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Chromebook docking stations are coming to support work from home

Chromebook docking stations are coming to support work from home

Chromebooks have been recorded to have had a growth spurt since last year, perhaps brought about by work from home and remote schooling arrangements. Of course, using laptops at home isn't new for Windows and Mac users but Chrome OS is relatively still new to this use case. That use case often involves tethering the notebook down with external displays and peripherals, something that a new generation of docking stations that Work with Chromebooks will be attempting to address.

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Wear OS by Google finally gets Gboard keyboard

Wear OS by Google finally gets Gboard keyboard

You have probably heard of complaints and criticisms regarding the development pace of Wear OS, or rather the lack of it. Some feel that it doesn't get as much love from Google and that Wear OS seems to exist only so that Google would have something to show for in the wearable market. Google hasn't exactly abandoned it, as shown by the arrival of its Gboard virtual keyboard on Wear OS. Unfortunately, it also reveals exactly how long it took to make that happen.

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Xbox live outage hits store, digital games, cloud gaming, downloads

Xbox live outage hits store, digital games, cloud gaming, downloads

In the afternoon of May 6, 2021, Microsoft had a few issues in play with Xbox games. They showed a "major outage" occurring in their "store & subscriptions" section of Xbox Status readouts, as well as "limited" issues with games & gaming as well as Cloud Gaming. Launching games will be limited until this is fixed, and you won't likely be able to purchase new games until Microsoft figures out what their deal is.

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PlayStation 5 gets a YouTube TV app months after launch

PlayStation 5 gets a YouTube TV app months after launch

PlayStation 5 owners who happen to be subscribed to YouTube TV will probably be happy to hear that a YouTube TV app has appeared on the console. While an app for YouTube proper has been available on the console since launch day, it's taken months for YouTube TV to head to PlayStation 5. Of course, there probably aren't a ton of YouTube TV subscribers who have a PlayStation 5 at the moment, given the rarity of the console.

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Google responds to Apple App Tracking Transparency with new rules for Android

Google responds to Apple App Tracking Transparency with new rules for Android

Google released a notice today about the future of Android and user data transparency. While not a direct response to Apple's update with iOS 14.5 - at least not explicitly - Google's "pre-announcement" of an upcoming safety section in Google Play should effectively keep the two operating systems in-step on several privacy-centric fronts. The new section in Google Play for Android apps will "help people understand the data an app collects or shares, if that data is secured, and additional details that impact privacy and security."

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The Google Assistant is adding new ways to corral your family

The Google Assistant is adding new ways to corral your family

Google is adding new Assistant features and tweaking some existing ones to make them more user-friendly, including expanding its Broadcast system. The new Family Broadcast takes the existing functionality - where you can pipe your voice through multiple Google smart speakers and smart displays in the house, useful for announcing meals are ready or reminding people it's time to leave - and enhances it for smartphones and replies.

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Your passwords suck, so Google will turn on two-factor security for you

Your passwords suck, so Google will turn on two-factor security for you

Google plans to enable two-factor authentication by default, automatically pushing users to safer security settings given the risks of relying solely on a password to protect your account. Currently, the system - also known as 2FA, two-step verification, or 2SV - is optional for Google accounts, though recommended.

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Full Rocket League planned for mobile devices, like Fortnite

Full Rocket League planned for mobile devices, like Fortnite

Rocket League plans were leaked this week courtesy of the Epic Games vs Apple court case. In a document called "Epic Games Presentation on 2021 Plans", a whole bunch of Rocket League data was delivered. Two different sorts of Rocket League will be appearing on mobile devices, including Rocket League "2D" and a "next-generation client with full game experience across all platforms, including mobile."

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Android Entertainment Space lets Google invest in tablets without new hardware

Android Entertainment Space lets Google invest in tablets without new hardware

Google revealed a new Android tablet experience called Entertainment Space in May of 2021. This new experience - a new home screen replacement of sorts - is a different approach to Android. It's difficult to see what they presented with Entertainment Space without thinking about Amazon's series of Fire Tablet devices and their take on Android. The software, as Google showed it on May 5, 2021, centers on Google-hosted media - everything from the Google Play app store, books store, videos, shows, and games.

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Google leaks its Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds again, this time in a tweet

Google leaks its Pixel Buds A-Series earbuds again, this time in a tweet

The rumored and now essentially confirmed -- though still unannounced -- Pixel Buds A-Series true wireless earbuds have been leaked by none other than Google itself...again. This time around, the product was the subject of a tweet that apparently went live earlier than planned, one that was quickly deleted, but not soon enough to prevent the news from spreading.

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Stadia Pro subscribers get a big free game for Star Wars Day

Stadia Pro subscribers get a big free game for Star Wars Day

Today happens to be Star Wars Day, and while that means sales on games and toys, for Google Stadia users it means a free Star Wars game. Google today announced a new Star Wars-themed addition to the Stadia Pro lineup, which is a collection of free games available to those with active memberships to Google's Stadia Pro tier.

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Pokemon GO Xerneas raid counters, and how you’ll win

Pokemon GO Xerneas raid counters, and how you’ll win

This week it's time to head out and fight Shiny* Xereas in Pokemon GO, just so long as it's not Cloudy!
If you're battling Xereas as a raid boss in Pokemon GO, you'll need either 3+ players at level 30 or higher, or between 2 and 3 players who are level 40. If you have anything less... you're in for a bit of a disappointing journey.

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