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Hands on with Crayta, an ambitious Stadia exclusive that will certainly die without a strong creator community

Crayta, the latest exclusive title for Stadia, is perhaps the most ambitious project to hit Google's cloud gaming service since it launched in late 2019. Instead of being guided by a central storyline or rigid set of mechanics, Crayta is an “anything goes” online platform where players can both play and build their own unique games. Like any good multiplayer experience, Crayta needs a strong player base right out of the gate for it to succeed, a stake that's raised even higher amid this title's launch-day limitations. I've been playing Crayta for a full a week, and here are my thoughts.

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Google's dreaded SafetyNet hardware check has been spotted in the wild

If you're part of the root and ROM Android enthusiast crowd, then you probably freaked out a bit back in March when it was revealed Google's SafetyNet check was getting a hardware-backed component with no easy workaround. Now, these changes have been spotted live in the wild, and some phones are already using hardware-backed SafetyNet attestation. Cue "the end is nigh" wailing.

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Google kills 'safe folder' feature in Files by Google app before it was ever released

Just a few weeks ago, a new "safe folder" feature was spotted in development for the Files by Google app, allowing you to move files into a PIN- or password-protected folder where they would be encrypted and inaccessible to other apps. Although the feature was never formally released to consumers, XDA Developers managed to get it working. Now, two weeks later, a warning message in the app states that the unreleased feature is "no longer supported."

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Google Photos adds a mute toggle when watching videos

Google Photos is rolling out a small but useful change to its application, irrespective of its big UI overhaul that was announced last week. This slight improvement lets you quickly mute videos with an on-screen toggle without fiddling with your phone's main media volume level.

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Verizon Galaxy S10/Note10 and T-Mobile Note9 are receiving the June security patch

The first Galaxy S20 units are already receiving the July security patch in Korea, but in the US, the slow carrier rollout of the June update continues to arrive on many people's phones. S10 and Note10 owners on Verizon and Note9 users on T-Mobile can look forward to the patch, which is only now starting to roll out to them. Along with the security enhancements, the phones are getting smaller system and performance improvements.

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Google is working on a bottom tab switcher strip for Chrome on Android

After years and years of experiments, Google recently killed Chrome Duet, its take on a bottom bar for its mobile browser. But the company doesn't seem to be entirely opposed to adding elements to more reachable spots, as a new test has emerged in Chrome for Android. A flag lets you add a tab strip to the bottom of the interface, similar to the experience when you use tab groups.

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Chrome OS could get a clipboard manager, but only for the 5 most recent items

Windows has a built-in clipboard manager, but if Chrome OS is your platform of choice, you'll be hit harder by the lack of a native solution, as you currently have to rely on third-party extensions for clipboard history. While that works for Rita and me here at AP, many people are understandably worried about their privacy. It looks like that might soon be a thing of the past, as 9to5Google found that Google is working on a native solution, albeit one with a severe limitation.

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Amazon's Fire tablets are slow, but you can (probably) make them faster

Amazon's Fire tablets are a great value, and offer an incredibly affordable way to watch movies, play games, and browse the web on a larger display than your smartphone. But they can be slow, there's no way around it. A big part of that is just the budget-level hardware Amazon powers its cheap tablets with, and unfortunately there's not much we can do about that—after all, we can't just download more RAM. But there are some steps you can take to improve things, and we legitimately think they're worth taking.

We aren't miracle workers, of course—and these steps won't turn your tablet into a high-end device—but there's a good chance you'll see a noticeable difference in performance afterwards.

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How to transfer your uploaded songs on Google Play Music to YouTube Music

Google announced a migration tool for taking your library from Google Play Music library of uploaded songs and getting them onto its new YouTube Music service back in May. Now, it's rapidly becoming more widely available across the globe. It's not immediately intuitive what the tool will and won't preserve, though, and the benefits and drawbacks of taking your cloud music library over to Google's new music streaming platform. In this guide, we'll show you the ins and outs of the tool and everything you need to know about using it.

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Here are almost 100 new features in Android 11

Android 11 may look like a relatively iterative release of Google's mobile operating system, at least on the surface. But we're not so sure. Android's latest update features changes large and small, some of which you can't even see, but that could have a significant impact on the platform going forward. We've compiled a list of what we think are at least 100 of the new and notable changes—a list that's only bound to grow as we near its official release.

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