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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 says it won't pull a 'Voltswagen' this year

Google says it won't pull a 'Voltswagen' this year

2020 sucked hard. A year ago Google decided to skip its tradition of elaborate April Fools' Day jokes, on account of, you know, a worldwide pandemic that killed millions of people. A year later things are looking up — I'm getting my first vaccine dose tomorrow! — but it's far from over. So maybe it's a good thing that Google is reportedly skipping the levity for a second year running.

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Google Search and Maps will soon show vaccination centers in the US

Google Search and Maps will soon show vaccination centers in the US

Google is often quick to offer customized search results and other features for topics that affect us all, and this has certainly been the case with coronavirus. With vaccines being rolled out in many countries around the world, related queries are undoubtedly on the rise. To make it easier to access authoritative information, Google is expanding its knowledge panels in search results and is working to show nearby vaccination centers on Maps.

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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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