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Andrew Romero

@ChaosRomero

Andrew Romero is a writer based in Northern California with his wife. Growing up, he was a tinkerer and always loved taking things apart with the goal of putting them back together. That goal was usually met.

Over time, he spent years writing for a private publication with a small hiatus in Mechanical Engineering and CNC Machining. After moving to a more remote area, Andrew fell in love with writing again and eventually found a home at 9to5Google.

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WhatsApp adds screenshot blocking, message deletion, more in new update

WhatsApp has been keen on improving privacy as of late. This week, the messaging service announced a new update that houses a few new changes in the WhatsApp app, including the ability to delete messages after sending, the option to block screenshots of images, and more.

Yesterday

Oppo and OnePlus have halted sales in Germany

Oppo – an OEM that has a far-reaching consumer base – has officially withdrawn from selling devices in Germany. To follow, OnePlus has done the exact same thing, pulling all sales from its Germany website. While those who own OnePlus and Oppo-branded phones in the region will still see support, new customers will have to look elsewhere for the foreseeable future.

August 5

How to install the One UI 5 Android 13 Beta on Samsung Galaxy smartphones

Since the release of developer previews and beta versions of Android 13, we’ve been excited to get our hands on Samsung’s One UI version of Android 13. Now, One UI 5.0 beta is available to the public. This guide will show you how to sign up for it and install it on your device.

This week marks a pretty hefty one where more games get sent up to the cloud and large companies like Microsoft start testing new features. Starting today, players in Ireland and Colombia will be able to test out a new feature that allows friends and family to share their Xbox Game Pass benefits.

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YouTube TV has announced plans to drop NBC’s Universo from the paid Base Plan starting now. Though the channel isn’t going away, it’s still going to be locked behind a paywall as part of an additional paid package.

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August 4

Emergency SOS 911 calling on Pixel: How to disable it and why you may want to

The Pixel’s Emergency SOS feature that contacts 911 can be an absolute lifesaver. It can also be incredibly easy to accidentally trigger, calling up Emergency services for no actual emergency. This guide will take you through how to disable it if you think that triggering it is way too easy.

YouTube rolls out experimental ‘pinch to zoom’ feature for Premium users

YouTube has a program that allows Premium subscribers to access brand new features that aren’t quite fully baked. Today, YouTube dropped a new one called “pinch to zoom” for viewers that allows you to zoom into a video on-screen, even in landscape mode.

Security doesn’t always have to come in the form of cameras and door sensors. In fact, your Nest Hub or speakers can play a big role in keeping you safe with Nest Aware’s smart sound detection benefit. Here’s how it works and why you may want to invest in it.

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August 3

There are tons of smart locks on the market right now, but none seem to cater to apartment-dwellers or those who don’t want to rip out their existing deadbolt just to add a smart lock to their smart home. SwitchBot is one of the few companies that fill both these needs with the SwithBot Lock and Keypad Touch.

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Microsoft releases Outlook Lite for Android, a faster iteration of the classic email app

Among the top email apps used, Microsoft Outlook is a pretty big player. To help make the experience a little bit easier for anyone with any device to use the emailing service, Microsoft is releasing Outlook Lite, a stripped-down version of the app that runs on just about any Android phone, especially lower-powered devices.

Samsung has been partnering with the biggest players in cloud-based gaming, adding support for game streaming in the new Samsung Gaming Hub. Joining that list today is Amazon Luna, one of the newest game streaming services on the block to join Samsung’s Gaming Hub.

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August 2

Gmail’s new Material You redesign: How to revert to the original view

Last week, Gmail’s web version started rolling out a brand-new Material You redesign that takes a lot of cues from Android 12 as we know it. Depending on your theme, Gmail will take on a unique look in your browser. But what if you’re not in love with the new look? That’s no problem; there’s an easy way to revert back to the original view in Gmail.

August 1

Do the Pixel Buds Pro have an app? How to control multipoint, ANC, and more

Google’s newest earbuds, the Pixel buds Pro, are undoubtedly a good pair of buds. As the name implies, using the Pixel Buds Pro with a Pixel just makes sense, though the latest earbuds from Google are still a fantastic option for other Android devices. Interestingly enough, depending on what you use, there may be no need for an app.

Google Street View now operating in India with help from local organizations

Google Maps Street View hasn’t been able to get a foothold in India and implement some of its features since 2011; that is, until now. With help from some local organizations, Google Maps is bringing 360-degree panoramic view to 10 cities in India, with more to come in the next two years.

Official Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 cases make an appearance online before launch

There isn’t much left to imagine in the wake of recent Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 leaks surfacing online. Now, official Samsung cases are taking to the internet and making an early appearance prior to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 launch at Unpacked.

July 29

July is finally coming to a close, which means cloud gaming services are starting to announce their lineups for August. Amazon Luna has a few games in the pipeline, though mysteriously, is lacking in the Luna+ Channel. Boosteroid also has a couple of titles ready to play, including Multiversus.

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YouTube now lets creators turn their existing videos into Shorts

YouTube has long been trying to catch up with platforms like Instagram and TikTok, which allow creators to make content that grabs your attention for just long enough before the video ends. While YouTube Shorts have been around for a while now, the platform is adding a new way to create them – from existing videos.

July 28

View your Nest cameras right from your Chromecast with Google TV: Here’s how

In a recent update to Chromecast with Google TV, users can finally view their new Nest camera’s live view right from the TV. This feature allows you to see what’s going around your home right from the couch without skipping a beat. Here’s how you can do it on your Chromecast.

Updating your Chromecast with Google TV: How to do it and why updates are so rare

Google’s latest Chromecast with Google TV doesn’t get full system updates all that often. Even with this being the case, it’s still important to check for system updates every once in a while. This guide will help you understand a little more about Chromecast’s update system and give you a full step-by-step look at checking for updates manually.

‘OnePlus World’ coming to Roblox, with free product giveaways

It feels like just weeks ago companies were jumping on the bandwagon to create metaverse worlds where they could get fans excited about their products. Along the same lines, Roblox is the new target of OnePlus, where the company will showcase a world for players to hang out and win free products.

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