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Get free Chamberlain MyQ Google Assistant integration through May 2022

Chamberlain's myQ garage door openers can be controlled remotely for free, but if you want to access them with a third-party application like the Google Assistant or IFTTT, that'll cost you a nominal fee. Chamberlain is currently offering a number of such subscriptions free of charge for the next two years — no credit card required.

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YouTube makes it easier to catch up on recent or unwatched videos from your favorite channels

Earlier in 2020, YouTube began testing new filters in the Subscriptions tab of its iOS app to help you sift through the noise of all your followed channels. These filters are now widely rolling out to users on Android.

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Play Store app policy changes go after misleading subscriptions, prep for Android 11 location permissions

The Play Store has a problem with sleazy apps that overcharge customers for basic functionality via subscriptions. A lot of people often don't even realize that they're signing up for expensive plans due to apps highlighting free trials, conveniently concealing that they automatically turn into paid subscriptions. To combat these frauds, Google will instate new Play Store policies that force developers to disclose exactly how much and what for they're charging starting June 16 while the company will also send out emails warning customers before trials turn into paid subscriptions. The updated policies additionally prepare a change for location permissions in Android 11 — developers have to get approval from Google before they're allowed to access background location.

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Google Podcasts web improves with subscriptions, sorting, and more

Last week, Google Podcasts received a revamp on Android along with a new iPhone app, but one of the changes that we didn't explore affected the web interface. It's still not on par with the mobile client, but at least it now offers subscriptions and sorting.

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YouTube gains channel filter in subscriptions, better playback control accessibility (Update: Filters official)

We've got a couple of quick new features to run through on the YouTube Android app that will hopefully make sorting your subscriptions out easier as well as help you better control your playback experience. Let's get to it.

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Google News is killing off digital magazines, refunds all active subscriptions

The venerable Egon Spangler once said, "print is dead." The statement may have been premature, but today it feels a little more on point because Google has begun the process of retiring its print-replica magazine service. Emails are going out to Google News users with active subscriptions to inform them that full refunds are being processed and there will be no new issues coming.

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HBO Max launching May 2020 with barrage of original and third-party content

If you ask any mainstream technology or media company, they'll tell you subscription services are the gold rush of the 21st century. What company wouldn't revel in the steady flow of dollar bills rolling in from a defined user base every single month? A recurring line of income keeps companies alive, after all. Looking to cash in on the subscription craze, HBO is launching its own streaming service, and there's a ton of content on the way.

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[Update: Rogue third-party SDK removed] Snaptube caught with ad click fraud scheme and unwanted subscription signups

There are a plethora of Android apps that allow you to download videos and music files from popular websites such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and more. Since doing that isn't exactly legal or sanctioned by Google, these applications live completely outside the Play Store, which means they lack any substantial malware protection. Some apps take advantage of this, and popular third-party downloader Snaptube turns out to be one of those. Security platform Secure-D has found evidence of fraudulent advertisement clicks in the background and unwanted, automatically created subscriptions which the owner of the phone has to pay for.

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Verizon offering a free year of Disney+ to Unlimited and home internet customers

Disney and Verizon have announced a partnership that will give customers on Verizon's Unlimited plans a free year of Disney+. The upcoming streaming service, which features content from Disney and its ever-expanding list of subsidiaries (Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic), is set to launch on November 12. Eligible Verizon customers will receive one free year of Disney+ — a $70 value.

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Trying out Google Play Pass? Here's what to look out for

Google Play Pass is rolling out in the United States and everyone's getting a 10-day trial to figure out what sort of apps and games they'd like to install — perhaps even keep around — and which of the tonnage of free, unlockable extra features they'll make use of. But if you're outside our shores and curious as to how you'll go about it when Play Pass comes to your region or are just a bit puzzled and need a little crash course on what's going on, we've got it for you right here.

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