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[Update: Working for existing subs] New Spotify Premium subscribers now get Hulu for free

Spotify is one of the best streaming services for music and podcasts, and Hulu is an excellent app for streaming television and original programming (especially if you snagged that Black Friday deal). For about a year now the two services have been working together to deliver a bundle that gets you all that content at a reduced price. Today that offer becomes an even better value, with Spotify Premium throwing in Hulu for free.

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[Update: New teaser, livestream] Google plans for gaming conference news stoke streaming-service fires

Several news outlets are reporting receiving invitations from Google for an announcement set to take place at the 2019 GDC (Game Developer Conference) next month. Details included in the invitation itself are sparse, apparently stating only that "all will be revealed" at a keynote during the conference on March 19th at 10AM PT, 1PM ET. This effective announcement of an upcoming announcement has renewed speculation surrounding Google's potential entry into the game-streaming market.

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[Update: Now in Dev] Chrome Canary now has a (buggy) dark mode

Google is still in the process of adding a dark mode to all of its applications, in preparation for Android Q's system-wide dark mode toggle. Chrome is one of the few remaining holdouts, but not for much longer. A dark mode toggle has been added to the experimental Canary branch of Chrome, though it's a bit buggy right now.

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[Update: Stable release out now] Firefox 66 blocks auto-playing sound by default

Few things are more annoying when browsing the internet than media that plays automatically, particularly if it makes noise. Mozilla is hip to this, and beginning in version 66, its Firefox browser will block automatically-playing audio by default.

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'Suggested actions' come to Google Messages in version 4.1.065

Using the increasing power of its AI smarts, Google is getting better at anticipating our next move and offering us convenient suggestions that make our lives easier. We've seen this with App Actions in Android and suggested edits in Google Photos, and now a similar feature has arrived in the Google Messages app.

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Google Duo doesn't support Family Link accounts, so kids can't use Duo web

Being a parent in this digital age is a tough affair, so plenty of apps aim to help families manage their children's smartphone usage and online activities. Google's Family Link, which is available worldwide, is one such example, but as always, there's a delicate balance between features and restrictions. Duo is one of the latter.

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Allo is shutting down tomorrow, March 12 — here's how to download your chat history

Allo was announced back in 2016. Unlike its popular video counterpart Duo, the app never really took off — so it was no surprise when Google formally announced the app's days were numbered in December. According to a banner on the Allo website, the service's time has come: it's shutting down tomorrow, March 12.

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Slack's new dark mode means you've got no excuses for not staying up to work all night

Google is taking its sweet time giving Android a proper dark UI mode, leaving individual developers to pick up the slack. Speaking of Slack, that app is finally getting dark mode support, according to the company's website. No more frying your retinas if you have to pop into a chat room at night. In fact, you can stay up all night working now. Yay.

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Returner Zhero - Final Cut is a beautiful puzzle adventure sequel that's finally made its way to Android

Returner Zhero - Final Cut is the sequel to Fantastic, yes's first foray into the puzzle adventure genre Returner 77. It comes to the Play Store six months after the iOS release and offers a stand-alone story where the player takes on the role of a scientist who spent the last five years of their life frozen on an alien spacecraft. By solving ever-increasingly challenging puzzles, you may just find a way off the ship and back to Earth.

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Daywise schedules your notifications to help you chill out and get more done

How often do you check your notifications? According to ActionDash, I receive about 500 notifications a day, unlocking my phone about 100 times, with half of these unlocks being for sessions shorter than a minute. These interruptions break my flow and reduce productivity levels, but my FOMO makes me check the phone anyway. There's a new app being tested to help deal with this: Daywise.

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