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Google Slides now works with video calls

Google Slides now works with video calls

This morning Google updated their "Google Slides" functionality for mobile and desktop devices to work on video calls. This system recently added functionality for Chromecast and Apple's Airplay, now they're bringing the slides presentation system to the remote viewing world. Users on Android smartphones or tablets will see a "video call" option when they tap the "Present" button in Google Slides starting this week.

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Google already has its own car subsidiary since 2011

Google already has its own car subsidiary since 2011

How serious is Google about its completely autonomous cars? Serious enough to have spun off a company named Google Auto four years ago. The fact that it did so rather silently does show how cautious it is with the venture. For now, the subsidiary only functions as a legal entity to that is held responsible for all of Google's self-driving car paperwork, especially in case things go awry. There is nothing, however, that would prevent Google Auto from becoming a company that will sell these cars in the future, should it ever reach that point.

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Amazon Echo heads to Staples as exclusive 3rd-party retailer

Amazon Echo heads to Staples as exclusive 3rd-party retailer

Amazon has officially begun moving units of their hands-free, voice-command home speaker solution "Amazon Echo" with a 3rd party retailer. Staples.com will be the one place online - other that Amazon - where potential users can purchase the device. Amazon Echo will not necessarily be available in Staples physical locations. So in essence, this is just for people who like to shop at Staples online and can't be bothered typing in the full Amazon url to move from one webpage to the other to purchase this very Amazon-centric device.

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Sony’s US online store closing up shop August 28

Sony’s US online store closing up shop August 28

Perhaps omens and portents of things to come, Sony has just announced that its online store in the US will be practically closing on the 28th of August. In its stead, Sony will be putting up a website that will still have products on display but will also just redirect to authorized resellers for the actual purchase. Without much explanation as to the why, the move will most likely be seen as a tightening of Sony's belt, offloading the responsibility, and expenses, of sales to dealers.

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Yahoo to acquire social shopping service Polyvore

Yahoo to acquire social shopping service Polyvore

Yahoo is gobbling up businesses, and there’s no sign of that slowing down. The latest among its business deals is an agreement to buy the social shopping website Polyvore. The details of the upcoming acquisition’s financial terms were not given, and the deal is said to be subject to certain unspecified closing conditions. Polyvore’s co-founder Jess Lee praised the deal, saying, “I’m delighted to join Yahoo.” Polyvore's service will keep operating after the Yahoo acquisition goes through.

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Comcast frowns at Sling TV, rejects anti-cable ads

Comcast frowns at Sling TV, rejects anti-cable ads

Sling TV was arguably the brightest light in cable-cutters' eyes, at least when it launched earlier this year. The service is an Internet-only online live TV streaming service from Dish Network, and it -- despite some hiccups -- has largely enjoyed success. The service works by breaking content up into packages: there's one core package that costs $20/month, and additional packages priced at $5/month (with a couple exceptions) that aggregates similar channels. The service is everything cable isn't, and now its provoking has earned a reaction.

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Uber wants to recruit your grandma as a driver

Uber wants to recruit your grandma as a driver

Uber, at least until autonomous cars dot the landscape, needs drivers. It has already hawked its driving perks at teachers, stay-at-home moms, poor college students, and anyone else who wants extra money and has a decent car. Now the ridesharing company has partnered with Life Reimagined, an AARP non-profit subsidiary, to dangle its driving “partnerships” at the organization’s members. Uber will be making appearances at some Life Reimagined events, among other things, targeting "Americans over 40".

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Pinterest vows to boost workforce diversity

Pinterest vows to boost workforce diversity

Companies have increasingly detailed their workforce diversity numbers — we’ve seen them from Facebook, Google, and more. Some companies have more favorable numbers than others, but most of them are paltry at best, and progress is slow. Pinterest has pointed toward that slow progress, and today announced detailed plans and timelines for increasing its own workforce diversity. Pinterest is perhaps the first tech company to detail such precise hiring goals, which includes several improvements targeted for 2016 and more for beyond.

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Sony’s Q1 profit highest in years, boosted by PS4, camera sensors

Sony’s Q1 profit highest in years, boosted by PS4, camera sensors

Sony revealed its Q1 financials today, announcing that it reaped its highest first quarter profit since 2007. The company largely has PlayStation 4 software and camera sensors to thank, the latter of which it recently targeted with capital raising and planned production increases. In the quarter running from April to June, Sony saw its operating profit increase 39-percent over the same quarter last year, hitting 96.9 billion yen and beating out analyst estimates. The company foresees camera sensor demands proving fruitful in its future.

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Parrot’s drones are so popular, they’ve split off the company

Parrot’s drones are so popular, they’ve split off the company

This week Parrot's quarterly earnings call played host to an interesting tidbit of information: they're splitting their company. Not in a super major way - they're just creating a subsidiary. But a subsidiary that's dedicated entirely to drones. Instead of keeping Parrot a company that's all about car accessories and drones, they've decided to dedicate their main, original company to their original goals, while their subsidiary concentrates on the drones bit.

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Amazon Dash buttons launch for all Prime members

Amazon Dash buttons launch for all Prime members

In case you thought those Amazon Dash buttons would turn out to be an elaborate joke, Amazon has made them officially official: any Prime subscriber can now buy them for $5, and once the button arrives they can then use it to spend more money on whatever the related product is. So, essentially, you’ll pay money for this so that you can more easily spend money later. Or something like that. The buttons are available for a variety of products: toilet paper, laundry detergent, macaronic and cheese. The important things in life.

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