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Galaxy S7 Settings: Let’s Fix this Android flagship smartphone

Galaxy S7 Settings: Let’s Fix this Android flagship smartphone

Now that the Galaxy S7 is out in the wild, it's time we had a look at the settings and features you'll want to keep an eye on when you get the device. The Samsung Galaxy S7, first of all, has been released on many different carriers with several different prices. Once you've got this device in-hand, you'll want to head to your Settings right out the gate. Right away.

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Google pressures government to fast-track its self-driving cars

Google pressures government to fast-track its self-driving cars

Google is pressuring the US government to green-light more advanced autonomous car testing, including ditching the requirement that prototype vehicles have controls for emergency use. Leader of Google's project, Chris Urmson, has penned a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx requesting more flexibility in how self-driving vehicles are judged, a move which would not only affect Google but any other company working on such technology.

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Google rolls out first Android N dev preview OTA update

Google rolls out first Android N dev preview OTA update

Earlier this month Google officially launched the dev preview of the next flavor of Android called Android N. With the launch of Android N Google did something a bit different by offering up a very early version of the OS that was festooned with bugs and issues. In fact, Android N was so buggy and early that we recommended you not download it unless you actually made a living as a developer.

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Google adds election funding data cards to Search

Google adds election funding data cards to Search

Google has been adding information on presidential debates, candidates, and other political activities to Search over the past few months, and this week marked yet another update. This time around, Google has added information on candidate funding, making it easy for voters to find out where a particular politician is getting his or her money. As well, Google Search also now shows how one politician is trending in relation to another.

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Facebook, WhatsApp pull support for BlackBerry

Facebook, WhatsApp pull support for BlackBerry

This week Facebook and WhatsApp have effectively pulled support from BlackBerry as a platform. Ironically many would not have gotten this news (outside of those that use the apps on the platform) would it not have been for an update from BlackBerry assuring developers that they continue to offer their support for the future. In response to the decisions made by Facebook and WhatsApp, BlackBerry is asking BlackBerry 10 users to Tweet the tag #ILoveBB10Apps to ask that the social networks stay.

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Galaxy S7’s Bluetooth LE is on even when BT is off

Galaxy S7’s Bluetooth LE is on even when BT is off

This week we're continuing our exploration of the Samsung Galaxy S7, finding a setting new users may want to turn off right out of the box. This feature goes by the name "Nearby device scanning" - and it's not strictly good nor bad, so to speak. What you're going to want to do is test the feature in your own immediate area to see whether or not it adversely affects your battery life - chances are it won't. If it DOES, it's relatively easy to turn off.

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Google X will cut Boston Dynamics robots loose

Google X will cut Boston Dynamics robots loose

Google parent Alphabet is exploring a sale of Boston Dynamics, the specialist creator of creepy robot dogs and humanoids, after failing to come up with a way to turn a profit from the high-tech team. The company, which has worked on various robotics projects with DARPA, the US military, and numerous other firms, was acquired by Google in late 2013, after former exec Andy Rubin decided the company would be a perfect fit for his robot ambitions, a project dubbed Replicant.

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SPMC (XBMC) re-released by disgruntled KODI Android dev

SPMC (XBMC) re-released by disgruntled KODI Android dev

Open-source multimedia app KODI's main Android developer leaves, decides to resurrect SPMC with focus on Android only. The many, many Android users of the app KODI can once again rest (sort of) easy - their hero developer has returned - though not in the way we might have expected. This new SPMC app will be released with a focus on the platforms that've been being used the most: Android TV, Amazon FireTV, and - for good measure - Amlogic.

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Let’s Fix Twitter’s new “best Tweets” algorithm

Let’s Fix Twitter’s new “best Tweets” algorithm

Today's edition of "Let's Fix" sets its eye upon Twitter's newest feature - one that's said to enliven your feed with Tweet's they've chosen for you. We don't like that. Especially since we watch Twitter to keep up with the latest in all things technologically forward and newsworthy - we want our feeds to be as straightforward as possible. As such, we're going to need to fix this. Let's fix this right this minute on all platforms.

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Google agrees to T-Mobile’s “Binge On” terms because they’re “opt-out”

Google agrees to T-Mobile’s “Binge On” terms because they’re “opt-out”

T-Mobile's "Binge On" service allows more video apps to stream media to devices without using up the customer's data allotment. While for the end customer this may seem like a really great deal, (who doesn't like so-called free data?), it continues to hold the door open for internet services to charge different amounts of money for different internet services. True Net Neutrality requires that all internet be treated the same - here that's just not true.

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Google will tweak mobile search results this May

Google will tweak mobile search results this May

Google’s mobile search results will soon be tweaked, the company announced in a statement today. Starting in the beginning of May, Google will further its effort to give mobile-friendly websites higher rankings in search results presented to mobile users. This will increase the number of mobile-friendly results those using smartphones and tablets receive, but will give publishers another change to contend with.

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Minecraft VR for Android will make Gear VR a monster

Minecraft VR for Android will make Gear VR a monster

The Samsung Gear VR (powered by Oculus) is set to get its own version of the upcoming VR version of Minecraft. This Microsoft-owned game was previously announced to be coming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as well as the Microsoft HoloLens holographic headset - now it's coming to the mobile VR universe as well. This will not be the first time the non-VR version of the game hits mobile - that's been out for several years.

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