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Apple fires back at Epic Games, seeks monetary damages for 'breach of contract'

Apple fires back at Epic Games, seeks monetary damages for 'breach of contract'

Ever since Epic updated its popular Fortnite title with a new payment flow that redirected customers toward its own website by promising discounted prices, chaos has ensued. Epic dared Apple and Google to kick Fortnite off app stores, then sued the companies for anti-competitive practices when it happened. We just learned that Google is working on getting the case against it dismissed, and now Apple is going a step further, seeking monetary damages from Epic for breaching its contract.

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How to activate dark mode in the Google Play Store app

How to activate dark mode in the Google Play Store app

Despite the fact the dark mode arrived system-wide on Android 10 back in September 2019, it's been pretty slow-going for the feature on Google's own first-party apps. The Play Store, one of Google's most essential Android apps, only began receiving dark mode in March, six whole months after Android 10 dropped. If you want to force the Play Store into its new dark mode all the time (understandable — there's a lot of white space in there these days), it's pretty easy. Here's how.

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Epic is daring Apple and Google to ban Fortnite from their app stores — and Apple just took the bait

Epic is daring Apple and Google to ban Fortnite from their app stores — and Apple just took the bait

It's no secret that Epic Games along with its CEO Tim Sweeney have been railing against the typical 30% cut software stores take, what with how Epic excluded Fornite from the Play Store for over a year over this very issue. In April Epic bent the knee to Google, finally listing Fortnite on the Play Store, but apparently, the company hasn't given up the fight, and so Fortnite just announced that there's a new optional way to pay for items in the game on both Android and iOS, which coincidentally cuts out the middleman while also providing discounts that range up to 20% off.

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

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

Paying and getting paid is easier than ever, but the various apps you can choose to transact with have their upsides and downsides. Picking one can be difficult, and signing up for all of them even more so — especially when it often means convincing friends and family to do so as well. But old school bank ACH transfer tools are for the birds, and cold, hard cash remains a dicey proposition in the current environment. Splitting the bill with cash is also just a pain, and newer peer to peer (P2P) payment apps are so much more convenient that it's truly silly in 2020 not to be using one.

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Google Play Store search filters are rolling out to more users

Google Play Store search filters are rolling out to more users

The Play Store's search feature is downright laughable, especially when you consider that it's built by the same company that has successfully indexed most of the web and made it easy to find any page or image or video with plenty of options to whittle down your request. New search filters in the Play Store hope to fix that issue at least a little.

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The best Android browsers with dark mode

The best Android browsers with dark mode

Dark mode was admittedly one of my favorite experimental flags in Chrome for Android. Not only did it force web pages to match my device's dark theme, but it also saved my retinas from catching fire while reading articles at night. So imagine my chagrin when we found out Chrome will be sunsetting dark mode later this year. Luckily, there are other Android browsers in the Play Store that offer their take on dark mode for web content.

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The Google Play Store now lets Europeans browse content they can't buy

The Google Play Store now lets Europeans browse content they can't buy

For various reasons, Google restricts access to Google Play depending on what region you're browsing from. This means that the apps, games, and other content in the Play Store vary by country, and you can't even see an app listing if it's not available for purchase in your area. Now, it looks like Google is loosening up a bit, as users in the European Union are able to see Google Play content from other countries in the EEA (European Economic Area) region.

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Top 6 games optimized for the Nubia RedMagic 5G gaming phone and its silky smooth display (Sponsored)

Top 6 games optimized for the Nubia RedMagic 5G gaming phone and its silky smooth display (Sponsored)

The Nubia RedMagic 5G is a triple-threat device that crams premium power and gaming features into a reasonably priced package. Not only is it the first mass-produced phone equipped with 5G connectivity and a blazing-fast 144Hz display, it has an entire list of flagship specs that are worth far more than its $579 price tag would assert. To help you make the most of this cutting-edge gaming powerhouse, we put together a comprehensive roundup of the best mobile games optimized for the Nubia RedMagic 5G.

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Google Play Store will make app bundles a requirement in 2021

Google Play Store will make app bundles a requirement in 2021

Google introduced app bundles two years ago, which allows developers to split up the components of their apps, and only requires Play Store users to download the components their phone or tablet needs. The feature has drastically cut app download sizes, and now Google will make supporting app bundles a requirement for newly-published applications.

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Google aims to replace OBB files with Play Asset Delivery for faster, more dynamic gaming experiences

Google aims to replace OBB files with Play Asset Delivery for faster, more dynamic gaming experiences

Games can be big and cellular connections can be slow. Rather than have users download the complete package upfront, Google has long supported a system for installing a base APK initially and then using APK Expansion Files to download the rest of the content at launch. That came with its own downsides, though. Now, Google has rolled out a new system dubbed Play Asset Delivery, first announced earlier this year, that promises to make the entire experience much more seamless for both users and developers.

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