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SwiftKey ruins its toolbar by removing scrolling and forcing a permanent support button

SwiftKey has been working on a new design in its beta that completely rethinks its toolbar and makes it less customizable, but we have always hoped the developers wouldn't push the update to stable in that form. Unfortunately, the new Play Store release of the keyboard includes the dreaded changes to the toolbar that remove scrolling and thus limit the total amount of custom functions to five while adding a useless permanent support button.

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Wealthfront adds face unlock biometric API, joining the Pixel 4-friendly club

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QuakeAlertUSA might become your early earthquake warning app of choice

Anyone who lives near what's called the Ring of Fire is aware of "the big one" coming. Earthquakes are some of the most devastating natural disasters to occur in a short span of time. And while scientists have been able to develop an early warning system, it can only give people a moment's notice to take shelter — but every second counts. One such app that has recently come out is QuakeAlertUSA from Early Warning Labs.

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FYI: Find My Device doesn't need to be on in 'Device admin apps' to remotely wipe or lock your phone on Android 10

If your Android phone is lost or stolen, the platform's built-in Find My Device functionality can help track down, lock, or remotely wipe it, though a change in Android 10 has led to some confusion among our readers. Find My Device has a setting in "Device admin apps," which grants it extra privileges it claims are required to remotely wipe and lock devices, and it appears to be disabled by default on many Android 10 devices, including the Pixel 4. Don't worry, though, you don't need to turn it back on. It turns out, Find My Device doesn't need it to work on Android 10.

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Magnetic mounts can play nice with wireless charging on the Pixel 4

Wireless charging is one of the few benefits of having a glass-backed phone: it doesn't work through metal, but it does through glass. That limitation in materials may be concerning for folks that want to use steel plates for magnetic mounts, but in our own testing, you can actually squeak by with both so long as you put the plate in the right spot.

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Pixel 4 doesn't let you use Android Pie's two-button gesture navigation

Android 9 Pie introduced the first form of gesture navigation, changing the three-button navigation bar into a pill-shaped button with a separate back key. Android 10 came with a new full-screen gesture navigation mode, and if you get a Pixel 4, it's the only option — besides the classic three-button nav, that is.

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Google expands Play Points program with promo codes, but you probably still can't use it

Ever heard of Google Play Points? Unless you live in Japan or South Korea, the only two countries that the rewards program is currently offered in, we're guessing you probably haven't. Anyway, Google has just added promo codes to the Play Points program portfolio.

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Don't upgrade to Android 10 if you rely on cross-device clipboard syncing

Many of Android 10's changes, like the new dark theme and extra notification management tools, are popular additions to the platform, but not every tweak is so well-loved. If you relied on clipboard syncing for your mobile-to-desktop workflow, you're out of luck. Google nerfed clipboard managers as part of Android 10, and now that the update is rolling out to Pixel users widely, those that depended on that functionality to stay productive are out of luck.

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[Update: Now $120] Upgrade from that Fire tablet to a 32GB Lenovo Tab 4 10" for $130 ($50 off)

If you're looking to grab an Android tablet to perform some menial or easily automated programming tasks or just like having that extra device lying around to play with, it looks like we're in the clearance stage for Lenovo's 10.1" Tab 4. That means you can grab one from either Amazon or B&H for a fair price.

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Chamberlain myQ Google Assistant and IFTTT integration is free for a limited time

Chamberlain's myQ garage door openers allow you to check whether your garage is open or closed and control it remotely using an app. That basic functionality is free, but integration with services like Google Assistant and IFTTT are what the company calls "Premium Services," and they normally cost a dollar a month. For a limited time, though, year-long subscriptions to those services are free.

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