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How to enable SD card storage for Android apps like Netflix or Plex on your Chromebook

Many Chromebooks, especially cheaper ones, have microSD card slots to augment relatively puny internal storage. However, because that microSD card slot is configured by default just to act as a piece of ejectable media by Chrome OS, it's not accessible to a key storage use case: Android apps. When you're rapidly filling up your Chromebook's remaining space with downloaded episodes from apps like Netflix or music from Spotify, it can start to become painfully obvious just how limited your laptop's internal storage is. Fortunately, there is a workaround.

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Google Play Store showing mysterious 'empty' app updates

Dozens of updates. No file size. No version change. And they're happening all the time. What's up with the Google Play Store refreshing apps that apparently don't need it?

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Google Play Store gets 'Install when available' option for app and game pre-registrations

As previously revealed in an app teardown, the Play Store has been preparing a feature that allows it to automatically install apps and games you pre-registered for. It looks like that function is now starting to roll out to first people. Some see a new option when they pre-register for titles that allows them to take advantage of the auto-install upon release feature.

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Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, Cash app, and Google Pay compared: Which is the best money transfer service?

Even under lockdown, there are a lot of reasons you might need to split up a bill or send someone some money. But picking one can be a bit of a chore, and signing up for all of them even more so. Still, these services are far more convenient than using clumsy bank ACH transfer tools or, as is hardly thinkable right now, cold, hard cash. And if you're still splitting the bill with cash, frankly, you're doing it wrong — to get the most from your money in the digital age, you should be using a peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app.

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Google really wants you to know the Play Store finally got Fortnite

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The Play Store now has a coronavirus section filled with apps that help you stay informed (Updated)

Google is working hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19 misinformation, so it has added curated safety tips and information cards to coronavirus search results. It didn't include the Play Store in these efforts right away, though, and it looks like that helped some bad actors: Until recently, a search for "coronavirus" or "covid-19" led to apps and games with mostly questionable content. While there are legitimate apps sprinkled between these bad results, Google seems to have decided to fully slam the brakes for now and has stopped showing results altogether for any query containing "covid-19," "coronavirus," or "corona." The solution isn't waterproof, though: searches for "covid19" (sans dash) and other misspelled variations still give you results.

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Google Play Points loyalty program rolls out to the web store

Google's Play Store loyalty program, Play Points, launched in the US last year and has let you earn perks for trying new apps and purchasing media since then. So far, it has been limited to the mobile version of the platform, and you couldn't view your benefits, challenges, and points on the web interface. Google is eager to change this, though, as first people report they have access to their scores and perks on the Play Store website.

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The Google Play Store will no longer show notifications for updated apps (Update)

One of the great things about Android is that instead of being dependent on major OS upgrades like that other mobile operating system, Google's core apps receive regular updates throughout the year. While this is usually a highlight of the platform, it's not uncommon for features to be altered or randomly disappear without warning. Case in point: A number of reports are claiming that the Play Store notification that should be received when an app successfully updates is no longer appearing in the notification shade.

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Help kick your smoking or vaping habit with the free QuitNow! app (Sponsored Post)

As you embark on a brand new decade of self-empowerment, there's never been a better time to turn over a new leaf in favor of a happier, healthier you. For many people around the globe, smoking cigarettes or puffing on vape pens is still a very real hurdle that must conquered, but there is a way out. QuitNow! can help keep you motivated and focused to finally kick your smoking or vaping habit for good.

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Messaging app ToTok pulled from Play Store following reports of government surveillance (Update: New ToTok statement)

If you've been using ToTok on any of your devices, you should consider uninstalling it immediately. The new messaging platform that was one of the most downloaded apps last week was swiftly removed from the Google Play Store (and Apple's App Store) before the end of Friday. The abrupt decision came after American officials declared the service was actually spyware backed by the United Arab Emirates government.

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