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

Movie theaters are slowly reopening, but many don't have new releases quite yet, and studios seems to be embracing the streaming model. 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 releases.

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Theaters have been down and out for almost five months, and at this point we can stop hoping for major releases like Tenet or the new Bond; but at least things are looking up after last week's drought. If nothing else, we have the wonderfully absurd geekery of Max Reload and The Nether Blasters, that brings Kevin Smith, Wil Wheaton, Greg Grunberg, and others together in a game shop to save the world.

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Virginia is the first state to launch a COVID-19 contact tracing app using Google and Apple's API

The COVID-19 pandemic doesn't seem like it'll be going away any time soon. In order to help slow the spread of the virus and alert those who come into contact with infected individuals, Google and Apple worked together to develop a contact tracing system system. But the API doesn't do much good unless apps take advantage of it. Now it looks like Virginia has become the first US state do so with its new app COVIDWISE.

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App usage went up 40% during the pandemic, according to report from App Annie

According to a recent report from App Annie, app use is up an incredible 40% year-over-year in Q2, driven in no doubt due to the ongoing pandemic. Between needing more apps for better work-from-home workflows and boredom from simply being stuck at home, the time we're spending using apps reached an all-time high of 200 billion hours during April, making last quarter the biggest yet for both app use, downloads, and consumer spending.

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The first large-scale app to use Google and Apple's contact tracing API is being tested in Switzerland

Earlier this month, both Google and Apple rolled out universal APIs to introduce a Bluetooth-based exposure notification system to help governments perform contact tracing. But this effort of two companies working together for the public good wouldn't be any use without apps utilizing the new APIs. SwissCovid, the first large-scale app to take advantage of the new capabilities, is beginning a pilot program in Switzerland.

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Watch live TV on all of your devices with YouTube TV, Sling TV, and more

Let's face it: The coronavirus quarantine would be that much more unbearable without smartphones, Wi-Fi, and streaming services to keep us entertained. If you've only been binging movies and Tiger King on Netflix, though, you're completely missing out on another source of content. Here's how you can access live TV on your existing family of devices, including Android phones, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and more.

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Coronavirus continues to change the Play Store charts

Last month we analyzed how the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we work, study, and communicate and the impact it had on apps people download. Interestingly, as people have been on lockdown for more than a month, the trends are continuing to evolve. We've compared the top charts from the end of February, March, and April and compiled the results below.

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The best Android apps to track nutrition, calories, and weight

Spending more time at home can mean you're less active, but it could also lead to less than healthy changes to your diet (we aren't judging). Although there's nothing wrong with treating yourself, takeout every night may be sustainable for your waistline in the long run. Because we care about your health and well-being (and you should too!), we've put together a list of apps that can help you maintain a healthy diet and even provide meal recommendations.

Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal

We often don't realize the number of calories we're eating versus how many we need to sustain our weight.

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WhatsApp has rolled out the restriction of single chat forwards for viral messages

Misinformation spreads faster than facts these days. The juicier and the more outrageous a story is, the more likely it is to run around social networks and messaging apps like wildfire, so even uncle Gerard whom you haven't heard from in two years ends up sending it to you so you "know better." Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and every app with a large number of users suffers from this and has been taking measures to combat this. WhatsApp is now taking a more drastic measure to stop the spread of viral messages by prohibiting you from forwarding them in bulk.

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Public webcams show just how empty coronavirus has made our world

With quarantines being imposed in many countries across the world, I've been wondering what our planet must look like right now. Empty streets, empty squares, empty towns, everything just... empty. If you surveyed from above, would it seem like humans have deserted Earth or are there still signs of our lives, if you looked closely? Then it occurred to me that I can easily snoop in on the world from the safety of my couch and discover its new, unprecedented facet with all the signs of civilization but no people. I started looking at live public CCTV camera apps and feeds and, after spending hours lost in the desolate streets, I ended up liking three apps, each for a different reason.

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Coronavirus has upended the Play Store top app charts — here are the winners and losers

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world in many ways, including how we work, study, or even communicate. This is even visible when you look at the apps people download on their phones, as some have become indispensable these days. We've analyzed top app charts from last month and compared them to today's to see how they've evolved, and some of the results are interesting.

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