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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World finally lands on Stadia today

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World finally lands on Stadia today

Don't you hate it when something you're looking forward to gets announced without a date and you're left waiting months without so much as a peep as to when it'll come? For the ten-year-old reboot of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game on Stadia — well, maybe it shouldn't have taken this long — but it's finally time to welcome this classic back.

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Google wants to turn YouTube into a shopping site

Google wants to turn YouTube into a shopping site

YouTube already makes money through advertisements, YouTube Premium (to get rid of said advertisements), and memberships to specific channels. It looks like the company might be preparing to add general shopping functionality to the list, according to an announcement in YouTube's test features and experiments hub.

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YouTube now has voice input on the web, making it even easier to waste hours watching cat videos

YouTube now has voice input on the web, making it even easier to waste hours watching cat videos

If it wasn't already easy enough to spend the entire day watching random crap on YouTube, it's just gotten a little bit easier. YouTube.com now has voice input, and it can be used to dictate search queries and navigate through the interface.

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Google fixes loading issue with COVID-19 tracking apps

Google fixes loading issue with COVID-19 tracking apps

Unfortunately, coronavirus is still alive and well, which means that tracking apps are still needed. An issue with apps developed using Google's Android Exposure Notifications System that was affecting tracking apps in several countries has thankfully been fixed, so COVID-19 tracking now works on Android devices again.

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Android Auto will soon get 12 new, more car-oriented backdrops

Android Auto will soon get 12 new, more car-oriented backdrops

Just a couple months ago, Android Auto added six preset images hidden away in the code that could be used as future backgrounds. We had been hoping that this meant that full custom wallpaper support would be coming soon, but instead, Google has removed most of the previous images in favor of 12 new, more car-oriented backgrounds that suit Android Auto a lot better. They're still not selectable, though.

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Guest Mode lands for Google smart displays and Assistant speakers

Guest Mode lands for Google smart displays and Assistant speakers

Google is officially rolling out Guest Mode for its smart displays and Assistant-powered speakers as of today. Originally teased back in October, the feature appears to be live for all of us in testing. And, though you might think it, the feature it isn't really meant to enhance your privacy. It's just there to prevent friends or family from messing up your schedule or account history.

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JBL Link View smart display drops to all-time low of $85

JBL Link View smart display drops to all-time low of $85

With the holiday sale season over, it's not uncommon to see a few older products dropping in price to clear inventory that may not have sold sufficiently over the previous months. That makes it an opportune time to pick up gadgets like the JBL Link View, which just inched its way down below its previous record low of $90 to land at just $85.

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Google Assistant has a puny Dragon Ball Z Easter egg

Google Assistant has a puny Dragon Ball Z Easter egg

Google has a jovial side to it, and we've learned that over the years after discovering various Easter eggs in its apps and services. Google Assistant is no different, and it's time and again found a way to lighten up our mood. Recently, it partnered with Cadbury to bring a Do Nothing mode that was rather fun interacting with. Today I learned that Google Assistant can also go Super Saiyan.

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YouTube gives videos with hashtags an exclusive new home

YouTube gives videos with hashtags an exclusive new home

YouTube is pushing out a new page format to showcase content aligned with specific hashtags.

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Google adds Play promo code support for France

Google adds Play promo code support for France

It's not something those of us in the US consider often, but promo codes for free apps can't be issued by developers globally. Instead, Google maintains a list of countries that are eligible. Today's update is the first we've posted about in over two years; it adds five countries, but takes two away.

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