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(Update: Fixed in Playground) Pixel 4 Snapchat, Instagram videos plagued by maddening 'clicking' sounds

At launch, no Pixel is without its issues, and the most recent problem might sound a bit familiar for those of you that remember the Pixel 2. A minority of Pixel 4 owners are experiencing what is alternately described as a popping, clicking, or tapping sound in videos recorded through third-party apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Not all units appear to be affected (we have inconsistent experiences with it in-house), but based on the example below, it seems like it could be pretty annoying.

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(Update: Delayed to spring 2020) New Surface Earbuds are designed with productivity in mind and bring Office to your ears

Microsoft held a major event in New York today, during which it introduced a bunch of new Surface devices, including a laptop, tablets, and even a Galaxy Fold competitor. The company also unveiled its new Surface Earbuds, which are its take at true-wireless earphones. Even though they're a bit late to the game, their Office integration sets them apart from the competition.

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This portable Android TV projector from XGIMI is down to $340 ($60 off)

Portable projectors have been the fantasy of entertainment enthusiasts for decades. Over the past years, the image quality, tech, and price have become better and more reasonable, but most devices either run a sloppy OS or don't run one at all. If you want a TV-centric platform on your portable projector, you should consider this XGIMI MoGo projector, which comes with Android TV and is now down from $400 to $340 on Amazon.

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Nintendo is adding two optional subscription plans to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp today

Nintendo's free-to-play collection game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is currently celebrating its second anniversary with the launch of two optional subscription plans under the moniker Pocket Camp Club. As you would expect, this news has not been received well by fans, with many players worried that these changes will target children with even heavier monetization while taking advantage of a common anxiety known as the "fear of missing out."

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Record bedtime stories for your kids to enjoy on Google Home even when you're away

Sometimes, families are temporarily separated due to military deployment, work travel, and even unusual daily shifts. This is stressful for everyone involved, but more so for kids who rely on Dad's or Mom's bedtime story every night. That's why Google and Instrument have teamed up to create the third-party Assistant service My Storytime. It lets you record stories and then ask your Google or Nest Home devices to play them to your children. You can start using the free service today.

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A YouTube channel had to literally destroy Google's Stadia controller to pry it open

Now that orders for the Google Stadia Founders Edition and Premiere Edition have begun to reach their final destinations, it was only a matter of time before someone tore into the Stadia hardware to see what makes it tick. Forewarning: If you're still waiting for your own Stadia gear to arrive, you may want to look away. What follows is a painful montage of a Stadia Controller's journey to irreversible destruction, but its sacrifice sheds some light on why this controller wasn't built with modders (or repairs) in mind.

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Watch Wednesday's Android Police Podcast with Ron Amadeo!

If you consider the meaning of life to be about the struggle, then between the Pixel 4 and Stadia, Google’s FULL of life right now. So… let’s talk about Linux while we’re at it. This is the Android Police Podcast.

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Google Earth gets new map-based storytelling creations tools

Google Earth got a full makeover two years ago with support for modern web browsers and new apps. Google also rolled out the Voyager program with the new Earth, featuring stories from the BBC, The Jane Goodall Institute, and more. Now, the map-based storytelling tools used for the Voyager experiences are available to everyone in Google Earth on the web.

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Android camera app flaws left devices vulnerable to spying eyes (Update: App clarification)

A new security vulnerability has been discovered inside the Android camera app that potentially affects hundreds of millions of phones across the world. Discovered by a team of security researchers at Checkmarx, the exploit allows a malicious app with access to a phone's storage system to bypass Google's permission safety net and completely spy on users.

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(Update: More territories) Minecraft Earth is finally available in the US as an early access release

Over the last few months, Minecraft Earth has entered into early access in many regions, with the UK joining in last week. Well, today, fans in the US can finally see what all the fuss is about. That's right, Minecraft Earth is officially available in early access in the US, and it's now clear that the game is free-to-play, and it includes in-app purchases that range up to $79.99 per item. So if you were hoping for a premium game, think again.

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