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Voice and video calls are coming to the WhatsApp web client

Voice and video calls are coming to the WhatsApp web client

We're all on our desktops for video conferences hours on end, but when it comes to hitting up all the people you need to without having to grab the phone you threw into a corner to avoid distraction, well, it's still a dilemma — especially if you use WhatsApp, where voice and video calls are still mobile-only features. But there are signs of a remedy for that need coming soon.

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Pandora picks up WTF with Marc Maron and other Stitcher podcasts as SiriusXM finalizes acquisition

Pandora picks up WTF with Marc Maron and other Stitcher podcasts as SiriusXM finalizes acquisition

The podcasting arms race has ratcheted up another notch as satellite radio company SiriusXM has completed its acquisition of podcast production and advertising behemoth Stitcher from E.W. Scripps for $325 million. It's a big deal business-wise, but for listeners, it also means that Sirius's Pandora app is getting a cadre of top podcasts in its catalogue.

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After ruining Google Now and Chrome, news articles start popping up in Assistant's daily snapshot

After ruining Google Now and Chrome, news articles start popping up in Assistant's daily snapshot

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far away, Google announced a groundbreaking service called "Google Now." For the few lucky people who got to experience it, Now was everything you wanted at the swipe of your finger. Future appointments, trips, scheduled deliveries, upcoming reservations, all useful information without any fluff. Then random articles and news started flooding it. At first, they were dismissable with a swipe, until they were not. Slowly, Now became Discover, and your cards went away, leaving in their wake any information Google wanted to shove in your face.

In the meantime, Google started developing Assistant's upcoming (aka updates, aka inbox) screen as a replacement where all your personal cards would live, and eventually launched it under the name "Snapshot."

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All the games on Google Stadia (Update: Humankind, ARK: Survival Evolved)

All the games on Google Stadia (Update: Humankind, ARK: Survival Evolved)

Google's cloud gaming service, Stadia, began trialing on November 19 (2019), and even though you needed a $130 Founder's Edition kit to gain access, Google eventually opened the floodgates to everyone in August (2020). So far, many games have been announced for the service, and we expect more of them to pop up as we go along. Of course, it can be a difficult to keep track of things in this fast-moving industry, so we've got you covered with a handy list of all the titles that have been announced for Stadia.

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Scoped storage on Android 11 is ruining the Google Photos experience

Scoped storage on Android 11 is ruining the Google Photos experience

If you plan on buying a phone with Android 11 soon, you'll want to get used to your manufacturer's gallery app. And if you're going to be using Google Photos on something that's not a Pixel, be prepared to confirm every single thing you want to delete on the app. The reason why boils down to a new, well-intentioned policy in the operating system that leaves end users with some annoying consequences.

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Google Assistant can now call a salon to book you an appointment

Google Assistant can now call a salon to book you an appointment

Duplex, Google's machine learning-powered concierge service, spent most of the year in mothballs — at least when it came to its primary intent of booking its users tables at restaurants — but as we inch from mid-pandemic toward post-pandemic normality, the public need for on-site services has become evident. All of that to say that Duplex is now able to book appointments for salons and barber shops in the United States.

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OnePlus brings new Gray Ash color to the Nord

OnePlus brings new Gray Ash color to the Nord

Even when the limelight is meant to be on the OnePlus 8T today, the company has found a way to keep its mid-ranger Nord phone exciting — by giving it a new color. In addition to the glossy Gray Onyx and Blue Marble looks, we now have a darker, edgier Gray Ash matte finish coming to current Nord markets as soon as tomorrow.

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The Roomba you don't have to empty for two months is just $600 ($200 off) today

The Roomba you don't have to empty for two months is just $600 ($200 off) today

iRobot produces several series of Roombas, but brands them differently based on which channel they're selling on. Depending on where you got it, each of them may be just a bit different from each other. Sometimes, they're one and the same. On Amazon for Prime Day, we've got three tiers of Roomba on a deep-clean discount.

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Bose's 360° portable Bluetooth speaker is back on sale at record low price of $120 ($80 off)

Bose's 360° portable Bluetooth speaker is back on sale at record low price of $120 ($80 off)

Prime Day 2020 rolls on, but we've got a great deal on a portable Bluetooth speaker whether you're an Amazon Prime subscriber or not. But this ain't just any Bluetooth speaker — the Bose SoundLink Revolve delivers balanced 360° sound rain or shine and is available now for $80 off.

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Even Google Glass has Meet now because it's not 2020 if you can't make video calls on it

Even Google Glass has Meet now because it's not 2020 if you can't make video calls on it

Two things that apparently just won't die are coming together in some kind of union — Google Meet is headed for beta tests in workplaces that have deployed Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2.

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