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Google adds spam protection, Nexus and Android One only

Google adds spam protection, Nexus and Android One only

If you thought web page ads and e-mail spam were the most annoying things in the world, then you probably have been on the receiving end of spam calls. This day and age, it is still common to receive such unwanted attempts on our smartphones. Luckily, technology has made identifying and blocking those numbers a lot easier. Google has finally made use of that technology for its Android phone app, giving users much needed peace of mind. The catch? It's only available for Google's own smartphones.

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Google Maps gets color coded visuals, areas of interest

Google Maps gets color coded visuals, areas of interest

Map and navigation apps, be they from Google, Apple, previously Nokia, or even Microsoft, can be life savers, especially when venturing into territory unknown. But that only works if you can actually make heads or tails of the information crammed within. Making something look prettier isn't just a matter of aesthetic enhancement. It can also be about whether you'll be able to tell one road or area from another at a glance. That is why in its latest Maps update, Google is splashing some new colors and removing a few lines for the sake making Google Maps easier to "read", even when you're mind is stressed out from getting lost.

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Pokemon GO Cheats and Tips : catch em all (almost) every time

Pokemon GO Cheats and Tips : catch em all (almost) every time

The modern equivalent to holding down arrow + B in Pokemon GO appears to have been found. Users that used to hold their down-arrow down and press B, or spam B, or any combination of buttons when their Pokeball was first tossed, should rejoice today. This "cheat" as some might call it has to do with animations. Each Pokemon has a series of animations they're capable of doing when they're face to face with a user with a Pokeball - we're looking for "Happy."

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Why Nintendo deserves credit for Pokemon GO

Why Nintendo deserves credit for Pokemon GO

It should have been clear from the start that Nintendo did not create Pokemon GO. The Pokemon Company did that with Niantic, a company spun off from Google after creating the game Ingress, a game on whose engine Pokemon GO is built. I say Nintendo deserves credit not just because they helped Niantic spin off from Google, and not just because they own part of the Pokemon Company. I say Nintendo deserves credit because of their inevitable mega-growth in the very near future, due in a big way to the success of Pokemon GO.

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Google Maps gains WiFi only mode and delay notifications for busses and trains

Google Maps gains WiFi only mode and delay notifications for busses and trains

Google is currently rolling out some new features for Google Maps users and so far, only a handful have the new features. The new features bring Wi-Fi only mode and the ability to get notifications when mass transit will be delayed. That means if your bus or train is late, Google maps will let you know. The roll out is a staged one and there is no indication of when the features might be available for everyone.

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Google Play Store to get smaller app updates, clearer info

Google Play Store to get smaller app updates, clearer info

By nature, mobile apps are meant to be small in size. In the past, that was primarily due to the extremely limited data storage space inside our mobile companions. These days, however, the concern has mostly switched over to the amount of Internet bandwidth each app consumes, both on initial download as well as on updates. Android apps are, however, somewhat notorious for having larger payloads than competing iOS versions. That will hopefully change with Google's introduction of new features that will keep those app sizes in check.

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Hit game Pokemon GO sets Apple App Store record

Hit game Pokemon GO sets Apple App Store record

Apple has confirmed to SlashGear that Nintendo's mobile game hit Pokemon GO has set a new all-time record, now the app with the most downloads in its first week. Responsible for getting gamers off their couch and out into the streets, Pokemon GO not only tapped into a much-loved franchise but is giving many their first taste of augmented reality. The news bodes well for Niantic, a company that before now was best known for its development of Ingress, a game whose engine was the basis for Pokemon GO. It also bodes well for fans of Nintendo games hoping for mobile apps - they can hardly dismiss such a massive success now, can they?

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BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

This week the folks at BlackBerry have had their latest Android device revealed by the FCC. Re-revealed, we might say, as the device was first leaked several weeks ago with its partner, both BlackBerry smartphones running Android. This device is being shown by the FCC this week with model name STH100-2 (RJD211LW) with GSM quad-band, UMTS penta-band, and LTE deca-band connectivity technology inside. We will very likely see this device released inside the United States very soon.

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Microsoft’s OneDrive seeks out Pokemon for you

Microsoft’s OneDrive seeks out Pokemon for you

Pokemon GO is a topic more popular than most other software, hardware, and everything in-between - it's no surprise that a company like Microsoft would jump in on the trend with their own software product feature. As such, Microsoft OneDrive has been updated to include automatic detection of Pokemon-related images. When a user's device uploads Pokemon GO snapshots - both digitally and in-person, while catching - they'll be sorted by OneDrive without any additional effort on the part of the user.

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Galaxy Note 7 details leak in release date-level images

Galaxy Note 7 details leak in release date-level images

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leaks in a number of images that show front, back, and both sides in several colors. You'll find the gold, the blue, and the silver - and you can count on a black version being released on release day, too, of course. This will be the first time that Samsung brings a bright blue to the mix on release day, while previous Samsung smartphones have been delivered in a wide variety of tones. Now if only we could get a slime green and pink combination, we'd be in the mix!

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Google Comics Bubble Zoom makes digital books unique

Google Comics Bubble Zoom makes digital books unique

This week the folks at Google have taken their Google Books platform to a new level at SDCC. Comic books - those participating in the project - will be coming alive (so to speak) with a service called Bubble Zoom. This feature will allow portions of each comic page to zoom and grow when a user's finger moves overhead. This could make the entire medium change and inspire comic artists to change the way they create comics. If nothing else, this feature will certainly make each page pop.

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Google Maps editing features released today

Google Maps editing features released today

Google Maps apps on both Android devices and iOS devices like iPhone and iPad are receiving an update to Google Maps this week. This update will be available through Google Search as well as Google Maps, allowing users to make edits and add locations to Google Maps easier than ever before. This update will be coming to users across the United States as early as this morning.

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