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Google Pay finally allows names to be assigned to cards

For those who juggle around a lot of credit and debit cards, keeping track of them can be tedious. Google Pay, for instance, only showed the company name and the last four digits of the card — until now. Much to our (read: big boss Artem's) pleasure, Google Pay has finally added the ability to assign names to your cards.

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[Update: More and more countries] Google One's storage plans start rolling out in the UK and Canada

After tentatively launching in the US in May, Google One, aka Google's new unified storage plans and service, has been shyly expanding. It didn't become available to "everyone" in the US until August, and even then, there were plenty of exceptions that meant not all users were able to migrate to the new plans. After that, it was announced for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, and Mexico as well as India. Now, users in two more countries are getting emails notifying them of an upgrade to Google One.

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26 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps and games to kick off the weekend

It's finally Friday! Another week is wrapping up and boy what a busy one it was. CES, though not as a big of an event for us at AP as MWC, is still a deluge of news. And since it's Friday, that means it's time for another round of app sales to get the weekend started right. It's a much smaller list today, which is expected considering the time of year. So take a look at what we have today and enjoy your weekend.

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Play Books is the latest Google app to switch to the updated Material Theme

Google's been slowly but surely updating its apps to match its new Material Theme look (sometimes called "Material Design 2," much to Google's chagrin). In some cases we've seen substantial changes, sometimes the differences are minor. Play Books is the latest first-party app to get a new coat of paint, and in this case, the tweaks are pretty small.

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IMDb Freedive is Amazon's new ad-supported streaming service

There have been rumors for years that Amazon is planning a free version of its Prime Video streaming service, funded by advertisements. Today, the company did announce an ad-supported streaming platform, but it's not what you were expecting — it's 'IMDb Freedive.'

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Google app v8.91 beta prepares Continued Conversations in German, tweaks to Slices and Collections, and more [APK Teardown]

Ever since the Google app moved to weekly releases, often with several minor updates along the way, notable changes have been spread out. This update brought the rollout of Android Auto integration for Google Podcasts, but aside from that, the last few updates have been pretty conservative with their changes. As a result, teardowns from the last few versions are getting bundled together in a single post to keep things cleaner for our readers.

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Google is expanding Chrome's 'intrusive' ad blocking to the rest of the world later this year

Last year Google rolled out what was effectively a built-in adblocker for Chrome — though it only applied to "intrusive" ads that didn't meet the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads. Initially, this only affected sites in North America and Europe, but yesterday the Coalition for Better Ads (read: Google) announced that it's expanding this to all countries later this year. 

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Whoops: Sony blocking Kodi on its Android TVs was an accident

Around half a week ago we reported that Sony appeared to be blocking the installation of Kodi — the occasionally maligned media-streaming platform — on some of its recent Android TVs. While there is an effective block in place, we're told by Sony that it was an accident, and the next software update for affected platforms will deliver a fix.

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King Crusher is a new pixel-based roguelike from Ankama Games

Ankama Games is a consistent developer that offers a solid library of mobile games, and if you're a fan of roguelikes, you're going to want to take a look at the developer's latest release King Crusher. It's a pixel-based RPG that mixes hero collection and puzzle sliding mechanics with an honest monetization system. The result is an enjoyable roguelike that's easy to pick up and difficult to put down.

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Instagram lets users post to multiple accounts, but only on iOS for now

Instagram influencers will tell you, that life is hard. If they maintain several accounts with different scopes and specializations, it's easy to switch between one and the other, but it's not easy to post common photos and videos to more than one. They'd have to do it from scratch for each. However, that might be changing as some users on iOS have started noticing the option to share their post to other accounts they own.

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