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Google app for iOS update makes it ‘faster every step of the way’

Google app for iOS update makes it ‘faster every step of the way’

Google wants all you iPhone and iPad users to know something: the Google app for your devices is faster than ever. Loading times have been slashed. New features have been added. It all, Google proclaims, is available now to help save you precious minutes. You may not notice the speed differences, Google says, but rest assured that they're there and they're saving the collective lot of Google iOS mobile users 6.5 million hours throughout the rest of 2016.

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PayPal retires Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

PayPal retires Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

Microsoft's exit in the smartphone arena, or at least the hardware side of it, sends all the wrong signals to OEMs as well as app developers, whether Microsoft likes it or, most likely, not. As if by coincidence, PayPal has just announced that it will sunset the Windows Phone version of its app starting June 30. The good news for Windows Phone users is that they won't be alone in their misery, as BlackBerry is doing the same for BlackBerry and Amazon Fire owners.

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Google Science Journal app turns your phone into a lab

Google Science Journal app turns your phone into a lab

Google’s making it a bit easier to channel your inner scientist via it new app Google Science Journal. Available now, the Android app puts a research lab in your pocket (or wherever you keep your phone), making it possible to use your smartphone’s sensors in ways that may not otherwise be readily accessible. As well, Science Journal can be used to store observational notes, generate graphs, and more.

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Google reveals 2016 Play Award winners for design, innovation

Google reveals 2016 Play Award winners for design, innovation

There are literally thousands of apps and games available in the Google Play Store. Google's more open and less restrictive policies invites innovation, experimentation, and even risk. But it also sometimes lets in imitation, laxity, and even malice. So it is good that once in a while, Google pays tributes to those apps that blaze a trail in terms of innovation and design, giving users the best Android mobile experience, whether for free or for a bit of cash. Introducing this year's winners of the Google Play Awards.

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No friends? Don’t worry, the Allo @google bot will love you

No friends? Don’t worry, the Allo @google bot will love you

If you've ever gone looking for a friend to chat to, but nobody's online, don't worry: Google has your back. In Allo, the company's new messaging app, there's not only a friends list made up of your human contacts, but "@google", the chatting embodiment of the Google Assistant.

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Snips “Intelligent Memory” AI promises to be private and smart

Snips “Intelligent Memory” AI promises to be private and smart

Today, artificial intelligence is seen as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it represents a bright future of possibilities the likes of Star Trek have painted on television for years. On the other hand, it also summons fears of robotic overlords hell bent on eradicating inefficient humans. But at its very core, AI is supposed to help relieve humans of mundane and repetitive tasks. Snips, a young Paris-based startup, believes in that kind of AI vision, and it is starting somewhat from the ground up with an iOS app that focuses on the first, and most important, foundation of artificial intelligence: memory.

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Apple sets up iOS app dev center in Bengaluru, India

Apple sets up iOS app dev center in Bengaluru, India

Apple, especially Tim Cook, has made it no secret that China and India are the newest darlings of the tech industry at large and, of course, Apple. After flying to China to deal with the iBooks and Movies blackout, Cook flew to India to help cement Apple's position in the market. In addition to Cook's first visit to the country as Apple's highest executive, it was also an occasion for Apple to announce the establishment of a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru to help spur iOS app development in the country.

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Twitter Android app gets Periscope broadcast launch button

Twitter Android app gets Periscope broadcast launch button

Twitter is testing a new feature in its app for Android users and this feature adds a button that allows the users to launch Periscope broadcasts. The new button is labeled as "go live" and can be seen when composing a tweet. For now, the Periscope integration is a test with a small percentage of Android users. Exactly how small that percentage of testers is we don't know. For those who have the "go live" button when it is clicked, they are redirected to Periscope where they can begin a live broadcast.

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Apple’s GarageBand gets Chinese instruments as Tim Cook visits

Apple’s GarageBand gets Chinese instruments as Tim Cook visits

Apple is giving GarageBand a distinctly Chinese twist, marking CEO Tim Cook's visit to China with a fresh batch of local instruments and more. GarageBand 2.1.1 for iOS and GarageBand 10.1.2 for Mac each gain three new instruments - the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion - along with 300 Chinese musical loops which can be dropped into new or existing compositions.

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Android Experiment app turns your phone into a 3D controller

Android Experiment app turns your phone into a 3D controller

The full collection of "best" Android Experiments for the 2016 season have been released by Google, and amongst them is this "3D Controller" for your smartphone. What you'll see here is your Android smartphone being converted into a controller not unlike what you might know as a Wii-mote, but without the need of a sensor at the top of your display. This control scheme will open the doors to great things in the Android universe.

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Google introduces Tap to Translate, offline mode

Google introduces Tap to Translate, offline mode

Google created its Translate app and service to help make the world a smaller place, linguistically speaking. While the app does work wonders when traveling abroad or talking with foreigners, it presumes the presence of fast Internet connections in those places. Sadly, that isn't always the case in all the countries and locales that Google Translate supports. Good thing, then, that Google has finally added offline support for its 52 strong languages, allowing most of Translate's impressive features to now work even without an active Internet connection.

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Sunrise was so good, Microsoft bought it: On August 31, it’s dead

Sunrise was so good, Microsoft bought it: On August 31, it’s dead

Sometimes, an app comes along that charms the socks off iOS and Android users by virtue of its simplicity and thoughtfulness. Doing that for calendars was Sunrise, handiwork of a start-up that got so much positive attention, Microsoft swept in with an open wallet and snatched the team up back in February last year.

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