking a real risk with the 5G-equipped, Verizon-exclusive Edge+.

Naturally, just as Moto is getting ready for its big reboot, a global pandemic tanks the economy and traps us all indoors where mmWave 5G doesn't work.

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Google's $279 Pixel 3a sale expires tomorrow (May 28)

The Google Store started a sale last week on the Pixel 3a and a whole bunch of Nest stuff. The 3a phones have grown into old age for their product cycle, so if you do want to get a new one while supplies last, you only have through tomorrow to do so.

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OnePlus resorts to rationing 8 Pro supply in European markets

OnePlus can't churn out its flagship 8 Pro as quickly as people are demanding them, which is proving to be a bit of a problem. We've already learned that the shortage in the US is causing them to sell for hundreds over sticker, but there are supply issues elsewhere in the world, too. OnePlus has just announced that it will be utilizing flash sales for the 8 Pro in European markets to alleviate these problems.

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Fitbit Charge 4 review: All the fitness tracking you could ask for, plus some smartwatch goodies

For many people, Fitbit is synonymous with fitness trackers, but the company has faced new challenges from smartwatches in recent years. The Fitbit Charge 4 signifies a change, even if it doesn't look too different from its predecessor. The tracker packs everything you could want from a fitness tracker, and you get basic smartwatch capabilities like notification management, Spotify controls, NFC payments, alarms, and more. However, its $150 price tag may make it a tough sell when a smartwatch like Fitbit's own Versa 2 often goes on sale for the same price.

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Bose's Noise Cancelling 700 headphones drop to $300 ($100 off) on Rakuten

Noise-cancelling headphones aren't cheap, but they're a worthy investment if you frequently find yourself in noisy environments. With this deal on the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, also known as "NC700" or simply "700," you can grab a pair for $299.95, a full $100 off MSRP — a pretty good deal for some of the best ANC headphones available.

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27 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. Typically the middle of the week is slow when it comes to new Android app and game sales, but I still have a few standouts to share today, such as Home Workouts Gym ProAge of Civilizations, and Fluid Simulation. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 27 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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Google pulls down phony Dark Sky app from Play Store

Google confirmed to us via email last night that it pulled down the listing for a Dark Sky ripoff that had been on the Play Store for at least the last week, just hours after we'd reported on it. The URL for that app now directs to a "Not found" page on the Play Store. Google declined to elaborate on the reasoning behind taking down the app, but we'd guess out and out trademark infringement and a plain intent to deceive users were reason enough.

The app itself received surprisingly good reviews, racking up a 4.2 star rating with over 800 submissions from its 5,000+ users.

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Phones keep getting faster and the Play Store still runs like trash

Google's Play Store has a few different negative associations, even among Android users, depending on who you talk to. Some developers find they don't get enough support from the company when they run into issues, and less savvy customers have to wade through piles of low-effort and low-quality app clones loaded with ads at best, and malware at worst. But pretty much everyone can agree that the Play Store app itself could be better. While the experience varies, switching between sections, updating apps, and even just scrolling can be a janky, stuttery experience, even on the fastest smartphones.

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