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Google launches G Suite set of apps, new “The Keyword” Blog

Google launches G Suite set of apps, new “The Keyword” Blog

It’s a day of new brands for Google. Or rather, new rebrands. Topping today’s slew of app and service updates are announcements that re-introduce old things in a new name. Google App for Your Domain, which became Google Apps for Work, is now G Suite. Catchier name for the same thing. And so that you’ll hear more about, and all other Google-related news, in one single place, Google is launching a new "The Keyword" site that collates posts from the company’s 19 public blogs.

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BlueStacks streams Android apps from desktop to Facebook Live

BlueStacks streams Android apps from desktop to Facebook Live

Last April, BlueStacks, the popular Android platform that lets you run Android apps and games right on your desktop, got into the live streaming gig with Twitch.tv integration. Now it is taking that a step further by offering another venue for sharing those live videos. While it may seem at first brush that Facebook Live integration is simply yet another livestreaming platform, it does offer one critical feature not found on Twitch. Like on Facebook Live itself, BlueStacks TV allows broadcasters to choose who can view their streams, be it the entire Interwebs or just their family and friends.

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Yahoo View hits iPhones and iPads

Yahoo View hits iPhones and iPads

Just last month, Yahoo made a grab for the cord cutters market by launching Yahoo View, a by-product of its partnership with Hulu. Through that service, primarily available on the desktop via web browsers, Yahoo users could get access to free content from ABC, NBC, FOX, and others. Now Yahoo is taking that one step further into the realm of mobile, by making a Yahoo View app available for both iPads and iPhones, making sure you can enjoy those same TV shows and movies anywhere your feet, or wheels, take you.

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Google quietly removes “Google Now” references in Search app

Google quietly removes “Google Now” references in Search app

Let the conspiracy theories roll. In an investigation done on the still rolling update to the Google Search Android app, Android Police discovered that almost all but one publicly visible reference to Google Now has been removed, replaced instead by descriptions of their corresponding functionality. Given how heated the personal digital assistant competition has been, it is probably not the case that Google is bowing out. Instead, it could simply be paving the way for a “re-launch” under the upcoming Google Assistant heading.

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Google Maps dot now uses a beam to show your direction

Google Maps dot now uses a beam to show your direction

Maps apps, especially Google’s, has become a household name in modern day traveling, be it within cities or between countries. But sometimes, you need more than just a clear indication of where you are or where you’re heading. You also need to know what direction you’re facing to make heads or tails of the map directions in the first place. While Google Maps already had that feature before, using an inconspicuous arrow, it is refining that using a shining blue beam instead.

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Hello Google Allo smart messenger! Download the APK here

Hello Google Allo smart messenger! Download the APK here

Back in late May, Google revealed two new messaging platforms, each with its own distinct appeal. Duo, the tech giant’s latest take on simplified video chats, already launched a while ago. Now it’s Google Allo’s turn, and it has a lot to say. Calling it a smart messaging app, Allo promises to not only make it easier to reply to messages by barely typing anything, it also tries to bring some AI-powered smartness via a preview version of Google Assistant through, what else but a chatbot.

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Google Photos now shares with anyone, creates themed movies

Google Photos now shares with anyone, creates themed movies

Most people prefer to use their smartphones, even if less capable, over cameras to take pictures because of two reasons primarily. One, smartphones are almost always readily available and always with you. Second is because it’s a lot easier to share them directly off your phone than through a camera. The latest Google Photos update has made that even a lot easier, maybe even lazier. Now you can share with people more directly rather than wasting time trying to juggle sharing with apps.

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Opera makes its VPN service totally free on its desktop browser

Opera makes its VPN service totally free on its desktop browser

Once the darling of mobile browsing, back when our mobile phones were still far from being smart, Opera seems to be making up for lost time and market and hitting both the web browser and mobile markets in new ways. Just last month, the company announced the arrival of its free VPN app on Android and now it’s making a slightly similar move on the desktop. No, it’s not announcing a VPN app per se. Instead, it is building VPN functionality right into the heart of its Opera desktop browsers and, better yet, making it completely free to use.

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Jide’s Remix OS Player runs Android PC on top of Windows

Jide’s Remix OS Player runs Android PC on top of Windows

There is no shortage of ways to run Android apps on Windows, from developer-oriented options like GenyMotion to those that put a focus on gaming like Bluestacks. Of course, there's always room for more, and Jide is eager to join the party. The company that is now perhaps most popular for its "Android PC" Remix OS spin is bringing that very same productivity-focused Android experience to Windows as the Remix OS Player. No, not as a dual-boot system or something that you need to install directly on the hardware, but as something you can run on top of Windows, giving you access to your favorite Android apps and, of course, games.

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Windows desktop apps start trickling into Windows Store

Windows desktop apps start trickling into Windows Store

Back when Microsoft launched its Windows 8 platform and store, both on desktop and mobile, it was largely panned and criticized for the dearth of apps available. Now under Windows 10’s “Universal Windows Platform” banner, the situation has improved but still leaves out the question of traditional “win32” software that exists by the hundreds. Microsoft’s stop gap solution? Project Centennial, more formally called the “Desktop Bridge”, to bring those apps to the new Windows Store. And now, the first batch of those apps, which includes Evernote, are finally up on that Store, with more promised to follow.

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Instagram Stories can now be muted

Instagram Stories can now be muted

Instagram has released version 9.3 of its mobile app, and with it comes some new features related to Stories, including the ability to mute a story you don’t want to see and choose a color when adding text to a video or photo. The update, which is available for both the iOS and the Android app, also brings the comment filtering option we detailed yesterday, enabling users to better control what comments are allowed to appear on their content.

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iMessage App Store is up, Mario, Disney stickers lead the pack

iMessage App Store is up, Mario, Disney stickers lead the pack

iOS 10 still isn’t out yet, but those who already have the beta version installed can now take advantage of Apple’s newest whimsical, and potentially lucrative, treats. The long-awaited App Store dedicated specifically to iMessage has just gone live, and blazing the trail are not just pre-announced apps but stickers that are bound to become viral when they really go public. And considering not all of them are free, they’re bound to turn into huge cash cows as well.

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