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Madden NFL 21 Mobile Football is available on the Play Store a day early

Madden NFL has existed on mobile as a management sim since 2014, and Electronic Arts have been updating this release yearly for the last six years. Well, it would appear that EA is shooting for a yearly stand-alone release cycle with the arrival of Madden NFL 21 Mobile Football on the Play Store. The game is already available for pre-registration, and EA has been kind enough to provide a release date, which means we can expect the sim to be officially released on August 6th, 2020.

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It's almost time for the Galaxy Note20 Unpacked livestream — here's how to watch it

We're now just a couple of hours away from Samsung's Note20 Unpacked livestream. It'll likely bring us many mentions of the word "innovation," a tour of the company's electronics headquarters, a bunch of celebrity cameos, and, oh yes, new smartphones, a new tablet, and a new smartwatch. You can watch the event as it happens right here, starting at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT).

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Google took one great idea from the iPhone SE this year: Launch quietly

A whole lot is going on right now, and not just when it comes to phones. Life is much more complicated in 2020, and it can be hard sometimes to narrow your focus on the hot new gadgets, even when it's your job. Phone announcements are always exciting — and, for me, a little bit stressful — but yesterday's almost low-key launch of the Pixel 4a was unpretentious, a little bit familiar, and down-right refreshing.

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Double tapping the back of your phone can now trigger an event in Tasker

When the developer preview of Android 11 launched earlier this year, it included a hidden gesture that let users tap on the back of the phone to take screenshots. The gesture expanded to trigger additional functionality in later developer previews, but it has been completely removed from the recent beta releases. All is not lost though, as the "Tap, Tap" app has just added support for Tasker, which brings the back-tap gesture to many Android devices.

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Microsoft launches its Stadia competitor xCloud on September 15, details custom touch controls

Last month, Microsoft announced a big round of updates regarding the future of its gaming strategy, giving us more details on its upcoming Xbox Series X and backward compatibility. The company also gave some attention to its cross-platform Stadia competitor, xCloud (our comparison here). Microsoft is finally getting ready to launch the service and has shared that it'll come September 15 as part of the existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which costs $14.99 a month. The Xbox developers have also shown off some game-specific touch controls, developed in cooperation with the respective studio.

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Nearby Share starts rolling out to Pixels and Samsung phones today, all Android 6.0+ devices in the coming weeks

Google's AirDrop-like Nearby Share feature for Android is now officially rolling out. Marking the successful end of a test that started back in June, the long-awaited Android Beam successor is landing today on Google's Pixels and select Samsung phones, and it should be coming to all phones running Android 6.0 and later in the coming weeks. Chromebook support is also planned "in the coming months."

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Ubisoft just released Brawlhalla on the Play Store two days early

Blue Mammoth Games is the indie developer behind the successful platform fighter Brawlhalla, and the studio just announced that the game is coming to mobile in 2020, and a beta should arrive sometime soon. Brawlhalla exists as a free-to-play title that plays similarly to Super Smash Bros, and it should retain its free-to-play monetization when it lands on the Play Store in 2020. So if you're interested in testing out the beta before the mobile version is released, you can sign up today on the official website.

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Win one of 5 Selpic P1 handheld printers (Update: Winners)

As modern technology pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved with mobile devices, Selpic aims to disrupt the printing space with the pocket-sized P1. This handheld printer is versatile enough to print words or graphics on a multitude of surfaces, yet svelte enough to be carried along with you wherever you go. Here's how you can win one of five of these P1 printers from Selpic.

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Stadia's Android TV workaround can now be used without a mouse

A few months ago in June, a Stadia app update added (unofficial) support for Android TV. To get it up and running, you need a mouse, a Bluetooth controller, and you have to sideload the Stadia phone app including some weird scaling, all of which makes it more of a proof of concept right now. The latest Stadia update to version 2.26 doesn't quite fix any of these gripes, but at least you don't need a mouse to navigate the Stadia store and game selector anymore — controllers are finally supported for that.

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Samsung hypes this week's Unpacked event with new video teasers

Samsung has been slowly trickling information out about its August 5th Unpacked event. The show itself was announced earlier this month, and it was clarified that five "power devices" would be introduced at the event about a week ago. To keep interest high, Samsung is counting down the days with short videos teasing not just the products, but the whole program itself.

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