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Google Health symptoms search about to get much smarter

Google Health symptoms search about to get much smarter

Google is about to take over "am I sick" searches. They're going to do this with smart parsing of the terms you search - sussing out the ones they're able to tell you more about. If, for example, you search for "why does the left side of my head hurt", Google will tell you about the sort of headache you likely have. And why? Why would Google take the time to do this? Because "roughly 1 percent of searches on Google (think: millions!) are symptom related," according to Google's Veronica Pinchin, Product Manager.

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Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Our understanding of the next generation in Google's Nexus smartphone line has become a bit more clear over the weekend. HTC's newfound experience with virtual reality may be playing a big role in Google's approach with the next several generations in Nexus smartphones. Word back in March could end up proving entirely truthful, coming in two forms, at least one per cycle, all made with Android's Daydream technology built-in. Of course Daydream requires only minimal specifications, and HTC's already got them on a device elsewhere.

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Honor 5C is the budget Android octacore to make the brand

Honor 5C is the budget Android octacore to make the brand

Huawei's Honor may still not be the first smartphone brand you think of when you're buying a new handset, but its budget-friendly Honor 5C aims to sway your loyalties. Launched in Europe today as an affordable alternative to Android smartphones from Samsung and LG - not to mention the iPhone SE - the 5C packs a 5.2-inch display and octacore processor, but at a fraction of the price some rivals would be asking.

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Alicia Keys latest artist to enforce no cell phone policy at concerts

Alicia Keys latest artist to enforce no cell phone policy at concerts

It appears that artists of all sorts are getting very serious about keeping fans from using smartphones while they are at their concerts or events. The latest musician to ban cell phones at her events is Alicia Keys. Fans aren't forced to give up their smartphones at the door to be locked up in some locker or box until the show is over.

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Galaxy S8 tipped for dual rear cameras, 4K display

Galaxy S8 tipped for dual rear cameras, 4K display

Rumors are already making the rounds about the next Samsung in the Galaxy S line of devices. That next device is expected to be the Galaxy S8 and the latest rumor claims that it will have a dual rear camera system designed to compete better with the next iPhone. The rumor claims that the dual camera lens is executed to be made by Samsung motors.

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Galaxy Note 7 model SM-N930F officially listed on Samsung site

Galaxy Note 7 model SM-N930F officially listed on Samsung site

The first official mention of the next Galaxy Note smartphone has happened in an odd way on the official Samsung website. The link in the source opens to reveal what appears to be a basic XML info, showing a document tree with no real information to be found in it except the model number SM-N930F.

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Moto X (Play) 2016 sighted on GFXBench, MediaTek inside

Moto X (Play) 2016 sighted on GFXBench, MediaTek inside

Lenovo insisted that news of the Moto X's death are highly exaggerated. Motorola's former flagship still caters to a specific market, whatever that may be, and a 4th gen model is still in the works. As if giving credence to that assertion, a new Motorola smartphone was spotted at GFXBench's website. Based on the model number and less than premium specs, it could be the 2016 Moto X Play. Or perhaps the only Moto X for the year. Curiously enough, the smartphone is noted to be running on a MediaTek processor.

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Moto Z Pro Camera mod to come soon from Hasselblad

Moto Z Pro Camera mod to come soon from Hasselblad

Like the LG G5 before it, the "modular" Moto Z was unveiled with only a few of its swappable "smart" back covers which might not have inspired the imaginations of users. Like the LG G5, the Moto Z also promised more types of modules possible, including one that seemed to take on Microsoft's Continuum concept, except for Android. But unlike the LG G5, one of those new Moto Mods might actually be just around the corner. Popular camera maker Hasselblad has an event set for June 22nd and, according to rumors, one of its new products will be a camera mod for Motorola's latest flagship.

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Chromebooks getting Android apps: here’s the full list

Chromebooks getting Android apps: here’s the full list

Google just recently pushed out version 53 of the Chrome OS development channel, which, for a select few Chromebook owners, that heralded the arrival of Google Play Store and Android apps on their devices. However, it did raise the question of when, or if, other Chrome devices will also get this juicy feature. Especially the promised 2015 Google Chromebook Pixel as well as the Acer Chromebook R11. Good news is that those two will getting their fair share soon. Even better news, almost all Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, and Chromebases will also have their day in the Android sun. At least eventually.

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OnePlus 3 “throttles” its 6 GB RAM in favor of battery life

OnePlus 3 “throttles” its 6 GB RAM in favor of battery life

There's a saying that goes "if you've got it, flaunt it." Of course, that doesn't apply to all cases, thankfully. That apparently is also true for the OnePlus 3, the latest "flagship killer" to come out of the bold Chinese startup because despite it's hardware capabilities, particularly the RAM, it was revealed to perform below expectations. Taking to his Twitter account, co-founder Carl Pei explained that the decision to not fully exploit that much RAM all boils down to offering a better user experience, mostly by making sure the smartphone won't consume battery like crazy.

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Apple responsible for removal of rifle for emoji consideration

Apple responsible for removal of rifle for emoji consideration

Unicode 9.0 is set to be finalized later this month, formally introducing a number of sure-to-be hit emojis, including bacon, selfie, face-palm, and more. Turns out, however, that a rifle was once in consideration for new emoji additions in 2016, but objection and pressure from Apple saw its removal. Apple, along with Microsoft and Google are voting members of the Unicode Consortium, which oversees the standardization of emoji.

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Shazam for Android adds auto mode for background listening

Shazam for Android adds auto mode for background listening

Shazam, the handy app that figures out what song is playing on your behalf, just got a new auto mode that enables it to listen in the background. This new feature comes with the latest update, and is designed to make the entire process hands-free. If you’re walking through the store and hear a song you like, no need to stop and pull out your phone. Shazam will already be listening, will figure it out, and will add it to your list of songs.

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