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Google Home gets Gentle Sleep & Wake feature for Hue lights

Most of the methods we use to wake ourselves in the morning are jarring and unpleasant, but Google Home might be able to help. Starting today, Home supports Gentle Sleep & Wake, a feature that integrates with Philips Hue smart lights. Just tell Google to enable this feature, and you can ease into the day in a more natural way.

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Google Maps automatically suggests pasting addresses from your clipboard

When you need to move around, Maps is definitely one of the most convenient ways to get directions. Because it's made by Google, the app's search feature is particularly intuitive and immediately suggests the most relevant options as you start typing. However, some places aren't necessarily in the database, such as your next date's address. For these cases, you'd usually copy it from your messaging app (i.e., Tinder), paste it in the Maps search bar and hit enter. Google is making it even easier to find your next destination, as Maps can now automatically recognize an address from your clipboard and suggest it when you tap the omnibox.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds update adds new touch control option and enhanced Bixby integration

The Samsung Galaxy Buds are one of the best options in the true wireless earbuds space right now — read my review if you want to know why — but one complaint some users have is a lack of touch control options. An update is arriving via the Galaxy Wearable app right now that adds one new ability, although it's not the completely separate volume control that some may be hoping for.

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LG postpones release of the 5G V50 in South Korea over unspecified troubles

LG has announced that it will postpone sales of its first 5G smartphone in South Korea until further notice. The V50 ThinQ was scheduled for release on April 19, but it says concerns about customer satisfaction with how the device will perform on the new network are keeping it off the market.

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Google Pay can now be used to save Eurostar train tickets

Google Pay has improved steadily since the early days of Android Pay, with the ability to store boarding cards, coupons, and loyalty cards making it just about as useful as its iOS equivalent these days. You have been able to save local transportation tickets in certain cities for a while, but now the app is getting its first international rail partner.

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Google Maps to improve the Local Guides contribution process

If you're an avid Google Maps Local Guide, or even a beginner, you've probably noticed that the app helps you figure out what to review and which photos to upload. The Your contributions section has plenty of suggestions, but the interface is a little confusing. Pending ratings and reviews are on the main page, but suggested photo uploads are accessible from a separate banner, and there's no easy way to go back and add more info to what you've already submitted. Maps is working on improving all of this.

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Samsung's EdgeLighting+ update brings cutout "notification light"

With the Galaxy S10, Samsung aimed at designing a handset with a screen covering almost the entire front surface. While the final product is very close to achieving this goal, engineers had to get rid of superfluous elements to make the cutout as small as possible. As such, the LED indicator has been removed to make room for extra pixels, leaving many users frustrated and without a way to easily know they have notifications to look at. Sure, Always On Display can help alleviate this, but it's not as easy to see as a flashing light from afar.

We recently told you about Holey Light, a third-party app that puts an animated circle around the S10's cutout when you receive notifications.

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Google Camera 6.2 adds AI kissing detection for the Pixel 3 [APK Download]

Along with a huge notch on the XL variant, the Pixel 3 brought a lot of interesting camera features. Night Sight and Super Res Zoom are nothing short of magic (well, until you compare them to the Huawei P30), Top Shot is a godsend for those who are always a little late or early in tapping the shutter, and Photobooth is a nice addition for group and candid shots. Starting with version 6.2 of Google Camera, Photobooth can also detect kissing.

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Play Store helps you budget your monthly purchases to avoid overspending

Spending money online is more and more common. You see an item you like and the purchase is just a couple of taps away, you barely get any time to have second thoughts. With digital stores, that's even more exacerbated by the presence of apps, plenty of entertainment options, not to mention games and all their tempting in-app purchases. Having a mental budget is all well and good, but if you don't actually know how much you've spent or if you don't get reminded that you're nearing or have surpassed your limit, then it's pointless. That's why the Play Store has begun rolling out a new budgeting feature.

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AMP pages will now show original URL in Chrome's address bar

Google had its 2019 'AMP Conf' in Tokyo today, and announced a series of changes and new features coming to the company's Accelerated Mobile Pages project. The most important announcement was that AMP pages will now show the original URL in the address bar, which should solve the platform's greatest point of confusion but it's only making things worse if you don't like AMP.

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