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VR for tiny children (by Samsung)

VR for tiny children (by Samsung)

There's an app called Samsung Bedtime VR Stories that'll connect you with your small child in a remote location - and it's amazing. This app has you wearing your Samsung Gear VR and your child wearing either another Gear VR or any smartphone with a Google Cardboard headset. Both of you join in on a single story at the same time in virtual reality. You'll be able to see them (sort of) and they'll be able to see you (so to speak).

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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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Google’s OnHub router now supports IFTTT

Google’s OnHub router now supports IFTTT

The OnHub is an odd and unexpected surprise from Google. While it has a very strong resemblance to Amazon's Echo, OnHub is primarily a wireless router. It's a smart router, though, allowing for more control and information via a smartphone. It is also meant to be the hub of Google's smart home ambitions. But there are only so many things you can do with a router, right? Google is now challenging that perception by opening up OnHub to popular web platform IFTTT, allowing almost anything to be done with the router.

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Motorola ex-CEO is now Google’s new hardware division chief

Motorola ex-CEO is now Google’s new hardware division chief

We're more than half a year into Alphabet's formation and we're still seeing the ripples and effects. Some products still haven't found a proper home and some that already do are still being relocated. Take, for example, Alphabet's hardware products, many of which are now coming under a new division inside Google. Interestingly enough, this new Google hardware division will be led by Rick Osterloh, who has now come full circle. Osterloh is partly credited for Motorola's success under Google but left Moto last month after Lenovo completed the mobile company's acquisition.

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Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

We have a smartphone here that exists in the space between the top two mobile device makers in the world: Samsung and Apple. This is the Meizu PRO 6, a device whose hardware and software find themselves at a point near smartphone singularity - where all of the most high-end smartphone details meet. This is a cross-breed if ever we have seen one. At the same time, the PRO 6 is indeed a pretty great phone in its own right.

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HP Chromebook 13 has the looks of a MacBook, with a price to match

HP Chromebook 13 has the looks of a MacBook, with a price to match

Chromebooks are Google's answer to the laptop. If you're not familiar, these devices run ChromeOS, which is essentially an operating system built around the popular browser. Today, HP announced their first high-end Chromebook, simply called the Chromebook 13.

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Google now lets you know which Android apps are ad-supported

Google now lets you know which Android apps are ad-supported

When smartphone apps were first introduced, you were never very sure of what you were getting. This was especially true of apps that claimed to be "free". Usually these apps didn't have any up-front cost, but once you opened them up, you quickly found out that there were in-app purchases that you could spend quite a lot of money on. Eventually, all of the major app stores started warning users that there were in-app purchases, but what about ads?

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BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

This morning a set of photos of the next couple of BlackBerry handsets have been leaked - both with Android onboard. This bit of information should not come as a complete shock, as it's been all but confirmed that BlackBerry will no longer be making smartphones with their own BlackBerry OS. But the size and shape of these Android-based smartphones are new. They certainly don't look entirely new - they've got designs very closely related to the BlackBerry Priv - but they're newish nonetheless.

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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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Nexus 6P with Snapdragon 820 seen at Geekbench

Nexus 6P with Snapdragon 820 seen at Geekbench

The Nexus 9 is gone. Google I/O is happening next month. Android N will be released next quarter. You know what that means, right? Yep, it's time for a new Nexus device and, since Google hasn't changed its pattern here, we're looking at another Nexus smartphone. Of course, there's the eternal guessing game of who gets to make it this year. But, it seems there's another angle to be looked at. An entry at the Geekbench site reveals a "google Nexus 6P" (with that exact capitalization) that bears a Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM.

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Nexus 9 leaves, Pixel C last tablet standing in Google Store

Nexus 9 leaves, Pixel C last tablet standing in Google Store

Are Android tablets in trouble? While there has always been an industry-wide slump in tablet sales, Android OEMs have always been churning out large slabs until recently. There has been a marked slowdown and distinct lack of high end Android tablets of late. And now, one of Google's very own tablets has left the building. The Nexus 9 has silently been removed from the Google Store and will in fact reach its support EOL later this year. That leaves the rather ambiguous Pixel C as the lone Android slate in Google's device and accessory store.

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Sources say FTC is expanding its Android investigation

Sources say FTC is expanding its Android investigation

Sources say the Federal Trade Commission is expanding its investigation into Google and whether it is using Android’s dominance to throw around its own weight. The investigation started in 2015; according to one source, the FTC wants a look at the evidence gathered by European regulators in their own case against Google and Android. Reportedly, FTC personnel have asked two companies for data recently, hinting at an expanded data gathering phase.

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