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Is this early Samsung Galaxy S7 rendering wild enough for you?

What you're about to witness is a video of what may very well be the Samsung Galaxy S7 visualized. The video hasn't been made by Samsung, nor is it based on any real in-hand models of the device. Nobody outside of Samsung knows exactly what the Samsung Galaxy S7 looks like yet - not even the most prolific of leaksters know for certain. But what you're about to witness might blow your mind if you expect the unexpected.

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Google to offer $1 million in security grants next year

When you upload files to the cloud, you expect them to be safe from prying eyes. Unfortunately, there are people out there that spend their time trying to break into servers just to access whatever is being stored inside. Google understands this, and that's why they're dedicating a huge chunk of money to people who want to keep their servers safe.

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Samsung Galaxy S7, Note 6 expandable “fluency” details appear

This next season for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be one of "fluency" for software. Word from sources in China (one of the several countries where Samsung's manufacturing process takes place) is that Samsung's upgrade cycle will switch gears from hardware to software this year - fitting in well with the rumors we've reported earlier this year. As the Samsung Galaxy S6 presented a new look and feel for the hardware of the Galaxy smartphone line, next year's Galaxy S7 family of devices will look similar, but will be pushed in a big way in its software build.

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Google gives Nexus 5X, 6P a holiday price cut

It's the season for giving and the season for discounts. To make the latest generation of Nexus smartphones more enticing as a gift option, either for others or for one's self, Google is giving out a discount for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P until the end of the year. Or month. It's not a massive discount, only $50 for both, but, especially paired with the very time limited overnight shipping, it does make the already tasty Android flagships all the more mouthwatering.

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Google might be divorcing Hangouts and SMS

It seems that Google can't seem to make up its mind about its messaging solution, particularly when it comes to text (SMS) and multimedia messages (MMS). After deprecating Google Talk, and later Google Voice, in favor of its Hangouts brand and merging SMS features into it, insider sources are claiming that Google is making a U-turn, at least on the latter part. Developers are supposedly testing a version of the Hangouts Android app that was strangely divested of SMS and MMS functionality, leaving many to wonder what Google's ultimate plan really is.

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California may require driverless cars to always have drivers

Alphabet, Google's mother company, might be planning to take on Uber with a car service that doesn't have any drivers involved but in the state of California, that business might not fly. Or in this case, roll. Which is pretty ironic considering it is Alphabet's home base. California's DMV has just released a draft version of rules that will govern autonomous and, among other things, it will require a licensed driver, specially trained by the car company, to always be present in the car, ready to take over when necessary.

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Google’s Year in Search breaks down 2015’s biggest moments

Google has published its newest “Year in Search” results, breaking down some of the biggest moments of the year and how they played out in Google searches. The figures are parsed by country and available with global totals, and include such notable events and trends as the latest Star Wars movie, the discovery of water on Mars, the Pope’s visit to America, Cecil the lion, and more.

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Google’s self-driving car could spin out to challenge Uber in 2016

Google's self-driving car division will become a standalone Alphabet company in 2016, insiders claim, ahead of a commercial autonomous vehicle service launch. Currently, the team - which includes high-profile hires from both the automotive and the computer sciences industries - is part of the clandestine Google X lab, the company's research and development division previously responsible for Glass and other projects.

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Google Now on Tap eases holiday stress with flight, package tracking

The holidays are fast approaching and, while it's a season for festivity and good cheer, for some it is also a season for hair pulling stress. Whether it be the arrival of friends and relatives or even your own flight, or the sending and receiving of gifts, there are just a lot of pieces of information to keep track of. Good thing, then, that Google, the master of amassing and keeping track of information on the Internet, has your back with a few new Now on Tap features.

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Google team share the (mis)adventures of making a Nexus

To many of us, except those deeply ingrained in the industry, the process of designing and making a smartphone is pretty much an arcane art, with many parts purposely hidden from the scrutinizing and sometimes judgmental eyes of the public. And many in the public may not care at all, as long as the end product is something they can live with. So it's actually rare and unorthodox for Google actually put some of the people behind its most recent Nexus smartphones on the public hot seat, to fill pages of anecdotes, funny quotes, and revelations on what makes a Nexus 5X or 6P tick.

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Google Play Books’ Night Light gives your eyes a rest before bed

People today use their smartphones for almost everything. Sometimes that even includes reading, at least in as much as can fit inside that relatively small screen. But while it might be convenient, reading from such screens aren't always the best, nor the healthiest, especially come night time. That is why different reading apps, as well as full-colored book readers, are now offering some for of night mode reading. Google's Play Books app is just one of the latest to join that trend to help lessen the strain on your eyes while keeping you hooked on that gripping novel.

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Android Pay now covers in-app purchases, coming to Australia

When Google first announced Android Pay, it didn't hide the fact that the mobile payment system would be used for two different types of purchases. One for on the spot buying of stuff right where you stand, and another for delayed purchases via digital means. The first one has more or less settled down in the market, so now Google is announcing the second. Starting today, you can use Android Pay to buy stuff inside apps. Of course as long as the app supports that method of payment.

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