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Speed limits are back for Google Maps users in several countries (Updated)

In the last year, Google Maps began a wide roll-out of visible speed limits during navigation in dozens of countries. Since its release, there's been a wide range of upgrades, downgrades, and, in some cases, the feature disappearing altogether. Following an earlier disappearance, it seems users in the UK may finally have their speed limits back.

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Leak suggests possible pricing for the Pixel 4a

The Pixel 4a was just caught on camera yesterday, and it looks like that was only the beginning of the leak season. Evan Blass has posted a triptych of what appear to be advertising or website assets on Twitter, photoshopped into an image of a billboard. We see a few more angles of the phone in these photos, but in one of them, an interesting detail is visible: It has a $399 price tag, just like its predecessor.

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Google adds dark theme toggle to the Play Store (Update: Rolling out)

The universal dark theme toggle in Android 10 is great, but it's always nice to have the option to force a certain theme on a per-app basis. For those of you who want the dark Play Store all the time, instead of only when your phone has dark mode enabled, Google is experimenting with an option to do just that.

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Google asks all North American employees to work from home due to coronavirus concerns

Google has already felt the wrath of COVID-19, having been forced to cancel I/O 2020, but it's now taking even more drastic measures. The tech giant has asked all 100,000 of its North American employees to work from home through April 10th, with stronger recommendations for those in the San Francisco and New York offices.

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YouTube Premium and Music now available in Nigeria, Turks and Caicos Islands, Venezuela

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Gmail adds setting to store multiple signature options

One size email signature might not fit all. You probably don't want to end a casual message with your long business signature, or if you regularly communicate with someone in a different language, it might be a little strange to end your message in your native language. Thankfully, Gmail now lets you store multiple signatures and pick between them from the compose window.

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Google is protecting the Pixel 4 from the Pixel 4a, and it's hurting both phones

When it comes to A/B tests, Google is the de facto king. Be it chat apps, social networks, or email, Google loves to place multiple products into a virtual death match, with the prize being the chance to continue existing (or, often, just die later). This strategy has in equal parts frustrated and delighted fans over the years, because it allows Google to bring innovative and interesting products to life that otherwise would be shelved for functional duplicity. And right now, a real A/B test is taking place inside Google's smartphone division, between the flagship Pixel and the budget-tier Pixel "a" series.

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Google will release a 2nd-gen Chromecast Ultra with Android TV this year, according to report

You don't have a lot of options if you want an Android TV box. There's the SHIELD, of course, but Google hasn't had its own Android TV hardware for several years. That will change in 2020, according to 9to5Google. Google will allegedly launch a new Chromecast Ultra this year, but this will mark a significant departure for the Chromecast family. This device will have an external remote control and full Android TV inside.

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The Adidas GMR is a $40 Google Jacquard tag with a FIFA game tie-in

Last week, Google's Advanced Technology and Projects unit teased a collaboration centered around its Project Jacquard smart clothing tag featuring sportsgear brand Adidas and video game publisher Electronic Arts. Well, the teasing's over now and what we've got are a new pair of insoles that are meant to get you (or your kids) playing real soccer while also acing virtual soccer in EA Sports FIFA Mobile. Adidas calls it GMR.

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The acclaimed SteamWorld series is now available on Stadia (Update)

Google is working to bring more than 100 additional games to Stadia this year, but not all of them are going to be big-budget AAA releases. Today, Google announced that Image & Form's SteamWorld games are making their way to Stadia in the near future — two of them for free for Pro subscribers.

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