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Google Trips travel app in testing with Local Guides

Google Trips travel app in testing with Local Guides

Word is that Google is currently testing a new app that is designed to help you keep an eye on all the trips that you have coming up. The app is called Google Trips and it will be an app for travelers, assuming it ever leaves the beta stage and heads for the masses. For now, the app is said to be in testing with Local Guides, folks who contribute a lot to Google Maps.

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Windows 10 finally gets an official Instagram app

Windows 10 finally gets an official Instagram app

Back when Microsoft unveiled its new "Metro", later renamed "Modern", app platform, it was ridiculed for not having most of the most popular apps and games available on mobile platforms. For example, it was only recently that Windows actually got Candy Crush Saga, years after the game's rise to fame. One app that has so far eluded capture was Instagram. The day, however, has finally arrived as Facebook finally unleashes official Windows 10 versions of its apps, including Facebook, Messenger, and yes, finally, Instagram.

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Google Calendar for Android finds the perfect meeting time

Google Calendar for Android finds the perfect meeting time

Google Apps for Work and Apps for Education users have a new feature that is launching that will make it easier to find a time when everyone in the office can get together for a meeting. The problem now is that many people have to send emails to everyone or call everyone that needs to be in the meeting and wade through each schedule to find when people are available and can come.

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Furbo is a dog camera that tosses treats

Furbo is a dog camera that tosses treats

People love their pets and around the world, massive fortunes are spent each year on toys and treats for pets. A new product called Furbo has turned up on Indiegogo and this is a very cool camera and treat dispenser for pets that lets pet owners feed and play with their dog from afar. Furbo is described as an interactive dog camera with a connected app. The app allows you to see, talk, and give treats to Fido while you aren’t at home.

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Philips Hue gen 2 app adds Rooms, Routines and more

Philips Hue gen 2 app adds Rooms, Routines and more

Philips has announced a new version of the app that controls the Hue smart light bulb for iOS and Android devices. The new app is called the Philips Hue gen 2 app for iOS and Android. The app has a new interface design and has some new features including Rooms, Routines, and Scenes.

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Google releases an Android TV app … for iOS

Google releases an Android TV app … for iOS

You know what they say about TVs and strange bedfellows. No? Well, apparently Google didn't know about it either. Which is probably why it both expectedly and surprisingly released an iOS app that lets iPhone and iPad owners control an Android TV with a non-Android mobile device. Not that it's a bad thing, mind you. Because while it is extremely hard to pry iOS users away from their iPhone or iPad, an Apple TV may not hold the same sway. Now Android TV has a chance to get into that living room as well.

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Instagram has a new black-and-white design in testing

Instagram has a new black-and-white design in testing

Instagram has seldom tweaked with its design, but that could be changing soon. Screenshots have surfaced showing a black-and-white design that ditches the common blue and other colorful elements in favor of a plain ol’ monochromatic theme. Joining the new color scheme are some redesigned icons, as well, indicating that a minor overhaul may be in the pipeline.

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Talkshow app is Periscope for the camera-shy

Talkshow app is Periscope for the camera-shy

Are your text conversations so interesting, it kills you that you don't have an audience? Those who believe themselves to be truly entertaining can now prove their worth with Talkshow, a new app which blends elements of Twitter, Slack, and a sort of visual-podcast to effectively broadcast a written radio show.

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Android makes enterprise play with Gmail Exchange support

Android makes enterprise play with Gmail Exchange support

Google is adding Microsoft Exchange support to the Gmail app for Android, a huge step forward in making its mobile OS more palatable to enterprise deployment. The update will filter out to all Gmail users over the next three days or so, Google says, integrating Gmail accounts, Exchange accounts, and other email providers into a single inbox app.

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Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

To many, it didn't make sense for Google to have different but related and practically competing operating systems. Some of those wished the two would merge, for the benefit of all but mostly for the Chrome OS users. Nearly two years ago, Google stirred things up when it officially supported running a handful of Android apps on Chrome OS, followed by silence. Things heated up again in the Alphabet reorganization but Google quickly shot down rumors of a Chrome-Android merger. Now, however, there might be evidence that Google is further bridging the gap, providing the full Play Store experience on Chrome OS.

Technically, the two OS are very different, except for a shared Linux base and some Google technologies like Chrome. Both, however, could benefit from the other's features. Android, for one, could learn a thing or two about window management and treating web apps as first class citizens. Chrome OS, on the other hand, needs the wealth of popular apps available on Android.

Google partly conceded to the latter in September when it launched ARC, the App Runtime for Chrome that allowed a few Android apps, selected by Google, to run on Chrome. That list started with Evernote, Vine, Sight Words, and Duo Lingo, eventually expanding to a few more, but never embracing the hundreds available on Android. Of course, there were a few attempts to give users that ability, but those were inconvenient at best, buggy at worst. In short, it was technically possible but needed Google's help in opening it up to the whole universe of Android apps. And it seems it finally will.

A user accidentally stumbled on a Chrome OS setting that would have enabled Android apps to run on the Chromebook. The setting quickly disappeared but not before a screenshot was taken. Naturally, dozens volunteered for the treasure hunt and indeed discovered placeholder text for the feature. If enabled, it would ask the user's permission to setup Google Play Store on the Chromebook to access millions of apps and games. Sadly, there is no "Hell Yeah!" button.

The feature is largely inactive for now but we could be given the full Monty this coming Google I/O. Even if it is prayer answered for some, it's still curious to see how Google will manage this strategy. Given how more Chromebooks, and even Chromeboxes and Chromebases, are coming out, Google will hardly kill off Chrome OS anytime soon. On the other hand, Android is set to receive more multi-window features in Android N, which could put it on par with Chrome OS. The two are ironically getting closer together, yet still not the same. Sounds familiar?

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Pictar iPhone camera grip adds shutter release, selfie button, and more

Pictar iPhone camera grip adds shutter release, selfie button, and more

The iPhone certainly changed how people take photos, not because it was the first camera phone, but it was the first successful modern smartphone that took quality images. As time has gone by the iPhone camera has improved to the point where it is one of the most commonly used cameras out there. A new camera grip has debuted that wants to make the iPhone an even better camera and it is called the Pictar.

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Listen to podcasts, see live TV listings in Google Search app

Listen to podcasts, see live TV listings in Google Search app

While in the midst of facing a massive antitrust lawsuit in Europe revolving around Android and search, Google is giving its Android Search app even more power. Somewhat ironically, these new features could give OEMs even more reason to stick to Google's apps, for the sake of their users, of course, giving more fodder to the EU's objections. With two new features, users won't even have to dive into web pages or open another app just to see when their favorite show is up or to listen to a podcast.

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