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All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

Movie theaters are slowly reopening, but most of the new releases are headed to streaming services rather than the big screen. Whether you're staying at home to limit potential risks, or just saving a few bucks by watching from the couch, we've organized a huge list with many of the newly added films and some upcoming titles.

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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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Google is working on bringing COVID-19 contact tracing to smartwatches

Google is working on bringing COVID-19 contact tracing to smartwatches

Wear OS may feel dead in the water and might only be receiving a minimum of feature additions, but it  remains a widely used platform nonetheless. And it looks like the company isn't completely done with wearables. Following the Bluetooth SIG decision to expand the standard's specifications to enable contact tracing on Bluetooth Low Energy devices like wearables, Google already appears to be working on adding COVID-19 exposure tracing to its platform.

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COVID tracing app roundup: All of the countries and US states that currently offer exposure notification apps

COVID tracing app roundup: All of the countries and US states that currently offer exposure notification apps

If you're looking for your country's or state's official COVID Exposure Notification System app, you might not be able to find it thanks to the screwy way Google is handling the search function for COVID related apps on the Play Store. Despite the fact many apps are testing Google's ENS API, the tag is missing from a few listings, and even worse there are some apps you simply can't even search for on the Play Store. Since it would appear every country and US state is creating its own stand-alone app, some areas are lagging behind others, so it's tough to know if your location even has an app available.

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WHO’s official coronavirus app gets a public release (kind of) for the second time (APK Download)

WHO’s official coronavirus app gets a public release (kind of) for the second time (APK Download)

The World Health Organization first came out with its official coronavirus app  in April, but it was soon pulled from public view as it wasn’t supposed to be out yet. The global health body has finally released the stable version of the app on the Play Store, offering  a wealth of trustworthy information and safety practices against the deadly virus — though how it's being released is a little wonky.

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Timeline view on Google Maps gets new Trips tab, coming to Google Photos

Timeline view on Google Maps gets new Trips tab, coming to Google Photos

We'll make no judgment of whether you're traveling for the holidays or not — the time of year always seems to amp up the urgency of things. If you do, Google may let you know what your hotel is doing to keep the coronavirus at bay. Even if you don't, the company will be introducing a couple of new ways to look over your travel memories.

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Google Maps gets improved busyness and COVID-19 information along with Live View enhancements

Google Maps gets improved busyness and COVID-19 information along with Live View enhancements

When the pandemic first struck, Google Maps struggled to stay up to date with temporary business closures and vital coronavirus information, but that has changed over recent months, complete with a new COVID-19 layer. The service has become one of the most reliable resources for information on business closures, busyness, and finding takeaway options. To make moving around even safer, places' busyness and COVID-19 information will now be even more prominent in the app. There are also improvements to Live View, giving you more details on businesses without ever leaving the AR mode.

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Pokémon Go removes some temporary bonuses introduced due to COVID-19

Pokémon Go removes some temporary bonuses introduced due to COVID-19

Remember Pokémon Go? The global phenomenon came to Android in 2016 and was downloaded from the Play Store over a million times in a single month. Players have kept on "catching 'em all" since then, with Niantic making some temporary changes to the game earlier this year due to the pandemic. Now it looks like some of those changes are going permanent — but others are vanishing faster than a wild Rattata.

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Google Maps gets a COVID layer so you know what you're getting into before going there

Google Maps gets a COVID layer so you know what you're getting into before going there

As you open Google Maps today and try to check what the traffic will be like on your route, you'll probably notice a new highlight tip that points to a fresh and perfect addition for our modern lives: a COVID-19 layer. So whether you're about to travel to a new country or are simply driving to the next county, you can always see how things are looking up.

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100+ 3D objects in Google Search to explore from the comfort of your home

100+ 3D objects in Google Search to explore from the comfort of your home

Even if stay-at-home orders are slowly lifting all around the globe, we're mostly supposed to stay inside to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. But that shouldn't stop us from exploring things we'd normally see in museums or shops thanks to 3D models available in Google Search on Android and iOS. We've already covered which animals and pets you can lure into your home, but if you and your kids get tired of acting as an amateur zoologist, there is a whole world to explore, starting with planets and space crafts courtesy of NASA over anatomy all the way to shopping for shoes, and most recently, chemistry models.

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