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Google’s new In Apps search finds info within apps while offline

Google’s new In Apps search finds info within apps while offline

Google has rolled out a new search tool for Android users dubbed "In Apps." Available in the Google app or Google Now, it allows users to search for content or information within the apps installed on the device, including contact info, messages, email, photos, music, and videos. Search results can be filtered to display only items within apps, and unlike before, the search is completely local, so there's no need for an online connection.

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ASUS debuts ZenPad 3S 10 tablet

ASUS debuts ZenPad 3S 10 tablet

The Asus announcements at IFA 2016 continue with the debut of the company's latest flagship tablet, the ZenPad 3S 10. With a simple, clean design, the latest ZenPad features a 9.7-inch touchscreen display (2048 x 1536) and its chassis comes from a single piece of aluminum. It's easy to see a resemblance with the iPad Air 2, but the ZenPad 3S 10 beats Apple's tablet in thickness, measuring just 5.8mm.

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This is the new ASUS ZenWatch 3

This is the new ASUS ZenWatch 3

Just as they had previously teased, Asus has unveiled its new ZenWatch 3 smartwatch at the IFA 2016 show in Berlin this week. Like last year's model, the ZenWatch 3 remains powered by Android Wear, but the obvious difference is that it sports a round casing, offering a more handsome, traditional look to the watch than the squarish, utilitarian face of the ZenWatch 2.

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Amazon Dash Buttons come to Europe in first expansion outside US

Amazon Dash Buttons come to Europe in first expansion outside US

Amazon's Dash Button service has become fairly common in the US after launching a year and a half ago with the small, WiFi-connected devices that let shoppers re-order household items and snacks with just a single press, and now totaling over 100 brands and products. But in all that time, Amazon has never made the buttons available outside the US — until now. Dash Buttons have officially launched in the UK, Germany, and Austria.

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Modder brings Pokemon Go to the Dreamcast VMU

Modder brings Pokemon Go to the Dreamcast VMU

Those of you who ever spent any time with the Sega Dreamcast console likely remember the system's take on the memory card: the VMU. Short for "Visual Memory Unit," the palm-sized device plugged into the controller, often displaying extra information during gameplay, and when the rare title supported it, could also be used as a stand-alone unit to play mini-games on the go. Now, over 16 years later, someone is trying to make a VMU-compatible version of Pokemon Go.

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Russia-exclusive Halo Online PC game is getting shutdown

Russia-exclusive Halo Online PC game is getting shutdown

Most people probably know Halo as the flagship FPS game series on Microsoft's Xbox consoles. But what you may not have heard is that in early 2015, Microsoft released a free-to-play game called Halo Online for Windows PCs, making it exclusive to the Russian market. The game was never intended to be released outside the region, and it was only ever playable as a closed beta, but now it's been revealed that the projects has been cancelled for good.

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Batman costume sets Guinness World Record for most gadgets

Batman costume sets Guinness World Record for most gadgets

When it comes to setting Guinness World Records, there's pretty much two ways to go about it: for things like measures of athletic ability, you can train really hard for many years and try to beat the previous record holder. Or, instead of going after an existing record, just try to come up with an idea that so random and off-the-wall that no record for it exists yet. In the case of the latter, a world record has now been set by a Batman costume with the most functional gadgets.

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Next Roku models to be called ‘Express,’ ‘Premiere,’ and ‘Ultra’

Next Roku models to be called ‘Express,’ ‘Premiere,’ and ‘Ultra’

Streaming set-top box maker Roku is expected to release an updated lineup of devices this fall, and according to new information, the company will finally move away from including numbers in their naming scheme (i.e. Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3). Zatz Not Funny, a frequently reliable source when it comes to leaks, says that instead of seeing a Roku 5, there will be unique names for each model, including the "Roku Express" and "Roku Premiere."

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Privacy groups threaten legal action over Facebook, WhatsApp data sharing

Privacy groups threaten legal action over Facebook, WhatsApp data sharing

While Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp in 2014 was met with concerns over individuals' privacy, the social network has done a good job since then of leaving the messaging as is and keeping it independent. That all changed last week when WhatsApp's new terms-of-service stated that user data would now be shared with Facebook. Unsurprisingly, this has caused outrage, and now a number of privacy advocates and watchdogs are filing complaints.

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Ubisoft to retire free-to-play Ghost Recon on PC

Ubisoft to retire free-to-play Ghost Recon on PC

While free-to-play games, often supported by in-game purchases with real money, have become the norm on mobile, developer Ubisoft has decided that the format just isn't working for some of its PC series. Ubisoft has announced that it will be shutting down the multiplayer shooter Ghost Recon Phantoms, along with three other free-to-play PC titles, before the end of this year.

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Volkswagen’s 2019 EV to get 300 miles with 15-minute charge

Volkswagen’s 2019 EV to get 300 miles with 15-minute charge

As Volkswagen works towards repairing its reputation following the "dieselgate" emissions scandal, the German car manufacturer seems to be going all-in on fully electric cars. Along with a goal stated earlier this year of offering 30 electric models by 2025, VW chairman Herbert Diess says that their first EV will make its debut at this year's Paris motor show, with a target of 300 miles of travel range from just a 15-minute charge.

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Rare Apple-1 ‘Celebration’ model sells for $815K at auction

Rare Apple-1 ‘Celebration’ model sells for $815K at auction

One of the rarest examples of an early Apple-1 computer prototype was sold at a charity auction earlier this week. When first announced earlier this summer, the item was expected to reach $1 million or more, but it ended up selling for $815,000, with 10% of the proceeds being donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The reason this Apple-1 model is so unique is because it's a hand-built pre-production version, which was never to sold to customers.

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