Android Nougat tipped for August 22 launch

Android Nougat tipped for August 22 launch

Back at the beginning of August we heard that Android 7.0 Nougat might be landing during the first week of the month, but that week came and went with no launch happening. We now have a new rumor that suggests that Android 7.0 might be landing on August 22. This particular rumor claims to be an upgrade schedule from Telus.

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Android tablets endangered: searching for a new purpose

Android tablets endangered: searching for a new purpose

A few years back, analysts and market watchers loved picking on the PCs, by which they traditional meant desktops and laptops, as the underdogs of the consumer tech industry. These days, however, that status has befallen the tablet, whose sales have seen continuously plummeting numbers. But with the iPad Pro and the proliferation of Windows 2-in-1 hybrids, that is even more so the case with Android tablets, despite the strength of their numbers. Why has this once popular device class become so laid low? Is there a way to save them, or should we even bother trying? I'd say yes, but it's going to take some guts, which OEMs have unfortunately lost in the past years.

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Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google's plan to spin-off the two main functions of its Hangouts app — messaging and video calls — into separates apps officially became a reality this week as Duo, the company's take on FaceTime, was released on both Android and iOS. While Duo has both advantages and disadvantages compared to other video calling apps, Android users around the globe can now give it a try as it's available on the Play Store worldwide, not just in the US.

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Daimler drops details on Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Daimler drops details on Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Daimler has finally offered up a bunch more detail on that sexy and massive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 car that will be seen in person for the first time at Pebble Beach this month. We already knew that the car was almost 6-meters in length and we have been wondering what sort of power the luxury concept would use. As it turns out the car is designed to be an electric vehicle, dashing my dreams of a big V12 under the hood. The electric system makes 750hp and the car can reach 100km/h in less than four seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h.

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Galaxy Note 7 iFixit teardown earns low repairability score, highlights waterproof parts

Galaxy Note 7 iFixit teardown earns low repairability score, highlights waterproof parts

Samsung's newest flagship device, the Galaxy Note 7, has just been subjected to the teardown experts at iFixit. The bad news is that the phablet earned a repairability score of 4 out of 10, only slightly better than the Galaxy S7's 3 out of 10. However, iFixit's writeup also reveals that several components are still replaceable, and a number of other parts are completely sealed, contributing to the Note 7's waterproof feature.

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Cadillac Escala Concept teases CT6’s super-luxe big brother

Cadillac Escala Concept teases CT6’s super-luxe big brother

Cadillac has slipped the wraps off its latest concept car, the Escala, at Pebble Beach this evening, and it's a beguiling vision of the brand's next super-luxury sedan. Promising to wrap up both the future of Cadillac's design and technological systems into one sinuous vehicle, the Escala may not reach dealer forecourts in quite this form, but it's certainly a heavy-handed hint as to the American automaker's upcoming assault on Mercedes-Benz's S Class, BMW's 7 Series, and Audi's A8.

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Jabra teams with TrainerMD to offer earbuds as prescribed wearable

Jabra teams with TrainerMD to offer earbuds as prescribed wearable

Jabra has teamed up with TrainerMD to have its Sport Pulse wireless fitness-tracking earbuds made available to patients as a prescription item. The earbuds would be prescribed to enrolled patients by a doctor or trainer so that he or she can see the patient’s workout data, helping formulate and monitor individuals’ fitness and workouts.

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LG X power will arrive in U.S. via Cricket on August 26

LG X power will arrive in U.S. via Cricket on August 26

The LG X power smartphone will be arriving in the United States soon via the prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless. Cricket announced the planned launch on Wednesday, saying the handset will be available on August 26 for a modest $149.99 USD. As with other phones on the carrier, the handset will be offered sans a contract and can be activated on a cheap phone plan, of which Cricket's start at $35/month.

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Twitter tackles extremism by purging 235,000 (more) accounts

Twitter tackles extremism by purging 235,000 (more) accounts

Twitter has been criticized over what many view as an inadequate level of effort to rid itself of extremist accounts. In light of those criticisms, Twitter has worked toward reversing the trend, and has regularly been purging accounts that promote or are otherwise related to extremism. Back in February of this year, for example, the company announced the suspension of more than 125,000 accounts. Today the company announced that it has upped itself, this time suspending a massive 235,000 accounts.

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FIFA Mobile for Android and iOS launches this autumn

FIFA Mobile for Android and iOS launches this autumn

EA has announced FIFA Mobile, a soccer ‘experience’ for both Android and iOS. The game, which will launch this autumn across the globe, will feature a new gameplay mode, a ‘truly social experience,’ leaderboard and leagues, more than 650 teams, and more. The game was built specifically for the mobile devices it will be played on, and while a specific launch date hasn’t yet been revealed, EA promises it will give fans a whole new experience.

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Facebook AI Research makes fastText open-source

Facebook AI Research makes fastText open-source

Automatic text processing is something that is widely used across the web, whether it's used to understand what you type in a search bar or detect spam in email. Developing fast and efficient text classification, however, is something that has challenged AI researchers throughout the years, and that's why the Facebook AI Research team (FAIR) set out the develop fastText. FAIR has taken things one step further with the fastText, today announcing that it will become open-source.

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Genesis G80 and G90 get Amazon Alexa integration

Genesis G80 and G90 get Amazon Alexa integration

Genesis has announced Amazon Alexa and Echo integration with Genesis Connected Services, bringing voice command control to the Genesis G80 and G90 models. Car owners can issue certain commands to their vehicle from within their home or wherever they happen to be, doing things like telling Alexa to start the car, lock or unlock it, flash the lights, honk the horn, and more. You'll just need an Alexa-enabled device like an Amazon Echo.

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