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Stadia Pro's two-month free trials mark the arrival of its free tier

Google is making Stadia Pro free for customers for the next two months, and that includes those that sign up now. Right now, Stadia Pro service gives you access to nine games, like Destiny 2 and GRID, though you can buy others. After two months, Google will charge you $10 a month if you decide to stick with it, but you can cancel at any time. That means you can get a two-month trial for free, so long as you remember to cancel.

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Get a Google Home for $49 ($50 off), because talking to Assistant almost counts as human contact

Google is putting on a sale to move units of its original smart speaker, the Google Home, out from stores and into your residence. If you want or need one for any reason, you can get one from anywhere (and we mean anywhere) for half-off.

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Google Duplex is expanding to gather information from businesses in more international markets

Google Assistant's Duplex service, which can make concierge calls to businesses for booking tables, appointments, or making general inquiries, is already available in some form in the United States and New Zealand. Now, we've learned it's been established in three more Commonwealth nations. But you should not expect a robot to save you a seat anytime soon, coronavirus outbreak or no.

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Switching from Play Music to YouTube Music: Google’s streaming revamp is almost ready for prime time

Even though Google stopped actively developing Play Music in favor of its new lovechild YouTube Music, a lot of people cling to the company's first attempt at a music streaming service, including me. Granted, I've been paying the new platform occasional visits to see if it managed to become a worthy replacement for Play Music, but some concerns haven't been addressed yet. With YTM receiving feature after feature lately, I've still decided to go hands-on with YouTube Music exclusively for a while to see if I'm able to switch to the new app in its current state.

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You can sample and buy audiobooks right from your Google Assistant speaker or display

Happen to have a bit more time and attention to devote to a hobby? Why not listen to audiobooks on your capable Google Assistant speaker or display? Google has made it easier for its smart device owners to sample and buy titles without having to use your phone or computer.

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Motorola releases the Blush Gold Razr, still $1,500 and Verizon-exclusive

The original Razr was an iconic phone, and part of the appeal was that you could get it in almost any color. Motorola is banking on nostalgia to drive sales of the new foldable Razr, but it's only now releasing a second color: the previously leaked Blush Gold.

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Google completely ruined shared folders in Drive

Several weeks ago, Google rolled out a change to Drive that lets you create shortcuts to files and folders. The feature had been in testing since August 2019, and its goal is to help you better organize shared files and folders without duplicating them, thus saving you storage and reducing the redundancy and confusion when you move things around. However, this seemingly benign improvement has completely ruined shared folders for anyone who syncs Drive locally to their PC or Mac.

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Amazon will give you longer to return things during coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus has turned the world upside down, and companies are having to adjust their operations to cope with the situation in which we find ourselves, from working at home like Googlers in North America, to Apple closing down retail stores. Amazon's been doing its best to keep things moving as normally as possible, implementing some incentives for waiting longer for your goods, and prioritizing "essential" items (even if all its own products are conveniently included). Taking things one step further, Amazon yesterday announced that it is extending the return period for items bought during this time.
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Sorry Huawei, the P40 Pro without Google apps is just too broken to live with

When Huawei launched the P30 Pro this time last year, we knew it could be the last for some time to ship with a full-fat version of Android. Huawei had been added to the US Entity List as a result of the intensifying trade war with China, and the company's ability to do any kind of business with Google and other US firms had been severely limited. Even so, David called the P30 Pro the “world’s best camera phone” in his review and Huawei's photography credentials have only been strengthened since then — the more recent Mate 30 Pro competed directly with the Pixel 4 and iPhone 11 for the honor of best smartphone camera.

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YouTube adapts its website to large touchscreens like iPads and Chromebooks

If you have an Android tablet or an iPad, you've likely installed the native YouTube app on them to enjoy your videos. But for those of you who haven't, and for anyone who's browsing YouTube on a touch-enabled Chromebook or PC, you'll be glad to know the website is now better suited for touch interaction.

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