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Google reveals Alphabet, leadership restructured

Google reveals Alphabet, leadership restructured

Google, at least Google as you've come to know it, is no more. Google co-founder Larry Page announced today the upcoming arrival of Alphabet, a company Google is creating that will see Page serving as CEO and his partner Sergey Brin serving as President. Alphabet is essentially a holding company that will encompass “a collection of companies”, including Google itself — a version of it said to be “a bit slimmed down”, as companies that have been part of Google but separate from its main Internet products will now fall under Alphabet instead.

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Hangouts 4.0 for Android is finally here

Hangouts 4.0 for Android is finally here

Drop the pitchforks, Android users, because Google has finally released Hangouts 4.0 for your favorite Nexus, Galaxy, or other Android device. Following on more than a month from the Hangouts 4.0 for iPhone launch, the version for Google's own OS gets the fancy new Material Design UI to please the eyes, as well as a promised improvement in performance for those who were losing patience with the messaging client.

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Making a case for the stylus today

Making a case for the stylus today

With Samsung's next Unpacked event coming up in a few days, and a new Galaxy Note phablet with it, our minds might naturally begin to wonder about Samsung's almost niche product line. Considering the Galaxy Note could very well be a flagship product of its own, it's only natural to ask whether there's still a point to the stylus. Bad puns aside, we take a look at the past to divine the future, whether the digital pen, like its analog counterpart, is indeed just as mighty as the sword. Or in this case, the finger.

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Ten Tips and Tricks for Windows 10

Ten Tips and Tricks for Windows 10

So Windows 10 has been out for more than a week and, if you were in any way immersed in Microsoft or Windows news, you probably are already aware of how it fared. Maybe you even read our hands-on after spending a week with the latest version of the most popular, or even unpopular operating system in the world. But if you're just receiving the update now and are about to embark on the journey for yourself, what are the tools you need to bring? Where are the pit stops you need to make? Here are our top ten favorites.

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2016 Nissan Maxima Review – Bold style, bolder promises

2016 Nissan Maxima Review – Bold style, bolder promises

Nissan calls the 2016 Maxima a "four-door sports car" but it takes more than branding and some fighter-jet inspired design tweaks to make a true performance sedan. With 300 HP under the hood, lashings of segment-above level luxe in the cabin, and aesthetics that are certainly striking, the Maxima makes a strong jab at living up to its billing. Question is, has all that punch been pulled with a CVT transmission?

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iPhone 6s September 9 event tipped with Apple TV

iPhone 6s September 9 event tipped with Apple TV

Apple will hold its big iPhone event on September 9, insiders say, with a new Apple TV also expected along with revamped iPads. Widely expected to see the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus smartphones announced, the event is scheduled for the week beginning September 7th, "with Wednesday the 9th being the most likely date" sources tell Buzzfeed.

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Verizon kills its contracts with simpler data buckets

Verizon kills its contracts with simpler data buckets

Verizon is attempting to make picking a mobile package more straightforward, killing off the contract but ousting phone subsidies in the process. As of August 13, Verizon will retire its individual line and family plans, shifting to four options - small, medium, large, and x-large - that all include unlimited calls and messaging, varying instead by how much data they include.

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Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Last week, the Android world woke up to quite a scare. Imagine a vulnerability where you don't have to do anything at all. You just need to receive an MMS (multimedia message) and you're done for. That was Stagefright. And while Google was said to have responded quickly, revelation of the security hole also put one of Android's biggest warts under a spotlight once more. No matter how swiftly Google acts, updates don't come as fast. Now, however, Stagefright might ironically be helping change that, slowly but, hopefully, surely.

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A Week with Windows 10: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A Week with Windows 10: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It seems almost surreal to think that it has already been a week since Microsoft unleashed Windows 10 to the world. Or at least to those not privy to Insider previews. In that short span of time, a lot has already been said about the latest, and supposedly the last, version of Windows. As expected, not all of them are good, but not all of them are bad either. Here are some of the top five things you can expect to experience when your time finally comes to upgrade.

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Samsung pulls plug on secret tablet TV controller

Samsung pulls plug on secret tablet TV controller

A Samsung scheme to oust the traditional TV remote with a dedicated media tablet has been axed, insiders claim, scuppered over content rights and in-fighting. Samsung Perfect Experience, or "PX" as it was apparently known in internal shorthand, was initially intended to be a key feature of the company's 2015 TV line-up. However, the skunkworks-style project built in no small part on former Boxee talent was shuttered amidst delays.

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Amazon Dash is a waste: here’s a better option

Amazon Dash is a waste: here’s a better option

A childhood spent watching The Jetsons teased us with one tantalizing aspect of our potential future: a home filled with buttons that, when pressed, cause things to happen. Food to appear. A robot to appear. Whatever that non-labelled unassuming button was programmed for, push it and it’ll happen. If you were like most kids watching the show, you wanted that future. Really, really wanted it. When do you finally get that magical button? That future is now upon us thanks to Amazon, only it looks like an advertisement and it is far too little, too late.

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OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style – which one “potentially” deserves your money?

OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style – which one “potentially” deserves your money?

Last week we saw not one but two mid-year racehorses make their way into the smartphone tracks. One an established veteran in the industry, the other almost a David in comparison, both putting out mouthwatering offers. But at the end of the day, unless you have the money to spare, you will choose only one. Is the OnePlus 2 really worthy of all the hype the startup generated? Or was the Moto X Style able to repeat the magic of the original Moto X in 2014? Pending a full blown review, we do a spec and feature side-by-side to get a preliminary appraisal.

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