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Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Push notifications via Chrome are great, but complicate things a bit

Last week, Google updated Chrome to version 42 (beta). In that update, there was a small (possibly overlooked) feature that brings push notifications to your phone for websites than enable the feature. The update is part of Google’s Fizz initiative, which aims to bridge the wide gap between native mobile apps and web apps for mobile. That same update is creating a bit of buzz, but also confusing the matter of apps a bit, as push notifications for mobile websites are now available — just like native apps.

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Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Today Google has released a number of feature updates for Android Wear, and in turn, has uncovered a key flaw not only in the Apple Watch, but in ever smartwatch released so far. In the smartwatch, the market has created demand for a product that precedes its own usefulness. In the release, creation, and proliferation of the smartwatch, manufacturers are attempting to recapture the magical torch set alight by smartphones, attempting to make lightning strike again with a "smart" upgrade to a "dumb" device.

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Huawei P8 vs iPhone 6: not the real war

Huawei P8 vs iPhone 6: not the real war

Welcome to the battle Huawei would love for you to be placing under consideration: Huawei P8 vs iPhone 6. Of course that's not a set of phones you'll be considering battling one another, not least of all because the Huawei P8 won't be doing its initial launch in the United States. Instead - if you're really in the market for a new phone, you'll be considering your ecosystem and the one element in a smartphone that you'll probably use more than any other - the camera. ...or the display, of course - the thing you actually use more than anything else.

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Debunked: “Galaxy S6 Edge more costly to make, cheaper to buy than iPhone”

Debunked: “Galaxy S6 Edge more costly to make, cheaper to buy than iPhone”

The differences are slight - or they might seem slight to the untrained eye - but the Galaxy S6 Edge's cost to Samsung is higher than the average phone. In fact, according to a study being published by IHS today, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge's estimated cost to build is higher than an equivalent* iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, but costs less for a consumer to buy outright on the market today. *Equivalent, that is to say, if you consider what they present to be the same.

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Apple Watch success isn’t sales, it’s stickiness

Apple Watch success isn’t sales, it’s stickiness

Apple isn't saying how many Apple Watches it sold in the first weekend of preorders, but arguably the bigger question is how many will still be wrapped around wrists a few months after. Unofficial estimates of sales have suggested as many as a million of the iOS wearables have been earmarked for eager owners, pushing shipping estimates into the summer at the earliest, and for many it was a case of buy first, try second since preorders opened before store demo displays did.

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Take a knee; we need to talk about you (not) spending money on apps

Take a knee; we need to talk about you (not) spending money on apps

Look at your smartphone’s app selection — how many of those apps did you pay for? How many of those apps did you spend any money on via in-app purchases? According to a new study, not many. Mobile marketing firm Swrve found about 60% of mobile game revenue comes from less than 1% of players. Actually, it’s less than 0.5%. To be even more accurate, it’s even less than 0.25%. While that’s just games, it’s indicative of the app industry. This actually is your fault, and it needs to stop.

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No, the new MacBook (and its single USB-C) isn’t for everyone

No, the new MacBook (and its single USB-C) isn’t for everyone

More controversial than the keyboard, more divisive than the battery life: the thing that's causing the greatest number of arguments about the new Retina MacBook is its paucity of ports. A single USB-C on the left side of the notebook isn't, as Vincent observed in our own review of the 2015 MacBook, a deal breaker, but not everyone is quite so ready to be convinced. It's a legitimate concern, even if in the grand history of tech it's not a new one.

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Apple Watch reviving iOS vs Android device war

Apple Watch reviving iOS vs Android device war

Reviews like the collection that were posted earlier today, the first wave of Apple Watch reviews, remind us that there's still some confusion about how iOS compares to Android. While neither the Apple Watch nor Android Wear devices run a smartphone or tablet version of their makers' software, the treatment of these devices is similar to that of their smartphone and tablet companions. Should the smartwatch be treated with the same expectations as its larger, pocket or purse-carried companions? Absolutely not.

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Amazon’s tipped Crytek deal and the big screen entertainment therein

Amazon’s tipped Crytek deal and the big screen entertainment therein

The future of movies is here - it's in video game engines. I came to this realization when I took part in the Thief in the Shadows VR experience at GDC 2015 with Epic Games. Word today is that Amazon recently struck a deal with Crytek to do something or other - license their gaming engine, perhaps - in a deal that we can't help but think has something to do with video entertainment. Movies, even. While Amazon does not give up on projects, even when they fail, tapping in to CryEngine's potential more than likely means Amazon is about to go big with a big-screen production (on their own small screens, of course).

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Bent Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? You brought this on yourself

Bent Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge? You brought this on yourself

Remember back in September of 2014, right when the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus' "Bendgate" was happening? Remember how much of an "end of world" type situation that was? Fast forward to April of 2015 and we're having an apocalyptic realization the likes of which we've... already discussed. Apparently when you bend a Samsung Galaxy S6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, it doesn't stay rigid! Like every other amalgamation of aluminum, glass, and plastic in the world, Samsung's newest phones will become deformed if you bend them hard enough.

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