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Google releases 12 new colorful themes for Chrome, including Just Black

The past couple of years in Google design can be summarized as this evolution: adding colors, then making things whiter, then offering a black option. Chrome on the desktop has always been white, so what it lacked where the colors and black, but thanks to a dozen new themes, you can now paint your browser with many new shades, including a Just Black option.

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Google and Apple under fire for hosting Saudi app for tracking women

Technology is supposed to make life easier, but that's not always the case. For women living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, smartphones have made it harder to escape from abusive families and a social system that restricts their choices. Now, activists including Human Rights Watch are calling on Google and Apple to pull an app published by the Saudi government that helps men keep track of women and prevent them from leaving the country.

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No need to wait for Google Fi SIMs — Best Buy sells 'em now

In all the years that Google Fi (formerly Project Fi) has existed, you had to order SIM cards online from Google to activate your phone. Now, there's another way to get them. Just swing by your local Best Buy store, and you might be able to pick up a Fi SIM for a couple of bucks.

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Google Maps is finally getting that crazy AR walking navigation, testing with Local Guides

Back in May, Google showcased an innovative navigation system that leveraged the phone's camera to provide augmented reality GPS guidance. Although the demo was very promising, the feature wasn't expected to be immediately available, even for testing. However, the company is now letting select people, mostly Local Guides with access to a preview version of Maps, use the feature, and David Pierce from the Wall Street Journal was among the lucky ones to give it a first try.

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Chrome OS 72 brings Android Pie and Assistant to some models, adds external drive access to Android apps, and much more

Chrome OS has had some growing pains lately, mostly due to the immense amount of effort it has taken to make web apps, Android apps, and Linux software run together. Chrome OS 72 is starting to roll out, and it addresses several major limitations Chromebook owners have been dealing with.

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Google's Pixel 4 may offer improved dual-SIM functionality, according to an AOSP commit

This isn't widely-known information, but the Pixel 2 and 3 can technically act as dual-SIM devices thanks to their eSIM support. eSIM is only used by a few carriers around the world, including Sprint in the US, but it can act as a second SIM alongside the hardware SIM when activated. However, Google appears set to improve dual-SIM in the upcoming Pixel 4.

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Grab a 2-pack Aukey smart socket or a dual outlet smart plug for ~$20

Earlier this week we were telling you how you could save money on new smart plugs thanks to Amazon's markdown. Although this was an interesting deal, many Assistant users felt let down as they were only compatible with Alexa. Well, we've got some comforting news for you: With these promotional codes, you can grab a pair of Aukey WiFi Smart Plugs for just $20 or a dual outlet plug for $19, respectively $8 and $6 off their original prices.

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Google is testing revised two-step verification prompts on mobile

Two-factor authentication is something that everyone should have on their Google accounts, but the traditional SMS and Google Authenticator methods can be a bit tedious. Back in 2016, Google added a new two-step verification approval prompt for Android devices that is painless to both set up and use. The prompt has gone through several design revisions since its initial release, and Google is currently experimenting with two new layouts.

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Google Crowdsource app given Material refresh and wants your selfies [APK Download]

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Google might be building a smartwatch, according to new job listing

Ever since Android Wear was first announced, rumors have circulated about Google building its own smartwatch for the platform. Speculation about a possible 'Pixel Watch' started in mid-2018, but Google explicitly said the watch wasn't coming anytime soon. According to new job listings, it looks like the company may actually build its own wearable devices.

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