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Google is waging war against EV range anxiety

Google is waging war against EV range anxiety

For many, the hardest part of having an electric vehicle is route planning on longer trips. In-range drives aren't really an issue, but if you have to stop to charge, it can be a bit of a hassle estimating when and where to do it, and it gets more complicated the longer the trip is. A conservative estimate just wastes time, which is already at a premium with you having to wait at each pit stop to top up. But for EVs with Google Maps built-in, like the recent Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge, it's less of an issue thanks to some new tweaks rolling out now.

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Google's latest canceled VR project will at least live on as an open source project

Google's latest canceled VR project will at least live on as an open source project

One of the more interesting VR applications we've seen in recent years is Tilt Brush, an app that lets users create 3D art in a virtual environment. Unfortunately, Google has announced that it's ending internal development for the app. It will get another chance to succeed, however, as an open-source project.

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16 temporarily free and 17 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

16 temporarily free and 17 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. While today's sales list is on the shorter side, I still have a few standouts to share with everyone. First up is a discount for Monopoly Sudoku, a newer release from Marmalade Game Studio, a developer that offers many Hasbro-themed games. Next, I have FolderSync Pro, a simple file explorer that supports the cloud as well as local storage. Last is DISTRAINT: Deluxe Edition, which goes on sale often, but is still a worthwhile adventure game if you've yet to play. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold green text in order to make discovery easier.

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Google celebrates Fitbit acquisition by featuring the brand on its Store

Google celebrates Fitbit acquisition by featuring the brand on its Store

About two weeks ago, Google officially claimed its acquisition of Fitbit was complete. Although regulators around the world say investigations are still ongoing, the company just put up a banner on its store, welcoming the fitness tracking company to its family.

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Google Docs now warns you when mentioning a user who's out of office

Google Docs now warns you when mentioning a user who's out of office

Google Docs has made it easy for several people to collaborate on the same document. Since it's integrated with other G Suite products, the online productivity solution also lets users mention their co-workers or reply to their comments, allowing them to collaborate seamlessly. However, your colleague may be out of the office when you need something from them, which is why Docs will now let you know they're probably not going to reply to your comment as fast as you might expect them to.

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Google Lens can do offline translations on Android

Google Lens can do offline translations on Android

Lens is one of the most useful apps that Google has to offer, and a testament to that is the milestone of 500 million installs that it recently crossed. From assisting with homework to scanning and copying text, the tool helps us better understand and interact with the world around us. To make its built-in translation more convenient, Google is now rolling out support for offline translation in Lens on Android.

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Chrome OS 88 is here with screen savers, improved virtual desks, and more

Chrome OS 88 is here with screen savers, improved virtual desks, and more

Just a week after Chrome 88 launched on desktop and mobile platforms, Google is rolling out Chrome OS 88 to the Stable channel, the first significant update for 2021. Like the former major milestone, the new software update improves Chrome OS with several new features and improvements to enhance the user experience. Here are a few of the things Google announced today that are coming to eligible devices.

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All the free games included with Stadia Pro

All the free games included with Stadia Pro

Stadia's $10-a-month premium subscription, Stadia Pro, includes access to an ever-expanding catalog of games at no additional cost. The selection of redeemable games varies — Google adds a few each month, and sometimes removes some. Here, for your convenience, we've compiled a handy list of all the games you can claim right now.

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Google Photos finally looks okay on Android tablets

Google Photos finally looks okay on Android tablets

Even though millions of Android tablets are sold each year, and Chromebooks use many of the same applications through the Play Store, most of Google's apps are not optimized for large screens. Google Photos is one app that has always looked horrible on Android tablets, but that's finally changing.

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Google My Activity is now available in dark mode on the web

Google My Activity is now available in dark mode on the web

Whether you're using an Android phone or an Assistant-enabled speaker, most of what you do is saved by Google. This is a great way of checking what your speaker understood when it gave you an awkward answer, but also a rather disturbing way of seeing all the apps you've been using on your phone on a given day. Because it's usually more comfortable to check that history on a desktop computer, Google has given its My Activity page a dark mode option, making it easier on the eyes and helping you save battery.

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