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Nest is now offering full refunds to Revolv hub owners

Nest is now offering full refunds to Revolv hub owners

Revolv owners have had a pretty rough couple of weeks. It all started when the language on the Revolv site changed from saying that the hardware would continue to be supported, to telling customers that their devices would cease functioning starting next month. Today, they've once again updated some of their language, and it may mean that you'll be eligible for a full refund.

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Google Live Cases are the perfect Nexus companion

Google Live Cases are the perfect Nexus companion

With the vast amount of cases out there, it's not too hard to differentiate your phone from most other people. But what if you're really into personalizing your stuff? Well, if you've been wanting to design your own custom case for your Google Nexus 5X or 6/6P, then I've got some good news for you.

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ZhiYun Z1-Smooth-C handheld gimbal Review

ZhiYun Z1-Smooth-C handheld gimbal Review

This week we've had the opportunity to get to know the ZhiYun handheld gimbal, a device that holds a smartphone steady. Users are able to utilize this powered device to capture near stutter-free video footage with their smartphone - iPhone, Samsung phone, Android or Windows Phone - any sort of phone. The setup is relatively easy, including a charge of this gimbal's batteries, a power button, and a tracking initiation button. Once it's ready, your phone will stay pretty gosh-darned steady in space.

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Latest Android N preview includes more human-looking emoji

Latest Android N preview includes more human-looking emoji

Google has released a new developer preview of this year's big Android update, currently dubbed Android N, complete with several new features. The two most noticeable changes — for users, that is — are launcher shortcuts, which make it easier to jump to specific section or feature within an app, and an overhauled design for emoji. The latter is a bigger change than you might expect, as it shows Google is finally moving away from the yellow blob/slug/poop-like figure for characters representing humans.

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Facebook just poached Google’s ATAP chief for its own moonshots

Facebook just poached Google’s ATAP chief for its own moonshots

Facebook has poached Regina Dugan from Google, with the former DARPA chief heading up a new moonshot team dubbed "Building 8" for the social network. Dugan had, until recently, been working on some of Google's more unusual or ambitious projects as part of the ATAP, or Advanced Technology and Products, group, including the Ara modular smartphone.

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Android N version 2 is released – here’s how to get it

Android N version 2 is released – here’s how to get it

With the Android Beta program in full effect, users are receiving the 2nd edition of the Android N Developer Preview this afternoon. This version of the Android N operating system update includes several awesome features that will change the way users use Android, starting with Vulkan. As a member of the Khronos group, Google has helped develop the 3D rendering API known as Vulkan - with this update comes support for this next-generation draw-call heavy applications - GPU power ahoy! This update also enables launcher shortcuts for quick-steps into different points within a given app.

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Meizu PRO 6 detailed and released at last

Meizu PRO 6 detailed and released at last

Today the Meizu PRO 6 has been revealed with a 3D Press display and a 10-core processor under the hood. This device runs Meizu's custom version of Android, Flyme - like most Meizu devices do, and rolls with a 5.2-inch display with Full HD resolution and Super AMOLED technology for extra-sharp and color-correct images all day long. If this device's quality is anything like the past few releases from Meizu, it's going to be a real battle-ready piece of machinery to take on Apple and Xiaomi in China, without a doubt.

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Who killed BlackBerry OS? Android or the iPhone?

Who killed BlackBerry OS? Android or the iPhone?

In an interview this week BlackBerry CEO said "I love our handset business, but we need to make money." He was speaking with The National, where he also confirmed that there were, as the publication put it "no plans to launch new devices running the operating system" - the operating system being BlackBerry 10. Meanwhile the company would continue to support and release updates for the operating system for the time being. So whose fault is this?

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How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

How to Activate Minecraft online for Android

This morning the folks at Mojang have activated Minecraft Realms on Android - in Alpha mode. That means it's probably going to be broken when you play it - but you get to play it early! How neat will that be, playing a game well before it's made its final release? Never did that on Minecraft before I bet, right? This release comes as a side-update to Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android, but you're going to need to go through a short process to make the activation official. Then you'll be online, chopping trees to your heart's delight.

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Google Calendar can schedule your goals for you

Google Calendar can schedule your goals for you

Google has just announced a feature that would have seriously been useful about four months ago. A particular school of productivity says that you only put in your calendar items or events that have a definite of fixed time. However, not all things we want to accomplish are one off tasks, and not everything is really a recurring item. These activities usually come under the label of "goals", you know, like New Year's resolutions. Finally, Google Calendar now has support for setting, accomplishing, even delaying those pesky goals.

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Google’s Android Updates Promise, fulfilled at last!

Google’s Android Updates Promise, fulfilled at last!

Back in January of the year 2012, I wrote an article calling out Google for its promise for Android updates on smartphones of all sorts. Back then, Android was an ever-so-slightly different monster. Back then, Google was mad to make the bold and broad Android Update statement that was the "Android Update Alliance." Even just a few months after the Update Alliance was revealed, it was being shot down for its not-so-great results. But NOW, here in 2016, a new program could be the key to timely Android updates for everyone that wants them.

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Nintendo should adopt The Pokemon Company’s attitude toward mobile devices

Nintendo should adopt The Pokemon Company’s attitude toward mobile devices

Did you know that there's going to be an augmented reality Pokemon game launched this summer? It's going to be huge. Nintendo doesn't want to let their most lucrative characters and games to be released as-is on mobile devices - not unless they're being manufactured by Nintendo. Nintendo doesn't own Pokemon. The Pokemon Company owns Pokemon. The Pokemon Company has the opportunity to show Nintendo what they've got waiting for them if they open their doors to 3rd-party device game and app releases.

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