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Spotify videos launch on Android first, iOS second

Spotify videos launch on Android first, iOS second

Well, well, well, Spotify, you decided to break the never-ending trend of iOS updates to apps coming before Android. Well, well, well indeed. Today Spotify launches their video initiative, called Spotify Video, bringing on all manner of video bits and pieces - entertainment videos to news updates - inside the Spotify subscriber portal and app and so forth. The videos you find here are short, and tiny. They're meant to be consumed in very short bursts.

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Samsung Galaxy smartphones receive security update

Samsung Galaxy smartphones receive security update

This week the folks at Samsung Mobile have revealed an update that'll be sent automatically to a variety of smartphones around the world. This is part of Samsung's Security Maintenance Release, or SMR, process detailed last year for most of the device makers hero smartphones. This update is separate from Google Android patches, which come from Google and are sent through each device's individual carrier, where applicable. To get this Samsung update, you need only wait.

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LG G5 and G5 Pro cases show off smartphone designs

LG G5 and G5 Pro cases show off smartphone designs

The next LG smartphone (LG G5) has leaked with photos of its front and back and sides through case manufacturers of all sorts. The folks at LG aren't leaving anything up to chance with the LG G5, almost certainly bringing heat to MWC 2016 this February. Today we get to look at what's essentially the entire smartphone, from all sides - save the back, of course, since most of it is covered by case. But all the important bits are here!

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Daimler CEO surprised at Apple, Google car progress

Daimler CEO surprised at Apple, Google car progress

The US and Europe, especially Germany, have been in a rat race over the automobile industry for decades. The rise of self-driving cars have swung the pendulum in the US' favor, with European car makers now striving to put themselves on that map as well. However, they might have a bit of catching up to do if statements from Dieter Zetsche, Daimler's chief exec, is to be weighed. In the company's visit to Silicon Valley, he discovered that Apple and Google have made more progress in that industry than they had previously assumed.

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Exploding Kittens Android version release next, then BlackBerry

Exploding Kittens Android version release next, then BlackBerry

The release of the iOS version of The Oatmeal artist's "Exploding Kittens" card game is followed soon by an Android app. The iOS version of this game for iPhone and iPad has gone to the top of the iOS App Store - in just under a day. This, as per usual, has the rest of the mobile universe (mostly Android) asking where their version is. The team behind the development of the Exploding Kitten app for iOS have made clear: the Android version is well on its way.

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This is how much Google paid to keep its search bar on iPhone

This is how much Google paid to keep its search bar on iPhone

Android revenue and profits wasn't the only thing about Google that Oracle's court documents spilled. Aside from the billions that Google has so far made off its mobile platform, one part of the document, now gone and officially "never existed", also revealed that Google paid a hefty sum, to the tune of $1 billion, to Apple in order to retain its position as the search provider in the latter's search bar on the iPhone. Plus, the document also revealed a revenue sharing between the two companies that may have embarrassed both.

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Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Oracle spills Google’s total Android revenue and profit

Google revenues and profits for their mobile operating system Android have been revealed In an ongoing Oracle vs Google court case over Java software licensing. The numbers come from documents which Google lawyers have argued should have remained private - an Oracle lawyer spoke the figures aloud in court this month. An analysis of Google financial information was disclosed on the 14th of January, 2016, and on the 20th, Google called for sections of the transcript of the hearing to be redacted.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 leak release points to retro detailing

Samsung Galaxy S7 leak release points to retro detailing

This week we're having a peek at a couple of leaks indicative of the interior details of the Samsung Galaxy S7. This device will likely be shown off for the first time during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, at which time we'll know exactly what Samsung is bringing to the table in terms of finalized specifications. Until then we're living on leaks, tips, and hints. Today we've got a bit of information about the display, some about the cameras (the backside camera, at least), and some about storage.

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Climb Mont Blanc with Google Street View

Climb Mont Blanc with Google Street View

Google Street View has taken us to all sorts of locations that you might not have expected over the years. From showing you what your own neighborhood looks like to checking out what the world under the ocean waves looks like, Street View has gone lots of places. The most recent location you can now explore with Street View is from of the highest mountain peaks in Europe called Mont Blanc massif.

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Google’s new VR tours: Buckingham Palace, Great Barrier Reef

Google’s new VR tours: Buckingham Palace, Great Barrier Reef

Google has a couple new VR tours under its Expeditions Pioneer Program, a platform that enables teachers and others to introduce students to various places around the world: Buckingham Palace and the Great Barrier Reef. According to Expedition’s program manager Jennifer Holland, the Great Barrier Reef experience is “designed and produced by Sir David Attenborough and Alchemy VR.” In addition, and due to popular request, Google has also added a Buckingham Palace VR tour.

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