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Instagram Reels officially goes global to face off against TikTok

Instagram, and then all of Facebook, famously and shamelessly copied the feature that made Snapchat stand out of the crowd: Stories. Now, Instagram is turning its attention toward the latest hot social media platform, TikTok, and has released its own take on it called Reels. The feature, which has been in testing since at least November and seeded to Brazil, is now available globally.

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New Huawei Mate 40 Pro renders reveal more about the upcoming flagship line

Huawei's recent restrictions in the US may still be a problem, but the Chinese company is nevertheless now the biggest smartphone maker in the world. Its flagship device, the Mate 30, was released last year, but you couldn't run Google apps on it. Now Huawei is gearing up to launch the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro, as CAD renders and a video have hit the web.

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Tasker v5.9.3 adds support for all your phone's sensors, plus a Contact Via App action, custom DND settings, and more

Tasker is the Swiss Army knife of Android power users. The app can automate basically anything, and in the right hands, it's a stupendously powerful tool. And today's v5.9.3 update has made it just a little bit more powerful. But don't let that tiny number change fool you, there's more than just bug fixes here. This latest version now supports any sensor on your device, works with contacts in third-party apps, gives you full Do Not Disturb control, and lets you send an unlimited number of variables between tasks, among literal piles of other changes.

At this point, Tasker is almost its own operating system.

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Motorball is an enjoyable competitive game that plays similarly to Rocket League

I recently received an early access notification for Noodlecake's 2D Rocket League clone Motorball. Seeing that I'm an avid Rocket League player, I had to take the game for a spin. Thus, I'm glad to report that I came away impressed. Hands-down, Motorball is an enjoyable competitive game that's already working smoothly, and even though its official release isn't until tomorrow (August 6th), the title is already available for all to enjoy. So if you'd like to work your way up the Motorball leaderboard a little early, now's your chance.

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Casting to Android TVs is going to get a whole lot better with Cast Connect

Google's new Cast Connect library might sound a bit snore, but it should make casting to Android TV devices a whole lot better. With it, developers can do a few new things, but by far the most important is that it will allow hardware remotes to control 'casted playback, and apps can open Chromecast streams remotely into the same app on your Android TV.

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Madden NFL 21 Mobile Football is available on the Play Store a day early

Madden NFL has existed on mobile as a management sim since 2014, and Electronic Arts have been updating this release yearly for the last six years. Well, it would appear that EA is shooting for a yearly stand-alone release cycle with the arrival of Madden NFL 21 Mobile Football on the Play Store. The game is already available for pre-registration, and EA has been kind enough to provide a release date, which means we can expect the sim to be officially released on August 6th, 2020.

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It's almost time for the Galaxy Note20 Unpacked livestream — here's how to watch it

We're now just a couple of hours away from Samsung's Note20 Unpacked livestream. It'll likely bring us many mentions of the word "innovation," a tour of the company's electronics headquarters, a bunch of celebrity cameos, and, oh yes, new smartphones, a new tablet, and a new smartwatch. You can watch the event as it happens right here, starting at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT).

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Google took one great idea from the iPhone SE this year: Launch quietly

A whole lot is going on right now, and not just when it comes to phones. Life is much more complicated in 2020, and it can be hard sometimes to narrow your focus on the hot new gadgets, even when it's your job. Phone announcements are always exciting — and, for me, a little bit stressful — but yesterday's almost low-key launch of the Pixel 4a was unpretentious, a little bit familiar, and down-right refreshing.

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Double tapping the back of your phone can now trigger an event in Tasker

When the developer preview of Android 11 launched earlier this year, it included a hidden gesture that let users tap on the back of the phone to take screenshots. The gesture expanded to trigger additional functionality in later developer previews, but it has been completely removed from the recent beta releases. All is not lost though, as the "Tap, Tap" app has just added support for Tasker, which brings the back-tap gesture to many Android devices.

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Microsoft launches its Stadia competitor xCloud on September 15, details custom touch controls

Last month, Microsoft announced a big round of updates regarding the future of its gaming strategy, giving us more details on its upcoming Xbox Series X and backward compatibility. The company also gave some attention to its cross-platform Stadia competitor, xCloud (our comparison here). Microsoft is finally getting ready to launch the service and has shared that it'll come September 15 as part of the existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which costs $14.99 a month. The Xbox developers have also shown off some game-specific touch controls, developed in cooperation with the respective studio.

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