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How to opt your Wi-Fi network out of Google's location data gathering

Google Maps is an amazing and often indispensable service, and a big part of that is just how good it is at figuring out where you are. And the reason it's so good at is, like so many things Google does, lots and lots of data. Maps doesn't just use GPS to find, but also a huge database of home and business Wi-Fi networks the company has mapped out over the years via crowdsourcing and Street View cars. You can set your phone to GPS-only, but what if you want to hinder Google from collecting data on your Wi-Fi network? There's a solution for that: Just add "_nomap" to the end of your SSID.

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Your Phone app lets you control your handset's music and podcasts from your PC

If you have a phone paired to your Windows 10 machine with the Your Phone app, you'll be able to take advantage of a small improvement that may be useful to those of you who prefer listening to content on your Android device while you're working on the desktop.

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Microsoft Your Phone's drag-and-drop file sharing is now rolling out widely

The Your Phone app from Microsoft is a powerful productivity tool that bridges the gap between Windows and Android for cross-platform interaction. While the basic suite is open to most Android handsets, Microsoft tends to favor Samsung phones with newer features, and such was the case with RCS messaging and screen mirroring. Your Phone is now adding drag and drop for files, which, you guessed it, will again be available exclusively on a handful of Galaxy models.

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Chrome for Android possibly adding proper support for dual displays

With devices like the LG V60 and Microsoft's upcoming Surface Duo, phones and tablets that feature multiple screens are becoming more common. The benefit of having multiple displays when using Chrome on desktop is having two tabs open in full screen at the same time. Now some new code added to Chrome's source points to full-featured dual-screen support coming to Android, as well.

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Get Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 in either size for $30 off

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a ridiculously long name, but it's still the best smartwatch money can buy. Since switching to it from Wear OS last year, I haven't looked back. The smooth and bug-free software, combined with excellent hardware and battery life make it well worth the higher price tag. If you're quick, though, you can grab it from Microsoft and get $30 off, bringing prices for each size option down to $250 and $270, respectively.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service expands to more countries (Update: 11 European markets)

Google hasn't announced Stadia in a vacuum; game streaming services have been in the works for years, with varying degrees of success. The technology to provide virtually lag-free, high-end graphics over miles of cables and Wi-Fi networks has only recently become robust enough. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Microsoft on Tuesday announced the public preview of its own remote gaming service xCloud, available starting next month.

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Microsoft OneDrive adds face unlock support on the Pixel 4

More and more apps are adopting Android 10's official biometrics API, which means they now support both fingerprint authentication and face unlock, and will adapt to your phone. The latest one to join the fray is Microsoft's One Drive.

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Office 365 is now Microsoft 365, new Outlook features and screen time app coming to Android

Microsoft introduced Office 365 in 2011 as a new subscription model for the company's popular suite of office applications, but it has gradually expanded in scope since then. Today it was announced that Office 365 is being renamed to Microsoft 365, and there are new features for both consumers and large organizations alike.

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Microsoft Teams will be widely available to consumers later this year

Microsoft Teams is the company's version of Slack or Hangouts Meet: a room-based messaging platform intended for use by large organizations. It has grown rapidly since its introduction in 2017, and now Microsoft wants regular folks to use it, too.

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Google issues joint statement with Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and Reddit, pledging to fight coronavirus misinformation

Today several of the bigger technology and social media companies, including Google, Facebook, Reddit, Microsoft, and Twitter, issued a joint industry statement regarding their response to the coronavirus. All of the companies are committed to "combating fraud and misinformation."

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