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[Update: Microsoft Game Stack announced] Microsoft planning to take mobile gaming market with cross-platform Xbox Live integration

 

GDC 2019 is next month, and in preparation for the event, the official schedule has been made available on the GDC Conference website. Notably, one of the sessions on the calendar is supposed to cover a first look at a new SDK from Microsoft that will allow mobile game developers to integrate the Xbox Live service into their titles.

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Android Q will kill clipboard manager apps in the name of privacy

Privacy is a primary focus of Android Q for Google, and that may spell trouble for some of your favorite apps. In Android Q, Google has restricted access to clipboard data as previously rumored, which means most apps that currently aim to manage that data won't work anymore.

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Google Pay lets you buy IRCTC train tickets in India

Google Pay for India, né Tez, is a convenient mobile payment option, and it keeps adding new features. The most recent is the ability to buy IRCTC train tickets directly from the app — no need for any additional app.

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Google adds DuckDuckGo as default Chrome search engine option in 60+ countries

Google has been facing a lot of backlash from the EU (and other countries) regarding its dominance over several markets, including online search. "Backlash" is a tame word to describe it too, there have been lawsuits, huge fines in numbers we can't fully comprehend, and lots of politics at stake. But whether this latest change in Chrome's search engines is related to that or not, we'll let you decide.

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Google Messages v4.1 prepares Verified SMS support to eliminate spam, Google Assistant integration, and more [APK Teardown]

The latest update to Google Messages hit earlier this week, and while it's featuring a few visible changes, including a new setting to enable Suggested Actions and a new About screen, the most interesting changes aren't intended to go live quite yet. We already know Google is adding Assistant integration to Messages, and now some of that is manifesting in the app. But the most exciting addition is support for a great new carrier-level feature called Verified SMS that may put an end to scam messages (and calls).

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Android Q lets you set default apps for call screening and emergency information

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Stardew Valley for Android is out a day early

The wildly popular farming simulator Stardew Valley, much beloved by its fans, has finally hit Android. We found out about this several months ago – shortly after which iOS got its port – but it looks like the game dropped a whole day early. That's right, you can go buy Stardew Valley right now in the Play Store. I can sense your excitement from here.

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Google Disability Support adds in-app Specialized Help section and live phone support

For over a year, Google's Disability Support team has answered questions about assistive features in Google products for users with disabilities. While previously you could only contact the support team through email, now Google's introducing a Specialized Help section in the Be My Eyes app, as well as phone support available 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday.

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[Update: Hidden interactions not rolling out] Twitter update adds new camera screen, hides number of interactions, and more

Twitter is a perpetual dumpster fire, partially because of poor management, and partially because abuse and bot accounts are rampant. The company has tried many different tactics to make the platform a better place, but it's still not great. A new update that focuses on photos is now rolling out, and Twitter quietly slipped a few other changes in.

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[Bonus Round] Linn: Path of Orchards Premium, GRIT Platform Runner, Tricky Taps, Dad Jokes Duel, Endless Lake, and Pa Pa Land: Head Escape

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an intriguing puzzle-platformer that looks like a 2D Monument Valley, an extremely challenging endless runner, a delightful arcade game, a two-player party game centered around dad jokes, a unique auto-runner where you have to control multiple runners at once, and an adorable hand-drawn arcade game.

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