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Biopic Just Mercy is free to rent from the Play Store this month

Warner Bros. is offering free rentals of "Just Mercy," a movie following the real-life story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson who fights to overturn the murder conviction of African-American Walter McMillian. Stevenson currently runs the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization working to challenge wrongful convictions, and wrote the book from which the movie is based.

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Dead Cells is available on Android a day early at a special launch price

In October of last year, I broke the news that Dead Cells had popped up on the Play Store as a pre-registration listing, but the title was soon delisted. Sadly there was no way to know if that listing was a mistake, or if someone had simply pulled the trigger a little early. Well, there is no more need to guess. Motion Twin has announced a partnership with Playdigious to bring Dead Cells to mobile. The title is scheduled to be released on iOS sometime this summer, and an Android version "will come later."

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Google's third Pixel Feature Drop is here with new safety features, Recorder integrations, tools to manage sleep, and more

Google's third Pixel Feature Drop update has been announced with a handful of new features and tweaks for the company's line of phones. While we might yet find more minor changes hiding inside when it rolls out, we're told there are four broad categories of new features Pixel owners can look forward to: New Adaptive Battery tweaks to stretch out battery life, Recorder app integration with the Google Assistant and Google Docs, tools to better manage your sleep, and new personal safety features including crisis alerts and a "safety check" feature that notifies emergency contacts if you don't respond to a scheduled check-in.

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Choosing the wrong wallpaper can bootloop your Android phone

Over the weekend, a photo has been making the rounds at venues like Reddit and Twitter. It's an attractive mountain lake with the sun rising (or setting) through the dense clouds. Perfect for a phone's wallpaper, right? Not if you like bootloops. Certain aspects of the image file's color space trigger a crash in Android's system UI, and most recent Android phones are likely susceptible, including Samsung phones and Google's Pixels.

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Samsung Access phone subscription launches in the US: Get an S20 with insurance and 1TB cloud storage for a monthly fee

Samsung is rolling out its phone-as-a-subscription Samsung Access service here in the US. Starting as low as $37 a month for the baby S20 model, Samsung Access includes the phone, Samsung Premium Care device protection, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and access to Microsoft 365 Personal. Although there's a pile of terms and conditions associated with it, the service also lets you upgrade your phone every nine months — or earlier, if you'd like to pay more.

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18 new Android games from the week of May 25, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the sequel to the idle RPG Soda Dungeon, a generic gacha game from Ubisoft, and the sequel to the popular platformer Super Fowlst 2. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of May 25th, 2020.

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13 new and notable Android apps from the last week including Krita, Action Blocks, and CatchUp (5/23/20 - 5/30/20)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the arrival of the painting and drawing app Krita, an accessibility app from Google, and a dialer app from Facebook. So without further ado, here are all of the new and notable Android apps released on the Play Store in the last week.

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Google cancels Android 11 Beta launch event, citing protests around US

Android 11's scheduled June 3rd launch event has been cancelled. Google calls it a delay, but the reality is that whatever plans Google had for the launch have now been overshadowed by a national spread of protests spurred by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota earlier this week. While Google did not explicitly name the protests as the reason for the delay, the implication of the tweet, embedded below, was obvious.

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Amazon is killing its fashion-oriented Echo Look

Amazon's Echo Look sounded like some kind of late April Fools joke when it landed back in 2017, offering smart "style assistant" functionality via Alexa. The whole gimmick was literally that it took photos and videos of you showing off your clothes you when you asked, and could run them past a "Style Check" for AI-automated fashion judgment. You really couldn't make something that ridiculous up, and now Amazon is killing it. The Echo Look itself has been discontinued, and both it and its associated app will stop working in July.

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All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

Movie theaters were coincidentally closed up during a time when fewer blockbuster movies are scheduled, and studios quickly delayed many of their biggest budget films to aim for more favorable ticket sales. While many movies have been pushed back to later in the year, and as much as 2 years out, we're drawing close to the summer months and some mainstream movies are still on the books. We've organized a huge list with many of the newly added films and some upcoming releases.

New this week: First, the formatting has changed a bit and now descriptions, cast list, and genre are included with all of the recent additions.

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