Google News buffs can now enter themselves into a Call of Duty style point earning news-off thanks to the big G implementing special shareable badges. 

The more you read about a favourite topic, the more badges you earn relating to it. Things go all the way from bronze to ultimate, presumably only earned by the most obsessive of readers (or those who checkout Pocket-lint everyday)..

Google has said there is no less than 500 badges available, ranging from topics like Harry Potter to the US elections. One thing worth noting is that as of now the badges are sadly US Google News only. 

The badges default to private, but who wants to keep their news reading habits secret. Making things public definitely makes you seem smarter that's for sure. Open up the badges settings and you can choose to share them, chat and brag or use them to create news subsections relating to your interests.

Google has also made the decision to separate out its Science and Technology sections, meaning more easily obtainable news for gadget geeks. 

For those keen to find out more, check out Google's own special video devoted to the new badges, complete with Apple-esque happy music.

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Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.