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Ford, Google, Uber, Lyft and Volvo form self-driving coalition

Ford, Google, Uber, Lyft and Volvo form self-driving coalition

Uber, Google, Ford, Volvo and Lyft have all joined forces under the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a group that has tasked itself with working with the regulators and more to petition for self-driving technology. The coalition has former NHTSA official David Strickland on board as its spokesman and counsel; together, the collective will hopefully further the expansion of autonomous technology in the U.S. while making the public in general more familiar with the benefits of such technology.

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Exploding Kittens app Review : exactly what you wanted

Exploding Kittens app Review : exactly what you wanted

The app we're looking at today is the app-ification of one of the most successful Kickstarters of all time. That was Exploding Kittens the card game, made with the artwork of the man behind The Oatmeal. This game was made to be super simple and work with the attention spans of you and I - super short though those are. This game is exceedingly entertaining and makes for a brisk Sunday afternoon battle between you and yours. The app is pretty much the perfect translation of that to your smartphone.

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Google MODE made to snap-and-swap for Android (Wear)

Google MODE made to snap-and-swap for Android (Wear)

It would appear that Google would like to get out ahead of the masses when it comes to "plug and play" for hardware. Not just for smartphones. They've got a program in the works for that, too - no, this "MODE" they speak of is for hardware only. Not electronics. Made to attach to electronics, of course, but hardware in and of itself. The first wave of Google's MODE brand is made for Android Wear devices. A series of straps have been made to snap in and out with extreme ease.

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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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What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

Google's Benson Leung called out the LG G5 and the HTC 10 this past due to their USB-C cords, both of which break official USB-C spec rules. Why? Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. The cords do not fit the standard specifications for USB Type-C (or USB-C, however you want to say it) as set by the USB Implementers Forum. Today we've got a detailed set of answers from Qualcomm on why they're not worried about fitting this spec as defended by Leung - and why you shouldn't either.

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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?

VIA: XDA

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The Internet of Things keeps letting me down

The Internet of Things keeps letting me down

It can be tough sometimes, being an Internet of Things cheerleader. A world of devices that silently talk between themselves should be making my life easier; instead, it's giving me a serious headache.

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Galaxy Note 6 leak tips 2x screen size potential

Galaxy Note 6 leak tips 2x screen size potential

It would seem that though Samsung has reduced the number of headliner devices it's set to release this year, they might still have a dilemma on their hands. It's been suggested by insider sources who wish to remain anonymous that Samsung isn't just considering one version of the Galaxy Note 6 for this August of September. Instead, Samsung is said to be considering whether or not the device will come with a flat display, a curved-edge display, or two different sizes altogether. Could we return to the original Galaxy Note Edge?

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Google’s latest plans to take flight

Google’s latest plans to take flight

Ever wonder when you'd get to fly on a Google plane? We've been sent a number of documents which show Google's continued work on air projects - especially on batteries that'd allow aircraft to remain in flight for long periods of time. Not necessarily for human beings - in fact more than likely not. Instead, what we're looking at here is a containment pod for electronics. If you find yourself onboard one of these planes, something's gone wrong. But no worries!

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Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Imagine our surprise when the first smartphone with upgradable internal storage wasn't a Project Ara phone from Google, it was a Nexus 5 from LG. Project Ara is still a concept - blocks that fit in to a smartphone casing, allowing you to upgrade whenever you like. The LG Nexus 5, on the other hand, is a device made back in 2013. Hardly the age of a device we'd expect to be so versatile. But here it is - the way in which you might upgrade your own internal storage from a paltry 16GB all the way up to a hefty 64GB - easy peasy.

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New Google Travel app invites sent to Android users

New Google Travel app invites sent to Android users

This morning the folks responsible for development of Google's "Local Guides" program have sent out invites to some users for Beta Testing. What this app does is tap in to the Google Maps feature you may or may not have heard of - a feature by the same name Local Guides - to assist users in finding awesome local sights and events when they travel through a new city. Both Android and iOS users will be given the opportunity to test this app.

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New Google Phone released for Android (all devices)

New Google Phone released for Android (all devices)

At last, a version of Google's own Phone app is available for the masses. Not just Nexus devices. Not just the Moto X from Motorola. Anyone who has a phone that runs Marshmallow or better - or higher, that is to say - will be able to use this app as it exists in APK form today. When activated properly, this app will allow you to see Google's own vision for what a basic phone app should be on your Android device.

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