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Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.

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WhatsApp tipped to be developing desktop web client

WhatsApp tipped to be developing desktop web client

Recent Facebook acquisition WhatsApp is known for being one of the best multi-platform mobile messaging apps, available on a number of devices beyond the standard iOS and Android. The only catch is that the app can only be used on a mobile phone, since users' account are directly tied to their phone number. But that may finally change soon, as there is evidence the company is already at work on a web client for desktops.

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YotaPhone 2 first-impressions – Odd E Ink Allure

YotaPhone 2 first-impressions – Odd E Ink Allure

You have to give the team at Yota credit for not giving up on their dual-display smartphone dream. The original YotaPhone was a curious - but flawed - riff on the Android smartphone, a regular screen on one side and an E Ink panel on the back, let down by immature software and hardware. Now, with the YotaPhone 2, the company believes both concept and product are ready for the mass market. I’ve been trying the new smartphone out this week ahead of sales kicking off today, and it’s clear there certainly are advantages over opting for more screens, rather than just bigger ones. Read on for some first-impressions.

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Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

Google+ is ‘Facebook-lite’ says former Googler

“Adrift at sea”. “Facebook-lite”. According to former Googler Chris Medina, that’s exactly what Google+ is. Rather than serving as the “social backbone” it was designed to be, Media thinks Google+ is about as far from that missive as possible. In a recent post on blogging site Medium, Medina took aim at his former company’s “social” platform, calling them out for violating privacy and trust along the way. If you’re wondering what gives Medina pause to take on Plus, it’s easy: he used to work on it.

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Android Auto hands-on: Promising but patchy flexibility

Android Auto hands-on: Promising but patchy flexibility

We've heard plenty about Apple's CarPlay, but what about Android Auto? Finally getting its moment in the spotlight now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is arriving, the dashboard-takeover isn't actually available on any production car quite yet, but I was able to take an early look at the LA Auto Show inside a new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. The premise is simple: plug in your Android phone - in this particular case, a Nexus 5 - via USB cable and the car's central infotainment touchscreen gets an Android Auto revamp, with specially-designed graphics for use while driving, voice control rather than stabbing at a keyboard, and smart integration with your use of Google services elsewhere. Interesting, but it's not entirely road-worthy just yet.

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Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

It’s update Wednesday, and you know what that means, Android fans: more Google for your Android! On top of the Nexus 6 rollout Google is doing each Wednesday, we also get our hands on some new app features, and sometimes new apps altogether. Today, we’re seeing both, as a really nice update to Google Search is rolling out, and Google’s newest messaging app is also being introduced to the Play Store. For the majority of Android users, both will be available, too.

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SlateGo Mobile AirDesk review: your laptop’s best friend

SlateGo Mobile AirDesk review: your laptop’s best friend

The term “laptop computer” is a bit misleading. Sure, your Macbook might fit on your lap, but it’s definitely not designed just for that. A flat, metal bottom that gets noticeably warm when you use it for prolonged periods only leaves you shifting in your seat, or shoving a pillow underneath. The last thing you want is to leave the comforts of your favorite chair and head to a desk. The SlateGo wants to help end your warm-legged shuffle, but does it really work? Let’s find out!

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Snowball pools all your messages into a universal inbox

Snowball pools all your messages into a universal inbox

There was a time when people had more than just one email account and needed a multi-account app to manage them all from a single place. Today, our messaging accounts have far surpassed our emails so we would need a similar setup to corral all of those lovely, and sometimes not so lovely, one liners into one app to rule them all. Enter Snowball, an Android app that's still in beta and already shows promise in keeping your social life a bit more organized.

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Google Voice MMS support on almost 100 carriers rolls out

Google Voice MMS support on almost 100 carriers rolls out

Google has been busy making a lot of changes with Google Voice and Hangouts, including most notably further integration between the two services into one handy single app. In an effort to expand the service's usefulness for users, the Internet giant has announced that following busy work with almost 100 carriers across the United States and Canada, it has made available support for MMS messages in Google Voice from a large roster of carriers, among them being such notable entities as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Rogers.

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