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Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Many things we search for online are things many other people are also interested in…and talking about. That talking more often than not takes place on Twitter, though, and so you’re forced to split your searching efforts with a little bit of Google here, a little bit of Twitter there. That comes to an end today, as Google has announced the two worlds have collided and its search results will include real-time tweets relevant to whatever you’re browsing, whether it’s a recent season finale or some popular segment of news.

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Quickie brings Apple Watch’s quirkiest feature to phones

Quickie brings Apple Watch’s quirkiest feature to phones

With an app by the name of Quickie, smartphone users are able to send temporary doodles back and forth via the web. This app is a one-touch video, text, and emoji messenger app, and it works for both Android and iOS for iPhone. This app is like Snapchat meets Periscope. It's like a strange marriage between all of your favorite odd messaging apps - Facebook Messenger included. And you can doodle in it, just like that one friend you have who has an Apple Watch.

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Russia wants to build its own smartphone OS

Russia wants to build its own smartphone OS

Russia doesn't want to depend on technology from Western countries like the US. To reduce its dependence on Western tech, Russia plans to build its own smartphone operating system to replace iOS and Android from Apple and Google. Russian minister of communications Nikolai Nikiforo recently announced plans to replace Apple and Google's operating systems with a new open-source OS based on Sailfish.

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Google creates slick time-lapses from images on Flickr and elsewhere

Google creates slick time-lapses from images on Flickr and elsewhere

Google researchers are constantly working on cool things that we can all enjoy. The latest cool bit of tech that Google researchers have developed is a way to automatically create time-lapse images of tourist landmarks using photos that are found on image sharing sites like Flickr, Picasa, and others. The process begins with sorting somewhere in the area of 86 million photos by geographic location.

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Google and Apple urging Obama to keep smartphones secure

Google and Apple urging Obama to keep smartphones secure

Encrypted data on smartphones today make it difficult for law enforcement around the world to decipher data on smartphones that needs to be used in investigations. The difficulty for the technology industry is that the vast majority of smartphone users aren’t breaking the law in any way and want their personal data to be secure. At the same time law enforcement officials like FBI Director James B. Comey (pictured) are concerned that the growth of encrypted technologies is hindering law enforcement agencies during investigations.

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Google reprimanded for YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content

Google reprimanded for YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content

Google's recent mobile app, YouTube Kids, a version of the popular video service that curates safe content for young children, has come under fire from two child and consumer advocacy groups claiming that the app is deceiving. The Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed a complaint with the FTC, stating that "the app is rife with videos that would not meet anyone’s definition of 'family friendly.'" The complaint included evidence of video clips that had been found on YouTube Kids that were described as disturbing and/or harmful to young children.

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VR Experience: Beer with a Grizzly Bear

VR Experience: Beer with a Grizzly Bear

Several upcoming virtual reality experiences are revealed by Samsung this week for the Gear VR. One of these experiences places you, the viewer, at a table in the wilderness with a bear and a beer. You will have a beer with the bear. That's what virtual reality can bring to you. We are living in an age where you can sit down and have a beer with a grizzly bear in virtual reality. What a fantastic time to be alive, virtually.

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ASUS ZenFone 2 coming to USA unlocked for $199

ASUS ZenFone 2 coming to USA unlocked for $199

Pricing on the USA version of the ASUS ZenFone 2 is revealed in an set of unlocked editions coming exclusively to Amazon. No carriers have been named thus far - the phone (large version and small version) will be coming to Amazon unlocked, available for users to add a SIM card to depending on the carrier they're already signed up with. Or want to switch to. The larger phone will compete with the iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note series with a display size of 5.5-inches.

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ASUS mascot “Zenny” busts out

ASUS mascot “Zenny” busts out

Electronics company ASUS reveals a mascot owl to lead them into the future. This owl-like creature has a lightning bolt on his belly and a curious look on his face, coming to the stage at a special event in all black and organ. His eyes are big and bright white while his neck band, inner ears, and feet are all orange. He wants power, ladies and gentlemen, and he brings power. It's clear ASUS means to do battle with Xiaomi's stuffed bunny mascot, Ushanka. Will the bunny win, or will the new owl prosper?

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Today’s Apple vs Samsung court news means nothing to you

Today’s Apple vs Samsung court news means nothing to you

Average consumers remain unaffected by today's United States Court of Appeals decision in a long-lasting Apple vs Samsung case. This case has been on the books for many moons. Back in April of 2013 the case was raging - re-calculating damages after a 1-billion dollar damage report in August of 2012. How much does all of this affect you? Not very much. Not very much at all, really, unless you happen to be an investor or a lawyer working for Samsung or Apple, or any company caught in the cross-fire.

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